There are two kinds of Thai restaurants: take-out and dine-in. At Baan Thai’s new Broadmead location, it is worth staying (if you can get a table that is). Although it may be a bit more expensive than a take-away joint, food still comes out quickly and you get what you pay for in terms of ambiance and quality. I do suggest you spruce yourself up a bit if heading directly from the gym—Baan Thai’s new location is spiffy and bright and people can see if you are still wearing your gym shorts.
I was impressed by the quality and presentation of the food at Baan Thai. Portions were good-sized, although, being Asian cuisine, you will definitely want to get an appetizer with your meal or you will (as they say) be hungry again an hour later. As for recommendations, it’s all good. Pictured is Phad Thai Goong ($13.5) with spring rolls ($6.75).
Rating: 4/5Baan Thai (Broadmead) 400-777 ROYAL OAK DR. Victoria, BC
Open 7 days a week for Lunch & Dinner.
Packed with lean protein, omega-3 oils, and minerals, fish is a very healthy food. Top it off with a ball or roll of sushi rice (carbs) and you’ve got yourself a great food for a high-performance athlete. Many athletes don’t often think to go for sushi thinking it’s too expensive to satisfy a serious hunger. Bon Sushi solves this problem—delicious sushi at reasonable prices. They offer classic “purist” rolls and saucy “California-style” rolls that will stimulate your Unami taste buds. Their Royal Oak restaurant is quick and friendly to athletes who show up in post-workout track suits, best of all, you don’t have negotiate with downtown traffic to get there.
Rice digests easily before an afternoon workout so this author’s favorite is to hit up Bon Sushi for lunch. I’m a big fan of the teriyaki lunch box combo meal ($8 Reg, $13 Lg). If I go with a regular, I’ll usually add one of their 41 types of rolls—like a 10 piece dynamite roll ($6.50) or one of their great baked rolls drizzled with special sauce ($9). Finish it off with green tea ($1.50) and you are all set. If it is just sushi you are after 3-4 rolls will fill a hungry athlete or challenge yourself with the Party Platter A (5 rolls, $30).
Rating: 5.0/5.0Bon Sushi 4541 W SAANICH RD. Victoria, BC
Open Monday to Saturday for Lunch 11am till 2:30pm & Dinner 5pm till 9pm