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Chinese food in Victoria? other ethnic specialties?

sirinatsai Jun 14, 2010 12:47 PM

We're spending 3-4 days in Victoria during the first week of August. Due to time constraints, we are not going to Vancouver, where we'd anticipated gorging on Chinese food. How's the Chinese food in Victoria, or anywhere on Vancouver Island? Are there other ethnic foods that Victoria excels at? This will be at two-family vacation, with four kids, ages 4-10. Thanks!

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    frankerpulten RE: sirinatsai Jun 14, 2010 01:50 PM

    Hey Sirinatsai. Victoria's chinese food is pretty good (try East Garden in Fernwood) but I would have to say the thai and vietnamese food is better. Baan thai is a local favorite, and for vietnamese food Pho Vy for cheap pho, and le petit saigon for a pricier but greater range of food. Also, for south east asian street food, a new take out restaurant called Foo opened up recently on the corner of blanshard and yates that is supremely delicious. Japanese food is also pretty good here and Azuma on Yates is a local standard. We also have some good Tibetan food, try the Mint or for inexpensive buddhist vegetarian fare, The lotus pond (half price buffet at 230). I would have to say after all of this though that Victoria's best food is its west coast flavour. For that try Red Fish Blue Fish, a west coast fish taco joint in the inner harbour located near the float planes. For pricier fare ($10-$15), Victoria's most well known west coast dineries are Rebar and also Green Cuisine. Delicious vegetarian dishes.

    Red Fish Blue Fish
    1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

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      grayelf RE: frankerpulten Jun 14, 2010 09:09 PM

      +1 on the Red Fish Blue Fish recco -- not exactly ethnic food (unless maybe British?) but well worth the stop. The tacones are great and I love the fish and chips but don't miss the deep fried pickles -- really! I bet the kids would go nuts for 'em, which makes me a big kid I guess.

      I am heading over for a meeting from Vancouver tomorrow and plan to grab an early dinner there before my flight back. Do try to hit RFBF at an offish hour if you can as the line up can get a little crazy at regular meal hours.

      Red Fish Blue Fish
      1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

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      Eatingqueen RE: sirinatsai Jun 17, 2010 11:26 AM

      Chinese food generally in Victoria cannot be compared to Vancouver - BUT recently, we've discovered a hidden gem for Sichuan food, which is comparable to what I had in recent trips to China. The restaurant name is deceptive (from previous owners), "Hong Kong West" on Fort Street at Richmond, but the food is sublime if you get the owner, Yan, to suggest dishes, especially off menu. PLEASE order these dishes (we order this every single visit): Joh-Ji (Chicken with garlic and peppercorns), si-ji-dou (seasoned green beans - this is off menu so ask), the eggplant with garlic sauce. With a dish of steamed rice, you have a delicious dinner for 4. We also enjoy the cold spicy beef dish (off menu), the stir-fried spicy potato (only on special order) and the imperial prawns. Be forewarned, these dishes are very hot. In two years, we have managed to upgrade from mild to regular on some, but not all dishes. The heat is worth the flavour. Don't be put off by the plain decor, the food is excellent and there is a reason why lots of mandarin-speaking students flock here. See what other tables have ordered and ask for the same - avoid the chinese-canadian fare on the menu, that's just for westerners who don't understand sichuan cuisine. Yan and her family are extremely hospitable and you will want to come back again. Go and spread the word!!!!

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        grayelf RE: Eatingqueen Jun 17, 2010 11:37 PM


      2. sumashi RE: sirinatsai Jun 18, 2010 02:04 PM

        Not sure if you did a search for this, but a previous thread for the same request can be found here:


        I don't think you'll be really blown away by Chinese food here, but if you must eat it, then dim sum at the Red Lion Inn (cheaper) or Golden City (more expensive) seems to be recommended. I've been to Red Lion and they are pretty good for Victoria and the service is great. I haven't been to Golden City, but have looked through their menu. Expect to pay $5 a dish.

        My other recommendations around town would be Daidoco for Japanese, Red Fish Blue Fish for f&c and tacones, Sweet Memories (on Government St) for ice cream, and Hernandez for Central American food. They are all very casual and fine for kids.

        If you have a car and make a trip north of Victoria on Hwy 1 over the Malahat, I'd also recommend La Pommeraie Bistro in Cobble Hill.
        Enjoy your trip :


        Red Fish Blue Fish
        1006 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

        Golden City Restaurant
        721 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W1R8, CA

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