Owner and executive chef Rob Feenie opened this casual bistro style restaurant in 2003, next door to his more upscale Lumiere. Feenies’ menu is every bit as tasty as Lumiere with less extravagance. The whimsical food ranges from shepherd’s pie, hot dogs and poutine to more elaborate main courses and exquisite desserts (a chocolate crème brule to die for). The décor is slick with voluptuous red walls in a bar that serves some great martinis.
As I always believe food is a key component for a truly sensual evening, Feenies is a great way to prime this engine (as long as you don’t overdo it). It is not within walking distance of any hotels, so I would recommend a cab to and from the restaurant. This ensures you can imbibe safely and cuddle all the way back.
Whether sipping on a pumpkin pie martini at the bar or sitting down to a full gourmet meal with an accompanying flight of wines, West Restaurant provides an elegant setting for the beginning of a romantic evening. Executive Chef David Hawksworth has created a menu that never fails to stimulate the palate with its fine attention to detail and high quality local ingredients.
This award winning restaurant stimulates all the senses with creations like salad of Vancouver Island Dungeness crab and smoked salmon caviar with citrus and shiso dressing, or prime tenderloin and red wine braised short ribs, horseradish Chantilly and red wine jellies, or a chocolate tasting dessert trio of amaretto chocolate crepe with orange bavarois, chocolate marzipan mousse tartelette and chocolate olive oil cake with dark chocolate ice cream. West also boasts an impressive award winning wine list that includes a range of prices as well as a large number available by the glass, half litre or litre.
One of the best secrets of the place is its early prix fixe menu until 6:00 PM. It makes dining at this fine restaurant much more affordable. If you are wanting to have a long evening in your hotel anyway, this early meal may be the perfect way to begin your night of pleasure.