A Delicious Food Journey at LURE Restaurant in Victoria
Food always seems to taste better when traveling or in unfamiliar surroundings. Perhaps it’s because travel sparks curiousity, often resulting in food experimentation and spirited dining experiences. Perhaps it’s because food tastes better when someone else prepares it for you. Whatever the case, we make it a priority to sample new foods when traveling, even if its only a few hours away from home.
On our most recent trip to Victoria, we were invited to dine at LURE Restaurant and Lounge, conveniently located within the newly renovated Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.
We don’t normally dine at hotel restaurants. It’s not that we have anything against hotel restaurants, we just prefer to get out and explore a city’s restaurant scene.
However, the invitation to dine at LURE Restaurant allowed us to change our normal routine and fully enjoy the comforts of the hotel experience. It was a welcomed change, especially with Baby B along for the ride (it’s so much easier to tend to a baby’s needs when you’re table is only an elevator ride away from your room!).
We enjoyed the restaurant’s casual setting and soaked up the unobstructed harbour views with a locally brewed Lighthouse Brewing Race Rocks Amber Ale.
It was so nice to have a dining experience with Baby B and not feel like his presence was unwanted. He was certainly a big hit with the servers and neighbouring diners.
Although we don’t consider ourselves to be full-blown foodies, we do find ourselves snapping photos of our food when we’re traveling. With that, we hope you enjoy the foodie photo journey below… it was a delicious weekend!
Grilled flatbread with romesco, hummus and black olive tapenade
Prosciutto crusted ahi tuna with kalamata olive broth & poached quail egg on tomato basmati rice
Grilled pork tenderloin with fresh tagliatteli, cambozola cream, pine nuts & apricot-carrot chutney
Seafood Gramigna pasta with salmon, halibut, mussels, capers, anchovies and shaved Parmesan
Baby B was very intrigued…
Caramelized lemon tart, served with meringue and blueberry-thyme compote
Eggs Benedict à La LURE with smoked salmon – great way to start the day!
Breakfast with an outstanding view of Victoria’s Inner Harbour
When we were dining the evening before, we noticed another guest snapping photos of her food. I remember saying, “at least we’re not the only ones taking photos of our food”. It made us feel a little less dorky when we pulled out our camera before digging in!
Ironically, later that evening we connected with Mijune on Twitter. She runs a Vancouver-based foodie blog (Follow Me Foodie) and was also invited to experience the hotel and restaurant. We had never met before but thought it would be fun to dine together on our second evening.
Fortunately for us, the chef prepared a 7-course tasting menu, allowing us to sample several dishes and wine pairings. It was fun dining with another blogger that focuses on a different niche.
You can read Mijune’s foodie reviews here.
Waterfront views, just before we began our 7-course dining extravaganza
Pernod scented clam chowder with chili oil
Creamy carrot soup for Nicole.
She’s a vegetarian but enjoys seafood – I guess that makes her a Pescatarian?
Arugula watercress salad with pistachio butter, balsamic reduction and chèvre cheese
Foie Gras Pâté with grilled brioche, dehydrated strawberry and quince quenelle
Oven roasted Pacific halibut with smoked potato silk, vegetables and black truffle emulsion
**This was our favourite plate of the evening
Pan seared wild salmon filet with sea asparagus sautee, marinated tomatoes,
wild mushroom and Parmesan polenta and tomato-squid ink sauce
Palate cleanser with roasted pineapple, gin and black pepper ice
Pan roasted Brome Lake duck breast with saffron poached potatoes and caramelized squash
Chocolate Pot de Creme served with candied bacon, vanilla poached orange and pistachio crumbs.
This dessert officially proved to me that bacon can be served with everything!
Smoked salmon frittata with wild salmon, fresh spinach, goat cheese and kennebec potatoes
Cranberry pecan French Toast with bananas foster sauce and raisins (outstanding!)
Do you like to dine at hotel restaurants? Care to share your favourite hotel restaurant or most memorable hotel restaurant experience?
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