WanderFood Wednesday: Dim Sum at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC

by Carolyn B. Heller - WanderFood
( May 22nd, 2012 )

Dim sum at Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, BC

Want to combine the ambiance of a posh high tea with contemporary Hong Kong-style dim sum? Then check out the weekend dim sum brunch at the The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city.

I was surprised to learn that this fairly traditional hotel serves dim sum in its gracious Pacific Restaurant—at least until I found out that the hotel’s executive chef, Rick Choy, hails from Hong Kong. He and his team cook West Coast fare the rest of the week, but on Saturdays and Sundays, Choy goes back to his Hong Kong roots.

Tea at Hotel Grand Pacific (dim sum), Victoria, BC

Like any serious dim sum dining room, the Grand Pacific is serious about its tea.

You choose your brew from an extensive menu that was compiled in consultation with local tea experts, Silk Road Tea. I sampled a delicate white tea that had hints of orange.

Congee at Hotel Grand Pacific (dim sum), Victoria, BC

The dim sum menu is small, with dishes all made to order, using local ingredients like seafood from B.C. waters or duck from the nearby Cowichan Valley.

I love congee, and the Grand Pacific version, full of local salmon, was especially delicious.

Gai lan at Hotel Grand Pacific (dim sum), Victoria, BC

Another favorite was this fresh, crisp, and garlicky gai lan (Chinese broccoli).

Dim sum at Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, BC

The dim sum offerings are artfully arranged, perhaps reflecting Chef Choy’s background; he was an interior designer before he became a chef!

I also sampled these delicate scallop-filled dumplings, earthy and delicious sticky rice with mushrooms and pork (another one of my favorites), and puffy steamed chicken buns.

Coconut tarts at Hotel Grand Pacific (dim sum), Victoria, BC

For a sweet finish to your dim sum experience, try these excellent Hong Kong-style coconut tarts, which are stuffed with a sugary, chewy coconut filling.

Chef Choy has graciously agreed to share his recipe for coconut tart recipe with WanderFood readers. Here’s the recipe!

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If you go…
The Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street, Victoria BC, serves dim sum on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm in their Pacific Restaurant. Reservations are recommended; call 250-380-4458 or book online through Open Table. Most dishes are C$8 each.

Tasty Travels!


Photo credits:
Photos © Carolyn B. Heller

From our partners
On May 23rd, 2012 at 7:38 am, Mara said:

I’ll be in Victoria for a few hours next week, but it will be on a weekday so I’ll have to miss this – much to my chagrin. Looks fabulous!

On May 23rd, 2012 at 10:38 am, Carolyn B. Heller - WanderFood said:

@Mara, other good eats I sampled on my recent trip to Victoria were at Devour (http://www.devour.ca), Pig BBQ Joint (http://pigbbqjoint.com), Bin 4 Burger Lounge (http://www.bin4burgerlounge.com/), and Vis a Vis Wine & Charcuterie Bar (http://www.visavisoakbay.com). Have a good trip!

On May 23rd, 2012 at 2:07 pm, Sheila Scarborough said:

I messed up and did a duplicate – sorry!

Was playing with the Macro setting on my camera at breakfast,
and loved the bright red color of my watermelon juice at the
Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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