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!

Fireside Grill

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
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.