The Victoria Village Inn, B&B and Restaurant: "....and dinner, too" Victoria Restaurant Tip by 850prc

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  8:00 am Atlantic Time, ready for eggs & coffee
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  • 8:00 am Atlantic Time, ready for eggs & coffee - Victoria
      8:00 am Atlantic Time, ready for eggs & coffee
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  • Victoria Village Inn and Restaurant - Victoria
      Victoria Village Inn and Restaurant
    by 850prc

We actually stayed at the Victoria Village B&B. One thing that attracted us to the property was that it was owned and operated by a highly regarded chef, Stephen Hunter. It turns out that in addition to the B&B gig, Chef Stephen also serves dinner on some days of the week. (It may very much depend on the season, I suspect that in later fall and winter, there are fewer "dinner nights")

The Village Inn has a very small dining area, and during high tourist season, I'm sure that reservations are a must. You can probably have breakfast at the Village Inn even if you are not a guest, but again... it probably depends on how full the inn is with overnight guests. Guesting there or not, I would highly recommend Chef Stephen's breakfasts.

I guess I'd describe Chef Stephen's basic culinary style as classic continental, with a new age flair. Maybe you should mix in a bit of local pride as well, he's keen on fresh local seafood and veggies. The menu isn't extensive, and varies by night. But you can be assured that whatever you order is being taken care of PERSONALLY by the head (and only chef) and that it will be perfect. Some people are born to create in a kitchen, and Stephen Hunter clearly is such a person. It is clear that he enjoys what he does, literally pouring his heart into his menu and cooking. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy. :)

Did I mention that Stephen's cuisine is an excellent value as well? You could easily pay twice as much for the same meal in a larger city in Canada.

Favorite Dish: Well, let me just tell you what we ate during our two breakfasts and one dinner at Victoria Village:

For dinner, Bonnie and I both chose the excellent and expertly prepared halibut steak, accompanied by local carrots, potatoes and green beans. For dessert, I did the chocolate torte while Bonnie went with creme brulee. Sara seemed to be having a scallop catharsis during her visit to PEI (she'd done scallops the night before at the Landmark Cafe) and went with Chef Stephen's pan-seared Digby scallops, again accompanied by fresh local vegetables. She also did the chocolate torte.

The meals also included an excellent crusty French bread and a fine cabernet, making it just perfect. I will admit that my "legal to drink in Canada" daughter maybe had a little too much of that fine wine, rendering her with a serious case of the giggles. :)

How about breakfast? One day brought fresh fruit and freshly baked croissants. Then, it was scrambled eggs with cheese, freshly sauteed mushrooms and onions and toast. Oh yes, this IS Canada - there was meaty bacon on the side.

Another breakfast started with a fresh bran/blueberry muffin and fresh fruit. Then, the main course were poached eggs with bernaise sauce. Again, bacon on the side. Did I mention that both days featured excellent fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Darn good coffee, too.

Address: 22 Howard Street, Victoria-by-the -sea P.E. C0A 2G
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Right next door to the Community Playhouse/Theater
othercontact: victoriavillageinn@pei.sympatico
Phone: 902-658-2483 • 866-658-2483
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 18, 2009
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