|Cuisine Type |||Japanese, Sushi|
|Ambiance |||Offbeat, Waterside|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Must Reserve, No Alcohol, Notable Chef, Party Space|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||From Sooke Road, turn left onto Murray Road. Go down three blocks and turn left onto Horne Road. At 6669 Horne Road, take the driveway to the bottom of the hill where you can park. You will see the restaurant there.|
|Cross Street |||Murray Road|
|Mon-Thurs: By request; Fri-Sat: 6PM-11PM; Sun: By request|
Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2009
The Rolano is home to Sushi on the Sea and is without a doubt the funkiest place to feast on fish on the Island. It’s believed the vessel was crafted in Sweden sometime around the Second World War and its old charm can still be seen in the saloon, which features a large collection of old books, maps on the wall, eagle feathers and other treasures that were found at sea. The restaurant has a lively, upbeat vibe thanks to owner/host Ralph Hull, an outgoing character who once enjoyed fame as U.S. radio DJ Preacher Paul Anthony and is a certified captain and commercial fisherman. Hull opened the restaurant in 2003 with chef Kari Osselton, and it has been a destination for adventurous diners ever since. With space for maximum 14 people at the sole table in the dining room, you must book early to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.
Inventive West Coast Rolls
Sushi on the Sea offers an exciting choice of traditional sushi and maki rolls, as well as inventive pieces you won’t find anywhere else from Sooke to Sapporo. The chef’s specialty is cold smoked Albacore tuna, which makes an appearance in the ever-popular “Rolando Roll,” along with yam. The “Hemp Roll” is always a hit and includes hemp hearts, cucumber, carrot and asparagus. There’s also a variety of teriyaki dishes as well as appetizers like yakitori chicken, sake mussels or sweet and spicy prawns. All of the ingredients are of the highest quality, with the seafood caught in local waters and the produce picked by nearby farmers.
A Party to Float Your Boat
While Rolando stays moored for most meals, private tours can also be planned. The boat can accommodate up to 40 guests for parties in the summer, when the upper deck can be opened. Once a North Sea trawler, the Rolando now cruises the Strait of Juan de Fuca and diners can see spectacular views and do some whale watching while noshing on sushi. Sushi on the Sea is also a bed and breakfast and is the only vessel in B.C. that’s approved for accommodations. There are two rooms available for visitors, each with a double and single bed.
Tip: No wheelchair access, free parking.