I'm planning to take my boyfriend up to Victoria for his 30th birthday at the end of March -- neither of us have ever been. We'll be arriving on a Friday before lunch and leaving early on a Sunday, traveling by ferry. We like low-key and unique/funky places where we can hear each other, and are suckers for any place with a view. Divey is OK with us! He loves good Indian food (I've heard there's no good indian in victoria?!), but he's also a fan of thai, turkish, middle eastern, Central American and italian.
We're not big drinkers, but we'll probably want to find a cozy pub for a beer/cider and nibbles at some point. If anyone has a recommendation for where to find good cheesecake (his favorite), I'd love to hear that as well!
Here's what's on the hit-list so far:
Hernandez (is this only open weekdays?)
Zap Thai or Baan Thai?
The Bengal House (I've heard this place is 'ok' -- is it worth it? expensive? are we better off with thai?)
The Mint (is this just a snack/drinks place, or do they have desserts?)
Any turkish or middle eastern suggestions?
Shine, Blue Fox Cafe or Lady Marmalade for breakfast
He's very interested in having afternoon tea while we're up. I'm considering White Heather and The Blethering Place, but would gladly brave the crowds and the cost for tea at the Empress if the view was worth it. Other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And, excuse the ignorance, but is this something we should be dressed for, or are jeans and a t-shirt OK for tea?