Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:08pm [Dine in]
Having spent 4 nights in Victoria we had opportunity to eat at several establishments. Ming's is one that comes in near the top of our list for great places to eat.
One of the dishes we ordered was a Szechuan Kung-Po Hot N Spicy with shrimp. We stressed to our waiter that we really like the spices to be hot. I told him if it was hotter 'n the hubs of hades, then it could be one degree hotter still. It arrived as ordered. The taste was exquisite and the heat level just right.
Staff was attentive,courteous and well mannered. Not to mention their uniforms which were dressy and appealing to the eye.
Not expecting the portions to be as big as they were we also ordered chicken chow mein and a bowl of steamed rice. We couldn't eat it all so took the balance back to our suite at the hotel.
The surroundings were pleasant with a nicely broken up layout which keeps patrons from feeling like being in a sardine can as some restaurants are prone to do. The aquariums were a nice distraction and very well kept with some nice specimens of various kinds of fish.
We would return to Ming's in a heartbeat and offer it a very high recommendation.
Thanks all you people at Ming's for a wonderful dining experience.
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Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 2:23pm [Dine in]
My wife and I decided to spend Christmas in Victoria this year
On Monday Dec. 26 we wound up having a great breakfast at the Beagle Pub. Another place I would highly recommend.
We were surprised to find breakfast dishes on the menu.
I had an omelette (spinach & mushrooms) and my wife had eggs with sausage and bacon. Huge portions and great taste.
The thing we noticed that set this establishment apart from all the others was the way our waitress addressed us as “folks. Much nicer than the usual insolent address of “ you guys” I’m not sure if that is house policy but if it isn’t it should be.
Thanks Beagle staff. Keep up the good work.
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Submitted Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:08pm [Dine in]
My wife and I decided to take a side trip into Tsawwassen for a bite to eat after disembarking the Ferry.
Not knowing the area at all or it's various restaurants we saw the sign for Mario's Kitchen and decided to give it a try. What a dreadful mistake.
Upon entry we were greeted and directed to a booth in a timely and courteous manner. It didn't take long for a waitress to appear and bring menus and take our drink orders. I ordered camomile tea and my wife ordered regular tea. So far so good. Our waitress returned in a few minutes to inform me that there was no camomile tea and offered several other choices. Not perturbed at all I chose green tea.The tea arrived with the pots being full of very hot water. That in itself was unusual in a restaurant and much appreciated. My wife wasn't hungry but thought she might share some of the calamari appetizer I chose. For the main course I selected Cajun Linguine at the recommendation of our waitress.
Both dishes arrived at the same time even though the calamari was offered as a starter.The calamari was very tender but the coating was soggy with oil. The linguine was OK but came served with two spoons.No other cutlery had been delivered to our table. It was not our waitress who delivered the food but then who's to say how they operate.There was not a napkin to be seen. A different waitress was serving the booths near us so I asked her to please bring me a fork which she did. She did not ask if there was anything else we needed but quickly turned and walked away. We proceeded to begin eating. The soggy battered calamari we consumed as finger-food. I made my way 1/2 way through the linguine which was accompanied by a slice of poorly disguised garlic bread. At this point we're at least ten minutes into our meal as I am a slow eater. All the while my fingers are covered in greasy oil from the soggy calamari. Without a napkin to wipe my hands on the cutlery and tea cup became greasy and uncomfortable to handle but I forged ahead anyway. The second waitress ( not ours ) was being attentive to her charges as should be but totally ignored us. Finally after I laid my fork down our waitress re-appeared and asked if everything was OK. I very emphatically told her no and I would appreciate some napkins. She quickly disappeared and returned with requested fair. I was mad and told her so. I demanded the bill which she brought and seemed to be unable to get away from us fast enough.
We got up and took our bill to the cashier. I asked to speak to the manager and was directed to a young woman who ( when I asked her if she was the manager) replied that she could be if I wanted her to be.
I shouted at her asking what the h--- that was supposed to mean. Was she the manager or not?
She asked me to keep my voice down and that she did not have to speak to me if I was using that tone of voice. I told her I would continue to speak loudly so that the other customers could hear what a shoddy place Mario's is.
As all this was taking place there was another lady at the cashier who was also having a very bad experience.
Would I go back to Mario's Kitchen? Not for all the money in the world!
Would I recommend Mario's Kitchen as a place to go? Not even to my worst enemy! Well maybe.....Certainly not any friend or stranger.
Would I dis Mario's Kitchen? Absolutely, resolutely and completely
What a horrible experience.
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