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Mee Wah "exotic Chinese cuisine" restaurant
The photo above was a setting for 4 adults celebrating Mother's Day in Victoria, BC. The 4 courses included one-half a crispy skin roast chicken, steamed "black-fish" served with green onions and cilantro/coriander, a mixed vegetables dish featuring black mushrooms, snow peas, brocolli, baby corn and straw-mushrooms; a sweet and sour pork dish (lower right) and white rice.
The meal included complimentary sweet bean soup and fresh orange slices at the end.
As a very popular restaurant in the Oak Bay and Greater Victoria area - we recommend you make reservations. For modest prices, you get great Cantonese Chinese food, table-cloth settings, friendly service in air-conditioned comfort and clean bathrooms (appear to be wheelchair accessible - though we didn't test that feature out this visit).
Victoria's Chinatown, established around 1858, on Fisgard Street is Canada's oldest intact functioning Chinatown. This section is in part dedicated to the early pioneer restauranteurs and the current merchants and food establishments in this historic part of Victoria within walking distance of the Inner Harbor. Some places we recommend you check out include:
If you're not interested in Chinese food, there happens to
be excellent Pub-style food a block away at Swans hotel / microbrewery-pub / restaurant, or the well known
Herald Street Caffe-Cafe,
For those looking for a cup of coffee, expresso or latte and snack or light meal, there is the QV Cafe-Bakery open 24 hours, right across the street from the Memorial Gateway to Chinatown, on Government and Fisgard Streets intersection. A feature of QV is the outdoor section of tables - great on one of Victoria's many mild weather days, almost all year long. You'll find QV a regular drop-in for local Police officers and Ambulance service staff on coffee break, an indirect endorsement of its convenient location and service.
Within 4 square blocks you have a cornucopia of Chinese, Western and European eating places as well as half a dozen grocery stores, 4 barbecue meat store-outlets, serving a range of tastes from "Canadian-Chinese food, Szechwan food, northern Beijing style food, as well as Cantonese style noodle house menu's and dim sum luncheons.Click for dining room big picture.
"Legendary Burgers" and Western-Style Home-Cooked Food Cafes and Restaurants
2 blocks away from Chinatown - on the intersection of Douglas Street and Caledonia Street, we have
one of the consistently good White Spot Restaurants "... home of the Legendary Burger".
Across the street, on Douglas Street, we have the Victoria's original Paul's Motor Inn & Restaurant - with great menu and extended late nite hours.
24 hour western style food is available at
Down Government Street a few blocks north of Chinatown, across the Point Ellice / Bay Street bridge you find Humphries Family Restaurant (in the West Side Village Shopping Centre - across from SaveOn Foods and next to the TD bank) for home cooked style breakfasts, with bacon & eggs, toast, pancakes etc. or for lunch, a great selection of burgers, Taco bowl salads, sandwiches, chili, spaghettei etc.; or choose from the tradtional western style dinner menu with things like chicken cordon bleu, beef liver, salisbury steak, meatloaf, pork chops, turkey dinner, savory salmon, and New York Steak.
Greek-Italian Restaurants in Victoria
For a mediterranean-european ambiance, check out
A word on MSG (mono-sodium-glutumate or "Accent"): for people sensitive or allergic to MSG in their food, we suggest you not order food that may contain "oyster/oyster-flavoured" sauce and even some soy sauces - as these often contain significant amounts of MSG. so even when some restaurants state they do not put MSG in their recipes, you may want to err on the side of caution. One give-away symptom for this writer is suddenly finding the restaurants tea is so great that I consume pots of the stuff that I normally wouldn't.
Names and suggestions of eating spots on this section are from long time Canadian and foreign born residents of Victoria. While we share these suggestions based on our own experience over the years with most of these restaurants, we assume no responsibility if you find your own experience of these establishments not to your liking - however - most of these places have been around for many years and have well deserved good reputations in the local Victoria community.I wish you good eating and shopping,
Neal Chan (et al who grew up in Victoria)
contributing content editor to MetroTown.info
An interesting site to visit to see if your favorite restaurant, cafe or coffee shop or market passed their most recent health inspection and how they rated.
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