Last month, I took my second trip to Victoria. You would think I would know better than to eat near tourist areas, but my boyfriend and I still found ourselves sticking with restaurants near the Inner Harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf. Even with the help of Yelp and TripAdvisor, we still struggled to find unique places to eat in Victoria.
Thanks to Off the Eaten Track Food Tour, we now know where to eat when we return to Victoria (yes – there will be a next time!) There are several food tours in Victoria but Off the Eaten Track has the best TripAdvisor reviews and we were glad we organized our tour with them!
We originally hoped to go on the Canada 150 tour, which highlights some classically Canadian treats. Due to bad weather we opted for Off the Eaten Track’s Knife & Fort Tour, which was a special experience as well. Here’s my Off the Eaten Track Food Tour Review!
Choux Choux Charcuterie
We started at Choux Choux Charcuterie where we were offered sampler tray featuring homemade sausages, pates, and artisanal meats and cheeses. Everything was great but the pate was my favorite! We were bummed we couldn’t take any across the border back home! The staff was very knowledgable about all the cheeses and meats on offer as well.
Next we headed to La Taquisa – a Mexican restaurant with modern decor and traditional Mexican recipes. This was probably my least favorite stop on the tour simply because I’m not a huge fan of Mexican food. I don’t like tomatoes, so it’s kind of a no-brainer that I wouldn’t love Mexican The tacos we sampled were good, though – even for someone who isn’t crazy about Mexican cuisine.
Our next stop was Yalla, which offers Middle Eastern street eats. Here we sampled Hawaij Spiced Fries with lemon mint yogurt dip. Hawaij is a Yemeni ground spice mixture that tasted a bit like curry powder mixed with cumin. The menu looked interesting and we would like to sample more when we return to Victoria. It would have been nice to hear more about the food from the restaurant owner since the guide said the restaurant has a unique backstory. Unfortunately, she seemed busy with food prep and didn’t engage with our group. Maybe next time!
Tulip Cafe & Rice Bar
Tulip Cafe & Rice Bar, our next stop, was my favorite restaurant on the tour! The owner was incredibly friendly and made sure we felt welcome. He offered us cumin water, which has a lot of health benefits I was unaware of. We sampled Piadinas and basmati rice with lima beans. Piadinas are an Italian street food with a flaky crust, fresh vegetables, and usually some type of meat. The owner let us sample some of his homemade pickled veggies as well!
Our last stop was Crust Bakery, which features baked goods and artisanal bread. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I loved everything we sampled. The Crème brûlée was my favorite, though!
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience Victoria with a knowledgable local guide, I highly recommend taking a walking food tour in Victoria with Off the Eaten Track! You can learn more about the company and their tours here.