Victoria’s Best New Restaurants 2018

These are the new kids on the block, and you should know about them.

By Cinda Chavich

Winner: The Courtney Room

BestRestaurants-CourtneyRoomNewRestaurantThe Courtney Room’s seared scallops feature Foxglove Farm radishes, charred cauliflower, pickled pearl onions and wild lamb dressed with anchovy and pine nut emulsion. Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet. 

Our favourite new restaurant is The Courtney Room in the Magnolia Hotel, a stylish bistro that embodies Parisian flavour. From the oyster bar in the casual main level, to chef Sam Harris’ smoked duck salad, leek vichyssoise and dry-aged steaks in the dining room upstairs, there’s a lot to explore in this modern, French-inspired menu. And with a $1.5 million renovation under its belt, it’s simply a stellar spot to dine out.

The Courtney Room, 619 Courtney St., 250-940-4090,


Runner Up: Persimmon Tree

Chef David Chung describes the shareable plates he creates at Persimmon Tree as “modern Korean cuisine,” and it’s worth the drive to the suburbs to try his fresh take on Asian classics.

Persimmon Tree, 193, 2401 Millstream Rd., 778-430-0355, 


Runner Up: Dobosala Cantina

Chef Kunal Ghose continues to impress with his latest venture, Dobosala Cantina, offering South Asian and Latin-inspired small plates in a new contemporary space.

Dobosala Cantina and Ride Thru, 760 Pandora Ave., 250-590-6068, 


Honorable Mentions: Accio, Fernwood Pizza

More Best Restaurants

The 2018 Best Restaurants were selected by a panel of judges. Meet the judges here

Best Overall Restaurants 

Best New Restaurants 

Best Casual Restaurants 

Best Hidden Gems

Best Chef-Driven 

Best Upscale 

Best Cocktail Bars 

Best Brunch

Best Food Trucks

Best Farm-to-Table

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This is from the July/August 2018 issue of YAM