Pescatores reopens to rave reviews

Its beautiful new interior is perfect for the growing sophistication of Victoria.

Pescatores’ renovation is complete and thank goodness.

Its beautiful new interior is perfect for the growing sophistication of Victoria.

There are options to be had here with three restaurants in one but my interest was in the cocktails that can be ordered in any of the rooms. In the past I wouldn’t consider Pescatores’ as cocktail centric but there seems to be a new emphasis on considered drinks and a playful style.

Classic cocktails have updated names with a nod to our locale. The Malahatten steps in for the classic Manhattan, the Old Way for an Old Fashioned and the Sunset Mule is a local take on the Moscow Mule featuring Fever Tree Ginger Beer, though I must confess a preference for Q Ginger this one does hold its own.

If you’re looking for other riffs then check out the Evil Twin, a negroni twist utilizing trendy Aperol to good effect and the Southern Hemisphere, a sour with Pisco and Cointreau that is light, refreshing and perfect for the street patio here.

To nosh, there are no better fresh oysters in town and there were seven varieties the day we were in. I would have liked to try an unavailable Brandade (how can they be out, they just opened!), a classic Portuguese dip of salt cod and olive oil, but settled for a lightly curried calamari over the flatbread or prawns. Mike Murphy has created another great spot for locals and tourists.

 

Just Posted

Bill Gaston, Monique Gray Smith capture Victoria Book Prizes for 2018

Butler Book Prize and Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize winners collect $5,000 each

Canada’s country music sweetheart brings The Gumboot Kids to town

Jessie Farrell to perform songs from her hit CBC TV series at McTavish Academy of Arts

VIFF wrap-up: Finely crafted films part of festival finale

Monday reviewer Kyle Wells puts a cap on his 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival experience

FILM REVIEWS: Race relations, refugees and racy romances featured at VIFF

Monday reviewer Kyle Wells presents round 2 from the Vancouver International Film Fest

An eye for art: The new and the notable at fall’s premier arts event

Sidney Fine Art Show shares wealth of Island talent Oct. 11 to 13

WATCH: Twelve Angry Jurors puts a new spin on an old tale

Canadian College of Performing Arts opens season with reworked version of Reginald Rose teleplay

WATCH: Twelve Angry Jurors puts a new spin on an old tale

Canadian College of Performing Arts opens season with reworked version of Reginald Rose teleplay

INDY FILM FARE: 1970s hedonism and more at The Vic Theatre

From Studio 54 to Rocky Horror, there’s plenty of excess to observe this month

Shark-attack metal band coming to Victoria tonight

Shark Infested Daughters, a Calgary metalcore group, play the Upstairs Cabaret tonight, Oct. 13

STAGE AND SONG: Spotlight on Victoria arts groups

Learn about some of the city’s favourite theatre and musical entertainment options

Island lensman Jim Decker lands three top photography awards

During exciting photo trip to Yap in Micronesia, Cobble Hill man earns trio of firsts

Most Read