Welcoming Vibe, Stylish Surroundings
This bustling bistro is a longstanding favourite in the Oak Bay neighbourhood. Since 1996, the cozy eatery has been welcoming locals and visitors alike. The small space has only about a dozen tables in the narrow room, but high ceilings give it an open, airy feel. The unusual shape of the restaurant creates two very private window seats at the front, perfect for an intimate evening. Diners sit at black clothed tables and enjoy their meals by candlelight, while loungy music plays in the background. The neutral coloured walls are decorated with a changing display of art by local talent, which can be purchased from the restaurant. In the warmer months, there are a few tables outside along the sidewalk — perfect for people watching along the hopping Oak Bay Avenue.
West Coast Fusion
Simple dishes expertly prepared and served with flair keep foodies coming back to this West Coast gem. For starters, seafood lover with be stuck choosing from dishes like mussels, tuna tartar and Blighty’s famous West Coast clam stew. Other options include organic salads, risotto and Asian-inspired chicken kabobs. For the main event, there are always a few seafood options, as well as choices from the land like fillet mignon, rack of lamb and pork tenderloin. All dishes come beautifully presented and accented with complimentary accompaniments and superb homemade sauces. Make sure at least one person at your table samples the Bill-Mur gourmet fish and chips: Brie, prawn, mushroom and herb stuffed halibut with fries and Caesar salad. To wash it all down, there’s a scrumptious selection of cocktails made fresh at the corner bar, and a great list of local and import wines and beers.
Focus on Fresh, Local Fare
A big focus at Blighty’s is on supporting local farmers, and so you’ll see lots of Vancouver Island, organic fare here. Seafood anchors the menu, and Blighty’s strives to serve only sustainable fish. The small menu changes seasonally to reflect what’s available locally, so you can always expect fresh new flavours. The wine list also shows strong support for B.C. bottles, and local beers are featured as well.