Submitted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 8:17pm [Dine in]
I have eaten at Il Terrazzo on over 10 occasions. There is no doubt that it is a loud, bustling atmosphere, but that is what makes it such an awesome place in my opinion! Who wants to sit in silence listening to elevator music in a contrived minimalist environment..this is EXACTLY what Italian dining should be! Loud, full of laughter, excellent food, giant portions, and great wines. Yes the prices are up there but so is the quality of the food and the portions. I have tried everything from the steaks, to the braised pork & cabbage canneloni(yum) to the oysters. All delicious and creatively prepared. The wine list is extensive and impressive. This is a hidden gem of a place...BRAVO!
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Submitted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 7:42pm [Dine in]
I want to like this restaurant...I have TRIED VERY HARD to like it. Three times in fact. Each time I am blown away by the blandness and lack of creativity of the dishes. The location is central and convenient for me and the place is packed most of the time which is most likely due to it's great location.
The last time I was there(2 days ago) I ordered sushi rolls, sashimi and vegetable and tofu udon soup. The yam rolls looked like sloppy blobs of rice...had to look hard to find any yam inside, the sashimi was the tiniest portion i have ever been served(and I eat Japanese alot) and the soup arrived with noodles and a few sliced of tofu on top. No vegetables whatsoever..not even a few slices of green onion for color. I asked the server if she could add some vegetables to the soup(as the menu did state bean curd and vegetable udon) and she said they didn't have any vegetables!! I just stared at her in disbelief, as my daughter had ordered chicken vegetable don and it clearly had carrots, brocolli, and bean sprouts on it at least. So, thinking maybe there was a language barrier or that she hadn't heard me correctly, I requested possibly some carrots, brocolli, bok choy, ...anything(!) She took it back to the kitchen and it was returned to me with 2 raw brocolli florets and a few bean sprouts. Not one to make a fuss, I started eating. With no exaggeration..I could have been eating noodles in dishwater. $9.00 for noodles in dishwater.
I have tried many of the Japanese restaurants in Victoria and have NEVER felt a need to write a negative review until now. SAVE your money...but be sure to try one of the others. There are several outstanding ones that serve creative and authentic cuisine. This just isn't it.
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