Where to Eat in Canada

“Almost everyone in Victoria has visited Point no Point at some time in their lives. It’s a favourite area for weekend walks, the scenery being uniformly spectacular. The resort has been here for 50 years. Their teas were famous in Miss Packham’s era, but Stuart and Sharon Soderberg, who took over twenty years ago, still offer raisin scones with real whipped cream, finger sandwiches, berry crumble and carrot cake, plus a pot of loose tea – all for $12.95. In the last year or two Jason MacIsaac and Jason Nienaber (they’re joint chefs) have been turning out dinners that compare with the best. Lunches are simple – seafood chowder, spinach salad with poached pears and walnut vinaigrette and a Cajun-chicken roll-up. But in the evening you might start more ambitiously with a risotto of morels and sweet corn or ravioli with spinach and ricotta and go on to something like veal osso buco, roast chicken with tomato and rosemary or pork tenderloin with a purée of squash. After that there’s a rich chocolate mousse and bread-and-butter pudding in a rum-and-caramel sauce. Everything tastes as it should. There’s a nice short wine list featuring chardonnays from California and the Okanagan. The Beringer chardonnay is an excellent buy at $46.00 and so is the Quail’s Gate at $39.00. You’ll find Point no Point on Highway 14 fifteen miles north of Sooke.”