|Cuisine Type |||Cuban, Asian|
|Amenities |||Full Bar|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
Profile Last Updated: January 07, 2009
Approaching the Temple Building in the heart of Victoria's Old Town district, one might be pardoned for assuming the namesake restaurant would be a place for grannies to take tea. Get closer though and house beats swirl from street-side speakers announcing to passers-by that this place is cool, hip, trendy and definitely upscale. The white leather sofas, chrome touches and wood Eames-style chairs housed at the Temple would all be at home in trend-setting decor magazines.
Food Finds Cocktails and Rock
International flavours mix and mingle at the Temple. A glowing frosted glass bar provides a focal point in the otherwise dim room. Here bartenders concoct the latest in smart cocktails. This is a place to see and be seen. Or, if you prefer not to be seen, take a small group into the Velvet Room where low-slung tables are surrounded by benches covered in pillows to encourage less formal dining. The Temple is not a typical Victorian-style restaurant. The colonial artifice disguises a menu prepared with mostly Asian and Cuban influences.
Award-Winning Heritage Restoration
The Temple Restaurant is housed in a former financial office originally built in 1893. Richly decorated sandstone wraps around the only remaining commercial building designed by architect Samuel Mclure. Mclure's stately homes and cottages helped shape the look of the surrounding city. After a few steps down the Spartan hallway however, and you will forget the outside veneer immediately.