After 12 months of renovations, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio has opened its doors with an entirely new concept and revitalized interior
The iconic Inner Harbour restaurant, inside Inn at Laurel Point, closed its doors last October as part of the hotel’s renewal project. Now focusing on globally-inspired small plates, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio’s menu encourages its guests to try a bit of everything.
“Aura is a high energy restaurant, serious about our food, but casual in our approach,” says Executive Chef Takashi Ito. “We want our guests to experience a variety of flavours and bold dishes, in an approachable way.”
With dishes like BBQ sambal skate on banana leaf with xo sauce and jicama slaw, to prawn and smoked salmon okonomiyaki with karaage prawn head, to house-made fried spam with crispy rice, aged cheddar, soft poached egg, and cilantro aioli, the new menu is created to inspire.
“We always try to be innovative and create something unique,” says Aura’s new Restaurant Chef Austin Lu. “By using the best ingredients, respecting them, and not over complicating our dishes, we’ve been able to create a truly delicious menu.”
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is open for all meals, with the addition of happy hour, and small plates brunch on weekends. They even have a section of their dinner menu specifically for vegans and vegetarians. Also, for the sweet tooths, the Restaurant has an entire menu dedicated to dessert.
“Small plates give us more flexibility to showcase our talent in the pastry shop,” says Pastry Chef Kimberley Vy. “Bite size items are much less of a commitment in terms of size and price point, and hopefully influences the diner to really embrace the new techniques we’re introducing.”
Such dishes include a black sesame bar with apricot mousse and hazelnut milk chocolate, a banana mille feuille with miso butterscotch and Orelys ganache, and a profiterole with salted egg custard and craquelin.
The newly renovated restaurant has panoramic views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Inn at Laurel Point, whose meeting spaces, garden and lobby have also undergone transformations, will be fully completed in 2020.
About Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Beyond the backdrop of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is an adventure into bold tastes and beautiful plates. Now open with a revitalized interior and an innovative new concept unique to Victoria’s hotel restaurant scene, Aura is focusing on globally-inspired small plates. Lead by sommelier and Inn at Laurel Point’s Food and Beverage Director Janis Goard and talented culinary team lead by award-winning Executive Chef Takashi Ito, Aura’s menu design combines local, farm-direct ingredients with international flavours to inspire conversation.
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About the Inn at Laurel Point
Inn at Laurel Point is situated on a parkland peninsula in the heart of Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour. This setting boasts spectacular harbour views that surprise and delight both new and returning guests. With 200 water-view rooms, inspiring meeting and event spaces, and the award-winning Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, the Inn at Laurel Point has been ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in Canada (Condé Nast Traveler). As a social enterprise and the first carbon-neutral hotel in British Columbia, the property is committed to caring for their team, community, and environment.
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