Brunch YYJ: The Village

This is the second in our series of posts about the best brunches in Victoria. Normally, I leave these posts 100% up to our Victoria correspondent, Chantal, but I was recently in Victoria, and so of course we had to have brunch! We chose The Village, and we were not disappointed. Read on! 

The Village on Estevan is the flagship of what’s soon to be three locations to get some of Victoria’s best brunch options. It’s a small bright space with tables, an eating bar facing the windows, and a sidewalk patio. The underground kitchen is reminiscent of New York City, and the staff and food are a welcome sight for your pre-caffeinated eyes.

An eggs bennedict made with poached eggs atop latkes, with pico de gallo and fresh fruit

The Bennicio Del Toro Benny at The Village. Image by Chantal Ireland

Known for their local food commitment and latkes, these thin shredded potato patties are the base for their bennies. I love the Bennicio del Toro. Poached eggs on latkes, with pico de gallo salsa, feta, and avocado. You’ll find omelettes, bennies, granola, hash, and tons of great breakfast all day options, along with sandwiches, burgers, soups and more. The Village locations all have fresh sheets, local ingredients, and a local beer and wine list. Espresso drinks and drip brewed coffee by local roaster Oughtred Coffee.

Royal Oak is a larger space, bright and sunny as well. Reservations accepted, both locations open daily 8 – 3, check twitter for occasional changes. Gluten-free and vegetarian diners will be happy here. Expect a worthwhile line on the weekends. Check Twitter for wait times.

An eggs bennedict with two eggs atop crispy potato latkes, smoked salmon, and a dollop of holandaise.

The West Coast Benny at the Village in Victoria. Image by Chantal Ireland.

On Estevan they did a pop up ramen night in December with house-made broth, noodles brought back fresh from a Hawaiian vacation, and perfectly cooked eggs. It brought a room full of people inside on a rainy night for ramen and Phillips Beer. With just 60 bowls they were sold out 20 minutes in. Watch social media for the next one.

The Village

2518 Estevan Avenue • 4517 West Saanich Road • 4087 Shelbourne Street opening soon
Open daily 8 am to 3 pm
Twitter @estevanvillage // @royaloakvillage • Instagram @estevanvillage @royaloakvillage @torquayvillage
Facebook Estevan // Royal Oak • website • Estevan menu • Royal Oak
Chantal Ireland likes to make food, drink craft beer, wine and cider, and take photos of them. Follow her on Twitter @chantalireland.

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