We were a bit slower this morning after such a busy day yesterday, but did manage to get back to the French Quarter to the Oceana Restaurant for lunch. We were here a couple of years back with Kelly and Trevor, and had to try it again. We asked for the Courtyard, but it was under construction she said, although the tables were all set for meals.
We started with Crab cakes and they were the best we have had with a shrimp/mushroom gravy that was so good I thought one could bathe in it.
I ordered my favourite Catfish Po’ Boy sandwich. This could have fed 4 people. We brought some home ‘just in case’. It was perfect.
Don ordered the restaurant ‘favourite’ meal of red fish with the same shrimp/mushroom gravy, along with garlic mashed potatoes and collard greens. He felt the fish was really dry and lacked seasoning.
All was not lost however, we ordered the Creme Brulee (what else?) and it had the best topping we have had. Perfect meal, (almost) now on to the rest of a perfect day.
It has been quite a while since we were but be assured we WILL return. I am, what I would call, a hamburger judge and this place wins the prize for THE VERY BEST BURGER IN NANAIMO. perhaps even the Island for all I know (at least right now).
To say the least, we are getting excited about our upcoming trip and took a moment to go out for lunch and Don decided to come here. We ordered our drinks and then perused the menu for inspiration.
Don honed in on the Beef sliders . They are mini yorkshire puddings filled with shaved roast beef and topped with an au ju and horseradish aioli. He cleaned his plate, saying it was so delicious.
I, on the other hand, decided on a cheeseburger sans the onions and onion aioli. It came with the best pickle, lettuce, tomato and regular mayo but it was the flavour of the beef that won me over. Don can tell you, crumbs were even missing off the plate. We shared the fries and both agreed, they were some of the best. Light, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It has to be the oil they are using that makes the difference.
Our server, Laura, was right on top of it all. She was the only server and handled every table with a professional demeanor and smile for one and all. She did not miss a beat. When the bill came, it was very reasonable.
This is, by the way, Nanaimo’s only brew pub. If you are in the area or haven’t been for a while – hurry on down. You won’t be disappointed.