By Don Douloff, January 22, 2009
Aura, in the Inn at Laurel Point, in Victoria, B.C., has been named one of Canada’s top 10 new restaurants by Where Canada. After eating their way through hundreds of restaurants across the country last year, the magazine’s editors compiled their annual list.
Calling Aura, “The ideal spot to enjoy a multi-course meal, celebrated Point Burger or appy,” the list cites the restaurant’s menu, expert guidance of award-winning executive chef Brad Horen and floor-to-ceiling windows, waterfront patio and views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Aura has been drawing rave reviews since opening this past summer. Critics praise how the menu favours organic and local ingredients and blends fresh Japanese and European flavours. Regional wines, cocktails and bar drinks made with premium spirits and locally grown ingredients complement the dishes.