After being turned away on Saturday night with no reservation (and a packed house), we returned to 10 Acres Bistro on Courtney Street near the inner harbour on Sunday night (with a reservation). And, boy, are we glad we did! What an incredible meal.

It all started with the doting service from our server Michael. He was always there to explain the menu, offer suggestions and recommendations and even check with the chef a couple of times on substitutions for us. Great service all night long.

I also really love the concept and ambience at 10 Acres. It’s all about farm-to-table food, with fresh seasonal produce from their own farm and using local meat, cheese and fish from the island. The interior reflects the concept with a rustic feel – fine dining but in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. If I lived in Victoria, I would come here often.

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Because we are in Victoria for the tourism Dine Around event (where participating restaurants offer specially priced Prix Fixe menus), we chose that option here. Three courses for $40 was an absolute bargain in my mind.

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Three of us were dining, so I’ll show the three course progression by course (so you get an idea of the options and flow of the evening). For our first course, I started with a dish of mussels with coconut curry broth. I absolutely loved the spicy curry broth, and had never experienced that flavour with mussels. I loved it so much that I asked for extra bread to try and sop up as much of the broth as possible. And, a sign of great service, the extra bread came back to me with the extra effort to toast it and top it with scallions (like the original).

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Dave chose the Chef Tasting charcuterie board with local pate, cheese, dijon mustard, apple butter, pickled vegetables and crostini. Dave was worried there wouldn’t be enough crostini to enjoy it all with, but happily it was exactly the perfect amount. He clean the board!

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Our friend Chris started with the onion soup (one of his favourites). It wasn’t offered on the same Prix Fixe menu, but with assistance from our server, he was allowed the substitution. Again, kudos to the excellent service from Michael.

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On to our second courses, which were all perfection and beautifully plated. I chose the Chicken Supreme stuffed with king crab and goat cheese, with potatoes, roasted farm vegetables and dark chicken jus. The chicken was incredibly tender and the jus made it incredibly flavourful.

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Dave chose the Miso Glazed Sablefish with mushroom, edamame and soba noodles in a dashi broth. The miso glaze added an intense (but not overpowering) flavour and Dave absolutely raved about this dish.

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Chris chose the Steak Frites, and was happy it was cooked to his liking (medium rare) and really enjoyed the roasted onion jus (perfect to dip his frites in)!

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Finally, it was time for our dessert courses. I chose the New York cheesecake (that came with a raspberry and orange sauce that looked like a smile on my plate), Dave loved his bread pudding and Chris enjoyed the trio of chocolate desserts.

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I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed 10 Acres – from the service, to the beautiful and delicious plates to the great ambience. It was a dinner we’ll remember and recommend to friends.

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