Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe
We spent last weekend in Victoria running the TELUS Junior World Skins tournament at Bear Mountain. Since we did not have time to leave the course and enjoy downtown Victoria the entire weekend, we decided to check into the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe for some R&R and a good dinner on Monday night. This is the first time that I had stayed at the Delta (Jeff had been there before) and we were both impressed with the service and the rooms, especially the valet and bell staff. We checked in early and spent the afternoon in the LURE lounge with a great view of the inner harbour. Jeff caught up on Twitter and Facebook hooked up to the free wireless and I caught up on some reading with a delicious blackberry Mojito in hand.

Wharfside Eatery and Decks
We were somewhat surprised to find several of the restaurants in the Inner Harbour area closed for dinner on Monday night. We had received Twitter recommendations for both Camille’s and Topo’s but both were closed so we settled on Wharfside Eatery on Wharf Street (which we had been to before) mainly for the view of the Inner Harbour. We got a great table along the window and ordered drinks and the Smoked Salmon Trio. The Classic Margarita was not so classic served in a pint glass with what seemed like regular table salt on the rim. The star of the Trio was the cold smoked salmon served with capers and a spicy mayo based sauce. We were told that it was smoked in-house and was indeed very fresh. The other two salmons, hot smoked and Indian candied were a bit overcooked and dry but the butter and balsamic sauce provided did soften them up. One A, two C’s so will give the starter a B.

Fat Bastard
The wine list was quite small but offered a few interesting choices in addition to a staple selection of BC wines. We chose the Fat Bastard Shiraz from France, which we have had once before, but not for a while. It was a good choice. For dinner Jeff had the Penne Alfredo with Calico scallops and Tara the fresh Halibut with a Neptune topper also with Calico scallops. The Halibut was very tender and seemed very fresh and the scallops were terrific, very tasty. (We only found out later that the scallops were from the Atlantic and not the Pacific.) Over all the food was good and the service average and with paper napkins and cheap wine glasses we’ll find somewhere else next time. Next time we are in Victoria we will make sure it is not a Monday so we can try the seafood at Camille’s.

Cabin 12
It is worth mentioning again (see our previous blog “Dining in Victoria – Cabin 12”) that Cabin 12 serves a fabulous Eggs Benny. We made a point of getting up in time to stop in for breakfast before our ferry ride home. With hollandaise made to order and perfectly poached eggs, any of the four benny choices would be great, but Tara’s choice still remains the Cabin Fever with green and red peppers, red onions and guacamole. Follow them on Twitter @cabin12victoira as they do host many events.

We do love visiting downtown Victoria but always wish we could be “beemed’ home instead of suffer through the whole BC Ferries experience. Maybe one day…

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