I went in not realizing this is a vegetarian place (okay, protein from the sea doesn't seem to count). But I never hold that against anyone. All the better that it's not boldly advertised out front.
Service friendly enough, but the place is quite tight. But here's my beef with most Western-style vegetarian places. The restaurant running skills suck and the food is mediocre. I dunno, they think they get a free pass by being vegetarian? This wasn't quite the exception. It took a LONG time to get our order to arrive, despite us saying that stuff could come at any time, whenever it was ready. I noticed tables sitting empty for quite a while despite a line up at the door. Wasn't just us, diners lingered long time at their tables around us waiting for food. Servers were nice, just perhaps a little short on experience and organization.
The food itself? It's great that they didn't try to be meat substitutes, they just made dishes out of vegetables. Had a soup, coconut curry I think, enchiladas, pot stickers and salad sampler, some kids pasta noodles.
Could you go wrong with a salad at a vegetarian place? Of course not! It was a wonderful salad, absolutely no complaints. Pot stickers, also good, I prefer a nice, standard pork one, but this one is good by itself, not "good for a vegetarian version". The soup also got a thumbs up, but not that surprising given what kind it was, can you go wrong when loaded with coconut milk? The kids pasta, meh, well, surprisingly, it's what the kids wanted, but it's damn bland and boring, I think there was butter and a dusting of parmesan. Enchiladas were perhaps my favourite, it was also just plain good, no excuses.
Aah, here comes my other complaint about the food ... almost all of it, the pot stickers, the soup, the enchilada's all had a touch of spiciness to it. Usually this is a sign that whoever came up with this didn't know how to make vegetarian food tasty and "spiciness" is usually a cheap substitute or cover, which I think is the case here. There are various ways to do it better without resorting to heat and especially in the case of pot stickers, unnecessary to complete the dish. In one of the dishes, maybe, but when all of our "randomly" selected samples have the same thing ... (just go try some good Chinese or Indian vegetarian dishes, they don't all need heat, or MSG, to be really, really tasty). As a card-carrying meat-loving omnivore, I say the food is good. Full stop. It just bothers me that they are so good, oh so close to being great but just short that tiny little step.
Great idea, good food, but they need to work on their service and improve their food a bit to really bring it over the top. We all left feeling full, but not quite satiated. I am giving it a thumbs up though. Worth some stomach space here if you're in the area and don't have to wait in line.
Went here for breakfast, beat the morning crowd by getting here earlier. Good thing we did! Place filled up fast!
These guys work hard all morning, so cut 'em some slack if things take a bit longer. They're not slacking nor obviously inefficient.
Lots of interesting stuff for breakfast, but more or less "standard" items. Had the "222" and Huevos Rancheros and a kids pancake breakfast. Not sure what they did to the eggs in the "222", but it was waaaay more than 2 eggs. The "dollar size" pancakes were ... well, I dunno what kind of dollars those are, but it's more than enough to feed a grown up. You're getting the picture? You will not leave this place hungry.
Points off for a few pieces of roast potatoes being a bit cold for whatever reason, but otherwise, the food was hugely satisfying. Filling, but not bloating (which is a rare experience for us nowadays). Nothing really too salty, everything tasted fresh and hearty.
Didn't notice anything super innovative, but I guess that is not the target here.
As with most breakfast places I go to , I could not recommend this as a destination. However, if you are in the area in the hankering for breakfast (all day apparently) and you're feeling ambitious, yup, this will feed you nicely for a couple of meals. Would be one of my first choices here probably.
As one reviewer noted, it looked a bit sketchy, what with its bubble tea posters and stuff. It did seem a bit quirky and we had heard decent noises about this place. Wouldn't have gone it but the other competitors in the area had huge lineups. Quirky setup, it did have a shelf full of kids books, with one full of just pickle stories.
We went on a quiet holiday morning, quite early, only a handful of tables, but we could tell they were absolute regulars, maybe even friends.
Okay, so we ordered a few bone stock breakfast items, nothing surprising there. Stuff came pretty fast and just as expected.
There's nothing mind blowing here. Toast is just toast. Eggs are eggs. Roast potatoes are just that. But seems like good quality ingredients done well, not overly greasy or salty. You looking for the standards? This is it, it won't produce any memorable meals, but it won't disappoint.
I'm not recommending a trip out here, but if you're in the area for breakfast and can't wait in line for 30 minutes at some of the other places, this will do.
Maybe the best we've had is over in Vancouver. But maybe now this should be the best, if not, it's close. At least until we head over to Naples. No, they don't just claim to be Neapolitan style pizza, apparently certified member of Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. (Not that it means that much, we've been to a similar place and the pizza was significantly inferior).
We managed to beat the lunchtime rush by a few minutes, so maybe that explains the good service. Pizza took slightly longer than expected given, but it's not just baking time, they were working the dough for each one on order I think. Oh, by the way, quite kid-friendly. They were set up to take little ones and both servers and chefs were glad to see them.
The crust was quite flavourful, maybe not quite the best, but very good. On the other hand, it was a bit thicker and didn't serve as a pile of soggy mess, so overall, excellent job. The toppings were first-rate (well, we did have the local buffalo mozzarella and their own pepperoni), perfectly balanced and flavoured. No really complaints, it was really, really good.
Aaah, but we also sprang for some gelato and tiramisu. Gelato good, perhaps a touch too sweet, but at least it didn't leave a sticky sensation from inferior sweeteners or other additives that are usually in cheapy ice cream. Tiramisu was completely awesome, some of the best ever. Heck, I would go back just for that!
Highly recommended for a special trip out here if you live on the Island. If not, well, look hard and you can find just as good on the Mainland.
First off I will say that they have some decent wraps, but when spending just about $15 on their grande burrito I was terribly disappointed when I found it to be filled with 90% corn, some black beans and a few slices of chicken. On too of that the tomato and pea shoots listed in the ingredients were a sparse few thrown on top
I've visited this restaurant countless times for various occasions. They are always able to accommodate any situation, from special variations of food for children, to large groups for birthdays and even the romantic date night for a couple. For the best experience, order many dishes to share and split the bill. Also, don't forget to order the "Golden Cups" appetizer you won't be disappointed.
The food here was amazing! I've only been here once, but I'm definitely going back soon, and I'm taking more people with me! The place looks great, the staff are very friendly and professional, and it's just a really enjoyable experience all around. Everybody needs to come here at least once in their lives, or they're totally missing out.
If i were to review all the Indian restaurant I've eaten at across Canada & America (100+), this would rate in the top 5
I started eating at Indian's when i was 15yrs old and have never stopped going back.The staff is really friendly and helpful, always checking if you need anything and they are very knowledge able about food. Even more impressive is the quality of their food. I was there last night and the INDIA BISTRO made it the perfect night for us just love it.......
The bottom line: India's offer fresh-tasting, bright food complimented by great service.This is my favorite restaurant in town.................
Thank you guys.............. love it
I selected the Sooke Harbour House for a low key celebration of my wife's birthday. Fixed menu was well balanced and food was excellent, and meat portions (Muscovy duck & elk tenderloin slices) were large and perfectly prepared. We found the ambiance pleasing, practically the same as on our previous visits. The service was unobtrusive and we welcomed the fact that the maitre d' forgot a free bottle of excellent wine that he brought to toast the Canada Day. I have to confess that we were not ashamed to pour ourselves more wine than we were supposed to.It was a nice evening.
The lack of stars is explained below in the pros and cons section. If I was able to give it zero stars with an explanation, I would.
The take out order was ready in 15-20 mins (once I opened the bag I understood why)...the cons..where to start..
The KEFTETHES ordered were rubbery, undercooked, salty and looked like they came out of a can. The tomato sauce that was around them was watery and near transparent.
SPANAKOPITA - I question whether I bit into Phyllo or again...something soggy and unfortunate.
The vegetarian plate was a mish-mash of rubbery, soggy fried food I wouldn't offer to a starving homeless person. As for the pita bread - these guys need to Google pita bread to see what it is supposed to look and taste like - it was terrible (I'm not talking about other kinds of pita bread from other regions of the Mediterranean, I'm talking about proper Greek pita).
I am a 'foodie' (I've eaten food from all over the world, all over the world and across Canada) and I can tell you AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS!
Bottom line: Terribly poor food.
Now that we're on to cost let's talk about how terrible the cost was for this salty undercooked waste of time meal.
2 entrees and two appetizers - $54 (Total rip-off!!)
My Grandma and I visited Big Wheel Burger and were very pleased. We got two cheeseburgers and a fry to share, that was enough to fill us up and keep us full. The food was delicious, especially because the burgers are made fresh. The business is run by locals and is simply great. They are so friendly, and the service is always quick and the prices are great. The only tiny complaint is that it can get very busy in a small space, but that is only because it is so great! I hope you visit soon, enjoy!
I really enjoyed my recent experience at Spice Jammer. Some friends of mine live in Victoria and said this is one restaurant I have to try.
Of the dishes we shared I really liked the Chicken Tika, and the Vindaloo Beef, the fried mogo was great too.
If you like hot foods then you are in luck, I found the medium to be quite spicy so if you like it very hot I'm sure they can deliver.
Overall we had a wonderful time and I will definitely be back.
My wife and I just came back from "Green Wasabi". The place was empty when we arrived, the Chef came to ask what it was we had in mind to order, our wishes, and to make some suggestions. After a quick chat, he asked if we were OK with him cooking for us something he was sure we would like. We are glad we said yes. The food was fantastic, he prepared a salad roll, a house roll and noodles (yaki udon).
This is the first time, ever, I write a review; the food was so great I think this place deserves to be known and enjoyed. The Chef is really good, he has an awesome attitude, the service is great. What is also surprising are the low prices.
I highly recommend this place.
K and R
... but it was really unpleasant from start to finish. Service was the worst I've ever experienced anywhere and when the (sorta warm-ish) food finally arrived it was a lukewarm plate of mediocrity. First time in my life I've ever walked out without leaving a tip ... only because the size of the tip is meant to reflect the level of service ... and I couldn't find a penny.
I don't live in Victoria and was visiting with my two children (ages 8 and 6). I had been to Ferris' years ago and wanted to visit with my kids one evening while on a weekend trip to Victoria.
I called the establishment to make sure that a) they were open; b) there was room and c) it had not changed into an adults only establishment (i.e. pub) before I walked the 10 blocks from our hotel.
The person answering the phone was a little unhelpful. They asked if I wanted "upstairs or downstairs" - I asked the person what they meant. They seemed put off by my question. I explained I was "a tourist and do not know how 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' differs". They impatiently stated that the upstairs was more upscale and the downstairs was more pub like. After a clarified that my children were welcome in either, we decided to trek out.
The host, an older man wearing sandals (in a restaurant??!) offered to seat us. I asked if there was room outside. He said, "not for three." I asked him if there was a table for four. He gave me a stink eyed look and said, in a condescending tone, "I'm a little confused. You said that there were THREE of you." I wanted to explain that a table change mid meal would be difficult for my son (who has high functioning autism). I just took the poor table by the front door because the attitude of the host made my skin crawl!!
A few minutes later, we were given a table outside (probably the host saw me watching closely where subsequent patrons were being offered seating....). We went outside to the courtyard patio where there were SEVERAL suitable tables. Hmmmmmmmm....
We ordered the poutine to start. The kids ordered chicken strips off the kids menu and I had jambalaya. The food took a long time to arrive. I was very proud of both my kids (especially the one with special needs) because they behaved themselves very well, considering the slowness of the service.
When the food finally arrived - it was very tasty.
I like the food and the building of Ferris' - their service definately needs work though.
A had submitted a review a few years ago, this review is an update from a recent visit.
Went for some lunch with my kids (age 8 and 6). I knew that this was a retro place, with the same dishes and decor as when they had for decades. I knew that the food would be classic, not cutting edge or amazing.
I ordered the beef pie with potato salad. Daughter had the waffles with fruit and whipped cream. Son had the burger with hash brown potatos. I had a cup of tea and split a dollar roll between us.
The beef pie was very, very small. It was also devoid of flavour. It had little beef, mostly floury gravy. It was served cold. Bleh! The potato salad was potatos and mayonnaise and some sort of sweet flavour. There was no minced celery, carrot, onion or pickle. It was like the cheapest supermarket no-name brand. The waffle was okay. The whipped cream - meh. The fruit was part fresh and part canned. There were canned pears and pineapple, only the cantaloupe and strawberries tasted fresh. It was poor value for over $7. My son's burger was the worse. Absolutely flavourless! Even the fried onions (which I removed for him as he doesn't like onions) were completely devoid of flavour. Bleh!
The tea was Red Rose. This is the cheapest, shoddiest tea available. Twinning or any other brand is a much better product. There were no 'creamers' only little cups of 2% milk.
The dollar roll was also of poor quality. The marizipan had a sandy texture. The cream wasn't fresh. It was just not a good effort.
The service was polite and very good. The waitress was good with my kids and I noted they were very respectful and helpful to the older patrons (it was mostly older people in the place - probably there out of habit or nostalgia). I was impressed by all the staff.
I gave the ambiance a three star because of the retro feel to it. On the other hand - one would think that they could concentrate on better quality food and baking since they are not spending money on updating the decor.
I wouldn't bother returning.
The new menu is an improvement, but it's still consistently mediocre, and the draft usually tastes off - bad pipes? Staff are friendly but I only eat there when because it's close - every meal I've had for years has been "meh" at best. If they ever really improve the food and draft I'd be there a couple times a week instead of once every few weeks.
a lovely quiet patio facing St. Ann's Academy. ordered the quinoa bowl with marinated chicken and it was so bland - i'm no chef but it could have used lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, maybe cook the quinoa in chicken stock? I would have asked the waitress for vinagriette or hotsauce or anything from the kitchen to give it some flavour, but she never came to check on us. I choked it down only because it had been paid for.
My dining partner had the charcuterie plate which we also shared - the cheese was cold and dry, very little meat. Perhaps other entree or appetizer choices would be better but I don't want to spend the money to find out. Next time we go I will stick to lattes.
My wife and I go here every year for our wedding anniversary. The room and atmosphere is not to be missed. Unlike most other places right downtown we don't have to circle the block 8 times and then walk two blocks just to get in the door (which your wife will appreciate if she is wearing heels). The water fountain and double height ceilings give the restaurant a nice romantic feel. Service is attentive and courteous, and they have great dinner features that are not typical for a Moxies chain. We will keep coming back.
i went here based on a recommendation. Taom and Michelle were supposed run a great place. When I got there I was a little leary as there was a sign outside for Bubble tea - that's always a good warning that you might not get what you expect - unless of course you're looking for bubble tea. I was not. I was looking for good lunch diner food.
The place may have been sold as the proprieters did not relaly look like a Tom and Michelle. I took a chance and was glad I did.
The chicken burger was plain but very good and the fries were seasoned wedgess cooked perfectly. Friend said the tuna sandwich with soup was delish and the shrimp sandwich was done pefectly - not trendy and over done. Just the way it should be. The potato salad was the bomb and should have been dessert. It was hands downthe best restaurant potato salad I have ever had. Excellent I will be back.
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