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CigarGuyVictoriaSince February 4, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4.5 (4.5)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.5)


Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
The Best Restaurant in Victoria.
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I'm biased with good reason. I eat here 4 or 5 times a year for special occasions and I have to clearly state that I think it is the best restaurant in Victoria, in terms of food and value for your money. To be clear, I'm certainly not saying it's inexpensive, but you leave feeling that it was money well-spent.

I started with champagne on my last visit with my wife and her family. The Chalet carries one of my non-vintage favourites: Bollinger Special Cuvee. After a bottle of that, we ordered a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier. Both very nice. After that, I kept it cheaper with Wolf Blass Chardonnay and DuBoeuf Beaujolais. That's just what I like to drink, but there is plenty to choose from... literally thousands upon thousands of bottles.

I decided to try some caviar, because I've only had it once before when I was quite young. Beautifully presented and quite tasty on blinis, but unexpectedly filling. Next time, I might ask for crostinis to keep it lighter.

I followed the caviar with a bowl of lobster bisque. The soup was perfectly spiced and very enjoyable. Always a consistent choice.

After the bisque, I enjoyed the Tomato salad. Lightly dressed with olive oil and balsamic. Beautifully presented...

I then shared Lobster Thermidor with my wife. Extremely tasty and the meat was easy to remove. It was the first time I've ever had thermidor and I will certainly order it again.

And for mains, I had filet of beef with red wine sauce. Very tender and tasty without being too huge a serving (I was starting to get full).

Dessert was warm chocolate cake, an espresso, and a Remy Martin. Though quite full, all of this was consumed over 3 or 4 hours, so I didn't feel uncomfortable.

The service is friendly and very professional. The ambiance was very nice and cozy (they've got a real fireplace in the middle of the restaurant). A wonderful evening was had by all! Writing this has made me very, very hungry...

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Pescatore's Seafood & Grill614 Humboldt St, Victoria
Not my best experience, but I'll be back!
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Recently, visited Pescatores with four other friends. It is consistently one of my preferred restaurants in Victoria. The hostess was very friendly and we were promptly seated. Personally, I like the somewhat 'dated' look of the restaurant that another reviewer complained about. To each their own...

For drinks, I had a couple bottles of Valdo Prosecco and a glass of the house red with my pasta. Valdo is great value in a sparkling wine and I cannot understand why it is not more widely available in other restaurants.

For food, I started off with a half-dozen of small, mild-tasting oysters (can't remember which variety). I've found that you can trust the server's recommendations when it comes to raw oysters. Quite nice.

Then some calamari. I rarely eat calamari, but I love Pescatore's version. It's only lightly fried and the ginger aioli is excellent for dipping. We ordered a couple of servings of these and everyone was impressed.

After that, I had some scallop carbonara. Still tasty, but not as good as last time. Perhaps just a bit cool, too.

And then lobster thermidor. It was okay. A bit more mustard in the mix would be nice. Also, not all of the meat was scooped out of the tail and mixed with the sauce. Honestly, they should head out to the Deep Cove Chalet to see how to do it.

Our server was a very friendly young lady. However, it took almost an hour exactly from sitting down that we received something to eat. At least get the drinks and oysters out quickly so no one is starving.

Overall, not my greatest Pescatores experience, but I still had a wonderful time and will be back.

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Ric's Grill910 Government Street, Victoria
Improve the service
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

This wasn't the first time I've been to Ric's, so I knew what to expect food-wise. My wife and I arrived very early and were promptly seated to wait for our friends. After some wine list difficulties, champagne was ordered along with some Bruschetta because I was starving... 30 minutes later I got to enjoy my first sip. Too long.

The Bruschetta was quite tasty as were the crab and shrimp-stuffed mushroom caps we had afterwards. However, the servers need to be intuitive! If you bring food, then napkins and place settings are a must.

My wife ordered Prime Rib and I had the 18 oz. New York. It was cooked perfectly (medium-rare), but had a bit too much gristle.

After a bottle of Louis Roederer and a bottle of Wolf Blass Platinum 2002 Shiraz (very nice!), I decided to have a couple of Mojitos. Now, I feel that I make one of the best Mojitos around, but the bartender at Ric's knows his stuff. They were superb. If I'd known that they were that good, I probably wouldn't have bothered having any wine.

To sum it up, Ric's is a nice place to go for dinner. The ambiance clicks with me. The appetizers were delicious. The steak? Not bad. The only problem they really have is the service. Once I've got a drink in front of me, I'm not too picky. SO DON'T TAKE 1/2 AN HOUR TO BRING ME THE DRINK! It's that simple.

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Bon Bistro and Bar611 Courtney St, Victoria
Enjoyable, but not quite up to par
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were very excited at the prospect of visiting the Bon Rouge Bistro, but it didn't quite deliver. We were promptly seated. The decor was very nice. The server was very pleasant, but not particularly intuitive.

Champagne was ordered from a very limited selection -- a bit disappointing because it IS supposed to be a French restaurant.

For appetizers, we had the BON ROUGE PÂTÉ, GRATIN D'ESCARGOTS AU PERNOD, and TIGER PRAWN COCKTAIL, which were all very promptly delivered. The pate was bland. The escargots were just okay (even The Keg's are better). The Tiger Prawn Cocktail was presented poorly and the shrimp seemed limp like they had been thawed in a microwave.

For dinner, my wife had CASSOULET (Confit duck leg, turkey chorizo sausage, baked with flagolet beans) and I had CAST IRON NEW YORK A LA CHASSEUR (Thick center cut AAA striploin pan seared served with pommes Anna). In her words -- "The duck seemed like it had been previously cooked and then reheated. It did not seem fresh". In contrast, my steak was very tasty, though a hot plate would have been nice.

I was full so I skipped dessert, but my wife had the LEMON TART with blackberry sorbet. She was very impressed by it.

Our bill came to about $470, including taxes and tip. Most of this was booze (2 bottles of champagne and a bottle of red). It's not that the prices at Bon Rouge are too high, but I just didn't feel that I had received value.

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