I went to Cortes Island for the first time and it was amazing! We took 3 ferries from Horseshoe Bay, it was definitely worth it (despite the 1 sail wait for each ferry). We did VRBO (Vacation Retnal By Owner, similar to AirBNB).
The instruction handbook in the rental home said that we CANNOT miss the dining experience @ Hollyhock Retreat Centre, so I made a call to reserve a spot for dinner. I thought it was bizarre that I had to give them my credit card information, but I did, and it was $33 / person for an Indian Fare Buffet.
When we got there, we were told that the buffet is not open yet but was welcome to walk down the hill to try some oyster BBQ. We were amazed by how delicious these were – and these were included in the whole Hollyhock experience. The oyster BBQ was delicious, with a special BBQ sauce – I think it’s tomato based. There were also raw oysters, which I did not try, but my hubby and his friends devoured them and they were delicious. It was an all-you-can-eat oyster bar for only the guests, which was an unexpected surprise, and not sure it’s always offered. The host at the restaurant later told us we were lucky.
They let us know with a bell that the buffet dinner was ready. They were all vegetarian Indian dishes, and not all were low-carb, like Pekoras, but I tried them all and they were delicious.
My favourites were the Tofu Butter Chicken (without the Chicken) and Pekors. It was creamy and delicious, and I was inspired to make the Tofu Butter Chicken at home, and some recipes from the Hollyhock Cooking book. I’ll share this in my next post.
There were also desserts too, which I didn’t try, but my husband said they were delicious. That day they had flaky almond cookies. There was also a tea station with many different types of tea. I chose Chai, and used the Japanese iron pot.
If you’re in Cortes Island, I definitely recommend Hollyhock. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their garden where they grow most of the ingredients in their excellent cuisine.