While we enjoyed Brentwood Bay Lodge immensely last year, we decided to stay right in Victoria this time - mostly because of transit, and that we want to explore Victoria some more this year, but also because the amazing two for one deal we got last year isn't on offer.
View from our room's balcony... so serene
I realized that I didn't write up any of our our food stops in Victoria last year, except for our breakfast at the hotel, and our restaurant stop in Brentwood Bay itself. We also went to Brasserie L'école (1715 Government St) in Victoria, and it was completely amazing! This is one of those times I'm glad to be a Chowhound addict... thanks to all those Victoria foodies for such great recommendations!
Brasserie L'école had the best beer selection I had ever seen - it was as big and complex as the wine list, and I was immediately won over. On top of that, both the food and service were amazing, and the prices were definitely reasonable (for two of us, with a few beers each, a shared appetizer, entrees, desserts and coffee, we got out around $90). We are going to try and head back this year (I'm determined to get pictures this time), although I see they are no longer accepting reservations, so we'll see if we can get a table.
The other spot we made it to, that is certainly on the list again this year, is Red Fish Blue Fish (
BBQ Qualicum Bay Scallop Tacones ($7)
I can't wait to head out again... the ocean is so alluring. 19 Days and counting.