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Hidden Gems that you need to try in Victoria

There are so many eateries hidden in the corners of Victoria you may not have known they existed. Whether hidden around a corner, inside a building, or on a backstreet, there are hidden gems all over Victoria, you just have to know where to look. Where are they hiding? Let’s find out…. 

Winner Spotlight: Bao

Located at 626 Fisgard St. in Victoria BC’s Chinatown, Bao is a cozy 26-seat restaurant, locally owned and owner-operated in Victoria’s Chinatown, serving a variety of gua bao, ramen, bibimbap, Japanese curry, local beer, wine, and cider. Bao was voted by Tasting Victoria readers as one of the Best Hidden Gems in Victoria in our 2022 Best Restaurant Awards, presented by Portofino Bakery. Check out the top 3 showcased in the best hidden gem category, sponsored by the Bay Centre, here.

Best affordable eats in Victoria

You’re having a day out with friends and are looking for the perfect spot for a delicious meal that is not only tasty but affordable. Here is our list from Tasting Victoria on the best places in Victoria for dishes that not only taste great but are also priced reasonably affordable.

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Chef Spotlight Series: Sarah Maw, Friends of Dorothy (FOD)

Leading the kitchen of Friends of Dorothy is Chef Sarah Maw. Sarah is young, female, and queer, which makes her an anomaly in the world of chefs. She’s an ambitious Chef who regularly enters culinary competitions, and motivates her team to get creative in the kitchen! We caught up with Sarah as part of our chef spotlight series to learn more about her and how to make her perfect Lamb Merguez Meatball!

Same stunning view, New inspired horizons at Vista 18

Perched on the 18th floor of Victoria’s beloved locally owned hotel, the Chateau Victoria, you can expect the same breathtaking 360 degree city and harbour views from Vista 18 Restaurant & Lounge as always. But, Vista 18 has a refreshing new direction to serve up to its guests in this post-COVID era, including a freshly renovated space and an inspired new management team, bringing an invigorated energy to its dining experience. We can easily sum up their new concept in three words: authentic, local, elevated.