Swiftsure Restaurant & Lounge0
If you’re ever downtown Victoria on a nice summer day, looking for a patio where you can sit with some drinks and and enjoy the Inner Harbour, Swiftsure Restaurant & Lounge is the place you want to be.
Swiftsure is split in two, with a lounge on one side and a restaurant on the other, but serves the same menu on both sides.
The huge patio is only one of Swiftsure’s great features.
The lounge side is set up with doors that open up during the warmer times of the year so that you can be inside under shade if you like, yet be in the open air at the same time.
I call it an indoor/outdoor restaurant. It’s really the best of both worlds if you ask me.
Of course there are plenty of tables outside on the patio with umbrellas that provide shade, but on this particular day, I opted to sit inside as I had another agenda… to watch the Vancouver Canucks play in the playoffs!
As I mentioned, there are other great features of this restaurant/lounge combo, and big screen TV’s is one of them.
Throughout the lounge there are a couple big screen TV’s and several smaller ones where you can watch your favourite hockey, soccer, basketball, or baseball team play. They even show pay per view UFC fights from time to time if you’re into those.
Before the hockey game started, I ordered a “Swiftsure Bellini” ($7.50). This Bellini was listed on the menu as an “Old Swiftsure Favourite”, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
With peach schnapps, Capt’N Morgan spiced rum, peach slush, and a topping of house made champagne sangria, I gotta say this Bellini ranked up there as one my all time favourite Bellini’s!
It was super refreshing with the right amount of sweetness. Perfect for a summer day.
Next up was the appetizer round, and I decided to order something I often get as an appetizer; the “Crab and Spinach Dip” ($11).
Now I’m not sure how many times I’ve had this appetizer, but lets just say I eat out A LOT and I often order this. It’s one of my favourites.
So, with that in mind, I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to crab and spinach dips.
As soon as I took a bite of my spinach dipped pita, I could tell right away that the dip was made in house. It was so creamy and so smooth, and you could tell the chunks of spinach were fresh.
The cream cheese and local crab that were in the dip really made this appetizer delicious. It was so yummy, I have to rate this as my all time favourite spinach and crab dip EVER!
Wow, it’s amazing what a difference having a dish made in house can make.
After raving to our server about how great our appetizer was, she smiled and said that Swiftsure had just recently started serving a new menu and they were really excited about it.
With such a great start to my meal, I couldn’t wait to order my main. For that, I asked for a recommendation.
I was told that the “Wild Mushroom Crusted Halibut Burger” ($15) was popular so I ordered that with a side of yam fries.
I’ve never had a halibut burger so I have nothing to compare it to, but this one tasted really great.
Both the halibut and the yam fries were perfectly cooked, and let me say it was really nice to eat a more healthy burger without losing all the good flavour.
Finally, let’s not forget dessert. For that I had to go with the “Chocolate Confusion” ($8).
It was a three layered piece of cake with chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and fudge brownie.
With all that chocolate I expected it to be amazing, and it almost was.
Of course you’ll rarely hear me complain about something chocolate, but it just wasn’t quite as good relative to my first two amazing courses.
Swiftsure’s huge patio and indoor/outdoor feature during the warmer months is definitely one of it’s greatest qualities.
It’s a great place to watch the game and you don’t have to miss out on enjoying a nice summer day as you aren’t in a dark pub.
Swiftsure’s menu has a good variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, as well as pastas, fish, chicken and steak.
If you’re an early riser, you can also get breakfast on the restaurant side from 7:00 am.