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bocconcinilovervictoriaSince February 14, 200917 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Displaying 1 - 17 of 17 Reviews Found
Lotus Pond, The617 Johnson St, Victoria
Not my cup of tea
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I gave this restaurant another shot after a few years' break. This really isn't my sort of place, in every sense. It has an odd smell inside and the decor is extremely dated/faded, which I guess isn't atypical for a little hole-in-the-wall spot like this. When our server eventually got around to taking our order, she was polite and friendly, but the tea we ordered never did arrive! As a meat and veggie eater, the food here was capital-D Disappointing. I found the textures in the "mock meats" extremely unappetizing. Slimy, squirmy and oddly-coloured is how I would describe some of the gluten masses and soy "product". That said, the real food (aka vegetables) were fresh.

Years ago I had tried the "buffet," unaware that this place calculates price by the food's weight! I occasionally run across restaurants that use this sytem, and always steer clear.

All in all, this place might be good for vegans (small market segment) and vegetarians but as an omnivore, give it a miss.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
tasted great for my western palate!
Submitted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Last night a few colleagues and I dined at Tropika as we were in town on business. Tropika came highly recommended from a repeat customer. I was a bit nervous, never having eaten Singapore/Malay cuisine before, but all 4 of the dishes we ordered were phenominal. I could tell the ingredients were fresh, and the service was definitely timely and polite. The waiter provided us with a great recommendation for a chicken dish. We had a few drinks with the meal, which were maybe a tad overpriced, but they came nicely garnished and tasted good. The food was definitely worth it - there wasn't a single morsel left after we'd chowed down! One of our party was a native Philipino, who also found the food excellent. They gave us a coupon for a free appetizer on our next visit, which is a nice touch. I'll be back.

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Mint, The1414 Douglas St., Victoria
2 aweful experiences in a row..make it stop!
Submitted Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Last weekend I had my last experience at the Mint. A friend and I were on a schedule, so we just sat at the bar for a quick drink. Had to escort ourselves in to sit down, ask to see the drink menu, ask to order (2 different people - they were that clueless) and of course ask to pay. The whole thing was *quite* an ordeal for the staff to process, and it certainly was not the least bit busy.

My second to last experience saw two friends and I attempt to celebrate a birthday. The staff did nothing to acknowledge the birthday (which we noted out loud-- not even a dessert, nada), and we were literally not able to order another drink due to desertion by our waitress. Our drinks and water glasses dry and with no relief in sight, we quickly left. The butter chicken left MUCH to be desired, and was so salty I could barely get it past my mouth. Two of the side dishes were bland, flavourless and cold. No thanks, I'd rather not waste my money!

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Bengal Lounge, The721 Government St, Victoria
A night out in colonial India!
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I visited the Bengal Lounge for drinks and dessert last weekend. The server was prompt as ever, and uber-friendly; just what you'd expect at an establishment of this calibre. As is always the case on weekend evenings, talented musicians hooked us up with some live jazz for our listening enjoyment! I opted to try the hazelnut orange cheesecake, and I wasn't disappointed. Decadent, top-quality chocolate adorned the outside of the cheesecake. The rich flavours mingled perfectly together, and I quickly forgot that I wasn't in Switzerland! Presentation was impeccable, and a fun martini was the perfect accompaniment. All in all, a great evening to relax and kick back. The roaring fire in the corner kept the room cozy and created a very unique ambiance! I'll definitely be back.

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Wildflower4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler
Fantastic Specials!
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Frequent visitors to Whistler, I took my mother out for dinner to the Wildflower Restaurant for the first time about a week ago. To our delight, they have continued their $10/entree special from the off season right into summer! It rotates on a nightly basis, and we had the pork ribs, mashed potaoes and coleslaw- pretty basic, but very nicely done. There was about 2 tablespoons of coleslaw but what can you expect, it's $10. We had some appetizers and wine with our meal - the caesar salad was amazing, and the dressing wasn't pure cream- refreshing. Plenty of cheese on there. The place was packed and looking around, most groups were ordering...the special of course! Best deal in Whistler. The service was impeccable and the staff really knew their wines. I would definitely go back there..if they had another special on again ;)

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
Service needs to be friendlier
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I come here now and then for work and social events. The service is usually timely, but without a lot of fanfare/friendliness. I enjoy the decor and setup of the place- quite a large, open concept restaurant, not unlike Irish Times. Bard and Banker even has a large, glassed-in patio out back complete with heat lamps and glimpses of the ocean amidst buildings! Oysters on the half shell is one of their specialities, and I've not been disappointed! As for the burgers/fries/salad type items I'd rate them a 7/10 for taste, freshness, etc. Worth going but prepare to pay $15 for a burger and $8 a drink.

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Young Young1540 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria
this place shouldn't have a monopoly on BBT
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

I've been to "shabu shabu" or "young young's tea house" or whatever it's actually called - the signs outside and the name on the bill don't match-a handful of times, always for bubble tea. Each time, the restaurant/cafe is cold and drafty, and it might as well be cafeteria style, the way the "service" is going. That said...it also seems to be the ONLY BBT place in town that's open in the evenings. The servers don't speak a lick of English - expect to point to the item you'd like to order on the menu. I've had items mysteriously be "unavailable" more than once. Nevertheless, if you crave the unmistakable taste and texture of tasty BBT..this is pretty much it...so best "just suck it up".

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Blue Fox Cafe, The919 Fort St, #101, Victoria
that je ne sais quoi
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I returned to this classic breakfast and lunch spot the other day, this time with a reservation in hand, thinking I'd outsmarted the teeming crowds outside. Alas! We still had to wait a few minutes for our table at 1pm on a Friday. The menu provides a variety of choices (everything I've tried has been tasty), and I absolutely love the option of a spiked coffee or mimosa at lunch; however, minimum order for mimosas is 2 so I had to give it a miss. Servers are always friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The atmosphere is quirky and folksy, and tables are jammed in there, so it's noisy with chatter. The sandwiches (classics and new favourites too) are stacked right up there, with generous side portions- of which there are a variety. The food can take a little bit to arrive when it's busy..but once it's there.. it's well worth it! Check this place out!

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Smith's Pub777 Courtney St, Victoria
Great Watering Hole
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

While going for a drink after work has become more and more routine for me, I still find my group returning to Smith's. The location is a big draw, and LOVE how there aren't a bazillion sports games blaring everywhere (although there are screens discretely tucked here and there). Prices are reasonable for drinks, but the value for food is lacking compared to other pubs. For a SMALL quesadilla appetizer you're paying around $9 - not even shareable really. The service is usually just great, apart from one busy day when my group was politely asked to leave to free up the table (manager became embarrassed when he learned the reason we were waiting was because wait staff hadn't bothered to collect our credit cards! oops!). Cool British style pub, great for drinks/atomosphere/decor, not 100% on the food though.

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Pizzeria Prima Strada230 Cook Street, #105, Victoria
Solid Cook Street Fare
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Some friends and I just tried the Prima Strada Pizzeria. While the restaurant was busy, the host offered to take down our cell number and give us a call when we could get in. Didn't take long at all. The service was friendly and quite prompt considering how busy the restaurant was. We ordered some thin crust pizzas (the only option on the menu apart from appies and desserts). The sauce was definitely fresh! This place has a nicely decorated interior, with big wood fired oven where they cook the pizzas on view. Definitely a cool spot for dinner with friends, or even a date! Great place to have in the neighbourhood.

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Amsterdam Cafe, The4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Fun apres spot
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Amsterdam Cafe a few times over the years, and not been disappointed. It's essentially an average bar with fun decor and Whistler's unique atmosphere. It's enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Great location right in the heart of the village, and a fun spot to gather with friends. Can't comment on the food as I've just been for drinks.

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Monk's Grill4555 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
A Winner for Whistler
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I've been to Monk's several times over the years while growing up, and later as a young adult, and never been disappointed. From the steaks cooked perfectly to order, to the creative and fun drinks, this place takes the cake. Fantastic location right at the base of Blackcomb is great for a stroll in the village or apres as you're just coming off the hill. Love the funky decor and couches made of cowhide! Service is always impeccable. Only down side I can remember is the washrooms which are underground and shared with other areas, and were not up to Monk's usual standard. But for delicious west coast food and service, I'd go back!

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Floyd's Diner866 Yates Street, Victoria
Nice super casual spot
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

If you're in the mood for something super casual (everything from ambiance to waitstaff to decor) then this is the place. Arrive as early as you can, especially on weekends, as trendy breakfast spots downtown are few and far between, and fill up quickly. Arriving at 10am will still nearly guarantee a wait. It's a quirky, noisy place with all of the traditional breakfast trimmings; specialty items appear to be omlettes and the like. It's an absolute ton of food, so the half order should be fine for the average female. Decent food and a nice central downtown location.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Give it a miss
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I've been to Swans many times over the past few years, usually later in the evening for drinks, and hadn't ever blinked an eye at the service. This may have been because I'd already had a few, though. Upon eating dinner at Swans this past weekend (for Tourist in My Own Town), I was utterly appalled at the slovenly service. To get in, eat a burger, and leave, it took upwards of 2.5 hours. We did not order drinks, either (other than a simple iced tea, which took 30-40 minutes to receive a refill for)! Simply unacceptable. We had to help ourselves to menus, ask about 3 people to clear the table so we could sit down....and never mind trying to flag someone for the bill. Nearly walked out before that! Yikes!

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Earls1199 Government Street, Victoria
Never again!
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

I've brought out of town guests here on a couple of occasions, since Earls restaurants in other cities are much better. I kept hoping this one will improve, but I've given up! I have had to send back a couple of dishes, one an oriental-style appetizer with beef and broccoli, because it was SO incredibly salty, it burned my lips and tongue. Ouch! Staff don't have the faintest clue about the menu either, for the most part, and are not hired based on ability, but rather looks. One time we decided to sit by the window side on Government Street - big mistake, it was SO cold and drafty, we had to move the entire party across the restaurant, since nothing could be done. Service is also rather slow for how busy the restaurant is. Thanks but no thanks!

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Safe bet for dinner or drinks
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I've been frequenting Canoe for a few years now, and have never had a disappointing experience. Service is almost always fantastic, and the servers are quite knowledgeable about the menu, drinks, etc. They are very accommodating, and had no trouble moving our large group from outside to inside once it became chilly. The pub side can be a bit noisy, so I prefer the restaurant and loft area. Servers have no trouble packaging up dessert to enjoy at home. Tuesday's half-priced wine by the glass is a great feature, I'll definitely be back!

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
Fabulous night out in Victoria
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Upon entry at Cafe Brio, although we did have a reservation, we had to wait about 15 minutes to get our table, even at 9pm. We were then given our choice of free tables, which was a nice touch. The speed of service allowed us to enjoy conversation while tasting the dishes; it was just right. Servers were knowledgeable about the menus. Each dish we tried wowed us with unexpected and excellent combinations, from the pheasant with pear sauce, to the fresh salad of squash with flavour of bacon, to the mini creme brulee and decadent chocolate truffles! The decor was a blend of tasteful, oversized floral arrangements and various French-inspired paintings..the whole place was a treat! Highly recommended, but don't forget your wallet ;)

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