Q at The Empress reopens for dinner service for first time since pandemic arrived

Q at The Empress reopens for dinner service for first time since pandemic arrived
Empress Hotel

A restaurant at Victoria’s most famous hotel is back serving up dishes at dinner.

The Empress Hotel’s signature restaurant, Q at the Empress reopened for dinner on Friday for the very first time since March 2020, when the pandemic arrived.

Q at the Empress closed in March of 2020 due to the pandemic. It first re-opened for breakfast service following dining restrictions in BC being lifted, and now is ready to re-open for dinner service.

Led by executive chef Morgan Wilson, Q at the Empress features the “best of British Columbia’s farmers and artisans, utilizing locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that pay homage to the fresh and abundant flavours of the Pacific Northwest,” the hotel said in a press release.

“The menu direction of Q at the Empress was developed with the goal to offer diners a creative approach to coastal fine dining,” says Executive Chef Morgan Wilson. “With a chef team dedicated to honouring our region’s bountiful produce and culinary offerings, and an award winning wine list that pays respect to both local and international varietals, Q at the Empress is excited to reopen its doors and bring back Victoria’s premier dining experience as a thoughtfully curated celebration of food and wine pairings.”

The restaurant has been open for months since the province first lifted restrictions, but had only been offering breakfast service. Its reopening comes on the heels of receiving its fourth consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, which is an award the restaurant has won annually since 2016.

The hotel says diners can look to enjoy menu staples such as starters like the Farro & Flax Bread with Empress Honey Butter & Bee Pollen or the Local Oysters with Blackberry Mignonette & Gojuchang, as well as new main dishes for the fall season like Olive Oil Poached Chinook Salmon with Watercress Potato Gnocchi or the Venison Osso Bucco with Malted Barlotta and Roasted Roots.

Seatings is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily and reservations are recommended.


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