Welcome to the Discovery Room

The Discovery Room is Vancouver Island University’s full-service learning restaurant connecting students with our community patrons. Learning by doing, Hospitality Management and Culinary Students together serve up a contemporary dining experience. By experiencing the Discovery Room, your support fuels our student’ growth and education.

Lunch & Dinner Takeaway Service

Current public health orders prohibit us from allowing you to join us in the Discovery Room (the order will be re-evaluated on April 19).

Until we can re-open for in-person dining we will be offering takeaway service that you can pre-order and pick-up. Appetizers are $3, entrees are $10 and dinner desserts are $2 inclusive of tax.

Takeaway meals will be offered during the same dates and times as our dine-in service.

Lunch Takeaway Service (Apr 14-15)

Soups: Cream of Asparagus / Chicken Thai Curry

Main Courses: Lamb Curry / Crispy Ginger Beef / Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding / Grilled Farmed Atlantic Salmon / Chicken & Sun-dried Tomato Penne / Chicken Ballotine

Dinner Takeaway Service (Apr 15-16)

Appetizers: Grilled Quail Salad / Aarancini / Butternut Squash Soup

Main Courses: Braised Lamb Shank / Pacific Halibut Filet / Jumbo Tortellini

Dessert: Berry & Marscarpone Cream Tart / Mini Chocolate Pot de Creme

Sign-up for our Takeaway Menu

If you would like to receive weekly takeaway information (menus and links to the order forms when they are released) please sign-up for our takeaway email list (different than our regular email list).

Breakfast Takeaway Service

We are very pleased to announce our new breakfast-to-go service available from 8am to 9:45am on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January until mid-June.

Formerly offered through the cafeteria, the Discovery Room has become the pick-up location for breakfast during Covid. All ordering is done online via the 'order online' button below with orders typically ready for pick-up in about 15 minutes. Orders will be packed to-go as seating is not available in the Discovery Room for breakfast.

Item availability the menu selection will change each week depending on class size and current curriculum.

Order Online

Location & Contact

Building 300, at the side of the cafeteria. 
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Discovery Room Access Information

The best way to get in touch is by emailing discovery.room@viu.ca (email is checked daily). Phoning (250) 740-6338 is also an option (phone messages are returned on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Parking

The nearest parking is in lot 5C (pay parking machines accept cash or credit cards). Parking can be at a premium during the lunch period so consider allowing a little extra time to find a parking space.

Menu Offerings

Menus change weekly. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs – just let us know ahead of time.

Lunch

A la carte menu with appetizers from $6 to $8 and entrees from $14 to $16. Dessert is included. There are typically 4 to 5 choices of entrée including a fish, pasta, poultry, and meat.

Dinner

3-course menu from $27 to $34 depending on the chosen entrée. There are typically 4 to 5 choices of entrée including a fish, pasta, poultry, and meat.

Breakfast-To-Go

The Discovery Room is a pick-up location for the Culinary students' breakfast-to-go service. All ordering is online with breakfast meals ranging from $5 to &7. Items typically include Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Omelettes and Two Eggs with bacon or sausage, toast and hashbrowns. Item selection and availability varies from week-to-week based on class size and curriculum.

Payment

Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Debit cards. We cannot accept AMEX, PCards or Cost Centre transfers.

Alcohol Service

Limited selection of wine by the bottle and glass, domestic and imported beer by the bottle and liquor.

Corkage

Please bring your favourite bottle of commercially produced wine for a $10 corkage fee (liquor laws do not allow us to open u-brew or homemade wine). This is a great opportunity for the students to practice their wine opening skills, especially if you bring wine with a cork.

Gratuities

Gratuities are not expected but are very much appreciated. Gratuities are put towards extra-curricular educational enhancement opportunity for the Hospitality and Culinary students.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Service

Spring 2021 Lunch Service Dates:

Lunch service is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays (with the exception of statutory and academic holidays and special events)  from mid-September to mid-June with reservations from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

January: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

February: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

March: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31

April: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

May: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

June: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Spring 2021 Dinner Service Dates:

Dinner service is offered on most Thursday and Friday evenings from early October to early April with reservations from 5pm to 6pm.

January: 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29

February: 11, 12, 25, 26

March: 11, 12, 18, 19, 24 (Gastronomic Seminar), 26 (Gastronomic Seminar)

April: 1, 8, 9, 15, 16

May: 6, 7, 13, 14

Spring 2021 Breakfast-To-Go Service Dates:

Breakfast-To-Go service is offered on most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (from 8am to 9:45am) from January to June. To order breakfast, please follow the link at the top of the page. Orders can be picked up in the Discovery Room about 15 minutes after placing the order and will be packed for you to take with you (seating in the Discovery Room is not available during the breakfast period).

January: 19, 20, 26, 27

February: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24

March: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30, 31

April: 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

May: 25, 26

June: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

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Menus

Our menus change weekly and are typically refreshed here every Monday for the coming week's service. Because we work with fresh ingredients in this learning environment it is not uncommon for the menu to change from what is posted.

  • Takeaway lunch menu: please see the takeaway order form link at the top of the page
  • Takeaway dinner menu: please see the takeaway order form link at the top of the page

To reserve for parties of more than 8 people please email us.