posted on April 17, 2010 by Ian MacPhee
Well once again I find myself motivated to write about food and today's subject is Lucy's in the Square. This funky lil' bistro opened in Fernwood, Victoria's theatre district, in late April 2009 yet it was only this month that I made it through the doors. The room is really pleasant but seats only about 24 so I'd recommend reservations to avoid any waits. My evening out was in the company of Debbie & Rich of The High Pointe Inn, a delightful B&B in Cape Cod that I hope to visit soon.
I was pleased to see that they had one of my favourite BC wines, Sandhill's Syrah, at a very reasonable $45. I was equally pleased to hear that the starter special was pork belly. If pork belly sounds sketchy or you've just never had it you simply must. This dish takes days to prepare and the resulting melt in your mouth experience is one you will not forget. The chef's pork belly rivaled the version at Paprika, where I was first introduced to this delicacy. The portion was significant, especially for $10. My main was a Cowichan Bay Farm chicken dish with with leeks, porcini mushrooms and bacon, served over a creamy polenta for $19. No room for desert :)
What I loved about Lucy's was the intimacy and the food quality. The proprietors source locally and cook simply providing delicious yet unpretencious fare at very fair prices. I'm sure a lot of our guests will be dining in Fernwood this year!