Dinner at the Fairmont Empress is Always A Special Occasion
Last night we had dinner at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Prior to this we had a tour of the renovations to the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel. Part of the presentation outlined the vibrant variety of dining experiences found throughout this iconic hotel. Management outlined that the new food services offerings focused on fresh ingredients, celebrated local producers, and showcased sophisticated, timeless spaces. The options available at the hotel are:
Q at The Empress – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and located in the most storied room in Victoria.
Q Bar – Open from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. with superb culinary offerings until midnight and features a vibrant selection of signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and enticing local craft beers on tap.
Lobby Lounge – Chic and sophisticated, home of world renowned Tea at the Empress as well as an elegant evening menu and cocktail service.
Tea at the Empress – An absolute must attend event on Vancouver Island. The renovated space is steeped in history and now has a modern chic ambiance highlighted by a selection of 21 loose leaf teas, including our famous Empress Blend.
As our visit was to celebrate a very special birthday for my wife Linda, we chose to go to the Q for dinner. Upon our arrival we were greeted by our congenial waiter “Earl the Pearl” who has been working there for 39 years! He did a great job and made our evening special. We also had a visit from the restaurant manager, Doug Chant. Service is the name of the game at the Fairmont Empress.
The food was absolutely delicious. Linda enjoyed poached prawns with a Kimchi Cocktail sauce for her appetizer and roast chicken with mustard potatoes, asparagus, and oak vinegar Jus. I had grilled avocado Caesar with white anchovies, croutons and parmesan cheese, steamed mussels Provencal with hand cut fries for my main, and soufflé cheese cake with citrus blueberry compote for desert.
For the past few years we had experienced a great cocktail at the Empress, the 1908 which was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hotel. Linda ordered this for her desert. This was the only slightly disappointing moment of the evening. The new bar menu did not include the ingredients for this drink. It was made with tea infused vodka. Perhaps it will make a comeback!
The prawns were plump and fresh! The chicken was fresh and tasty. The Caesar was undoubtedly one of the best I have tasted in years! The mussels were fresh, soft and very tasty in the tomato sauce. The soufflé was light and delicious. We both really enjoyed our meals and certainly were impressed by the new food menu in the Q.
For more information about the food services available at the Fairmont Empress, visit their web site. We highly recommend a dinner at the Fairmont Empress. Check it out.