The Courtney Room – A Review

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Photo Credit Leila Kwok

My girlfriends and I were looking for a new place to try with good food and ambiance, we decided on The Courtney Room.  We were not disappointed as it lived up to our expectations due to all the buzz and great reviews.

A sophisticated tiled entrance and chevron wood flooring lead to the brasserie style banquette seating where we were to unwind over sharing plates.  The room was filled with crisp white linens, buttery leather and monogrammed plates whilst the smoky grey/blues added an extra touch of elegance.  Everything was upscale without being pretentious.  

We appreciated the well thought out wine list and ordered a bottle of Stemmari’s Nero D’Avola.  It was lighter and fruiter than expected but lovely none the less. 

Our waitress was knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient. We were told that the menu is constantly changing to incorporate what is available locally.  Even more incentive to return and try new dishes.  

Previously of Agrius restaurant, chef Sam Harris’ menu comemorates Canada’s seasonal and local products with a classic French twist.  Every item was beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. A favourite was the crispy “Potatoes Courtney” which are cooked in duck fat and alike to an elevated tater-tot.  We also tried the artfully selected cheese plate with perfectly paired side of jam and the beef carpaccio. A gruyere macaroni and cheese, made with Cowichan pasta and garlic breadcrumbs, was also enjoyed as it was not too heavy or “one note” to keep us from going back for additional bites.  We finished with the servers recommendation of cheesecake which was lemony, light and fluffy.  The green tea ice cleansed the palate with each bite leaving us wanting more.

It was a wonderful evening spent, and we never felt rushed or neglected.  The Courtney Room is a must-try for locals and visitors alike.


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