Ferris's Oyster Bar is an iconic eatery for Victoria residents. This is in part due to the unfailingly friendly service and a few standout menu items that once tried induce cravings that can only be sated with repeat visits.
I have to give a shout out to Ferris's legendary chicken penne soup. When Neko Case played here she mentioned this soup. With a dreamy far away look in her eye she recounted the memory of richly flavored broth with vegetables and fluffy rice dumplings. To my delight you can order EXTRA dumplings for your soup at 50 cents each. The soup arrives in a bird bathed size tureen. Sure to cure the common cold or quite frankly whatever else ails you! I often go to Ferris's in the winter for this soup.
Ferris's has many other menu items that are revered by locals as classics. Ferris's french fries are hand cut and justifiably famous. They do a great burger here. I have vacillated between ordering the lamb burger with spicy harissa or a good old beef burger. I get mine with pungent Gorgonzola mousse and sauteed mushrooms. You can order a mixture of yam and potato fries here or go half fries half salad with your burger. Priced at around 11$ for an enormous platter, this is one of the better burger bargains in Victoria. Also standouts are the panko-breaded oysters. I haven't had the pleasure of trying dessert at Ferris's. Regrettably I have always been too full but I hear that "Sandy's famous brownie" is to die for. Ferris's has pints of local draught on tap for $4.75. There is also an appealing list of old school cocktails and new school martinis.
This would be a great place to go with a group, as many of Ferris' appetizers are ideally suited for sharing. This is an amiable casual restaurant with a lovely patio in the back. The brick walled interior is cozy and inviting. Ferris's keeps their prices affordable, which is, I think part of their appeal in addition to the romantic ambiance. Service is speedy and delightfully unpretentious.
Ferris's also has a bistro upstairs and I will be writing about that in a separate review. If you haven't been to Ferris's I recommend you head there and find out what you have been missing all these years!