Kissa Tanto Sake Tasting And Special Basho Feast Set For Kuma Tofino, May 14 & 15


The GOODS from Kuma Tofino

Tofino, BC | As part of the annual Feast Tofino, Kuma will be hosting an intimate sake tasting evening with Layla Shea, wine & sake director of Bao Bei & Kissa Tanto, as well as a dinner with recently retired Hiroshi and Miju Kawai of Basho Cafe. The sake tasting event is held on Sunday May 14 and includes small food pairings from our new spring menu. On Monday May 15, Hiroshi and Miju will be preparing a 4 course meal for the Basho Cafe takeover with a sake pairing option prepared by Layla. Both events will be ticketed with limited seating. Tickets for the sake tasting (3:30-5pm May 14, $30/pp) and Basho Dinner (6pm or 8pm seating on May 15, $35/pp with a $25/pp sake pairing option) are now available at Kuma, by phone 250-725-2215, or by emailing us at hello [at]




120-101 Fourth Street, Tofino BC | 250-725-2215 |
Winter Hours: Wed-Sunday 4pm-close | Happy Hour 4pm-5pm
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  • Bar seats with a view of the open kitchen at Kuma Tofino
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  • jig-caught local albacore tuna tataki | Kuma Tofino
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  • Shio pork belly ramen with kale at Kuma
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  • Mitsumi Kawai on opening day | Kuma Tofino
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Video by Adam Chilton

Key People

Owners – Mitsumi Kawai & Rob Leadley
Head Chef – Simon Burch

About Kuma

Kuma is a neighborhood eatery serving humble Japanese-inspired comfort food in the heart of Tofino. Our food is made to share with your favourite people, eaten with sake and great local craft beers. Many dishes are old family recipes from the Kawai family (now Basho Cafe), who have been creating real food experiences for the last 30 years. Made expertly by head Chef Simon Burch, he has crafted his own unique dishes including a flavourful shio ramen and a spicy kimchi udon. A sister restaurant to Shika Provisions on Bowen Island, both are rooted in a love of the outdoors and good food made with the best ingredients available, local when possible.

We keep all our tables open for walk-ins.

Crafted for locals, we hope you’ll feel at home with us.

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