Where to find fresh, creative dishes conceptualized by some of the city’s best chefs, that are sure to please the palate.
By Cinda Chavich
Chef Peter Zambri. Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.
Peter Zambri is one of the city’s best-loved chefs and together with his sister Jo, delivers beautiful Italian “soul food” at Zambri’s. It’s a bright, modern space with an excellent wine list, professional staff and a green, carbon-neutral ethos. Zambri’s has space for large groups, but singles can grab a seat at the bar too. It’s a comfortable and convivial place to dine, whether you’re craving a simple plate of pasta or an inspired, multi-course Italian dinner.
Zambri’s, 820 Yates St., 250-360-1171, zambris.ca
Runner Up: Saveur
At Saveur, chef Robert Cassels cooks every night, melding his French style with local ingredients for truly innovative tasting menus that offer a culinary journey in protein- or vegetable-forward courses.
Saveur, 658 Herald St., 250-590-9251, saveurrestaurant.ca
Runner Up: Wild Mountain Food & Drink
Chef Oliver Kienest looks to local farmers and fishers for his inspired seasonal cuisine at Wild Mountain Food + Drink, where ingredients are literally foraged in the forest or beach outside his kitchen in Sooke.
Wild Mountain Food & Drink, 1831 Maple Avenue S., Sooke, 250-642-3596, wildmountaindinners.com
Honorable Mentions: OLO, The Courtney Room
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This is from the July/August 2018 issue of YAM