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Jun 3, 2011 07:20 AM

Looking for good sushi and dim sum in Victoria

I will be travelling to Victoria for the first time next week for a long weekend. My group is interested in finding some good asian fare as well as seafood. Any suggestions would be welcome. We are staying downtown near the harbour and will be relying on transit or foot to get around. Thanks

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  1. Good sushi is hard to come by in Victoria. Vancouver has more options and higher quality.

    Mutsuki-An is one of the better sushi restos in Victoria. It is not downtown, though. You would need to either walk about 45 minutes up Fort Street (not the most pleasant walk) or take the number 11 bus up Fort. The restaurant is located shortly after Fort turns into Cadboro Bay, next to Oak Bay High School.

    Daidoko is a lunch spot open only on weekdays. If you go, get there early. It is not really a sushi place though has some sushi options. The bonus here is that the dishes are made using only locally grown organic produce.

    Red Fish Blue Fish is a take-out food cart down in the inner harbour that serves fish sandwiches, tacones, etc...They use only fish that are caught in local waters.

    Brasserie L'Ecole always has some good seafood options on their menu (i.e. tuna, Sooke Trout, oysters, mussels, etc...) Their cuisine is decidedly non-Japanese, though.

    For a fine dining option, Camille's always has some good seafood appetizers and entrees.

    Avoid the tourist traps that abound everywhere (i.e. Chandlers, Pescatore's) that do not do justice to local seafood (and serve a great deal of non-local seafood).

    You may not find quite what you are looking for but you certainly will find some decent seafood in Victoria if you poke around.

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

    2075 Cadboro Bay, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

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    1. re: anewton

      For dim sum places – try either Jade Fountain (Red Lion Hotel). 4km from dwtn – take bus 30, 31, 50 from downtown to Douglas & Saanich. Two entrances – through the hotel (and down the elevator, I think), or right off Douglas street – two doors that lead down a staircase. Crazy busy on weekend (about 90% Chinese people) – try and get there around 11am on Sat/Sun. Some carts – mostly trays/or order.
      Don Mee’s – in Chinatown (Fisgard St.) – not as good as Jade. All carts. Weekends are best (but DS served everyday).
      For non-DS Chinese – grab the #6 Quadra bus from downtown to Quadra/Cloverdale – Halibut House (yes, it’s Chinese, really). Hole in the wall. Closed Mon. Great, fresh, no-msg Chinese (plus sui mai if you want dim sum as an appy). Sherry’s awesome – she’ll help you order.
      For sushi – I like Ebizo on Broughton (btw Broad & Gov’t) – try and get a rez, it’s pretty busy Fri/Sat. Haven’t been in a bit, but have heard good things around Shizen on Gov’t (40ft N of Fisgard).
      I 2nd the rec for RFBF – outside stools/counter for seating. Excellent fish/chips, grilled fish salad, spot prawn tacones, curry chips. Big line-ups.

      Halibut House
      3500 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8X1G9, CA

      Don Mee
      538 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W1R4, CA

      Jade Fountain Restaurant
      3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8Z3L3, CA