We are heading into the tail end of August (gasp!) and although some people are starting to wonder about their fall wardrobe, or how to maximize two more weeks of beach days, we are here to tell you that your palette should prepare for some fresh tuna. From now until October, we are officially in prime tuna season on British Columbia’s Westcoast, so you might as well take advantage of it by maximising your tuna experience in Victoria with these six delicious dishes.
If you watched any reality TV in the early 2000s, you will know where this reference came from, (hint: Google Jessica Simpson quotes). This is the heartiest tuna dish on the list and a perfect option for someone looking to fill up on tuna with a pub-style flair. Hot tip: if you want to keep it light but still want to indulge on some fries, skip the bun and ask for this burger on a lettuce stack.
This zesty taco is a perfect morsel if you just want a tuna snack, or you can grab a couple for a full blown meal. With lightly marinated albacore tuna, this taco comes topped with a crunchy coleslaw, salsa, wakame seaweed, and pickled ginger in a mild wasabi mayo.
This is not your average tuna melt. With roasted broccolini, scallions, and black sesame, this warm dish with cold smoked tuna is elevated comfort food. A perfect lunch option on a cooler day, you can order this open faced sandwich as is, or spicy. Cozy up in the rear Fort Commons courtyard with this and decide if you dare to go cutlery free.
Oshi, a pressed sushi, is both beautiful and decadent, and this style is becoming increasingly popular in Victoria. If you haven’t tried it yet, the Bluenose oshi from E:Né is a fantastic place to start. You will find this aburi (torched) style tuna oshi topped with jalapeno and buttery house aioli. If you only have one place to stop and want to try all the tuna things, E:né is hard to beat. Hot tip: you can also find this oshi on their happy hour menu and save $6.
Are you looking for a crisp and refreshing tuna dish that can still fill you up? The tuna tacone from Red Fish Blue Fish is the perfect option. Their lightly seared tuna and scrumptious coleslaw combo is encased in a perfectly grilled, warm tortilla cone wrap. Sit back and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful harbour as you savour this tuna dish, or take advantage of this ‘no-neck-tilt required’ tacone to-go.
As any foodie aficionado from Victoria will tell you, if you want the best, most consistent tuna tataki, go to Ebizo. Perfectly tender, lightly seared, and served with a ponzu sauce, you probably won’t want to share these six slices of paradise. You may even want to order extras of the miso-ginger dressed cabbage as even the side on this dish is delectable. Have it naked, dressed in ponzu, or with bites of cabbage, this is the top way to get your tuna fix in town.
Ebizo Japanese Restaurant Tue - Sat 11:30am - 7pm (take-out only)