Address: 1208 Wharf St.
Phone: (250) 590-7335
Notes: Newly opened for the season - a hybrid between a pub and a concession.
Joe's Seafood is pretty new on the Victoria food scene. I think they were open last summer, but they only opened for the 2011 season (late in May). Looks like they've made some significant changes since last year, although since I didn't make it there last season I can't speak to what these might be.
The space takes up the former smoke pit of the Boom Boom Room, beneath the Wharfside on the waterfront. You can see right in to the kitchen, and it looks like perhaps there's going to be more going on in the former bar location in the future, although whether or not the two spaces are connected remains to be seen.
At first, I was afraid that Joe's Seafood Bar would be a lame rip-off of their neighbour, Red Fish Blue Fish, especially since they seem on the surface to feature similar kinds of food (the seafood taco rolls) with similar values (eco & fish friendly) in a virtually identical location. This wouldn't be bad from a food point of view (we need more delicious, cheap, oceanwise seafood in this town!) but I'd rather see something new and innovative than a poor carbon copy preying on tourists.
However, upon investigation Joe's menu may have a few cone-shaped fish tacos, but that is a small part of their surprisingly large menu (although I think they could have fewer, and feature them less prominently, and would probably do better for it). I'm excited to see them evolve - despite living in a place where there is so much tasty seafood I'm always sad to not be able to find good deals in town.
Joe's is a a walk up counter with take-away service. There's an order area and a pick-up window, as well as a patio area. Since today was their very first day ever, I'll hold off on the service review while they settle in - but no complaints.
May 31, 2011
Started off a little disappointed: my partner-in-food-and-life wanted the fritters to start, and I was eyeing up the shrimp and crab burger but they were both unavailable. I suspect they are pretty much the same thing, once I thought about it afterwards. Too bad! Sounded tasty.
Today they actually had a server if you sat down to eat, and she brought us our beer. She was quite friendly, as was the girl at the counter. Neither of them knew where the beers we ordered were from other than that they were "local - from the Island" (iPhones to the rescue on that one) although since they're pretty newly opened I can't fault them too much, and the server did volunteer to ask the manager.
They've got those crazy buzzer things that notify you when your meal is ready to pick up at the counter. This suggests to me that the people running the place are not from here... which makes things make a little bit of sense with the whole copying RFBF thing (I've never seen that happen here before).
May 31, 2011
As I mentioned above, we tried beer from up island - a brewery previously unknown to us: Surgenor Brewing in Comox. My p.i.f.a.l. had the Steam Donkey Lager, which is my least favourite kind of beer, but I had a really good Pale Ale. They both reminded us of beers from our favourite local brewpub, The Moon Under Water.
May 19, 2011