Victoria: Ferris’ Upstairs Oyster Bar

 Racing in Victoria has just finished and we were ready to chow down on some oysters! I’d been looking forward to being able to try some of the fresh seafood for almost a week now. I didn’t know where to go for oysters but supposedly, Ferris’ Upstairs Oyster Bar is a good bet. Thanks to a few teammates, reservations were made and we just had to show up. Perfect!

536 Yates St.
Victoria, BC

Reservations: by phone only, (250) 382-2344
Transit: 4-min walk from Downtown Victoria (11-min walk from our hotel, Victoria Marriot)
Hours: Sunday – Thursday (5-11pm), Friday – Saturday (4pm-12am), Sat brunch (10am-2pm)

Ferris' Upstairs Oyster is above Ferris Oyster & Grill (@FerrisOysterBar). It was a really quaint spot, warm and inviting. There are couches by the windows so you can really relax and enjoy the live music (a guitarist came in later, sat down, and just started playing).

Turns out this is a Spanish tapas bar (“Seville Sunday Night”). Pleasant surprise? Yes! We split up into groups of 3-4 people so as to be more efficient. A small tapas dish split 13 ways, yeah not happening.
Wasn't going to use this photo but I figured with it, you'd get a better idea of the ambience.
A little too pricey for our liking (hard to beat dollar oysters), our group didn’t end up ordering oysters. We did however grab a few tasty sounding tapas!
Kickass Canuck/HBC/Hockey inspired painting. Absolutely love it!
Crab cakes on potato crisps with smoked paprika aioli ($4)
This wasn’t that exciting as a dish. As tapas, one-bite is good.A little tricky splitting two cakes 3 ways but we managed, somehow.

Chorizo in puff pastry with rosemary honey ($5)
This reminded simply of a sausage roll, sounded better on paper. Didn't really detect the rosemary besides the visual aspect of the sprig.

Scallops baked with crispy Serrano ham, creamed leeks & truffle oil ($15)
The creamed leeks on the bottom were perfect! Good dish but I still prefer my scallops seared though.  

Octopus + potatoes + chorizo ($8)
I don’t really remember the name of this dish but it was just as I’d expected. There wasn't a lot of octopus (hence the price I guess) but all the flavours worked well together.

Montadito of sweet quince, melted 12 month Manchego, apple & sliced prosciutto ($5)
Again, another flavour combination that worked.

Side of baguette with arbequina olive oil ($1.5)

Hi rhino!
Verdict: The food wasn’t revelatory and there were some hits and misses. We still had a great time, the menu is pretty varied (with some recurring ingredients though of course) but what I liked most was how unpretentious the food, service and space was. You can lounge, drink some nice wine and just keep on eating. Despite our big group, we didn’t feel pressured to rush our meal at all. Great choice Ramya and Venus!  

Check ‘em out! http://www.ferrisoysterbar.com/

3.5 out of 5 NOMs
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