My husband and I love to cook but eating out is always a pleasure and an experience if you can find restaurants that don’t disappoint. My mission throughout the year was to find just that. I am listing some of my favorites for different reasons and revealing my all time number one pick.
Restaurants/Cafés/Diners I like:
Pizzeria Prima Strada in Victoria – The Funghi Pizza is to die for.
Brasserie l’École in Victoria – Best Steak Frite, no reservations, great atmosphere, always full.
The Churchill Pub in Victoria – Over 50 Craft Beer on tap. Their Kettle Chips are light and crispy and delightful with beer.
The Blue Fox in Victoria – Not one Breakfast tastes bad and served in large quantities.
Unsworth in Mill Bay – Restaurant at the winery uses local foods with menu always changing. Always delicious.
The Garage in Duncan – Funky Bakery and great tasting coffee.
Willow Street Café in Chemainus – Delicious Soups served with gigantic fluffy Scones.
Smokin’ George in Nanaimo – Great Crispy Chicken Soft Tacos that have a crunch in every bite. Restaurant was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here” and on the “Marilyn Denis Show”.
Mon Petit Chou in Nanaimo – Best Bread Pudding made from day old chocolate croissants and sweet breads.
Saigon Garden in Parksville – Delicious Wor Wonton Soup. The bowl is a meal in itself.
Bare Bones in Port Alberni – Best Fish and Chips ever! The servings are huge.
Bistro 694 in Qualicum Beach – Flavourful Chicken Curry Soup.
The Qualicum Beach Inn in Qualicum – I just like the décor of the wall of glass balls by my friend Robert Held. The outdoor patio has a 180degree view of Qualicum Bay.
Harbour Sushi in Port McNeil – Sushi is fresh, tasty, and surprisingly good.
But my all time favorite has to be “Locals” in Courtenay. All ingredients are purchased locally and everything on the menu is delicious, even the salads and especially the desserts. Their food is always so elegantly presented and their servers are knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful. The dining experience and service are outstanding. Locals is situated beside the Puntledge River which creates a relaxed and peaceful setting.