Anyone who goes to Galiano Island sooner or later ends at Scoops. They've been around since at least the 80s, and it's the only ice cream and burger bar on the island. Scoops is a simple diner located at a tiny shopping plaza in Sturdies Bay. They sell various items like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, french fries, and ice cream.
Favorite Dish: Their chicken strips and fries were yummy - the chicken strips were nothing special although very tasty, but the fries were obviously hand cut from the whole potato - skins and all. The fries were great! They always smell addictive.
I've also had their burgers years ago, but it's been too long to write a proper review on them.
The ice cream is the old fashioned kind - scoops in a cone. The rocky road ice cream (chocolate, marshmallow, walnut) in a waffle cone was a tasty treat!
This is a little shack located at the end of the Sturdies Bay ferry terminal parking lot. Half their menu revolves around traditional Indonesian dishes (like chicken in peanut sauce with noodles and vegetables, etc), and the other half features hamburgers, hotdogs and a few German dishes like schnitzel.
Apparently they have really good Indonesian food, but I was craving a hot dog, and decided on their Spicy Currywurst – a Bratwurst sausage covered in fried onions with a red curry sauce and paprika. It’s not a traditional curry flavour, but if you like sweet and spicy on your hot dog, it wasn’t bad but nothing special.
The Daystar Market Cafe is a wonderful little restaurant located right next to the Daystar Market (an organic/health food store). The cafe, like its market, provides some healthy and tasty treats. It definitely suits Galiano Island's ecofriendly vibe. You can either sit inside or outside in their little garden.
Favorite Dish: I had their fish special of the day - wild BC salmon with a nori sesame topping. This was then served with fresh green beans, sweet potato, corn on the cob, and delicious tomato rice.
To drink we shared a chardonnay from the local Saturna Island winery.
This is great choice if you're looking for tasty, fresh, local cuisine.
True diner setting, best omellette I have ever eaten. Huge menu. You will have a hard time choosing what to eat due to the large selection. Check out my photos of this cool place. Historic building and meeting place since 1903.
Favorite Dish: Omellette.
Located in the old "Burrill building" which has been a local meeting spot on Galiano since 1903, the Galiano Grand Central Emporium is kind of like a cafe and coffee shop blended in with a live music pub. It's kind of surreal because you're not quite sure what to make of it... whether it's going to be a wild kind of place or whether it's going to be a laid back kind of place. It turns out, it's more of a laid back kind of place attracting every kind of person on the island, whether it's elderly couples, families with young children, local hippies, or touring backpackers.
Favorite Dish: I had their smoked salmon with cream cheese on a bagel, served with soup. They had 2 soups of the day: cream of mushroom and borsch. Since I'm not a fan of mushrooms, I opted for borsch. The borsch was delicious - something I'd expect a Ukrainian grandmother (Baba) to make!
Huguette Benger came from Avignon, France to Galiano Island in the 1980's. She started B&B and a restaurant called La Berengerie located in a cute French country style inn.
This has to be the cutest restaurant on the entire island, and definitely my favourite restaurant on the island by far! It's located in a forested plot of land surrounded by a garden and stream. Inside the rustic country inn are warm lamps, local artwork, and shelves full of old books, country-style dishes, and charming odds & ends like cat-shaped cookie jars.
Every table is covered in a fine linen floral tablecloth, and every napkin is floral linen as well. Every table has fresh flowers and a candle. There's a really beautiful ambience in this restaurant. It's really intimate and inviting inside.
Favorite Dish: The beauty of La Berengerie is that there are only 3 dishes served daily: a fish dish, a vegetarian dish, and a meat dish.
When we arrived, Huguette promptly informed us that for meat, they had lamb, and that they had run out of snapper, but if we wanted fish, she could prepare halibut cheeks. For vegetarian, she had tofu cooked with a peanut sauce. Both Josh and I opted for the lamb dish. We also decided to share a bottle of French red wine, also served immediately, as well as some delicious rye bread.
We hardly even had time to sip the wine before we were given the first course: fresh tomato soup with goats cheese and fresh basil. It was sooooo good, I couldn't help smirking at how lucky I was to be eating here!
Next, after our soup, Huguette brought us a fresh salad of crisp romaine lettuce, toasted sesame seeds with a sesame vinaigrette dressing. It was really refreshing.
Finally, after our salad, we waited maybe 10 minutes before being served some of the most amazing lamb I've ever tasted! It was served roast with roast peppers and onions, on a bed of spiced couscous with raisins. There were also honey-roasted carrots, and fresh green beans covered in a light curry cream sauce. I couldn't get over how wonderful this meal... it truly exceeded my expectations!
For dessert, we had some coffee and homemade crème caramels, served with home made whipped cream. It was heavenly!
La Berengerie was my favourite dining experience, ever, on Galiano Island. I highly recommend it!