One of the worst-kept secrets about Victoria is its amazing food scene. Victoria has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in Canada and is second overall in North America, only behind San Francisco. With delicious bites hiding around every corner, our beloved City of Gardens is a destination for intrepid foodies.
Love is in the air this month (or is that the smell of hash browns?), so why not treat you and your loved one to a well-deserved brunch date? After all, Food Network calls Victoria the “brunch capital of Canada” and rightly so. Take your boo to one of these cozy, romantic brunch spots.
1. Hawk & Hen
This local favourite will put a feather in your cap, offering West Coast-inspired breakfast fare in a trendy downtown setting. Highlights from the Hawk & Hen menu include their Crab Cake Benedict, Fried Egg Sandwich and the Latke Breakfast. Conversation will be as free-flowing as the mimosas.
2. Pendray Tea House
Paging Mr. Darcy! What is more romantic than sharing an afternoon tea inside a 19th-century mansion beside the water? This is no regular brunch place. The Pendray Tea House offers a vibrant array of premium teas paired with delicious house-made goodies and desserts. Sweep your partner off their feet with this elegant old-world experience.
3. Jam Café
Couples who brunch together stay together. Jam Café is an all-day breakfast restaurant close to the colourful entrance to Victoria’s Chinatown. Their menu is filled with comfort food favourites and indulgent brunch creations like Red Velvet Pancakes and a Naan Breakfast Burrito. When it’s busy, be prepared for a lineup and bring someone to keep you company.
4. Saveur Restaurant
A creative fine dining experience transformed into brunch. Saveur Restaurant, led by award-winning chef Robert Cassels, delivers French-inspired bites with technical brilliance, and the kitchen’s new brunch menu promises equal excitement for food lovers. Duck Confit on Eggs Benedict? Korean-Style Pork Belly Sandwich? Ooh la la.
5. Beach House Restaurant
Overlooking beautiful Cordova Bay, Beach House Restaurant serves lunch and dinner in their exquisite oceanfront dining room. On weekends, the space opens up for a brunch service that is as delectable as the million-dollar view. The stage is set for your picture perfect brunch date. The rest is up to you!
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. We hope that you spend quality time with the people dearest to you.
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Matthew Gomez is a guest services specialist and writer. His passion for hospitality comes from his love of travel, having lived in Florida, the Dominican Republic and Okanagan before moving to Victoria. His favourite thing about Victoria is the exciting food scene.