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Greater Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Chiba Sushi2706 Government Street, Victoria
Excellent Sushi, but service isn't there
By ejk_88 of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I have went to numerous sushi restaurants around Victoria and Vancouver and Chiba's is one of my top three. However, it is true that the service can be terrible and the location isn't "stellar or hip" for those who are obsessed with upholding a downtown "hipsteresque" reputation. But, neither will stop me from going and I will go anytime before I have to go to Azuma's or Shiki - the quality difference in the rolls is night and day and the sashimi is always excellent. I suggest you give it a try if you can live with a chance of not receiving the best service. The prices are also average with most Sushi restaurants in Victoria as Azuma's is the only one that offers the cheapest value. I am very picky about my sushi and I will take the chance of bad service to get excellent sashimi because that is one dish you do NOT want to have a bad experience of.

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Pink Sugar Cupcakery773 Fort Street, Victoria
One Visit Was Enough
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

I must agree with the previous review for the most part. I have been meaning to comment on this place after trying their product once when they first opened. Very disappointing indeed. I don't mean to pile on here but maybe some constructive criticism is needed because I have a feeling this place needs help. Everytime I walk by here it is virtually empty, the odd person here or there but that is about it.

I must comment first on the prices. Could Pink Sugar simply be pricing themselves right out of business?
Absolutely outrageous is the only way to describe what they are charging. What is the justification for the price of a very simple cupcake?

As for the cupcake itself, truly nothing special. The cake part is small, the icing part is huge and from what I remember from that first experience, didn't call for another. The look of their cakes and their display is very much in need of a make over. Although the shop is new it is just not inviting enough and the way they have their cupcakes displayed is a fail.

I have not been back to the Pink Sugar Cupcakery since my first visit so that pretty much says everything. The owners of this place need to have another look at a Cupcakes location in Vancouver because to me they are doing it right.

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Pink Sugar Cupcakery773 Fort Street, Victoria
Nice, but too expensive
By debbiel of Victoria, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

The cupcakes were good (not anything I felt I couldn't make myself, but still good). There is a lot of icing on them, so a couple people I gave them to scraped half of it off. I like icing, so I was okay with it.

However, I was shocked at the price. It cost me over $17 for 6 cupcakes. They aren't huge cupcakes either. I won't return because of the price. I just can't justify spending that much money for a little cupcake. To me, they weren't that spectacular. I would have been willing to pay a premium over what they would cost in most stores, but not that high of a premium. I'll just make my own next time.

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Donair Shop, The1243 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
Prefer to take it to go
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:41am [Dine in]

This is the only place I'd go for donairs in Victoria. They do them the true Greek way a thick pita onions, tomato, meat, and sauce all wrapped up in all its yummy goodness. Let's face facts though, the booths are not designed for comfort, the best way to go is to take it either home or on a sunny day to Saxe Point Park to eat. It is well worth the detour to Esquimalt to grab some grub here.

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Joint, The1219 Wharf st, Victoria
Great pizza, a bit pricey
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 12:18pm [Delivery]

The food here is great, the pizza is wonderful, they even have soy, gluten free options, etc. My one medium pizza with delivery charge, etc was over 30 dollars. Great deal for two, but for one, it wasn't very good compared to other places that have deccent pizza. I do love their sauce and they have great options. I doubt I'll go for the delivery option but stick to walk in for a single slice.

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Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant560 Johnson St, 5, Victoria
Good option if you are vegan
By ReggieVic of Victoria B.C. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

If I didn't just eat the veggies, I probably wouldn't go here. It's a bit pricey for a help-yourself place, but the food has been consistently good when I've gone, lots of selection. At least I don't have to worry about sneaky bits of meat in dishes. The chocolate cake is amazing. For vegan food this is very good. But Dinner usually costs around 20.00 for a small appetite. The good stuff weighs the most it seems.

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Best Value in Vic!
By drheldon of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 8:08pm [Take-out]

ok so they just recently (Aug 2010) raised their prices by %30, most of their stuff is still under $10 and is an incredible value for the taste. I've paid double for much less many times.

The Royal Kebab is a wonderful family-run Indian diner that provides some of the best takeout in town. Their menu is somewhat limited, but what they lack in diversity they make up for in flavour and price for what they do offer. Butter chicken, with fresh jasmine rice (that almost offers a hint of saffron), and a tasty salad runs at less than $10. Before they raised their prices, the same dish was a stunning $6.25 and that included tax! I felt guilty eating such a wonderful meal at such a low price. I often thought of suggesting to the modest owners that they raise their price, which would've gone against my selfishness as a customer. Alas someone beat me to it, but even at $10 their meals are a great value!

their samosas are still $1.25 and tasty tasty! so i usually get the butter chicken and a samosa or 2. don't judge me for my appetite lol i'm a big guy. and their food is seriously delicious!

If you're looking for a great takeout place with a neighbourhood feel, and you don't mind waiting 15 to 20 minutes for some fresh food made with great care, then check them out. It goes against my judgement again to even write this review, because then more people will know about this little gem. But they deserve the praise!

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IL Greco Pizzeria2900 Tillicum Road, Victoria
Overall - OUTSTANDING!
By Julesy of Vicctoria (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Friends recommended this restaurant and I'm sooooo glad I followed through on their advice! The food was delicious, the service was awesome, the portions were huge and the prices were good too! We had a special cheese as an appy - they flamed it at our table! The greek lamb dinner was so tasty and melted in my mouth! The parfait style tiramisu was to die for!!! Have driven by many times, but had no idea how cute the restaurant was inside with waterfalls and greenery. My new favourite place to dine out!!!

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Sharky's Fish and Chips4517 West Saanich Rd, #4, Victoria
Sour Dough Batter Fish and Chips
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

First thing is first, Sharky's has the best batter of any fish and chip place I've every tasted. It is a sour dough batter, so the first thing one sees is that it sticks to the fish, not so much air between the batter and the fish. They are mainly take out, with only a handful of seats inside, but we managed to push two together for 4 adults and two kids. Ordered the family pack of 4 halibut, chips, coleslaw, tartar sauce and individual dishes for the kids. Everything was outstanding, the fish was perfectly cooked, the chips are cut big, but cooked so that the outside is crispy, inside nice and soft. Tartar sauce is made in house and has a nice bite without having too much mayo consistency. Easily the best in Victoria, and off the beaten path away from the hordes of tourists.

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Cafe Marrakech2551 Quadra, #3, Victoria
Great food for a special experience
By KMadvisor of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I have enjoyed lunch several times at the Cafe Marrakech and hope that more people will give this spot a chance. It is located in the developing Quadra Street village and offers a wonderful alternative to those living in the area. It will appeal to those who enjoy dining out to experience interesting, delicious flavours.

Please note: in accord with custom, the Cafe Marrakech does not serve wine or alcohol. While I respect this choice, I regret it as wine is generally a part of my dining out experience. I am not familiar enough with the cultural requirements to comment on whether there is a way around this tht can respect the integrity of the owners while accommodating customers. (Given that the expat enclaves in the Middle East do import alcohol, perhaps there is a way - something for the owners to explore, perhaps.)

The flavours are extraordinary and the dishes, while not cheap, are not out of line for the effort required to make them. Sadly, without enough customers, it appears that some menu items are not always available.

Come on Victoria - support our cultural mosaic and EAT INTERESTING, EAT OUT!

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Posh1063 Fort St., #101, Victoria
Pathetic
By Maevre of victoria b.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Useless waitress ruined the night for the most part. I was made to sit alone at a separate table because I could not eat the "all you can eat" with my friends due to a serious allergy. Waitress ignored me completely, and when my order finally came the chicken was raw, to which she simply said "yeah, another person had that happen to them too". Never came back to ask me if I wanted a drink or to correct the mistake. Refused to tip her and was informed that "tipping was automatic" and could not be changed, and I had to pay the 15% extra. I will be calling the manager to complain. Completely ridiculous. What I ate of the meal before the raw chicken tasted pretty good.. not anything spectacular that you couldn't easily make at home. Ambiance has a cheap feel to it.. we were the only people in there at dinner time, which you'd think we would have considered to be a bad sign.

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Stone Pipe Grill2038 Otter Point Road, Sooke
Good food
By racheal of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Me and my friends are from Vancouver. We weren't sure where to have dinner so we asked our B & B owner where we should go. So he told us to go to Stone Pipe Grill. The food is fabulous and fresh. We all loved the environment and the wine was awesome. Paired well with the food that we ordered.
The next day, we came to check out the lunch, and I say, it's as good as the dinner we had.
2 thumbs up~!

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Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
hey i was in last night and the food was awesome (but i wish th chef could have sat with me )
By christa11 of vicotira bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

wow things have improved scents the last time i was in i almost promised myself i would never go back the service sucked the last time and the food was gross i was vary unimpressed but now the same server was sering me last night i was really hoping that the would have gotten rid of him (i think his name is Chance )he was doing a great job last night it must have been his first week when i came in. i had the fettuccine carrbonaira wow that was awesome and such a cute little chef i seen u putting glasses away all last night u had a brown t shirt on and i also think your name is chris cross lol that is soo cool jump jump and lots of love come here and u wont be disappointed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Delicious Pizza3388 Douglas St., Victoria
good pizza DUMMY
By fuglsworth of Victoria British Columbia Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 8:55pm [Delivery]

this is some of the best pizza in town. the cheese as the man from the store has told you is the industry standard pizza cheese, mostly partly skimmed mozza, with a little soya bean in there, $h1t its better than corn.

do not blame the company blame the economy, we'd all love pure cheese but other than the price there is the grease factor one of the reasons why this specifically engineered cheese is used by almost all pizza joints.

so word not the best but it's pretty damn delicious!

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Food was good enough, service was disgusting. A good server is a gamble.
By LSHewitt of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 1:26am [Dine in]

My Mother and I went out together on Valentine's day, as I was not old enough to drink at that point I asked what was on the non-alcoholic menu, she replied "we don't have a non-alcoholic menu, so, your just going to have to think,in your head"
...It was shocking and an insult considering the simplicity of the question.
Throughout my stay I felt uncomfortable. When the food arrived I was very pleased with the results, although I had to pack most of it to go due to the sickening feeling of disrespect.
Our drinks remained empty for over 15 minutes, and when I mentioned my concerns to the waitress she figured she used that manor with everyone.

A good waitress/waiter is a gamble

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Grindstone Cafe504 Herald Street, Victoria
Delicious, Tasty Sandwiches
By denegar of Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

This little cafe is a great place to grab a delicious sandwich. For $7, I got a mediterranean grilled chicken sandwich with feta, olice, tomatoes, etc., with a side of nacho chips (the multi-coloured chips that you can buy at Thrifty's). Free water. Nice tables with newspapers, and lots of bright light. The cashier (an Australian-accented gentleman) was very pleasant and enjoyable to interact with. A female employee, however, dropped off my sandwich at my table like the plate was infected, had no smile, and didn't bother acknowleding me or even saying "you're welcome" when I thanked her. After doing that, she just stood behind the counter with a big frown on her face. Seriously, I'm paying your wages, so I expect you to be moderately police. Anyway, a fantastic place for a quick bite.

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Radar's Roost2261 Keating X Road (West Building), Victoria
Better Service, Better Food Quality, Worse Selection
By denegar of Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

It's been a year since I wrote my previous review of Radar's. Since then, there's been a change of ownership which, for the most part, has resulted in a better place overall. The food quality has improved. The service is significantly, and the staff are all much friendlier than in years past. Unfortunately, there's a lot less selection of baked goods (especially in the morning), and the price of a small coffee is now $2.13, which, in my opinion, is ridiculous. Overall, though, for employees in the Gateway Park office complex, this remains the (only) go-to place without having to walk a few blocks.

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Amrikko's Indian Grill298 Old Island Hwy, Victoria
A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
By dpatterson002 of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 11:52am [Dine in]

** First of all I am not sure what is up when adding new restaraunts but to correct the information; This is in Victoria NOT Granville. Second the price might be dropped to $$ from $$$ as it would better reflect the per person cost.

Having never been to an Indian restaurant my wife and I decided that it was something that we really wanted to try. Our first look into local restaurants was done online looking for the one with the best reviews. Sadly most of the reviews were mediocre to down right bad and as a result we decided to try East African food instead (see my review for The Blue Nile restaruant). On the way to the other restaurant we saw the parking lot of the old Sammi's restaurant packed to capacity, something that we had never seen before. We were very excited to see that the sign had changed and that the restaruant was now Amrikko's East Indian Cuisine.

Two weeks later we invited some friends to come and try out this new restaurant with us and then called to make a reservation. When I called I got a machine so I left my name and contact info with our reservation request. The next day I received a return call from the restaurant to confirm and we were all set.

We got the last two spots in the parking lot and went in. I was so glad we made the reservation as the small lobby was full of people waiting. One thing that I noticed right away was the number of staff moving quickly about under the watchful eye of what was obviously either the managers or owners. It appeared as if they were not leaving anything to chance and they were there to make sure all went well.

We were quickly seated, watered up, and our drink order taken. The men at the table all ordered a Kingfisher beer, and Indian beer brewed and bottled in the UK. The appetizer order was two of the appy combo plates which included samosas, chicken tandoori, etc. accompanied with a chutney dip and a mint yogurt dip that were both delicious.

The food seems to be ordered not in per person entres but instead in dishes that are to be shared similar to Chinese food. As we did not know this we probably ordered too much. I think that the best bet is to order a rice dish for every 2 or 3 people at the table and then order 2 or 3 flavours to go with the rice (Lamb Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, etc). I am not certain of this but in hindesight it seems like the right thing to do.

I had the Lamb Vindaloo with a medium spice and it was perfect. Along with the vegatable rice and Tandoori Nan bread it was an extremely filling meal.

In addition to fabulous food there was live entertainment. On Saturday nights they have a live belly dancer in the restaurant. One of the women at our table said that we were supposed to tip the dancer by putting money in her waistband. The funniest thing was how the two married men at the table (myself included) would not consider providing the tip directly. =P We left that duty to our lovely wives and after our table had made the first contribution most of the other tables followed suit. We were all glad to see the young lady make a few extra bucks.

Good food, exotic entertainment, great service. It was an all around good experience. Be sure to check them out.

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Blue Nile, The612 Head Street, Victoria
A taste of adventure
By dpatterson002 of Victoria BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 10:53am [Dine in]

My wife and I decided to try something completely different for our 17th wedding anniversary. At first we looked for Indian food but found very few good reviews for local Indian restaurants. Just by chance we came across an add for The Blue Nile and thought that we would give it a go. We were not disappointed.

We arrived just after they opened for dinner and were the first through the door. The buffet was fully stocked with steaming goodness and the air was filled with exotic sents. The room was decorated with a various assortment of authentic art and along with the faux grass roof that skirted the ceiling it provided a decidedly foreign ambience. The waitress was very busy setting up for dinner but dropped everything to seat us and order our drinks. I went with a Nigerian beer just for the heck of it which arrived in a large stubby bottle (a true import, brewed and bottled in Nigeria).

Once the drinks hit the table we headed for the buffet. There was a wonderful assortement of hot and savory dishes, plenty for both vegetarians and carnivores to enjoy. To accompany the main meal there was a crisp and cool green salad which contained very fresh and spicey peppers (so watch out pantywaists). Also available was a type of unlevened bread which looks like a pancake or crepe. It appears smooth on one side and porous on the other. The bread had a bit of a vinegary flavour (I could be wrong) and was very delicious. We weren't quite sure of the method by which the food was traditionally eaten so we faked it as best we could.

As we ate we watched an African version of MTV on a flat screen TV on the wall which was playing various traditional songs. The one funny thing I had to note was that in every video, regardless of the song, the people all did exactly the same dance. Two moves over and over, kind of a violent shoulder shrugging and head turning. As we were driving home my wife and I started performing the dance togther in the car to the tune on the radio much to the entertainment of those around us at the stop light. =)

The overall experience was tasty, fun, and inexpensive. I would most certainly recommend The Blue Nile to anyone looking for a spicy night out.

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Superior, The106 Superior Street, Victoria
Over priced menu
By fresh taste of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I have read all the great reviews on this place and I am just so confused as to why I didn't get the same vibe and love of food they did. Maybe because we were not there when the music was playing or it was to bright that we saw the old worn out look which felt dirty, but what i can not understand is how anyone can feel good about paying so much for next to nothing. Especially when other restuarnts in the area serve local cusine at a price where you actually feel full after dinner. I am not taking about massive heaps of food for a steal of a deal, but you can hardly call it a menu to share when you get a plate with so little on it. I felt ripped off and insulted by having to pay the bill. It was the first time I wanted to walk out on a place and had to swallow my $120 tab. The sevice was good but they should really warn you how small the meals are and not mislead people by saying there sharing dishes there nothing but a taster. But by reading the reviews poeple obviously found something I could not but saldy i will not be eating there again nor recommending it.

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