Chef Sam Harris brings a classic French twist to Canadian ingredients in an elegant, new space
Victoria, BC (January 22, 2018): An exciting addition to Victoria’s dynamic dining scene is on the horizon with the opening of Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s new restaurant, The Courtney Room, later this spring.
“Old world meets the new world in The Courtney Room, which is opening in our 20th anniversary year,” says Bill Lewis, general manager at Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “Now owned and operated by the hotel team, we can’t wait to reveal the bright, elegant new room, and share Chef Sam Harris’ menu, inspired by both land and sea.”
Formerly of Agrius Restaurant, Chef Sam Harris’ menu will celebrate Canada’s local and seasonal products with a classic French twist. Chef Harris helped set the bar for Victoria’s flourishing culinary scene when Agrius was listed in enRoute’s 2016 Best New Restaurants top 10 with him at the helm, and he will continue to innovate with a menu that honours local farmers and flavours. The Courtney Room will be open every day and night to provide a genuine welcome to visitors and locals alike.
The team at Magnolia Hotel & Spa is honoured to once again work with interior designer Sharon Bortolotto from BBA Design, the firm responsible for the hotel’s guestroom refresh, and are excited to work with the team from Glasfurd and Walker; designers of innovative brands such as The Botanist in Vancouver.
Taking cues from the old grand dame hotels of Paris, where designer Bortolotto recently spent time, The Courtney Room is a modern dining space in the style of a classic French bistro, with elements of Art Nouveau. High ceilings and bistro style lighting create a casually elegant ambience – focal features include commissioned artwork by Blu Smith in an abstract expressionist style and a central black granite bar framed between two paneled wood columns with white marble chevron detail – a place to gather and be seen.
Downstairs, a classically inspired tiled entrance and chevron patterned wood floor lead to brasserie style velvet banquette seating and the main bar – clad with an elegant gray marble showcasing a custom glass oyster station and illuminated back bar shelves, whilst upstairs provides an elevated dining experience in a carpeted space with white tablecloths, and a glassed-in wine room. Vintage style lighting, leather touches, brass accents, and bronze beaded curtains add layers of elegance, whilst the smoky grey/blues, taupes and elegant earthen hues continue the feel and flow of the hotel’s colour palette throughout the restaurant.
About The Magnolia Hotel & Spa:
Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. #1 City Hotel in Canada in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017 readers’ survey, #4 in the Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards, and consistently recognized by Forbes, Condé Nast Johansens and in the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa is one block from the Inner Harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during a stay in Victoria. www.magnoliahotel.com
About The Courtney Room:
The Courtney Room is a classically modern dining space that promises genuine hospitality, with a menu honouring both land and sea. Led by award-winning Chef Sam Harris, formerly of Agrius Restaurant, The Courtney Room celebrates Canada’s local and seasonal products with a classical French twist. Thoughtful interiors enhance a bright, elegant new room. The Courtney Room will open in Spring 2018.