3 of us went for our Xmas lunch. I don't think it's open for lunch normally, only for Christmas...and then only on Thurs. & Fridays. The restaurant is nice, I didn't mind the decor. Versace plates decorate the tables...
We went with the Xmas Lunch menu which was $40 for 3 courses & $20 more for the wine pairings which 2 of us did. They gave me a copy of the menu so I will remember it all!
We started with a cocktail. A Grey Goose martini was $17. My Bombay Sapphire martini was $13. The other had a Stella beer which I didn't see the price for.
We were treated to an amuse bouche of fois gras with a stollen raisin bread. It was a nice bite!
I started with the Cowichan Goat Cheese appetizer which came with garden herbs, pickled beets & citrus. It was paired with a french sauvignon blanc. Pretty tasty, I just thought the beets had way too much vinegar.
The guys had lobster bisque which was the BEST bisque any of us had ever tasted. I was very jealous of their choice & it was served with lobster oil, sour cream, chives & caviar. The wine was a Hess chardonnay.
There were 3 choices offered for the main course. None of us had the Vancouver Island Scallops with organic ratatouille, tomato & basil puree served with Barefoot pinot grigio.
I had the Dry Aged BC Filet Mignon served with sweet potato & chestnuts & oxtail sauce. The wine was J. Lohr cab sauvignon. The steak was cooked perfectly, but I thought it was just ok. My friend who had this same dish, finished in a quarter of the time I did and said he loved it. I just thought the steak was meh.
Other friend had Pan Roasted Steelhead with garden kale, bacon & lemon thyme sauce. It was served with Ayler Kupp Riesling wine. We were surprised to find out it was tuna when it was delivered as we were expecting trout. He said it was delicious and I never did get a bite.
For dessert they got Vanilla Panna Cotta with warm red fruit. It was served with a blackberry wine. They said it was great.
I ordered Chocolate Terrine with crunch meringue & dulce de letce. The wine was a muscat. I let the guys eat my dessert as I'm not much into sweets. They cleaned it up. We all had another cocktail & got some sweet nuts, complimentary as well.
Lunch before tip was $250. A very nice afternoon. We were there for a full 2 hours and were the only customers! One friend said he's definitely going to go back & take his girlfriend. Me & the other said we'll wait and see which restaurant I pick for next Xmas.