The Saanich Peninsula is a hot spot for locally-grown and Island-fresh produce – and the perfect place for keen foodies and wine aficionados. So jump on the bus, grab your bike or take a short drive and try the local cuisine for yourself! Here are just a few places we’re highlighting in this post:
Georgia Café and Deli
With a beautiful waterfront location, Georgia’s Café and Deli
in the Sidney Pier Hotel is a great spot for a coffee and a freshly baked treat. Coffee connoisseurs will appreciate the Caffe Umbria blends while tea lovers will enjoy a wide range of ethically-sourced Mighty Leaf teas. Lunch menus include generous made-to-order deli sandwiches as well as creative salad and pasta choices. Enjoy a savoury Cheese & Green Onion scone or sample a freshly baked cranberry cornmeal peach muffin to set you up for the day!
A short 15-minute drive from downtown brings you to Fireside Grill
, a local favourite serving an exciting and unique menu with an international flavour. Stop by for a wide choice of lunch options such as pickled ginger and scallop pakoras, the lamb and gorgonzola burger, or the house-candied salmon pizza. For dinner, sample the 6 oz steak topped with deliciously creamy Dungeness crab served with garlic mash and green beans, or pork loin and crispy leeks with truffle mash. Finish off with a decadent dessert; the dessert sampler features New York cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake with amaretto gelato, and orange saffron cream puffs.
- Oysters and local wine at Seagrille restaurant
Brentwood Bay Seagrille
Overlooking the spectacular Saanich Inlet, Brentwood Bay Resort's Seagrille Seafood & Sushi oceanfront restaurant
focuses on using locally-sourced seasonal seafood and ingredients in their gourmet offerings. Westcoast-inspired dishes come beautifully presented and with a creative twist; try the local wild halibut with braised lentils, chorizo and orange gremolata or slow-braised pork belly with scallops. Browse their extensive wine list of international and local choices for a perfect pairing with your meal. Handcrafted sushi options are also plentiful – fresh favourites such as Dynamite and California rolls feature alongside their own creations such as the veggie Brentwood roll and seafood-filled Findlayson roll. On top of the enticing food options, enjoy the incredible views from inside or on the heated balcony.