This is a guest post by a friend of mine who recently went up and tried a fairly new restaurant opened by another friend of mine in my hometown of Terrace, B.C. While I haven’t been back for almost ten years, she has been there a few times recently for work, so I lived vicariously through her last weekend…
My name is Alison and I’m a friend of Victoria. I was recently in Terrace, BC, for the BC Winter Games and Victoria told me about a restaurant I should try there. Villa 46 has been open for just over 5 months and the food was really yummy. The atmosphere was great and the staff is very friendly.
My work colleague and I ordered a bottle of red wine off a pretty decent wine list in regards to variety. Prices were also good and there was something for everyone. We arrived at 7:30 pm and ordered our wine and food shortly after that.
Now I have to state that it was the BC Winter Games in Terrace and the place was packed. Because of this, our food didn’t arrive for 1.5 hours and we were starving. We asked for some bread or something to eat, but they were already out. What they did do was run out and get some from another store and serve it to our table and the other diners who were waiting for their food as well. Lance, the owner, stated that they were in the process of getting new burners for the kitchen and weren’t used to having such large parties at one time come in. (There were media and BC Winter Games staff in large groups eating there).
When the food came we were pleasantly surprised. I had ordered the wild mushroom stuffed chicken wrapped in prosciutto on creamed polenta and veggies. The chicken was perfect and moist, but the polenta lacked a little flavour. I’d probably order this again though because the chicken was yummy!
My colleague ordered the poached wild salmon in leak sauce with seasonal veggies and she loved hers. I didn’t get a chance to try it but it looked great.
The best thing about the place was the atmosphere. Terrace is a small town up north and everyone is really friendly. The people eating in the restaurant were probably half local and half tourists working there for the Games. We all started talking and buying each other drinks and it turned into a wonderful party.
Once the new burners are in and the place has worked through the kinks of being new, it’ll be great!! I’d visit Villa 46 again.
To note, Lance also is the owner of the Elephant’s Ear in Terrace. It’s a great coffee shop with home made soups, sandwiches, baked goods, teas, and coffee. I’d recommend that place too – it was cozy and had great food and service.
4608 Lakelse Avenue
Terrace, BC, V8G 1R1
Owner and manager: Lance Dettwiler
Open since: September 2, 2010