So I get to do a lot of really cool stuff at work. One of the really awesome things about doing work that involves government is being able to go to Victoria. We recently went there with a bunch of fantastic students from across the province to meet with government for several days and talk about student issues. It was a really engaging and fulfilling trip and don’t get me wrong, politics is important, but today we are here to talk about the 5 best places to eat in Victoria.
Victoria is the self-proclaimed brunch capital of Canada, so it only makes sense to start with a brunch place. Floyds has a quirky diner vibe, with booths, a collection of Marilyn Monroe decorations, vintage posters on all the walls, and a massive fish tank. Their fun breakfast thing is called the Mahoney, it’s $14 and you get whatever the kitchen feels like cooking for you (so this isn’t for those with dietary restrictions). The best part is that you can flip a coin for it. If you win the meal is free, but if you lose then you pay double.
The Tapa Bar is a really great place to go with a bunch of people because you can order seven different dishes and it’s normal. If you play your cards right you can end up with half of the menu on your table. It’s tucked away in a little alley right downtown (which is called Trounce alley, and that is adorable) and has warm decor and a great atmosphere. There are good vegetarian and gluten free options, and a great selection of drinks.
The Bent Mast
The Bent Mast is actually more of a pub than a restaurant, and if I’m being honest, it is actually a house. Well, it is a pub/restaurant that is run out of a house that was built in the 1880s. This sounds weird (because it is weird) but stay with me, it is a legitimate establishment and it is really cute. They serve brunch, craft beer, burgers, and occasionally have live music. It’s a little strange at first, but then you start to feel right at home. Obviously it is supposed to be haunted.
The Drake is really trendy but also really comfortable, with couches and nice rugs, and it’s right downtown. It’s really laid back, like everything in Victoria. There is a good beer selection, and really interesting food. We went there on our first night in town and I got kimchi grilled cheese. I didn’t know you were allowed to put both of those things into the same sandwich, but oh man was it delicious.
To get to the Mint you have to walk down a dark and kind of sketchy flight of stairs, but it is so worth it once you’re there. The food is really good. We booked a room there for our government social and we hung out with Melanie Mark, the Minister for Advanced Education, and enjoyed the delicious combination of West Coast and Himalayan cuisine that they serve.
If you are interested in going to Victoria, meeting with MLAs and promoting students issues like mental health funding or student loan interest rates (and maybe getting a chance to visit one or two of the places on this list) then you should get involved with the advocacy work we are doing at the KSA. A great way to do this is to join the External Affairs committee here: http://www.kusa.ca/committees.html