Liz Feltham is a freelance food writer living in Victoria, where she's exploring West Coast cuisine following a move from the East Coast. A former professional chef with six cookbooks under her apron, Liz shares her kitchen with her husband and Newfoundland dog, both happy to assist with taste testing.
Business lunch isn’t always about meeting customers. Sometimes it’s about kicking ideas around during a casual lunch with colleagues. And a nicely priced meal in a sociable setting will do wonders for your productivity. Victoria has plenty of office-retreat eatery options. The common denominator in our list is fast, friendly service that gives you plenty of time to refuel and recharge before you’re back to the daily grind.
Victoria earned the unofficial title of Canada’s craft beer capital in 1984, when archaic BC liquor laws were overturned, allowing Spinnakers to become the country’s first brewpub. It was once illegal to serve beer in the same building where it was brewed, but thankfully this is no longer the case. With quality brewpubs and plenty of local taps, Victoria is the place for microbrew aficionados to raise a pint.
Afternoon tea dates back to 1840 England; Victoria, with strong historical ties to the British Motherland, upholds this tradition in fine style. But don’t believe it’s all stuffy, prim and proper – afternoon teas are becoming popular as children’s birthday parties. Whether you’re looking for a casual place for a light meal, or a more formal spot to impress your mother-in-law, this list has you covered.
Victoria may not have a designated Little Italy (unless the Leonardo da Vinci cultural centre counts), but it’s not lacking an Italian culinary scene. From authentic Old World dining to West Coast-flavoured contemporary Italian, from romantic candlelight meals to family-friendly feasts, this list has got your Italian cravings covered. Buon Appetito!
The delightful Spanish tradition of tapas is more than just between-meal snacking. Sharing food and drink, even a glass of wine and some olives, speaks to our hearts as social creatures. And, opting for tapas also means the indecisive diner doesn’t have to commit to a single entree. If you’re looking to share food with friends after work, have a few nibbles with drinks, or sample a new menu, this list has what you need.
Victorians are avid brunch fans; the city’s trendiest spots sport long lineups as they vie for your appetite with creative menus and stellar service. Gathering with family and friends after a hectic week? Looking to refresh and refuel after a hike on the famous Galloping Goose Trail? Whether it’s edgy cuisine or tried-and-true classics, this brunch-spot list has you covered.
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