Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Superior Café (Victoria)

Have you ever had one of those meals where all the stars seem to align? This was one of those magical dining experiences for me. It was a gloriously sunny, warm spring day. And after visiting the James Bay farmer’s market and local community garden, my Mom and I decided it was time for a bite. Luckily, a friend had recommended The Superior Café which happened to be nearby (thanks, Q!).

From outside appearances, we didn’t really expect much, it is just a non-descript brick building. What we didn’t know was that hidden from the street is an amazing, two-level, outdoor Japanese/English garden patio teeming with beautiful flora and fauna. Each table comes with its own special centrepiece, which for one table is a zen fountain and a pool of goldfish. And if the visual beauty wasn’t enough, on hand was a live pianist playing the classics from Claire de Lune to Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago. My Mom and I both adore the piano, we just sat back and revelled in the sights and sounds.

Truly, this would have been enough of an experience to satisfy, however, enter stage left our server. He was perfectly charming, interesting, and recited the chef’s daily specials with pride and enthusiasm. I chose the daily special benny, named Benny the Next Generation, composed of a bed of well-seasoned yam gratin, and topped with perfectly poached eggs and a miso hollandaise. Excellent flavours. My Mom chose the daily special French Toast, which came with a rhubarb compote and vanilla crème anglaise and a side of Porkbelly. Again, well done. For dessert we shared the Ginger Cake, warm and deeply spiced, topped with candied ginger crème fraîche, sitting in a pool of caramel. Need I say more? The food is thoughtful, locally sourced, and created with an obvious humour.

More, please.

106 Superior Street, Victoria
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday only: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

1 comment:

suggah said...

So glad you enjoyed! Isn't the decor a riot?!! So much to look at.