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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Zambri's820 Yates St, #110, Victoria
Not as Impressed As I Thought I Would Be
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 1, 2010 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

After hearing plenty about this place I had to finally try them out at their swanky new location. I popped by Saturday for a quick lunch after a look over the menu. I was actually expecting higher prices but they were fairly reasonable, pizzas around 13 bucks, pasta dishes for around 13/14 dollars but more on that later.

I was dining alone and quickly got a seat by the window from the friendly hostess. My waitress arrived shortly after I sat down with a menu and to take my drink order. I asked about a beer that I never tried and she offered to give me a sample. As it turns out the beer was not to my liking so I ordered a brew that I knew.

While waiting for my beer to arrive another server brought by some crusty bread and a small dish of olives. The olives were very nice, the bread not so much. The bread was very crusty, a thick , chewy almost hard crust to it that made my teeth hurt. I really think they should review the bread they are serving.

I ordered the gnocchi and when it arrived it really wasn't anything I expected. First off, it seemed like a very small portion. The gnocchi came in a sort of spinach gravy type thing that was okay but not really what I had in mind. The gnocchi was tasty enough, I ate it but would of preferred a tomato based sauce, my bad for ordering the wrong thing.

This was a busy place for lunch on a Saturday. I had a feeling my waitress was slammed with customers as she took much too long to bring me things like the bill. Wasn't impressed with the service.
I also wasn't really impressed with the table set up. I was sitting alone for lunch but halfway through my meal a young couple arrived at the table next to me and you are literally sitting right with them, just inches away. This is really not my cup of tea. I would of loved to of finished my lunch in my own little space but what can you do, that is the set up of this restaurant.

The new building Zambri's is in is quite impressive, a beautiful space. As for Zambri's itself I found the new space nothing special at all, although I look forward to a warm summer afternoon in July enjoying lunch and a bottle of wine on their patio that looks onto Yates.

Although not what I really expected I will be back.

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Kissako Green Tea Cafe2027 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
Almost as Good as a Trip to Japan
By renoir of Victoria (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

My husband and I go to Japan nearly every year primarily to eat real Japanese food, as alas,the vast majority of "Japanese" restaurants in Victoria and in much of the NW are mediocre at best. I've concluded that the reason why they can stay in business at all is because the majority of diners simply don't know good Japanese from bad Japanese food, which is perfectly understandable if you have never lived there.

We had pretty much resigned ourselves to eating poor quality rice, and bentos from hell until our next trip back. Then we wandered into this tiny cafe on Oak Bay Ave and finally found what we didn't think existed here; authentic, beautifully made Japanese food.

The reason we didn't make this happy discovery earlier perhaps was because of its name. It doesn't claim to be a Japanese restaurant, but a green tea cafe and the limited menu includes non-Japanese items such as sandwiches and quiche that you order at the counter. True to its name. "Kissako Green Tea Cafe" offers several kinds of green tea, but most people expect free tea in Japanese restaurants and don't want to pay extra for it. I just asked for water.

My husband and I finally decided to give Kissako a try when we noticed a chicken bento for I believe 10.75 scrawled on the chalk board in front of the shop.
My husband was interested in that and I was more curious to try a couple of maki (rolled) sushi. We became hopeful almost at once when we entered and heard Japanese being spoken behind the counter (my husband is fluent in Japanese) as this was an excellent sign that the food would not be the pseudo Japanese cuisine found elsewhere.
And we were right. The minute his bento hit the table, we knew it was real just by how it looked; artistic for lack of a better word. A bento is a box of several compartments, each containing different food. The largest section contained the chicken, which consisted of small cubes of chicken and vegetables, in a light sauce. The other compartments contained some beautifully made Japanese "tapas" consisting of 2 slices of stuffed rolled egg omelette pinwheels (in Japan, much attention is paid to how well this type of omelette is executed) and a gyoza type dumpling, another compartment contained the rice, which interestingly was not white, but brown or "genmai" style rice which has become popular recently in Tokyo. I ordered 2 maki rolls and they were very good, primarily because the rice was of a higher quality than the norm, cooked perfectly, and seasoned just right. In real Japanese cuisine, it's all about rice done right!

The menu, including the sushi offerings are quite limited. This is a tiny green tea cafe not a full Japanese restaurant and it is not open in the evenings. Still, it is a very rare gem and I cannot wait to go back.

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Delicious Pizza3388 Douglas St., Victoria
Best darned pizza to be found anywhere!!
By T.Anderson of Saanich BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 7:58pm [Take-out]

My family and I have been regular customers of Delicious Pizza for several years now and we are just as happy with their food and service now as we were to begin with (which explains why we are still customers of theirs). Not only is their pizza the best we've ever had but the other menu items they have up for offer are super-delicious, too (their Greek salads can't be beat...yum!).

We order from Delicious Pizza often (usually twice a week on average) and we have never been disatisfied with any food or service we have received from them. Their food is always hot (unless, of course, it's supposed to be served cold, such as a salad), always fresh and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS...Delicious (that's Delicious with a capital "D").

As for the service, wow, talk about top-rate; friendly, inviting, quick, organized...all the best rolled into one (not to mention always served with a smile).

Pricewise, Delicious Pizza is more than just a little competitive and we actually find their prices somewhat lower than most other pizza places (most especially in the value-wise area, since their pizza's tend to give you "more bang for your buck" because they don't scrimp with their toppings like some places do). However, even if their prices were to be little higher, we would still order from them because their pizza's are just too darned good to pass up.

Delicious Pizza is the best of the best and you can't ask for much more than that. Definitely 5 stars from us! :-)

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Real Taste of India768 Fort Street, Victoria
If this restaurant doesn't succeed then the location is jinxed
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

For the past couple of years we have seen this spot as a Korean BBQ, then some sort of Hawaiian type thing that lasted a few months and now Real Taste Of India.
After passing by here the past couple of weeks and then reading the first review on dinehere I had to try this place.

Today I enjoyed their buffet lunch with a co-worker and we were both very impressed. We arrived at around 11:50am just as the fresh buffet items were being stocked up in the buffet trays. We quickly filled our plates with some delicious curries, not too spicy, some nice plump and fresh tandorri chicken, a delicious eggplant veggie dish, some great naan bread, hot out of the oven and tucked into it. At almost 4pm I am still full and the thought of dinner hasn't even crossed my mind.

Hot, fresh, nicely spiced and delicious food. The first experience was outstanding and will mean a future visit sooner then later.

Because it's a buffet you basically serve yourself so can't say too much about the service. The girl who filled our water glasses was pleasant enough, although quite shy and a little standoffish. Perhaps she is just getting comfortable with her new position.

The value was outstanding. There are a few eateries in the area with decent enough food but outlandish prices, case in point Beirut right across the street. At Beirut they offer a very smallish swarma platter for about $13.50, outrageous in my view for basically a take away restaurant. Real Taste Of India have an all you can eat East Indian Buffet for $11.99

As word of mouth spreads I believe you are going to see a very successful restaurant at this location, finally , provided they keep up with the value and quality of food. If you are looking for a new East Indian Restaurant to try out try this place, I think you'll be impressed too.

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
disapointing
By catharina of shawnigan lake (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

My daughter and I went to this place on a Saturday. We should have been warned because there were many empty tables. The service was slow people who came later were served and when I wanted to place an order I was told an other waiter was serving us which took a while.
I had a hamburger with onions must have come from the day before. They were ice cold and just mixed with some ketchup?? yuk. The fries were re fried with many small burned pieces. My daughter had the eggs benedict with old potatoes as well. When we checked out it took a while because the servers had computer problems We are not going back

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Real Taste of India768 Fort Street, Victoria
New Indian food place - OUTSTANDING
By HarryBaulsak of Victoria, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

my co-workers and I are always on the lookout for a new place for lunch when mention of a new Indian joint came up. In the old Seoul Kitchen location, Real Taste of India offers an inexpensive buffet ($11.99) lunch that was surprisingly good.
We were shown to a table immediately on arrival and informed a few more dishes were to be placed in the buffet shortly (we arrived about 11:45)
After a short wait and the attentive waitress bringing water we went to check it out.
Rice, Tandoori Chicken, veggies, popadums, pakora, and 3 different curries (one veggie) as well as salad and sides were presented well. The food was AMAZING.
Great bargain, great service and a very nice place. We will add it to the list of places to return.

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Local Kitchen, The1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
never again!
By cleanerboy of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

The Local was very expensive for the quality and quantity of the food. The location is perfect for trapping tourists. We decided to eat indoors and were forgotten when it came to service, and a gratuity was added to our credit card without our knowledge. I will never dine at the local again.

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1550's Pub Style Restaurant1550 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
What is there not to like?
By Seriously of Victoria and Area (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Every time I go to 1515's I always leave happy, great wait staff, good food ( big portions) and awesome drinks! Love how big the menu is! Never had anything that wasn't great looking and tasting there, service is usually quick and the patio is great to sit on during a warm day.

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John's Noodle Village823 Bay St., Victoria
What a great hidden gem for Chinese Food
By victoriafoodie of Victoria British Columbia Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

We just moved to Victoria and have been eating our way around town.
This spot was recommended to us and was amazing.
Service was sketchy at best as the waitress seemed a bit distracted, but the food made up for her shortcomings by 100%.

Home made spring rolls with plum sauce already in them was the starter. This was the coolest thing since sliced bread. I have never seen them made with the sauce inside before.

Wonton soup was shared by all with the freshest won ton dumplings I have ever tasted. Shrimp filled and not the usual 90% cabbage and 10% baby shrimp, these were all fresh shrimp.

Chinese vegetables followed and they were all fresh and tossed in an amazing sauce
We also ordered a Satay Chicken chow mein but had to bring it home as we were stuffed by them.

Everything we ordered was amazing.
The decor was traditional boring Canadian Chinese restaurant but who cares about that.
They need a young talkative active waitress and a coat of paint then this place will be lined up out the door
The bill was only $43 for 3 of us, so no complaints at all

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Baan Thai Restaurants1117 Blanshard St, Victoria
Call it BAD THAI
By Felicity of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Terrible food, terrible service. The waitress seemed intoxicated. She had bloodshot eyes & her breath smelled of alcohol. She spilled my water & haphazardly placed my food on the table. Not professional at all. I ordered the Pad Thai & mussels. It was disappointing. The Pad Thai did not have the sweet ketchup flavour common in Canadianized Pad Thai instead it tasted like Chinese fried rice noodle. If I wanted Chinese food I would have gone to a Chinese restaurant. Pad Thai is supposed to have a bit of tomato paste. The mussels tasted off as well. It was overpriced & served by a tipsy waitress. The decor was alright but nothing special.

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Mo:Le544 Pandora St., Victoria
Not living up to the hype.
By Warrivar of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Today we tried Mo:le. We will not be returning. We arrived and were seated immediately, which was good. We asked for coffee, and were politely advised that our server would be with us soon. 15 minutes later, the server, coffee and water arrived. I ordered the basic, eggs basted. My friend ordered the organic oatmeal, todays choice was white peach. Almost 40 minutes later the food arrived at the table. My eggs, besides being cold, were cooked hard, the potatoes cold and greasy. My friend ate her tepid oatmeal with a nice array of cut fresh fruit. That was the best part of both meals. We asked for preserves for the toast and were offered saskatoon berry jam, organic peanut butter or marmalade. We chose the first two. The jam consisted or rock hard little nuggets that seemed to be reconstituted dried berries in a tasteless coating. The peanut butter was also tasteless. The coffee was good. Not worth the money.

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Chez Michel Restaurant1871 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
Splendid From Start to Finish
By Andromeda of Victoria, BC, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 12:37am [Dine in]

You might easily overlook Chez Michel if you were on a whirlwind visit to Victoria. It's not in the bustling restaurant scene downtown, but tucked into a cozy space in the largely retirement-age neighborhood of Oak Bay, on a section of Oak Bay Avenue which isn't teeming with pedestrians unless they're headed to or from a bus stop. A glance in the window at the unabashedly old-school decor or a caught strain of the French muzak might suggest to you a pedestrian menu and stodginess.

You would be wrong.

This is not a place to go for trendy "beet tasting" appetizers or mystery compotes, granted. The menu here is traditional French food, and its preparation reminds you why it became traditional to begin with. My lobster bisque starter arrived in a bowl too hot to touch, a flavourful garlic crouton floating in the creamy broth flecked with tender lobster bits and perfumed with cognac. My husband's pate, served rustic-style with generous portions of toast and cornichons, disappeared quickly.

The mains were even better: my duck confit was perfectly prepared, skin crispy and meat fall-off-the-bone delicious, tender but still moist. Husband's rare steak, generously sized, also did not disappoint. We opted for the pommes frites - always available on request - instead of the potato of the day and were glad we did. With perhaps only one exception I can think of, they were the best frites we've had in town. (Our server told us Chef had offered additional frites if we liked, and it only took a few bites for us to respond, "Yes, please!") Sides were nothing exotic - a half tomato provencale and green beans - but arrived piping hot, full of flavour, and beautifully seasoned.

Dessert led us to the crepe "french connection," filled with vanilla ice cream and drenched in chocolate sauce, whipped cream and almonds, and the profiteroles. Save the space: it's worth waiting for.

Is a meal here cheap? No, but you get everything you pay for: portions are extremely generous (at least 2/3 of my duck came home with us). For the same investment at many another Victoria establishment, your results will be much less in both quality and quantity.

Our server was attentive without being overpowering. And, since we were the only party in the restaurant this evening, we frankly wouldn't have expected anything less. We've been here before during Dine Around (a period of local discounts at participating restaurants) and had a less successful server experience, which we attribute to the extra temporary staff needed to cope with the additional volume. The moral of the story is not to wait for the Dine Around frenzy with its tightly-booked tables and limited menu. Pick an off-season weeknight instead to sample Michel's food - you'll have a larger selection and a much more leisurely experience.

Has the ambiance changed much over the years? Not really. But our meals out are more about the food than about granite-and-chrome glitz or the latest lighting fads. Real table linens and a little candlelight are all that Michel's food needs as a frame.

Chez Michel is a hidden local treasure. Come with an appetite on a quiet evening and you will leave impressed and satisfied.

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Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro1684 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, Victoria
Fantastic
By joannemuriel of Victoria, BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:05am [Dine in]

Wow! What a special little place! I swear our dinner was prepared by an angel as all the flavours and seasonings were to absolute perfection. My companion had the hot and sour soup with noodles which was perfectly flavoured and I had the bun with grilled pork and Spring roll. The pork was the best in town, to be sure. And the prices were excellent, the decor is upper-casual and the place is family-run. All in all we had an excellent experience and we will definitely be going back...

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Sour Pickle Cafe1623 Store Street, Victoria
Great little place for breakfast!
By joannemuriel of Victoria, BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

I can't tell you how much I appreciate oven-roasted potatoes over deep-fried, and that's what accompanies the yummy Spanish Omelet, which, for only 9 bucks is a great find! They also have great, inexpensive deals on breakfast specials, which are next on our list to try. I highly recommend it!

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Meh night at 5th street
By splintercat of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 11, 2010 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Going in on a night where the Vancouver Canucks are playing a game, we expected this place to be packed. This was definitely not the case (and probably due to being thanksgiving Monday), and we were seated quickly.

The host was pleasant and we got our water quickly... and then had to wait about 5 minutes before finally meeting our server. Our drink order was taken quickly, and when he returned with my boyfriend's beer he took our food order.
I excused myself to go to the washroom and by the time I was back our starter was already at the table (this was not that surprising, as we had just ordered the house fries as a starter, a quick dish to prepare).

While we were eating the starter our server came once and filled up my water, and before we were even finished our starter, our meals arrived (we had both ordered the bison burger, usually a favorite) being delivered not by our server.

I started on the ceasar side salad, which, in essence was good, however the croutons were stale (which my partner enjoyed) and my salad was overdressed (also enjoyed by my partner, haha).

The burger itself was tasty, however the meat to bun ratio was way off from how I remembered it (there was about an inch of bun surrounding the patty on all sides) and the bun was a bit stale as well.

This entire time our server did not appear once (as I said, he was not the one to deliver the food, and did not appear again until both of us had finished our entree), and as I watched him it seemed all his tables were clumped on the other side of the restaraunt and we were his only table in this area.
My boyfriend's drink remained empty from the beginning of the entrees, and my entree plate was taken away before our dirty appetizer plate was removed.

May return for cheap beer, but won't be coming back for quite some time.

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Garlic Rose Patio and Grill2800 Jacklin, Victoria
VERY DISSAPOINTING- would NOT recommend
By familygrrl of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 11:17am [Dine in]

My family and I went to Sunday Brunch.
*FOOD - VERY LIMITED selection from the buffet table. Food was NOT fresh.
*SERVICE- Our waiter was friendly but quoted us the wrong price for our meal as it was a buffet style and prices were according to age.
*VALUE- We felt the buffet was not worth the price we were charged.
*AMBIANCE- Restaurant is quite nice inside, the decor has a very romantic feel.

Overall- would not recommend.Do not waste your money at this buffet.

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Jade Fountain Restaurant3366 Douglas St., Victoria
I'll Be Back For Sum More
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Came here Sunday for Dim Sum. Arrived at about 12noon, they open at 10:30 in retrospect should of been here as soon as they opened. The restaurant was packed with tons of hungry eyes staring down at those seated flashing the "hurry the heck up and finish look".

Finally got seated after about a 45 minute wait and immediately started to tuck into a tasty dim sum lunch.
Food was there almost on the spot, lucky for the table cloth as we were ready to eat it. Enjoyed some very nice shrimp dumplings, a beef noodle dish, some chinese veggies. The calamari dish in my view was inedible. Very salty and to me had a very strange taste. Wasn't very impressed with the egg tarts either, very small and not fresh tasting like the beautiful egg tarts I experienced at a restaurant in Beijing earlier this year.

Overall the dim sum experience was very good, a ton of food for a very reasonable price. For two we spent about $50.00. I will be back but next time may stand outside about 10:15am on a Sunday, just before they open.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
Delicious and back on track
By denny23 of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 9:50am [Dine in]

Being a huge fan of Smoken Bones for a few years now I was confused when it seemed to go downhill a bit however they are definately back on track. Food was outstanding and service was very efficient. Large portions and again being different than anyone else out there supporting local producers. Great meals here!

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Yoshi Sushi771 Vernon Ave., 601, Victoria
Terrible Pseudo Japanese Meal
By renoir of Victoria (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

My husband and I dined here because we love sushi and Japanese food. We ordered very simple, easy to prepare dishes; the age dashi tofu for an appetizer, the medium sushi plate ( for my husband) and the small chirashi sushi for myself.

The age dashi tofu, which is a common tofu dish in Japanese restaurants, came with virtually no broth or garnish. Cubes of deep fried tofu were stacked high and very dry in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of what looked like an undiluted bottled noodle broth at the bottom. As a result, it was completely tasteless and dry.

My chirashi sushi wasn't any better. The texture of the rice was really off, like it had been either soaked too long causing the grains to break down, or cooked for too short a period of time and then reheated. It seemed both undercooked and overly wet and sticky at the same time. The seasoning of the sushi rice was equally off, tasting weak or watery, and the skimpy assortment of raw fish on top, looked like it had been hacked with a butter knife, with no thought to presentation. The non-fish toppings were the strangest I have ever seen on a chirashi sushi; a cooked chikuwa covered with a sweet brown sauce for instance. The sushi plate that my husband ordered for 18.95 , was very small in size and suffered from the same badly made and seasoned sushi rice and poorly cut fish.

We went away hungry and disappointed and we will never ever be back.

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Glo Restaurant & Lounge2940 Jutland Road, #104, Victoria
A very disappointing dinner...
By Andrea Willis of Victoria, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

We had recommended going to the Glo to our friends to have an enjoyable dinner and get together.
After being there last night, we have since apologized to them!!

No one enjoyed their meal, and the prices were too high. We couldn't get over how tasteless the food was and even the bread was over done and dry.

We will not be coming back again or will we be recommending The Glo to anyone else.

The location on the patio was very nice, but if you don't have good food, people will not come.

We are very upset and disappointed about last night and feel totally ripped off!!!!

We hope you make the necessary changes to have a successful restaurant business.

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