Hi folks -
My girlfriend and I are doing a little trip up to Canada next week, starting with three nights / two days in Victoria, then a ferry ride, then another three nights and two days in Vancouver. I'm in charge of the menu plan. This board has been a tremendous help, and I've pulled in some memories from the last time I was in Victoria, but I had a few questions ... these are the Victoria ones. :)
Next Tuesday in Victoria is our anniversary, so I need to find a good place. I had planned to go to a place I went to (and loved) the last time I was in Victoria, Niche, but it looks like it closed. (I weep! As an aside, I don't suppose the chef from Niche ended up somewhere else in Victoria?) Based on other posts on the board, it looks like Camille's, Matisse, Brasserie L'Ecole, and Cafe Brio usually make the list. Brasserie L'Ecole is out, because they don't take reservations. Cafe Brio has the most interesting-looking menu of the bunch ... any recent bad experiences (or tremendously good experiences elsewhere?) that suggest I should choose something other than that one?
For other nights: Do the chef(s) at Ulla live up to their menu? I've been burned a few times recently going to places with really interesting menus that the chef couldn't pull off, so I worry.
Similarly, is Aqua any good? We're staying in the hotel, so it'd be convenient, but I implicitly mistrust hotel restaurants.
Presently I'm looking at picking the three dinners from: Cafe Brio (above), Ulla, Ferris' Oyster Bar, Veneto's (sounds kind of novel)
Then the two lunches from: Pizzeria Prima Strada, Red Fish Blue Fish, or a simple bread / cheese / meat thing from Choux Choux. (Is Choux Choux still good?)
Any comments or suggestions?
Final question: Good places to buy chocolates in Victoria? I remember I found a couple good places the last time I was there, but of course I forgot to write them down.
Thank you so much!
Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA
Pizzeria Prima Strada
230 Cook St, Victoria, BC V8V3X3, CA
944 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8V3K2, CA