Without a doubt, Brasserie L’Ecole is one of Dave’s favourite restaurants in Victoria… and probably anywhere! After our visit again last night, I have to agree with him.
Brasserie L’Ecole is just outside of Chinatown on Government street, and with a no reservation policy it’s a good idea to get there early right when they open at 5:30 p.m. or try your luck later in the night (as we did at 8 p.m.). It really is worth the effort.
The interior is dark and red, with very friendly and warm service. It truly does remind you of a French brasserie (which is the whole vibe they are going for). I love that the menu changes nightly, so you are always in for a new treat. It’s dark inside, so many of our photos didn’t turn out as nice as we’d like (and don’t do the delicious food and presentation justice – so you just have to trust us)!
We both chose seafood for our first course. I had delicious mussels in a white wine, butter and thyme broth that was wonderful. We got extra bread to mop up as much as possible! The mussels themselves were really large – the biggest I have ever seen.
Dave started with a delicous smoked tuna with chickpeas and frites. The smoke on the tuna gave it a really intense flavour, and the tuna was incredibly tender.
For our mains, I was hungry for a substantial meal, so I chose the 8 oz angus steak and truffle frites (you can choose up to 12 oz). The red wine and shallot sauce with roquefort butter was wonderfully paired with the steak. And the frites were to die for!
Dave chose the pork chop with mushrooms, grilled mushrooms, green peppercorns and pommes aligot. The pork chop was gigantic and the overall meal was really delicious and well-balanced. Dave also chose a side of white beans with kale and tomato – a great extra.
There is something really special about Brasserie L’Ecole and I know we will be back again and again, making it a “must do” stop every time we return to Victoria.