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

Emerging Sooke filmmaker takes spotlight with special award

Mary Galloway creates her own opportunities

Government House gala a great time to announce new Langham Court season

Production chair Alan Penty unveils 90-year-old theatre company’s plans for the coming year

Wild about nature photos: Royal B.C. Museum set to kick off annual exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition winners, finalists’ works on display starting Friday

REVIEW: Allan Reid finds a meal fit for a king

Monday’s intrepid restaurant reviewer gets the royal treatment at the Fireside Grill

FILM FEST WRAP: Your winners, reviewer’s favourites make for differing lists

Kyle Wells takes a look back on the Victoria Film Festival’s 25th anniversary event

Seedy Saturday blossoms at Victoria Conference Centre this weekend

Speakers cover wide range of topics, including how to utilize small spaces for gardening

Port Alberni production tells real stories of casual racism

Divided We Fall coming to ADSS and the Capitol Theatre

Women dominated in Grammys nominations, but will they win?

This year’s nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys

Most Read