Visited October 2009 - Dinner
Bustling on a Monday night. Dark with a slightly romantic bent. I could see less sophisticated locals finding it great. Certainly not a tourist destination, and we're certainly not planning a return visit.
what we had:
Local Oysters: shallot, red chili & mint mignonette
Generally when you order oysters the mignonette comes on the side. Imagine Jack's surprise when his 1/2 dozen come bathed in mignonette and chili masking any nuances of the oysters.
Local Corn Soup: charred tomatillo salsa
Roast Wild Mushroom & Corn Ragout: garlic sautéed spinach, poached egg
A dish crying for seasoning, it ran flat. Texture could have been improved with crispier mushrooms. 4 elements without a marriage.
Cacciucco (Tuscan Style Fish Stew) shellfish, local fish, soffritto and herbs
Sounds good. The reality is chunks of overcooked white fish and a number of clams. The broth was ok. Not a winner.
Pancetta Wrapped Ireland Farms Chicken Breast: mushroom stuffing, corn and scallion risotto, marsala jus
The Risotto was good. The chicken was on the drier side - the boneless breast was rolled, stuffed with mushroom puree and rolled in pancetta. Not crispy just dry.
Crispy Beer Braised Sloping Hills Farm Pork Belly: braised greens, green onion-potato purée : Where's the fat? No succulence to be found. The belly was on the drier side, not very crispy.
Sooke Harbor House