If you think that Oak Bay is all British tweeds and shepherd's pies, pull up a stool at the long, polished-wood bar in this thoroughly modern storefront bistro. The imaginative small-plates menu emphasizes local ingredients and regional purveyors in dishes like grilled octopus with an herbaceous salsa verde served over squid ink fettucini, seared Qualicum Bay scallops with a salted licorice glaze, or chicken confit tostados. You can also graze on hot smoked trout, pork
hock terrine, or other charcuterie made on the premises. Most of the wines on the lengthy list—from B.C. and farther afield—come in one-, five-, or eight-ounce pours, making it easy to pair different wines with the various tapas. You might top off your meal with a milk chocolate and foie gras truffle or the churros with maple bacon sugar, since what's a thoroughly modern bistro without a pork-infused sweet?