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denegarVictoriaSince July 1, 20089 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Millos716 Burdett St, Victoria
Ability to cook decent food? It's all Greek to this restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:09am [Dine in]

First, the service: the service was OK. The female server was personable, easy-going, and very quick to provide refills and bread and all that. The only odd thing was, for a restaurant that only had 4 tables with people, she took an inordinate period of time to come and check up on us. Interestingly, once the server had collected our money she literally disappeared and we left the place without anyone saying good-bye or anything.

Second, the food. God, where do I begin? The focaccia bread was nice (almost identical to the bread that they serve at Pagliacci's) and the olive oil balsamic vinegar dip, well, that's easy. A monkey could make that. However, it went downhill from there. For an appetizer, I got the $12 calamari. Medium-sized portion, but over-breaded, soft, and too salty. For an entree, I got the keftethes (Sautéed Greek meatballs baked with red island sauce and feta cheese), which came with vegetables and rice pilaf. The meatballs were nothing to write home about, mediocre to say the least, but they actually contained SINEW and TENDONS! Seriously, I had to politely spit out half of two meatballs because the sinew was tough. The "red island sauce" was little more than a plain-tasting, lukewarm tomato sauce. Not impressive. The vegetables, well, they were just vegetables. The rice pilaf? With every bite I encountered full-undercooked (hard and chewy) rice grains. And the rice pilaf was lukewarm. I couldn't even finish the meal, and, while out of politeness I took the meal home in a doggy styrofoam container, I'm definitely not going to eat it. So, value-wise, not worth the $30 + tax for this lame meal.

Third, ambiance, not much to mention. The place was near-empty, but that's normal for a Monday night. Perhaps. The lighting was a bit glare-ish and bright, but otherwise OK.

I don't know how this restaurant has survived for more than 30 years. Maybe they used to be good. Maybe it's just because there's not many Greek restaurants in town. Maybe it's because they're close to the poor tourists and hotels and that's how they survive. I will not return to this restaurant . . . ever . . . and I will not recommend it to anyone visiting. They need to do a serious overhaul on their food preparation skills.

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Grindstone Cafe504 Herald Street, Victoria
Delicious, Tasty Sandwiches
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 3:38pm [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
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 1:49pm [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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RC Grillhouse n' Lounge9800 McDonald Park Road, 202, Sidney
Eat delicious food while watching the airplanes come and go!
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

I attend flight school in the same building as RC Grillhouse N' Lounge, so I eat here regularly and often even grab my morning coffee before flying lessons. During the week, I usually eat here between 5-6 PM and it is rarely that busy. It is apparently much easier on Friday and Saturday nights, however.

The servers are quick and helpful, friendly. The food quality is very, very good. My favorites are their lemongrass wings and honey Dijon ribs. They also have a delicious selection of salads, with the tossed greens being the best in my opinion. The coffee is always fresh, and there are about 4 different beers on tap. On Tuesdays (the Tuesday I was there, anyway), they had a $4 domestic bottled beer special. $2 for a coffee. If you're an aviation buff, this is a great place to grab a bite or just a coffee and watch the airplane activity. They've even placed binoculars at some of the tables so you can look at stuff!

There’s also a bar where you can sit and watch the flatscreen TVs if you like. Tables are enough for anywhere between 2 people (or 1) and a larger-sized party. Also, they seem to have live music on the weekends, and I can imagine that would be pretty fun.

Parking is easy and pretty much always plentiful, so that’s not a problem. They accept cash, debit, and credit card. All in all, a really good, great food, excellent service, very good value for the dollar, and it sure beats eating anywhere else at the airport, especially the airport terminal (which is actually on the other side of the airport).

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Brasserie L'Ecole1715 Government St., Victoria
Delicious food, great service, lovely decor.
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Sure, as one reviewer from Toronto pointed out, a true French "brasserie" is just one step up from a café and wouldn't be as formal as this restaurant might appear. However, as the reviewer from Toronto might have noticed: this isn't France.

"Brasserie L'Ecole" is a delightful French restaurant located on Government Street across from Chinatown, and has been in business for longer than I can remember (I'm only 34, so who knows). I've eaten here approximately six times in the last five years and have never, ever been disappointed. The servers have always been friendly, helpful, and non-instrusive, yet attentive when required. The food is absolutely delicious, and is simple French fare. Most of the time I'll order a steak poivre (with a most tasty red wine sauce that I've been unable to replicate at home) with a side of garlic parmesan frites. The wine selection is good and the crème brûlée is likewise delicious. Though a fairly small place, the lighting is sufficient to keep the place intimate. I just wish I lived near so I could drop by for a glass of pinot noir every now and then . . . Really, this is one of the few restaurants in town (I was born and raised here so I know the selection) that I'd drop coin at to enjoy good food. Most entrees are under $30 and all told, a dinner with entree, dessert, and two glasses of wine will come in under $100.

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Dutch Bakery & Coffee Shop, The718 Fort Street, Victoria
Good sandwiches and coffee but unfriendly service and dated atmosphere.
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Call me post-modern, but sometimes when places try to retain their original decor and furnishings from the 1960s or 1970s it doesn't necessarily give the place an old world charm. This place is in need of a major renovation, but given the fact that the average clientele age here was 80, I can see why they keep it like this. I (who am 34) went here for lunch with a colleague and we both had a sandwich and coffee and I believe she had soup. Anyway, the food was good enough and the price was reasonable, but the server was this woman who was probably a former SS camp guard, and I have never felt ageism before but the level of service she gave everyone around us (all of whom, no surprise, were also in their 70s) was saddening to say the least. Smiles all around, but not if you're under 40! I have never ordered anything from their bakery although from what I hear they do a pretty darn good job in that department!

Anyway, on word of mouth alone, I'd likely buy cakes and sweets from them. As for lunch, I'll probably go back for my 70th birthday when service is likely to be friendlier.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Delicius food, solid service, enjoyable ambiance.
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend treated me to this restaurant for my 34th birthday and, being a connoisseur of French food, this certainly was a treat!

Reservations (which can and should be made ahead of time, and on their website at http://www.lecrocodilerestaurant.com/) were available at near the time we wanted a week ahead of time, and they were quick in confirming reservations. Upon arrival, we were greeted immediately by the hosts and seated. Right on time! This was a busy and packed Saturday night, but we didn't wait at all. Seated by the wall, the two of us had a nice table and, although the other tables were fairly close, the intimate atmosphere of the place made our experience fairly private. The waiter was prompt throughout, as was the bread boy. The maitre d' also stopped by to ask how our food was.

The menu prices were, in my opinion, pretty standard for a good quality French restaurant. I had a roasted free range chicken for $26 and it was a very delicious dish. The mustard sauce was very tasty indeed! My partner ordered a lobster prawn pasta dish and she said it was fairly good.

(The only complaint we had was the $8 bottle of water they charged us for. Yes, it was Evian, but $8? Give me a break.)

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Blue's Bayou Cafe899 Marchant Rd, Victoria
See ya later, alligator!
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:22am [Dine in]

I've eaten here four times for lunch in the past ten months and have never been disappointed. The food is good, the service is wonderful, and the setting is perfect.

The restaurant is on this little dock that overhangs the Saanich Inlet, but you can almost imagine you're sittin' on the Bayou, with all the trees around. The interior is cosy (yes, small), with Southern memorabilia and photos of Blues singers and all sorts of odd things that definitely give it that Cajun feelin'! There's also an outdoor patio on the dock, but I've only eaten indoors. I'm a government employee, so my lunches are short, but the servers provide outstandingly quick service, great sense of humour, and lots of suggestions. I usually have one of their salads, fresh, tasty, and either something beed related or the po- boy, which is one of my favs. Decent liquor selection, too. My girlfriend introduced me to this place for my birthday lunch last October 2007, and me and my coworker took another coworker here for HER birthday lunch last week, and she too was impressed. The only suggestion I'd give to the chef/owner is not to skimp on the alligator meat that was requested for the salad. Either raise the price or don't put it on at all.

I'm looking forward to going some evening now, and hopefully they have some live blues or something!

Highly recommended, and will definitely go again and take others.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
$25 for Nachos?
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend took me to the Bard & Banker Public House pub on Canada Day in the afternoon, and it was our first time. We were seated immediately upon arrival by a pleasant staff. However, we asked to sit elsewhere where we could see the band, so we did. Unfortunately, once we seated ourselves, we waited more than ten minutes to get acknowledged by server staff, and had to twice ask a passing employee for menus. Once we had our menus, service was relatively quick, and the server was friendly.

The menu, while varied and offering the preditable pub-style food, threw me for sticker shock. Now, I'm no stranger to some of the high prices restaurants charge, even in a tourist town like Victoria (I live here, I know). But the least expensive item on the menu were fries. $6.99? For fries? You've got to be kidding me. A plate of nachos was--brace yourself--$24.99. Oh, guacamole was an extra $2.99 or $3.99. So, if you wanted a plate of nachos with guac it would've cost almost $30. Ridiculous! Burgers were $15, and the cheapest fish and chips were $17. For fish and chips! The beer prices were average (pub average, I should say) at about $8 a pint. We ordered a calamari appetizer for $12.99. While cooked well enough, the portion was small, as was the mini bowl of dipping sauce. So, while the quality of food was decent enough, the pricing of this place was far, far too expensive.

As for the pub, it was brand new, clean, and had a good pub atmosphere. Noisy patrons and a noisier band were great!

I'll probably go again, although only for a beer. There are less expensive pubs within walking distance of this one.

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