Recently we were generously invited to dine at Evedar’s Bistro by the Head Chef, Dan Davidge. Located in Langford, a short drive outside of downtown Victoria, Evedar’s is a charming restaurant, serving excellent home-style food in a non-pretentious environment.
We arrived at Evedar’s Bistro at 6p.m. on a Friday night. Evedar’s is located on the main level of a condo building and we were pleasantly surprised at the coziness and warmth of the restaurant. We were greeted by live guitar music and inviting smells of home-cooked food. We received a friendly greeting, told Jeremy would be our server and were quickly seated at our table. The bistro features live music every Friday and Saturday night, adding to the romantic and welcoming atmosphere, ideal for a night out for intimate conversation.
The dinner menu offers something for everyone, with a surprisingly large amount of gluten free dishes. The bistro sources much of its ingredients locally – they use organic produce from the Red Barn and the Root Cellar, serve only wild seafood, their beef is hormone and antibiotic free, and their sauces are made from scratch. The menu changes several times during the year, with their fall menu recently introduced.
We began our meal by ordering the Vegan Samosa’s ($9) and Grilled Chorizo and Pan Seared Halloumi Cheese ($9) appetizers.
Normally, I wouldn’t get excited about vegan food (no offense to vegans) but these samosa’s were delicious and worth getting excited about – if we had not read on the menu these were vegan, we wouldn’t have known otherwise. The vegetable filling complimented the chutney’s sweet and slight spiced flavour, though the samosa didn’t hold together as well in the pastry as other’s I’ve tried.
The Chorizo and Halloumi dish, served in a lattice alternating between sausage and salty halloumi with a bed of red pine nut pesto, was also delicious. It is not often you see halloumi cheese offered on a menu (it is one of Darryn’s favourites), so it was a welcomed change from what you typically see offered as an appetizer.
For entrees, we ordered off the Main-Dish menu, and chose the Chicken Cordon Bleu ($20) and Grilled Lamb Sirloin ($24).
The chicken cordon bleu came with fresh beans and butternut squash gnocci; the vegetables were perfectly cooked, the gnocci was tender and flavourful, and the chicken was tender and well balanced between the piped glenwood smoked maple ham and fine herb gruyere cheese.
The Grilled Lamb Sirloin was served with truffled leek, mushroom and cheese pave, sweet potato crisp, french onion demi, and some fresh vegetables. Everything on the plate was delicious. The vegetables exploded with flavour, undoubtedly a result of being fresh and locally sourced. The lamb, which can often be served overcooked and tough, was tasty and tender, cooked medium well on request.
To finish off, we were offered a desert sampler, a selection that included the White Chocolate Blueberry Samosa with Green Tea Gelato, Pear Bread Pudding, and Homemade Apple Strudel.
The white chocolate blueberry samosas were a surprisingly delicious combination of sweet wrapped in a philo pastry and paired with a unique green tea gelato.
The Pear Bread Pudding was a heavier desert, drizzled with a light coating of icing. Even though neither Darryn nor I are big fans of bread pudding, we still found it tasty.
The homemade apple strudel was similar to what my grandmother made, and tasted wonderful with whipped cream.
Overall, our experience at Evedar’s Bistro was spectacular. The service was excellent, the atmosphere calm and relaxing, the prices reasonable and food exceptional and well presented. I would not hesitate to recommend Evedar’s Bistro to friends and family (in fact I’ve already raved about our wonderful experience to anyone who will listen!) and I believe that it lives up to the phrase on the menu, a “jewel of the westshore”.
Thanks to Chef Dan, and the owners Marc and Fran, for a wonderful evening out.