781 Denman St.
Open for Lunch & Dinner: Monday, 5 p.m. to late
to Saturday; noon to late
Signature Drink: Bellini
Signature Dish: Ricotta
& drinks for two: $60
menu’s Italian, but the room could be right out of a bistro in the Latin
Quarter. Tiles, mirrored walls, and bright red bar stools emphasize the comfort
factor. The menu is beyond simple. A few pastas, pizzas and mains, some good
antipasti, and a couple of desserts is about as complicated as it gets. A fresh
sheet offers a few extra choices, but simplicity seems to be du rigueur—no
surprise when you realize the owners come of good Tapastree lineage.
started with the buffalo mozzarella salad ($10) off the fresh sheet. Yes, it
was real buffalo mozzarella, from Vancouver Island’s Fairburn Farm, drizzled in
an olive oil so pure, I could practically smell the leaves. Chicken liver
crostini ($6) were enormous, fresh and surprisingly moist. Crisped onions on
top was just a bonus. Gnocchi with aromatic mini meatballs ($15) were delicate,
fluffed-up pillows that almost dissolved on the tongue.
for a road trip? Taste of Victoria’s first annual Festival of Food and Wine
kicks off on July 16 at the Victoria Conference Centre’s Crystal Garden. Sip more than 150 different B.C. wines, and indulge in nibbles from the island’s top chefs. Visit
victoriataste.com for more info.
Lab Restaurant (550 Denman St) is now offering a three-course pre-theatre menu
daily between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for $29. Choose from sockeye salmon, Guinness
cheddar prime rib burger, crème caramel and more. Call 604-568-4606.
Street Grill (1009 Hamilton St) will be hosting a $25 wine tasting of the
organic and biodynamic wines from Emiliana Orgánico on July 13 and 14 at 5:30
p.m. Includes three wines and three food tasters. Call 604-331-1511.
Food in Brief
Restaurant has officially opened in its new digs at 1054 Alberni Street, along
with the brand new O Lounge.
The old Wingnuts location at 4444 Main Street
will soon be home to more upscale comfort food. Chaise Lounge is scheduled to
open in the next two weeks.