This last week The Chef and I had the opportunity to go to Victoria, BC restaurant Ulla.
Ulla caught my attention when it was voted one of the “Top 10 New Restaurants in Canada for 2011“ by Enroute Magazine ( Air Canada’s in flight Magazine)
I can’t even really tell you when exactly it opened, but I know it is still considered a fairly “new” restaurant in town.
Unfortunately like most places these days, restaurants seem to come and go before you even get a chance to try them, but I’d only heard good things about Ulla so I thought we best get at it.
I really liked the vibe upon entering. It is kind of trendy but not too hipster. I’d say it seats about 40 depending on the configuration. But I liked that it was spacious enough that you didn’t feel like you were in everybodie’s business.
Rumour has it, the menu changes frequently because they are really on board with the currently popular practice of eating seasonally and locally. Both things I am all for!
I’ve had many reports about the polenta fries with truffle mayonnaise. So we decided to jump in with that right away.
They are actually more of a polenta square but regardless of their shape, they are delicious and I could easily just sit down to a glass of wine and a few plates of those and be very content!
With that we also got the salad of beets, yogurt cream, apple jelly, almond crisp, citrus puree, raspberry vinaigrette.
I really liked this. So many interesting tastes and textures.
Then it was time for our main courses.
The Chef ordered the short rib steak, mushroom and veal cannelloni, poached endive, crunchy cipollini onions, red wine jus. Which he very much enjoyed.
I ordered the lamb four ways; leg, sausage, lacquered press, bacon, cipollini, turnip, French beans,herb puree, lamb jus.
The plate was beautiful and I wanted to love it. I started right away with the little squares of lamb bacon, but I found them desperately salty and gave them away to the Chef. But I thought that it was just because it was, you know, bacon.
But then I went on to the other three lamb products and regret to report that I found them all way too salty for my taste. But in their defence, the Chef is always accusing me of “under seasoning”. I cook with too much salt myself so perhaps it is just my palette.
The texture of lamb was wonderful melt in your mouth and all of the vegetable products were superb. So don’t let my saltiness put you off.
Then then we ordered dessert. We usually “share” because I don’t care for too much sweet but then it usually leads to someone feeling unsatisfied with their portion. And then we were going to each order something different and try each others, but no one wanted to be the one who didn’t order the chocolate thing. So be BOTH ordered the chocolate cake, rice crispy crunch, dulce de leche cream, aerated chocolate, chocolate soil. Why ruin a perfectly lovely evening with chocolate envy??
Over all it was a very enjoyable meal and evening in general.
If you live here and haven’t gone, I’d recommend trying it. If you don’t live here and find yourself in town, it’s worth the trip!