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CubarCook St.Since January 29, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance4 (4)


Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 Reviews Found
Pizzeria Prima Strada230 Cook Street, #105, Victoria
Pretty close to the real thing
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I’m not sure what they are doing overseas, but European pizza trumps the oily, thick crust, over cheesed pizza we eat here. Pizza should be easy to make; there are only a few ingredients. Unfortunately I haven’t tasted good pizza since I was in Europe over five years ago. Naturally I was intrigued (not excited) when I found out that an authentic Pizzeria was opening in my neighbourhood. Maybe I would have the chance to taste authentic pizza again, but I doubt it.
I was hoping to just pop in and get a quick slice, but unlike other pizza joints this was not an option. They only serve full, personal pizzas, just like the Euros.
The small paper menu that I held in my hand was filled with words that I would stumble over if I tried to pronounce. Fortunately, the server also stumbled over the pronunciations as he described the antipasti of the day. Nevertheless he pointed to the table next to us as they we enjoying the dish he was trying to explain. It looked good, so we ordered it. The drink selection on the menu offered a few domestic beers and wine for the unadventurous, and a few choices from the old world. We both ordered beers that we remembered drinking in Europe. My choice of pizza was going to be the true test for this restaurant. I chose the same pizza I ordered at every pizza joint I visited in Italy; The Napoletana. This bare bones pizza has only a few ingredients: Tomato, garlic, anchovies and oregano. Although simple enough, I had very high expectations to meet.
Our Antipasti arrived within a few minutes. The plate looked great, thinly sliced aged ham, freshly baked pizza bread, gorgonzola cheese, pickles, olives and a compote. The variety and mix of flavours were a great start to the meal. I was excited knowing that my pizza was being cooked in the 850° oven as I finished off the starter. Soon our Pizzas arrived. Both my Napoletana and her Funghi pizza looked amazing. I dove in and got a taste of that flavour that I had been waiting so long for. The only thing I would have wished for are: more anchovies and a bottle of Extra Virgin olive oil for the top and crust. The Funghi pizza on the other hand was anything but skimpy on the toppings. Porcini cream, roasted mushrooms, onions, thyme, mozzarella and pecorino cheese combined to make me very envious of her pizza choice, luckily I got to try a few pieces. It was amazing.
The pizza is as authentic as you are going to get without buying a plane ticket to Europe. With modest prices and great food I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends.

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Fairfield Fish & Chips1275 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
Lives up to the reviews!
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

After reading all of the reviews on this site I had to check out Fairfield fish and chips for myself; I needed to know if they really were the best burgers in town. I can gladly agree with the other posts (and the claim on their own walls) that these truly are the best burgers in Victoria. The burger was simple, just quality ingredients and properly cooked. Why do so many restaurants get this wrong? My brother gave me a bite of his halibut burger which was equally delicious. I can’t wait to return. Excellent value.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
No money spent on Kitchen
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 1:04am [Dine in]

The food unfortunately does not live up to the decor. The curry lamb burger patty tasted like it had been stored at the bottom of the freezer for a decade. Its texture was spongy and no hint of curry ever reached my taste buds. The accompanying soup tasted cheap and was served in a bowl the size of a shot glass. My friend’s meals were equally disappointing.
Overall our $75 would have been better spent on more drinks and less food.

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