Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge is located in a renovated 1920′s building just steps away from the beautiful inner harbour in downtown Victoria. Bon Rouge offers an authentic bistro experience, with French inspired food showcasing fresh, locally sourced in-season produce, seafood, game, cheese, and wine.
Bon Rouge has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, with a quaint brick patio with two fireplaces (and overhead heaters). On a warm spring evening, we chose to sit out on the patio, something we would definitely recommend if the weather allows.
After placing our orders, some freshly baked french bead was delivered to our table. The bread was fluffy and delicious, still warm from the oven. So delicious in fact, you have to make sure you don’t fill yourself up before your meal arrives.
I ordered the 8oz New York Stiploin ($25) medium well, served with kennebec frites and a red wine jus. Dayna ordered the Bistro Burger ($17), which is a ground AAA brisket on a Broad Street ciabatta served with pickles and mustard.
In the quest for a delicious steak in Victoria, I’ve had some fail miserably, and others exceed my expectations (The Keg and Sauce). Bon Rouge belongs near the top of the list – the steak was cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of pink. It was still tender, and very juicy and flavourful. The kennebec frites were also delicious – they were light and crusty, with the only “complaint” being that I would have loved some more!
The Bistro Burger was also good, with lots of flavour and taste as a result of the quality ingredients. The ciabatta bun was a nice change from the regular wholewheat or multigrain bun we are used to. As with my meal, Dayna also loved the kennebec frites.
For dessert, I went with one of my favourite desserts, the Creme Brûlée ($8). This creme brûlée had a top layer of hard caramelized sugar that was cooked just right, and not burnt as can sometimes happen. The vanilla cream custard, while still delicious, was a bit on the thin side when compared to some other creme brûlée’s I have had in the past (5th Street and Paprika Bistro), which had a thicker, denser custard. There was also a small chocolate truffle served on the side – an interesting (but still delicious) combination.
Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal, from the delicious food (especially those kennebec frites!), to the charming patio and romantic atmosphere. We would definitely recommend you try Bon Rouge if you have not been before. The higher prices though may keep us from making Bon Rouge a regular meal out.
Have you eaten at Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge? How was your meal? Let us know in the comments below.
Bon Rouge Bistro & Lounge
611 Courtney Street