These three restaurants get recognition for their attention to every, local detail.
By Cinda Chavich
This perfect summer plate from Agrius features poached rhubarb, strawberries, toasted buckwheat, yogurt mousse, sheep sorrel and a buckwheat tuile. Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.
Farm-to-table is the mantra for Island chefs, and Agrius snagged our top spot for its attention to every local detail, from the house-fermented vegetables and breads made with house-milled flours to Island-farmed meats and organic produce. Owner Cliff Leir points to his chef Max Durand and his “inspiring kitchen team” for following Fol Epi’s lead, by sourcing ingredients from like-minded, ethical producers, and making this one of the city’s best-loved local tables.
Agrius, 732 Yates St., 778-265-6312, agriusrestaurant.com
Runner Up: 10 Acres Kitchen
10 Acres Kitchen literally bought the farm (in Saanich) to supply their own seasonal vegetables, duck and free-range pork to three busy outlets.
10 Acres Kitchen, 620 Humboldt St., 250-940-0735 and two other locations, 10acreskitchen.ca
Runner Up: Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
Victoria’s original city brewpub, Spinnakers lives the vida local, whether it’s eclectic brews (think Silk Road Iced Tea Pale ale or Holliewood Oyster Stout) and a gastro-pub menu that boasts a who’s who of Island purveyors.
Spinnakers, 308 Catherine St., 250-386-2739, spinnakers.com
Honorable Mentions: Wild Mountain Food + Drink, Sooke Harbour House
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This is from the July/August 2018 issue of YAM