From the highway, the city of Duncan seems like nothing but a sprawl of big box stores. But venture down its side streets and you’ll find charming heritage houses like this rambling old Victorian. An even better surprise is that you’ll find a Top Chef Canada alum in the kitchen cooking up some of the best food on the Island. Dan Hudson is a young, British-born chef with a passion for classic flavors and fresh, local ingredients. Think slow-cooked pork belly, mushroom-and-stilton risotto, or his popular fish and chips with apple-fennel slaw. Brunch is especially popular thanks to dishes like the house-made brioche French toast. And even if the food weren’t so good, it would be worth a visit just to enjoy the beautiful dining room and lounge area, with their original fireplaces, ornate tin ceiling, tongue-and-groove paneling, and dark wooden trim, paired with comfy contemporary leather chairs and elegant white linens. Like Hudson’s cooking, it’s a perfect blend of old, new, and immaculate attention to detail.
Cowichan Valley› Restaurant
Hudson’s on First
163 1st St, Duncan
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Tues–Fri 11am–2pm, Sat–Sun 10am–2pm, Wed–Sat 5pm–close; Closed Mon; no dinner service Tues or Sun. Phone 250/597-0066 Prices Main courses C$15–C$30 Cuisine Type West Coast/English Web site Hudson’s on First
Map163 1st St, Duncan Cowichan Valley
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