Living in the oceanside city of Victoria, there isn’t a shortage of places to go eat fresh oysters.
Since I heard that Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill served some of the best oysters in town, I thought I should go check it out.
Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill is actually a restaurant and a lounge, with the lounge being upstairs and the restaurant downstairs. They each have different menus, but you can get oysters in both places.
My friend Mark and I decided we would try out the upstairs lounge first.
Once upstairs, we went straight for the leather couches at the far end of the lounge. There are a couple of these cozy spots to sit by the windows and since we weren’t in for a big sit down meal, I thought they would be fine to eat at.
The lounge has an artsy feel to it, with wood floors, brick walls, and a high ceiling with thick wooden beams across it.
The music playing in the background was… well, I’m not quite sure exactly. I would say it was kind of folksy, a bit alternative, and there was also some mellow and laid back stuff which seemed to suit the place.
When we first sat down, our server came over with a rather large drink menu. With so many cocktails to choose from, we had to ask for suggestions.
Mark decided on one of the featured drinks named “Spicy, Sweet & Smokey”, and I went for the popular “Lavender Sidecar” ($8).
Both were good drinks, but to be honest, we were more interested in the food as we were both pretty hungry.
To start, I ordered the “Whole Roasted Garlic Bulb” ($7). Now in case you didn’t know, I’m a HUGE garlic fan. In fact, I love it so much that I think it should be it’s own food group!
Because I’m such a garlic lover, I often order dishes that have it in it. In this case, it was the main event so I was pretty excited to try it.
Well, all I can say is wow! It was amazing! Definitely one of the better garlic dishes I’ve ever had.
Mark also had a great appetizer. He ordered the “Smoked Albacore Tuna” ($12).
Mark loves tuna almost as much as I love garlic. He often orders it so for him to say this appetizer was excellent is quite the compliment.
After a great first round of food, I was dying to taste their oysters. Well, actually, to be honest, maybe more like really curious.
Here’s the thing. I haven’t tried a lot of oysters and the ones I have tried I haven’t liked much.
I am really trying to develop a taste for these famous “aphrodisiacs”, so I figure I just have to keep trying them.
Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill offers their “Baked Oysters” ($3 each, or $16 for one of each).
I ordered one of each, for a total of six, thinking that at least one of them would excite my taste buds.
When I was served my oysters, they looked really impressive. They all looked tasty, and most of them looked less like oysters, and more like mini casseroles or something.
I have to say that I have never seen oysters done up this way, and I have since heard many oyster lovers rave over the way Ferris Oyster Bar serves them.
I tried every one of them, but unfortunately my taste buds still weren’t cooperating with me when it came to the actual oyster.
I will say that I give the chef kudos for the presentation of the baked oysters though, even if I don’t yet have a taste for them.
I will just have to keep trying!
Overall I have to say my first experience at Ferris Oyster Bar was a good one.
I really like the atmosphere for having drinks and it was very comfy and cozy hanging out on the leather couch.
There are a lot of great looking appetizers on the menu at Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill, and I am looking forward to my next visit when I can try more of them.
IN A NUTSHELL…
Address: Suite A, 536 Yates St., Victoria
Phone: (250) 382-2344
Hours (Upstairs): Sun – Thurs 5 pm -11 pm, Fri & Sat 4 pm – 12 am
Brunch: Sat 10 am – 2 pm
Price: $$$ ($15 – $25 per entree)