Want a Change? Tofino’s Japanese Comfort Food Eatery ‘Kuma’ is Currently Hiring

The GOODS from Kuma Tofino

Tofino, BC | Kuma in Tofino is looking for experienced prep cooks and line cooks for both part-time and full-time positions. Kuma serves Japanese comfort food in the small town’s thriving culinary scene. With an open kitchen, our cooks are able to interact with guests and work closely with front of house staff.

Our ideal candidate will have previous experience, be interested in Japanese cuisine, and be seeking a long-term position (ie. into next summer). If you’re interested in a position, please drop by the restaurant Thursday – Monday before 3pm or email us in confidence at hello [at] kumatofino.com.



120-101 Fourth Street, Tofino BC | 250-725-2215 | hello@kumatofino.com
Winter Hours: Thursday – Monday 4pm-close | Happy Hour 4pm-5pm
(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Web: www.kumatofino.com | Instagram | Facebook


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  • Bar seats with a view of the open kitchen at Kuma Tofino
  • From the back corner looking toward the front door | Kuma Tofino
  • Mits and Rob | Kuma Tofino
  • Tuna tataki service | Kuma Tofino
  • A Jeremy Koreski photo of a bear | Kuma Tofino
  • jig-caught local albacore tuna tataki | Kuma Tofino
  • Mits takes a bite of tuna at Kuma Tofino
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  • Service detail | Kuma Tofino
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  • Retail detail | Kuma Tofino
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  • Tuna Tataki | Kuma Tofino
  • Shio pork belly ramen with kale at Kuma
  • Chef Simon Burch | Kuma Tofino
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  • Local taps | Kuma Tofino
  • Mits behind the bar | Kuma Tofino
  • Dining room | Kuma Tofino
  • Mitsumi Kawai on opening day | Kuma Tofino
  • Bar stools | Kuma Tofino
  • Open Kitchen | Kuma Tofino
  • Bar and open kitchen | Kuma Tofino
  • Banquette | Kuma Tofino
  • Dining room | 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, 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. Kuma is rooted in a love of the outdoors and good food made with the best ingredients available, always 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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