Amid the din of Old Town's shops and the bellow of boats coasting through the harbour, Kaz Japanese Restaurant beckons diners with a vast array of East Asian specialties. Chef Masami mans the sushi bar, drawing from more than 35 years of experience to captain his culinary crew as they whip up rolls that awaken the senses through combinations of colour, taste, and texture. Servers bear plates of sushi, teriyaki, and tempura into the dining room, which surrounds guests in softly lit hanging lanterns and elegant Japanese–style shades. The restaurant bustles with activity until 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, accommodating late-night diners trying to stay up late enough to tuck in the moon.
Dog Nation may seem like an unassuming hot-dog stand, but an ambitious gourmet menu distinguishes the silver, umbrella-shaded cart from the others that look like it. Inspired by Victoria’s multicultural history, Dog Nation draws inspiration for its signature hot dogs from world cuisine. Each dog captures the essence of a culture or institution, such as a greek dog, which features tzatziki and kalamata olives.
Cabin 12 satisfies breakfasting, brunching, and lunching palates with creatively spun dishes stamped with equally whimsical monikers. Eight eggs-benedict-based "Benny" creations highlight the breakfast menu, including traditional takes such as the Canadian, dressed with tender back bacon and mounted atop a horse ($10.50), alongside adventurous interpretations such as the Kobayashi Maru, a steak Benny with mushrooms and onions ($13.50). All come topped with homemade hollandaise and saddled with hash browns. For a hair of the scurvy-immune dog, add a taste-bud-rousing mimosa ($3.50).
Conceived in the sugary minds of a genuine Belgian family, Wannawafel's bright, sunny eatery serves authentic recipes, made from scratch. The classic Liège waffle is clever enough to achieve just the right balance between crusty resistance and fresh-baked softness. Wannawafel also boasts tender, symmetrical Brussels waffles, the free-form Liège waffle's uptight partner with a penchant for sugar-dusted paperwork. Like syrupy sirens, accoutrements beckon snackers to coat their tongues with whipped cream and fruit compote. While waffling over myriad choices, diners can sip a large coffee or cup of tea or cool down hyper taste buds with a cold beverage.
The Ghinis family opened The Olive Grove in 1999, and ever since, they've served up a sumptuous menu of Greek entrees and mezes—small dishes similar to tapas. The restaurant's specialties include marinated bone-in lamb that is cooked for three hours, housemade sausage paired with tomato and feta, and pizzas on celiac-friendly crusts. Sip a glass of wine or ouzo while relaxing in the inviting dining room or on the outdoor patio.