Victoria's top charcuterie choices

Charcuterie, a French method of cold meat preparation, has taken off in Victoria and the results are delicious. The intense flavour created by the curing of pork and other cuts of meat, pairs wonderfully with artisanal cheeses, pickles and condiments for an elegant and social snacking experience. If you're looking to get in on the culinary fun, head to one of these charcuterie hotspots.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

1
102-506 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E6

Attentive service, expertly mixed cocktails and fresh locally sourced foods make this a chic spot for socializing over late-night nibbles. Linger over complex drinks like Paris of the Prairies and other intriguing concoctions inspired by stories from Canada’s pioneer past. Savour the earthy flavours of assorted sausages, bone marrow, grilled bread, olives and house mustard on The Big ‘Choux’ charcuterie board ($60).

Stage Wine Bar Ltd

2
1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1R9

This award-winning restaurant and wine bar is focused on creating a memorable dining and drinking experience for its guests. Foods are sourced locally and prepared in-house wherever possible and the commitment to quality can be tasted in every dish. The Stage charcuterie platter is made up of a chef's choice of high-quality meats and cheeses for just $26.

Veneto Tapa Lounge

3
1450 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2G1

The intimate Veneto Tapa Lounge is all about interactivity; the beautifully presented small plates are designed to be shared and enjoyed with friends. Elegant sharing boards include your choice of any four cheeses, charcuterie or fish items for $18, or any six items for $24. Your selections will be accompanied by fine crackers, olives, dried fruit and nuts.

Choux Choux Charcuterie

4
830 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H8

"Shop locally, eat globally" is the motto at this European-style delicatessen. Along with a thoughtfully curated selection of artisanal cheeses, small-batch smoked and cured meats, sausages and pâtés are made in-house to deliver the freshest and tastiest product possible. Each Friday, whole, local hogs are butchered to be sold as fresh cuts of meat or converted into bacon, coppa, chorizo, mortadella, smoked sausages and more. Cheese and charcuterie platters are available in small and large sizes and a daily lunch service includes soup, salad and sandwiches.

Vis-a-Vis

5
2232 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G5

Snack in style with the elegant offerings at this wine and charcuterie bar. A dedicated charcuterie menu includes a tempting selection of game meats, beef, pork, and artisanal cheeses. The $18 charcuterie board includes your choice of three local meats along with mustards, house-made pickles and chutney, and sourdough bread. Feeling cheesy? Upgrade to the $22 cheese and charcuterie board; it comes with two meats and two cheeses.

Confit Food + Wine

6
1871 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1C6

Victoria's love affair with quality local ingredients and honest, expert preparation continues at this charming French restaurant on Oak Bay Ave. Whether you're looking for a starter to set the tone for your dining experience or coming specifically to indulge in the rich flavours of delicious cured meats, you won't be disappointed by the carefully chosen Chef's Charcuterie Selection. Featuring high-quality meats from local shop The Whole Beast, alongside house-made pickles and mustards, it packs a bundle of intense flavour into a $15 package.

Bard & Banker Public House

7
1022 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X7

What do you get when you combine all the great flavours of a classic charcuterie board into one amazing sandwich? Why, the Bard & Banker's Charcuterie Board Sandwich, of course. This deli-lover's dream squeezes Italian prosciutto, hot capicolla, sliced bocconcini, roasted local peppers, pickled red onion, fresh basil pesto and balsamic arugula into a fresh ciabatta bun, then pairs it with fries and mixed greens for a meal to remember.

The Whole Beast

8
2032 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E4

This well-respected local producer of delicious, artisan-cured meats has played a leading role in popularizing charcuterie among diners on Vancouver Island. Their meats are sourced from ethically raised, heritage breed animals and handcrafted by traditional methods, utilizing the entire animal to minimize waste. The absence of additives, preservatives and fillers found in most commercial meat products reveals the natural flavours of their premium crafted cuts. In addition to a large selection of cured meats, they carry a line of sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and mustards.

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