Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is home to historic buildings, beautiful gardens and some of the best museums in Canada. Mountains and the ocean surround Victoria, which provide some of the most exhilarating scenery to be found. In the heart of downtown Victoria, there’s a little vegan jewel called Be Love.
Opened in October 2013, Be Love is a full-service restaurant providing predominantly organic and local, plant-based fare. Serving a wholesome meal is the mission as everything on their menu is free of wheat, gluten, dairy, meat, additives and processed sugar.
As you walk in, you immediately spy the dessert case. This is your first clue to not order too much, as tempting as that may be, since the key lime pie or raw “cheeze”cake needs to have a spot at the table. But before we get to dessert, let’s roll through the appetizers and main courses. Be Love offers several salads and a soup of the day, but this reviewer strongly recommends the Cauliflower Wings. Don’t pass up this dish! As for a main course, you can order from a variety of bowls, sandwiches or entrees. Without a doubt, the Mac & Cheeze bowl was the most popular dish of the evening. My wife loved it! I decided on the BBQ Plate (which included mac & cheeze), and it was also a winner! Now for dessert. Yes, we split the Daily Cheezecake (always raw) and the Key Lime Pie. We had been thinking about it all evening. Both were good, but the Key Lime Pie won the day!
This is a great place for a romantic evening, business meeting or spending time with the family. Eating healthy in this trendy, modern-style restaurant delights the senses. If it’s a nice day, feel free to eat at one of the few outdoor tables, or you can dine at the bar and order organic wine, kombucha or chai soda. Fresh juices, smoothies and a variety of beer are also available.
Be Love is open for lunch and dinner every day. It opens at 11:00 am and closes at 9:30 pm weekdays and 10:00 pm on weekends. Street parking is available, but weekends can be a challenge to get close to the restaurant. They do accept all major credit cards.
Michael Taylor travels in North America, South America and Europe for business and strives to dine at the very best vegan restaurants in every city he visits. As a vegan of eight years and vegetarian for 22 years before that, he has sampled some of the best vegan foods in 47 states and 24 countries. Michael looks for restaurants using the best ingredients (organic preferred), innovative recipes and vegan outreach.