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Dining in Victoria

Yimster | Jun 17, 2003 03:48 PM

The Chinese food is very limited in Victoria compared with Vancouver. There a lot of old style Chinese places in the one block Chinatown in Victoria. If you want memories than go there and you will not disappointed.
We went to two local places in Victoria Old Dutch which serves great lunches and better desserts. Then we had another lunch at Sam’s in the inner harbor and the shrimp sandwich, chili and corn and clam chowder. My cousin told me that this was the only place to eat in the inner harbor.

We had three Chinese meals at two locations of Fountain and Jade Fountain. They are owned by two brothers. Fountain serves a buffet during the day but we did not have it but I read the local paper and they said that it was good. But we did have dinner at Fountain twice and they had a fifty item menu for 10.00 CAD a dish with free soup of the day and it was nice to have minced pork with salted fish and the sizzling platter tofu was two the best dishes we had.

Jade Fountain was the higher end place that serves dim sum for lunch and it dishes were on a par with most of the high end places in Vancouver. The dim sum was cooked to order and larger size like Shaing Garden and Kingsford. The menu was not as large as the teahouses in Vancouver. They did something interesting here in that when we are served a steamer with four pieces the center would be always empty. Jade Fountain placed a small piece of that dim sum in the middle (like a little har gow in the center not in the normal shape).

We had a very good family dinner their that was cheap and very good. They had Peking Duck dinner where you get a whole duck cut at you table and the rest is served minced with vegetables in lettuce cups. Then you get two other dishes for 50.00 CAD. This would serve four big eaters. We other from the 9.50 menu of wor choy, very much like the one offered at Fountain, but cheaper and better. Nine of us ate till we were all full and there was lots of leftovers. We found this location had better food and service. The entire meal with a good tip was 140.00 CAD. The Peking duck skin was crispy and not oily. They had a clay pot with fish that was outstanding in that the fish was really fresh, in most classes braised fish is not the freshest.

Jade Fountain in located in the Red Loin on Douglas Street.
Fountain is located in the Shopping center on Hillsdale.
I did not drive to the other two places but I am sure that they are in the phonebook.

I think that the food in Victoria has improved since we last visited.

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