Victoria and Vancouver breakfast, lunch and dinner
Driving from Seattle to Victoria and then 1 day in Vancouver before we fly back home. Looking for hidden gems or top ten restaurants for all three meals. A traveling companion has already chosen Il Terrazzo for us but we need other suggestions.
I'll chime in, though keep in mind I've only been to Vancouver and Victoria a few times (and enjoyed it immensely) but ultimately the locals would probably know a lot more than I do :)
In Victoria, there's the famous Red Fish Blue Fish. We went there 'cause, well, everybody goes there. For a place that got "big", their quality, I find, is still quite solid. Lines can be quite long though.
Devour is a pretty good place for a solid lunch-- casual, well-made food, and for a small-ish shop they usually have a variety of things to offer (always a vegetarian option too, if that's something you're looking for).
If you're in the mood for a quick Japanese meal, Uchida Eatery is a very good option. They focus mostly on cooked foods though (and their small menu changes everyday), so not a lot, if any, sashimi or sushi.
Ulla gets a lot of justified love. They're a little pricier but I found the place to be worth it. They're very creative with their methods, but back it up with the execution. Open for lunch too.
And if you're in the mood for South Asian food, Cafe Ceylon is highly recommended. The Seafood Pot is a must (I prefer it with the rice noodles as opposed to udon). Now I haven't had a lot of that cuisine so I can't testify to its authenticity, even if it tasted amazing, but a Sri Lankan friend of mine tells me it's the real deal.
As for Vancouver, I didn't stay for long, but my girlfriend and I loved YEW at the Four Seasons. Great seafood dishes. And the GF, who is a allergic to quite a few things (she's basically a nut-free vegetarian), was catered to wonderfully.
We also stopped into Cafe Nuba in Yaletown for a quick bite. Very tasty Lebanese food.
Hope this helps!