I know ramen. I travel to Japan frequently and eat the very best ramen Japan has to offer including くるり (Kururi Ramen) in Ichigaya which was named the best ramen in Tokyo in 2008. In Japan, ramen is very serious business, with food geeks on the prowl, web sites devoted just to ramen, long lines at the newly discovered spots, secret recipes, serious chefs and very serious diners who are willing to wait in the rain for hours just for a bowl. That said, the one thing that was missing from the food scene in Victoria was a REAL dedicated ramen Restaurant and I am over joyed that Kuma Noodle Japan is here as it saves me a trip to either Vancouver or Tokyo to satisfy my craving. Yes it is Real Traditional Japanese Ramen with noodles imported from Japan and a delicious complex broth that tastes like it has been simmering for hours, which I'm sure it has. Sorry disgruntled vegetarians...the meat used is the heart and soul of a traditional Japanese Ramen broth). The restaurant offers 4 kinds of ramen (if you are unfamiliar with ramen order the first one, the soya also known as "shoyu") all come topped with a half boiled egg, some thinly sliced pork (order the BBQ for more meat), and a few other traditional toppings. Prices start at around 7.50 which following Japanese tradition, includes the tax. The gyoza is a good deal at 6 for 3.50 and I usually share one with my husband. For some reason, the gyoza usually comes long after the ramen is served. There are other things on the limited menu as well such as curry rice, chahan (fried rice), and tonkatsu (breaded pork) which was good (but in this case, not the type you would find often in Japan). Like most ramen restaurants, it is small and simple, one orders and tips at the counter. It situated in a small mall around the corner from Fujiya, above the Purple Garden Restaurant and is closed Sundays. I eat here around once a week and hope after this review is posted that I don't end up waiting in a long line in the rain, but if I do, it'll be worth it.
This was a lovely setting for lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. It was her first time at the Glo and she was impressed. It's in my neighbourhood so I'm glad I can always count on it being an excellent choice. Jill took good care of us and added to our enjoyment.
I've been eating at Zambri's for years and am always excited to go back. While I love the new location, there was something special about the intimacy of the previous one. At lunch at Zambri's yesterday, I commented that it would have been nice if they could have both locations. I realize this is a tall order.
I was at Zambri's for a tweet-up meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting, the food, the service and the company.
My girlfriend, her parents, and I decided to give J and J Wonton Noodle House a try.
The first thing we noticed on entering the restaurant was how good it smelled. You can see the kitchen staff working from the dining room. They all looked efficient, clean, and good at what they were doing. Some may not like it, but the decor was to my tastes, simple, utilitarian and clean. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Tuesday night, always a good sign.
The food did not disappoint after a 15 minute wait. It was delicious, looked delicious, and was not overly expensive. We all left happily fed.
If you are looking for a good place for sukiyaki, DO NOT EAT AT POSH. They are marketing sukiyaki as something stylish and exclusive, hence the name "Posh" and the ridiculously pretentious decor. Sukiyaki is traditional peasant food, often eaten at winter parties in relaxed, casual environments. There is nothing traditional about this dump though.
After a twenty minute wait, our food came out clumsily heaped, with no regard to presentation, on a stained and chipped plastic plate. Our udon noodles came out a cold solid brick, obviously just taken from vacumn sealed plastic and just dumped into a bowl. Many of the ingredients were clearly not fresh. Black and rotting spinach, soggy translucent enoki, and old looking cabbage bespeak poor or no quality control. I doubt that any of the produce was locally grown.
Often a good indicator of a restaurants standards, the bathrooms were disgusting. Toilet paper and paper towels on the floor. Piss on the seat and the floor. Dirty sinks, drty walls, everything in the restaurant looked somewhat dirty actually. Our party of four arrived at the beginning of dinner service and the place was empty, so the bathroom could not have been cleaned that day and I would guess not the day before either. Curious I looked at the VIHA health inspections website and my fears were confimed as they received a high hazard rating.
Food better than this place can be found in your local food court for less money. Posh cares more about it's image than it cares for you. Spend your hard-earned money somewhere else, somewhere that deserves it.
Something is different at this place now - it seems to have found itself. My fiance and I were thoroughly impressed at our last visit. Our server ( who did not have a canoe for a head - whew...) was clever and well informed regarding the menu. Having spent years in the biz myself I was reassured his casual, unhurried, yet efficient approach to the job despite a busy room. I appreciate that he was able read the room well enough from the bar to interpret my eye contact and nod as, " yes please- another round."
I would describe the Canoe dinner menu as inspired. Modern and diverse this pesca-ova-lactarian had no shortage of tempting options. I enjoyed their brilliant rendition of the veggie burger. Clearly someone spent some serious time sourcing the bun, and the house made (slightly) currie patty was perfect for texture and taste -they nailed it!
One of the finer bitters I've had here in town - I'm going back on pitcher night. $12 - thanks guys.
This used to be a great place to eat but something has changed since the last time I was in. Now the food is Just OK and tastes more like cheap food from a mall food court than a good restaurant. There used to be lots of great veggie dishes to choose from but now it's mostly meat and deep fried food with just a few veggie options. The service was very bad, my friend had to go find a waitress to ask for a cup of coffee and then when 10 minutes later it still hadn't arrived he had to find her again to get it. Every time they took the dirty plates they also took our napkins and cutlery even tho we left them off the plates. Then they charged us adult price for my 10 year old daughter where everywhere else we go 12 is adult. I even requested her to be priced as a youth and they refused. In the end I told them we wouldn't be back and left no tip. I don't know if it's under new management or what but I'm not going to be returning ever. The cake they had for dessert was good, but we didn't go there for cake.
In my opinion this is one great pub. Their food is not fancy but absolutely delicious. Just the other day I dropped by with friends for an early dinner and enjoyed their Monday Special a Pulled Pork Sandwich with coleslaw and fries for 8 bucks.
The sandwich was very tasty, a large pulled pork sandwich with lots of sauce and an absolute huge helping of their own french fries. These fries are truly some of the best I have ever had, made right on the premises and unlike many establishments they aren't afraid to give you a whole lot.
The service was outstanding. I ordered a diet pepsi with my meal and before I could even ask for a refill the very friendly server was there with another glass without me even asking for it. When was the last time you experienced something like that at a restaurant, believe me it is very rare a server actually anticipating your needs.
I have enjoyed other items at the Loghouse Pub like their bacon , tomato and lettuce sandwich along with a very generous side salad with a great mango dressing. They also make huge burgers.
These guys are out to satisfy their customers in every way and for me they get at least four stars.
Not the best espresso in Victoria, but damn close. The baristas at Cafe Fantastico are often seen taking top awards at local competions, so you know they've got some serious skills. Not only that, they're pleasant and never seem unhappy to sling you a cup of whatever you like. Nice airy atmosphere, and the reviewer below is right about the overpowering coffee smell. ...It's because they have a FULL SIZED ROASTER going in the back, freshly charring off their beans just before they grind them up and serve them to you. Some of the freshest coffee on the island, and a little essence in the air is a small price to pay.
Having spent a year in Japan I know a little bit about Japanese food, and what Azuma serves up doesn't even come close to resembling proper sushi, with the fish cut far too thick for the unseasoned rice, and taking over 40 minutes to arrive even in a half-full restaurant. The staff are unfriendly; the menu is way overpriced; I don't know what the "yakisoba" dish that they serve is meant to be, but it doesn't even vaguely resemble real yakisoba... The only good thing about this restaurant is that it looks pretty and has a trendy location.
Avoid at all costs.
Perhaps not quite on par with QV, but for a 24 hour place Alzu's has got Denny's beat hands down. Cheaper, tastier, healthier food, and by far less packed with rowdy teenagers and no bus stop for homeless guys and junkies to hang out around trying to bum change at 3am. Typical family restaurant fare with nothing unexpected on the needlessly huge menu, the only disappointment being that belgian waffles seem to have recently been taken from it. Would return again for a late-night stop in.
I don't know what it is about this location, but it absolutely sucks compared to the other outlets. Soggy, greasy pizza, death glares from the dude behind the counter, still expensive compared to other chains... Tried to give it a chance four times, but met with dissatisfaction each time. Never again.
Hit up this place because of a Groupon deal - $10 for $20 worth of food - and I have to say that without the discount I might not be tempted to return. The staff was incredibly friendly and very attentive, almost too attentive for my taste. I expect to be asked once if the food is satisfactory and if I'd like anything more, not five times in the space of 30 minutes. However, this also meant coffee refills were prompt, which was good as we were both on the verge of falling asleep. Contrary to expectations, the atmosphere wasn't too weird or pretentious (more hippie than hipster) which was a huge plus, but the food was only passable, and the coffee wasn't anything special. I have a rule that if I can cook the dish I order better than the restaurant chef I don't return, and sadly this was the case for "The Canadian" (read: typical eggs benedict). Hollandaise was too tart, and the eggs ordered medium but came out soft anyway. I took a friend for two mains and two coffees the total was $29. I would not have been happy to pay that much for what we recieved, considering I've had better food at a similar price from MoLe just a block down the street.
Aside from the nice staff, there's not much more to this place than an average greasy spoon. Not worth it unless you also bought that Groupon.
Wow I could not understand how this place can be still in business ! my lunch was serve cold and the taste witch taste ? , the only thing that I could taste was that awfull taste of burn and that cheap glaze they put on top !! the chicken that they serve with the combo was problably been pick up at Costco 3 days before and they just trow in the microwave for for me , but not long enought cause was so cold inside. I never had such a bad lunch in Victoria before. Hey go to Swiss chalet or Montanas way way better and better pice too. Oh yes also the combo was serve with a coldslaw that taste like old cabbage with a ton a mayonaise.
Hey you have to paid to learn I guess ! well save you money and be smart learn from the other who did not listen to the review LOL.
We had heard that Zambris was not too bad. We had friends who had come to the city from Toronto and thought we would show them the Victoria had good Restaurants too. Oh my, this place was not good, they try, but the food is not the thing, seemed like more of a singles mix it up bar with food on the side. We were so disappointed as there are a lot of places we could have gone that are 10 times as good. Do your research; this is not a good bet for dinner.
Had a coupon and decided to check it out. Found that it is great place to enjoy a meal! Not to mention all the local beer they have on tap. We were pleasantly surprised when we came accross this little place. Our service was great and the staff was amazing. Too bad we don't live closer.
After reading positive reviews of La Fogata (the new place that opened on View St where the old Pig BBQ used to be) I decided to try it. They’re not open on Sundays, but do offer late night hours on the weekends. I tried the arepa with bacon and thought it was delicious. I especially love the couple working behind the counter and how friendly they are. La Fogata is a great addition to Victoria, bringing Colombian food to a city full of Asian cuisine. I will be back to try their other dishes.
We were warned off the Empress as being ridiculously overpriced, and unfortunately the Blethering House closed last December, so we tried this place, based on the reviews on this site.The scones were awesome. Warm, and crusty with glazed butter on the outside.. SO good!!!! Best I've had so far. The place settings and ambiance are nice (linen, napkins, etc). And the tea was ok, but the real treats were what you get with your 'high tea' package. Excellent sandwiches, tarts, shortbread. Delicious! Make sure you come with an empty stomach! We had to get some food wrapped up!
Quite frankly I avoided Pig when they were at their View Street location because the place just looked scuzzy, not so now. Their bright ,clean and fresh location in the new BC Ferries building is very nice.
Not a huge space but enough room to plunk yourself down somewhere and enjoy your meal. Sometimes it's difficult to find a spot because it is that busy and there is a good reason for that.
The crew at Pig are whipping up some great southern bbq food. Pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, pulled pork poutine, a little Canadian flavour on that one. The portions are very generous you definitely will not go away hungry in fact you may not eat for the remainder of the day.
Recently I enjoyed their chicken and waffles special. Not something we are really used to up here in the north but quite common in the U.S. The waffle was huge , a delicious freshly made waffle topped with a few pats of butter , maple syrup and two tender and crispy, not overly battered or greasy , pieces of chicken.
It was deeeelish.
I have ordered their chicken before and it was the same, very consistent. Crispy, not overly battered and tender and juicy, very important when eating fried chicken. There is nothing worse than dried fried chicken and from my experiences so far at Pig you won't find it there.
Treat yourself someday soon to Pig you just might be surprised at how good it is.
The truth about this restaurant is, until you are familiar with how to order at dim sum, you are probably going to feel like you got poor service. It's commonplace to wave and raise your voice to get a server's attention- the restaurant is going to be noisy and chaotic and the waitstaff don't have time to be personal or attentive to everyone that crowds through the door. Once you become a regular (it took me about 5 visits, once on a slow night for dinner instead of dim sum, and pretty generous tip so they'd remember me) you get welcoming smiles and even hellos when you ask for your table. My favorite waitress and waiter even try to recommend particularly good dishes for me to try when I go in to eat. The food is excellent and fresh, and I've never left disappointed. Get over your culture shock and give this place a try.
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