Tofino’s Cozy ‘Kuma’ Launches Storm Season Menu Of New Izakaya-Inspired Dishes


The GOODS from Kuma Tofino

Tofino, BC | Storm season is in full-swing and Kuma is launching its new fall/winter menu bringing back the winter miso ramen along with addition of new izakaya inspired dishes. New items include braised eggplant with miso glaze, chicken tsukune skewers with yakitori sauce and braised kombu potato salad with side stripe shrimp and pork belly. (Photos by Jeremy Koreski)

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120-101 Fourth Street, Tofino BC | 250-725-2215 |
Winter Hours: Wed-Sunday 4pm-close | Happy Hour 4pm-5pm
Ronin Wednesdays with food and drink specials | Closed Monday & Tuesday
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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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