Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chorizo & Co.

Address: 807 Fort St.
Phone: (250) 590-6393
Website: (not up yet but they are active of facebook and twitter)
Price: Less than $10 for a sandwich
Notes: Spanish-style deli with a spicy side.

Chorizo & Co. just opened up on Fort street, next to the Starbucks at Blanshard. I've been saying on twitter that this creates a euro-deli Triangle, with the Italian deli across Blanshard and french at Choux Choux practically across the street! It was getting rave reviews from everyone who had visited, so I bumped it to the top of my 'to visit' list.

The space is very modern and bright, with massive high ceilings. There is a small banquet of seating downstairs, as well as more seating on a 'mezzanine' upstairs. I also happened to notice that you can still access the free Starbucks wi-fi from their spot, so it might make a great place for a casual business lunch!

One of the owners, Tomas, and I had a lovely chat about chorizo and the best (and worst) ways it is served in Victoria, as well as the differences between the styles available. They have a selection in their deli that range from high-quality commercial product to Whole Beast chorizo and house-made, which is the variety that goes into their signature sandwich. I also recognized one of the staff as one of the friendly faces that is usually behind the counter at Red Fish Blue Fish.

The menu contains a selection of spanish-style sandwiches, as well as fresh-made torta with the option of a side salad or soup of the day. They also have churros on the menu, which makes me quite excited, however they are waiting on a part before they are able to get their machine up and running. They also service Discovery coffee and are open early for your emergency espresso enroute to work.

August 23, 2012

Potato salad and Chorizo Sandwich
Potato Salad & house-chorizo sandwich

I decided I would try the signature sandwich and a side salad. The sandwich was very, very close to being perfect. The chorizo was amazing - spicy and savoury with a lovely char. The spicy mayo on top was a nice addition - just helped to lubricate the bread and chorizo a little bit. The bun was soft and squishy, although my partner-in-food-and-life and I concurred that if it was just a smidgen thinner - not even a 1/4 of an inch - it would have felt better proportioned.

The potato salad came with little slices of chorizo and a house made aioli. It was quite spicy, which made me very happy. Even though it was a small-looking portion, I was stuffed by the time I had finished the whole meal. 

August 23, 2012
I was the only one in the restaurant, as it was quite early in the day for lunch, but the staff were extremely attentive, checking to make sure I had everything I needed. As I mentioned above, the owner and I nerded out about chorizo and probably could have kept chatting longer. I love when small places create a welcoming environment - it really does come down to staff approachability, and Chorizo & Co has that nailed down.

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