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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hidden Gem

Victoria has a lot of restaurants but here's one that many visitors to the city (residents, too) may miss because of its location. It is the dining room at the Legislative Assembly Building. It's actually in the Legislature on the lowest floor. It's not well signposted or advertised and, to be frank, it's a bit difficult to find - several doors and stairways need to be negotiated - though security staff are very helpful in pointing out the way. However, the ambience and service are exceptional (look at those linen napkins!), the menu is varied, the food is excellent and the prices are about half what you would expect in such a venue (three of us had a splendid lunch with wine for $50 and change).

8 comments:

William Kendall said...

To the best of my knowledge, any such facility in Parliament here would be strictly in-house and not for vistors.

Kate said...

I have a feeling that its "hidden" location is perhaps deliberate. Makes it more exclusive for those who are in-the-know!

JoJo said...

I had no idea. And if I knew there was a diningroom, I'd have assumed it was for members and employees only.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for this interesting tip on this place. I love linen tablecloths. Wonder if they have vegetarian dishes?

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks all for your kind comments.
@Stephanie: Yes, two vegetarian options - a Vegetarian Quesadilla and a Vegetarian Patty Melt. In the past I've had both and both were good. There's also quite an extensive salad menu including at least one vegetarian salad.

Matthew Feehan said...

Hi Benjamin: is this restaurant for lunch only or could we go there at 5 or 6 pm for a nice supper? Thanks, Matthew & Carolyn and Madison from Edmonton

Benjamin Madison said...

@Matthew: It's only open for lunch and breakfast and when the legislature is in session it's not open to the public between 11:30 and 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Feehan said...

Thanks Benjamin. It's looks so enticing, we'll be sure to go there for lunch next time we're in town.