The GOODS from OLO
Victoria, BC | Peckish night owls now have a new option to tantalize their taste buds right in the heart of Victoria’s bustling Chinatown.
OLO, a farm-to-table establishment with a focus on local, sustainably raised ingredients, is now serving up its fresh fare and savoury snacks after hours. Ideal for a post-shift hangout or an intimate, laid-back get-together, the new menu panders to late-night noshers prowling for an after-hours drink and nibble.
The late-night menu is bar focused and features unique offerings such as Dram and a Can (Canadian whiskey paired with local beer), as well as a bevy of modern cocktails. The Young Bacchus combines Ampersand gin with sparkling wine, basil and bay leaf syrup and peach sorbet; and the Morris Miner Float is a hearty mixture of Collingwood whiskey, Suze liqueur, pear maple shrub, lemon juice and cherry cola foam.
The bar program, lead by head barman Shawn Soole, also highlights the region’s offerings with an impressive list featuring B.C. distilleries, breweries and wineries, as well as rare Canadian and American whiskies. Perfectly mixed cocktails showcase local producers and ingredients and boast a variety of whimsical infusions from foraged botanicals, house-made vinegars (carrot, grape and honey) using local produce and healthful tonics with island spring water.
The late dining crowd can also nosh on a variety of small sharing plates. OLO has introduced a bevy of savoury “midnight” snacks to sate those late-night cravings, including their dry-aged cheeseburger with fries, a trio of fried oyster cabbage tacos and charcoal grilled flat bread topped with lamb bacon, ricotta and minted peas.
Executive chef and owner Brad Holmes knows relationships are forged over food. With an emphasis on ethical food systems and locally sourced ingredients, Holmes incorporates small-batch produce and cruelty-free, sustainably raised livestock into his menus. Whole animals and fish naturally raised and sustainably caught from nearby waters are used when and wherever possible. When each ingredient is curated with care and can be traced back to its source, every meal pays homage to the island community and the bounty it offers. OLO also integrates numerous foraged products from around the island into its dishes, as well as the tastiest ingredients harvested in season and preserved for use year round.
OLO offers dinner daily from 5pm, and serves up its late-night snacks until midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and through 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit www.olorestaurant.com.
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday & Saturday 5pm-1am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm
Sunday-Thursday Dinner menu is served 5pm-10pm, late night 10pm-12am
Friday & Saturday Dinner menu 5pm-11pm, late night 11pm-1am
Brad Holmes, Chef / Co-Owner
Kris Barnholden, Chef / Co-Owner
Jennifer Leigh Gidora, General Manager
Shawn Soole, Head Barman
OLO is where the community comes together to congregate for camaraderie and the comfort of a good meal. While many restaurants boast about their farm-to-table philosophies, OLO chefs Brad Holmes and Kris Barnholden know relationships are forged over food. They fill OLO’s kitchen with quality B.C. ingredients, such as island-raised beef, fish plucked straight from nearby waters, and produce tenderly grown by our local farming friends. Each incorporated ingredient is purchased directly from our hard-working neighbours who produce beautiful food with great care. Nestled in the heart of Victoria, B.C.’s bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, OLO pays homage to the region’s trade hub roots.
The word “Olo” translates to “hungry” in Chinook Jargon, a derivative language of English, French, Chinese and Chinook. Just as the Pacific Northwest was a gathering place for traders hawking their wares in pioneer days, OLO celebrates Cascadia’s role as a cultural melting pot by serving as a hub for neighbours to gather and break bread.
The bar program highlights the region’s bounties with an impressive list of B.C. distilleries, breweries and wineries. The beer selection includes varieties brewed throughout the province, the Cascades and established Old World master breweries. Three select taps of award-winning Driftwood beer, crafted here in Victoria, are also featured for parched guests. The thoughtfully curated wine list focuses on small-batch producers showcasing the best vintners B.C. has on offer. Perfectly mixed cocktails showcase local producers and ingredients, and boast a variety of whimsical infusions from foraged botanicals, shrubs from house-made vinegars, and healthful tonics from island spring water.
The dining area’s design reflects the agricultural history of Canada with a playful modern twist, cultivating a warm yet lively atmosphere. With farmhouse-inspired elements such as rustic post and beam construction, cedar-clad walls, a wall of preserves, living herbs and wheat grass growing in the dining room, OLO feels familiar while always offering fresh tastes for locals hungry for more than just a meal.