I'm biased with good reason. I eat here 4 or 5 times a year for special occasions and I have to clearly state that I think it is the best restaurant in Victoria, in terms of food and value for your money. To be clear, I'm certainly not saying it's inexpensive, but you leave feeling that it was money well-spent.
I started with champagne on my last visit with my wife and her family. The Chalet carries one of my non-vintage favourites: Bollinger Special Cuvee. After a bottle of that, we ordered a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier. Both very nice. After that, I kept it cheaper with Wolf Blass Chardonnay and DuBoeuf Beaujolais. That's just what I like to drink, but there is plenty to choose from... literally thousands upon thousands of bottles.
I decided to try some caviar, because I've only had it once before when I was quite young. Beautifully presented and quite tasty on blinis, but unexpectedly filling. Next time, I might ask for crostinis to keep it lighter.
I followed the caviar with a bowl of lobster bisque. The soup was perfectly spiced and very enjoyable. Always a consistent choice.
After the bisque, I enjoyed the Tomato salad. Lightly dressed with olive oil and balsamic. Beautifully presented...
I then shared Lobster Thermidor with my wife. Extremely tasty and the meat was easy to remove. It was the first time I've ever had thermidor and I will certainly order it again.
And for mains, I had filet of beef with red wine sauce. Very tender and tasty without being too huge a serving (I was starting to get full).
Dessert was warm chocolate cake, an espresso, and a Remy Martin. Though quite full, all of this was consumed over 3 or 4 hours, so I didn't feel uncomfortable.
The service is friendly and very professional. The ambiance was very nice and cozy (they've got a real fireplace in the middle of the restaurant). A wonderful evening was had by all! Writing this has made me very, very hungry...