Exploring Victoria’s culinary world can be interesting and for visitors to our city it is always a big guess. So, we will from time to time report on our experiences with restaurants in Greater Victoria. Following is a review of what we discovered over the last two weeks.
My visiting daughter has severe food allergies and my wife tries to eat ‘gluten free’. After our search, Nourish seemed like it would fill the bill and indeed we were not disappointed.
Nourish Kitchen & Cafe was created to simplify healthy eating & support active lifestyles and now operates two unique locations, Nourish in the Garden (at the Horticultural Centre) & Nourish in the Harbour (just 2 minutes from the Inner Harbour). The owners have strong beliefs when it comes to growing & sourcing the products they use and they take great care in the details of the experience and promise that: guests will get lost for a moment of time; will eat meals with an abundance of seasonal ingredients and flavours; will be spoiled with the high quality foods prepared for rich nutrient density; will enjoy every minute you spend at Nourish; and will leave feeling better than when they arrived. We experienced all of that and were happy campers when we left. We have been there several times and every time we were delighted with the quality and taste of the food. It was a beautiful September day so we decided to sit outside on the patio. However, it is fall and those pesky wasps started showing up, so we moved inside. The Gardens at the Horticultural Centre are beautiful and all the plants are labelled so you can learn about them. Before or after your meal, check out the gardens. This is a great place to get some high quality food from people who love to welcome and serve you. Enjoy and be “Nourished”. Visit their website for details.
Sleeping Beauty Pan Cakes, Pad Thai, Pan cakes, Carrot Cake, Pancakes with bacon and poached eggs (clockwise)
Salty’s Fish & Chips
I recently had a craving for halibut fish and chips. I approached a “Salty’s” restaurant and decided to give it a try. There are chains of fish and chips all over North America and many disappoint! To my surprise the fish was sublime. It had a light batter and it was cooked to perfection and the size was ample. The coleslaw was fresh and delicious as well and there was an ample supply. I told the friendly young waitress that I liked my fries well done and crispy. They were anemic looking and far from crisp. They were more limp than crisp. I have had this problem a number of times at different restaurants. Maybe lots of people like limp, anemic french fries, but I am not one of them. Even when requested, some chefs just can’t bring themselves to creating what the customer wants. I am not sure if this is a problem with the timing of the meal and the chef can’t figure out that the fries could be put it a few minutes ahead of the fish. The meal seemed a bit pricy as well, but perhaps the price of halibut is up, everything else is.
2-Piece Halibut & Chips with Coleslaw
The last visit was a birthday celebration and I chose Moxie’s because I know they offer gluten-free options for my wife. Well operated restaurants like Moxies produce special menus for people with gluten-free and allergy restrictions. This is very smart. The inside of the Victoria Moxie’s is very well decorated with high ceilings. It has a spacious feel. The staff was very attentive. As it was my birthday, I wanted to see if they did anything special for people celebrating birthdays. I dropped numerous hints to our waitress. It seemed like she was trying to ignore the hints, so I guess Moxie’s does not recognize special events! Moxie’s is another large chain restaurant, but I think it is one of the better ones. We have always had decent meals at Moxie’s. The prices always seem reasonable and the food is delicious. There was a bit of confusion over the drink that I ordered, however that was corrected immediately and in a very friendly and accommodating manor. “Making it right” is a nice business practice. I would certainly recommend Moxie’s to visitors to Victoria. Moxie’s is just minutes from most downtown Victoria tourism services. Check it out and take a look at their on-line menu.
Red Thai Curry Bowl with Jasmine Rice (top right), Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs (Bottom left)
Salted Caramel & Pecan Cheese Cake, Chipotle Mango Chicken, Trio of Deserts (taster)