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joannemurielVictoria, BCSince November 7, 200642 Reviews
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3.5 (3.4)
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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
The Best Food in Victoria
Submitted Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 8:39am [Dine in]

The food is excellent here. The oyster burger is fantastic; it is the best on the entire planet. The Portobello mushroom burger is fabulous. The potstickers are great, the old lamb burger was my favourite until oyster burger came along. The chicken penne soup with falafel is very spicy, but delicious. Their feta dressing is so good that both my friend and I have tried to copy it. They are very solid with regard to service; the covered patio is nice when it rains. I wish every town had one as I miss it when I'm not in town.

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Shizen Sushi Japanese1706 Government St., Victoria
Used to be my favourite restaurant...but not anymore
Submitted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

The last two times I ate here, the side of rice was a half solid ball that my hashi couldn't get through. When it was brought to their attention, I was told it was too bad. I explained how to avoid that, and asked that they tell the cook, and was told they didn't plan to change things. Then they charged for the rice. I have been going there since the week they opened, but it's been going down for the past couple of years, but if they won't care about their food standards, why should I? Our regular server was nice, though. No problems there. After the way they handled things, though, we won't go back.

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Sushi Eh6359 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo
Inspired by the decor...
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

But it was just a veneer. The food was yucky, desu yo! The tempura was so saturated in grease that I could eat no more than a few pieces. The beans sprouts were saturated in oil and burnt. The vegetables were raw so I used my fingers. The sushi tuna wasn't fresh. Sad as it was a birthday lunch and we drove a long way to try this place. We are still looking for good sushi in the neighbourhood...

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Bistro One Sixty One161 Kenneth St, Duncan
Great place to dine..
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

Great upper class cafe with great art and good service (less enthusiastic the second time, as he ignored me requests for extra sauce and water in an empty cafe) but the food was excellent both times. They daily pasta special is very rich and delicious and well priced around $11.00. The service was excellent the first time around which was a birthday lunch. I do recommend and look forward to returning for lunch someday soon...

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Real Taste of India768 Fort Street, Victoria
Never again
Submitted Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Great buffet, and thought we couldn't go wrong when the buffet was down for holidays. Turned out to be the most expensive awful lunch I've ever had. Waited nearly an hour for a salad, which they couldn't make (so they substituted with another unasked for, unauthorized version, that was western and had great ranch dressing!). The fish curry we ordered was prawn, curry, which was so overcooked it was inedible. The fish curry, when it finally arrived, tasted as poorly as the prawn curry, and the naan finally showed up near the end of our meal. We canceled dessert we had been messing around trying to get food for 1.5 hours. It cost $45 bucks. Yeah! The server did her best, but we likely won't go back...

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Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro1684 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, Victoria
Fantastic
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:05am [Dine in]

Wow! What a special little place! I swear our dinner was prepared by an angel as all the flavours and seasonings were to absolute perfection. My companion had the hot and sour soup with noodles which was perfectly flavoured and I had the bun with grilled pork and Spring roll. The pork was the best in town, to be sure. And the prices were excellent, the decor is upper-casual and the place is family-run. All in all we had an excellent experience and we will definitely be going back...

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Sour Pickle Cafe1623 Store Street, Victoria
Great little place for breakfast!
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 8:43am [Dine in]

I can't tell you how much I appreciate oven-roasted potatoes over deep-fried, and that's what accompanies the yummy Spanish Omelet, which, for only 9 bucks is a great find! They also have great, inexpensive deals on breakfast specials, which are next on our list to try. I highly recommend it!

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Finally, A Yummy Lunch Curry Cafe!
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

So many times, we have driven past the Royal Kebab Grille on Quadra, and thought about stopping in for a bite. The restaurant is a little unsure of itself, but whatever the food is called, it is DELICIOUS! I had the vegetable soup, and (Pakistani) Chicken Curry, which arrived with rice and salad, to which I requested a side of naan. My partner had the same lovely soup, excellent veggie samosa, solid spanakopita and shared my naan and sauce. My only request would have been MORE..more sauce, more chicken, more salad. The service is kind, the food full of love ~ I highly recommend it.

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Kim's Vietnamese Restaurant748 Johnson Street, Victoria
~ This place is so due for a good review ~
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

After spending time at the place on Fort, and having had enough food poisoning, I know I can find the same great food at Kim's, but (get this) without getting sick!

Great crab soup, number 13 (spring roll, ginger pork, veggies, rice noodles with sauce, just mix it all up) is absolutely my favourite. They have a peppered fish hot pot that you get with rice that's just fabulous. I don't fancy their curry, but everything else has been excellent, time after time after time....

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Tibetan Kitchen680 Broughton Street, Victoria
Victoria's First Tibetan Cafe Yields Promise
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

On our way to sushi, we couldn't help but notice this "Tibetan Cafe" begging us hither, outside the ramp of the Broad and Broughton parkade. I had the Thupka (seasoned ground beef on egg noodle soup with greens) while my partner had vegetarian curry with brown rice, with flatbread and pakoras. His meal was fantastic. Although the portions would best be larger, the flavour was out of this world. Although way oversalted, my soup was delicious and was worth the heart palpitations that arrived later : ). Either way, this was a nice treat for a great price and we look forward to returning.

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Cafe Marrakech2551 Quadra, #3, Victoria
Salt the food
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

The first time we had lunch at this cafe, I had the chicken with olives and lemons. It was very simple, but delicious soul-style food that leaves you wanting to roll up in a warm blanket. The second time we ate there, the owner went to great lengths to share how he didn't believe in salting the food, and that he and his wife had had disagreements over it. Salt is such a personal thing, however, the owner needs to remember that he is not cooking for himself. He's cooking for the public, who generally expect a certain flavour in the food, including some measure of salt in the food.

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Orale Tacos, Tamales and Deli1002 Johnson St., Victoria
Please, don't be afraid of adding SALT and SPICE
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:35am [Dine in]

to the food prepared in a Mexican restaurant. The first time I ate there, I was starving and the food was well-portioned and tasted great. It's been downhill ever since.

What happens? We order, and they screw up the order. It arrives, they take it back and fix it (add the meat, remove the meat, what-have-you) but when we finally eat it, it's COMPLETELY flavourless, and no matter of hot sauce or salt (at that point), can fix it.

They need to flavour the food (PLEASE USE SALT!) and spice (+cilantro) in the food. We always leave the place unsatisfied anyway. They have messed up our food 5 times, but we still go back hoping to recreate that first tasty experience. Now, we look fondly as we drive by and just skip the place.

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Hernande'z735 Yates Street, #130, Victoria
What is going on with this place?
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

This used to be just great, but my last experience was a nightmare. After trying to visit too many times, and finding it closed (as they go away for a few months each year), I gave up trying until yesterday, when we were surprised to find it open.

But what an experience! First, the girl at the counter had no idea about the food. We asked about the squash, but no one knew how it was served. Finally, we were told one option was a side of squash, so we ordered it in order to each try a bit. After taking our order, the girl came to our table and asked if they could put the squash in the burrito as the cook, "does not want to make a plate dirty..." We thought to ourselves, "Is this FOR REAL?" I have never heard of a restaurant "not wanting to make a plate dirty" as a reason not to serve food. I explained to her that we would prefer a plate so we could each try a bit.

I asked for a glass of water but was told that we could not have a glass of water and had to purchase a bottle of water. Hm. How cheap can you get and what a good way to lose customers.

When the food arrived, my partner's rice was raw, and had to go back. Mine was cooked, but it was 90% rice and I had to eat 1/2 way down to detect a ration of pork. I found myself digging for pork to the bottom.

We were so offended at this point that we said we would not go back. Too bad as we used to promote this restaurant to our friends. But, why be cheap to the point of being offensive and risk losing loyal customers?

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Carlos Cantina & Grill9816 Fourth St., Sidney
A little cafe but killer Mexican fare
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 9:02am [Dine in]

It's hard to believe the Carlo's Cantina, with all its local popularity for those who know where to go to eat great Mexican food, didn't have a link on this site, until now.

The important thing to remember, great food aside, is not to beat the path to Sydney on Monday and Tuesday as many times as I have, as those are owner's much treasured days off. Also, it's a TINY cafe with only 16 seats, on 4th St., turn left off the main drag.

What is TO remember is that between 11:30 ~ 8:30, this is THE place to hoof it to for incredibly delicious Mexican food WITH salt, seasonings, AND FLAVOUR. I say that in caps with hopes that a few other of our Mexican joints in town will take a big hint and, at least, add salt to their food. But for now, I'll hoof all the way to Sydney because when I do catch it open, it is so worth it.

I had the chicken enchilada, smothered with a colourful, delicious goopy mess of salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, amazingly flavourful guacamole, with perhaps some other stuff, along with the tastiest black beans I've ever had, and rice to accompany. If I could get that black bean recipe, I would be a happy gal.

My partner had a vegetarian version of the enchilada (noting lots of excellent veggie options on the menu, and I think his came to under 10 bucks). We were both pleased as clams with our dinners, and with the kind attention of the eccentric owner, who is just pure pleasure to be around.

The only drawback is driving to Sydney with low blood sugar, and making it there without a crash. Other than that, this is THE place to go....

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Kissako Green Tea Cafe2027 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
This has to be the BEST sushi in town
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

WOW! I remembered going to this little place once, and then thinking to myself last night, "How about that little place in Oak Bay? Didn't they have really good food?"

Since I'm always a sucker for places where I can find rarities such as natto maki, and Tokyo-style soba [What a shame that Kaz is gone!], I rarely go to places that specialize in just sushi. Even then, I've had sushi everywhere in town, including in a few highly publicized places (Azumi lovers, you know who you are...!) that I swear on my mother to be less than mediocre.

This little place stands non-chalantly, across from Chef on the Run on Oak Bay Ave., in the strip mall on the right-hand side. In my mind, this little place has the BEST sushi for the price in the city of Victoria, and the prices were not that bad. Most of the rolls were 4.25 each (instead of the usual 3.75, or 3.95 per roll). The horenso (spinach salad) had a unique lemony tang that was really fresh and sweet, while the kinpira (burdock/carrot salad) was just delish. The crab and avocado, smoked tuna, and salmon rolls were all the best I've had in town, with generous amounts of fish, and perfectly seasoned rice (if that's possible ~ even the rice, itself, was excellent). The owner obviously goes far out of his way to find the freshest fish possible and then gives it his own *star* treatment as it shows up as love in the food and excellent in taste.

I just can't give this place a higher rating than 5 in the Food department, or I would do it. I thought the food was more of a 10, and I'm looking forward to going back as soon as I can...

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Don Mee Seafood Restaurant538 Fisgard St., Victoria
~ Dim Sum Yum ~
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:07am [Dine in]

If you want to see where the locals are hanging at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, then make your way over to Don Mee's. I had NO IDEA that they were open from 10 on Sundays for Dim Sum. I am in love with their shrimp/scallop morsel, steamed vegetarian gyoza (I guess that's Japanese - chou zu in Chinese, but I don't know how to spell it!). Their sticky rice is one to simply melt over filled with sweet rice, nice gravy, a chinese sausage piece, a chicken piece and bits of pork. Lordy, lordy...I hope they have those in heaven..: )

Actually, I've been to the one at the Jade Palace, and it's very nice, too, but the sticky rice is still finer at Don Mee's...

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Kaz Japanese Restaurant1619 Store Street, #100, Victoria
So sad this place changed hands
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2008 - 11:29am [Dine in]

The new owner says that Kaz has recieved two new reviews since changing hands. Obviously these folks don't know traditional Japanese fare.

I had the katsudon (a pork cutlet sauteed with sliced onion and scrambled egg in a sweeter sauce). In short, hard to mess up. When it arrived, I recognized the rice as long-grain, undercooked, and swimming in a pool of water. Then I noticed "Where's the pork?" and dug deeper, trying to find and count the pieces. They'd used half a cutlet instead of the usual whole. The new owner promised me earlier in the day that he hadn’t cut corners. With the rice hard, and the meal soupy, I asked for a side of sauce. It was a bit too sweet, which indicates that the chef didn’t adjust the seasoning, and can't cook rice!

My companion's meal consisted of rice with tuna on top. What's that? Egg on Tekkadon? It was good, but the tuna amounted to half. Add to this the tea (what kind of tea IS that?), the smelly hand towel (what kind of chemical IS that?), and the music (what kind of music IS that?) and the nice blonde girl, and you have a non-authentic Japanese restaurant experience and a couple of customers who won't be going back.

Nice girl, left a decent tip, and said "sayonara" to my favourite Japanese place, one that has fed me for 15+ years now. I only wish I had a way to thank the previous owners.

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Jade Fountain Restaurant3366 Douglas St., Victoria
Great dim sum...
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

We have been to one other dim sum place in Victoria, and met a couple in line who were really not happy with that place, so were giving this one a try. Us too, except that we liked the other place, as well. They had many options and for two people, the bill came to around 22 bucks, so not bad. It just seems like you're paying more because you have all of these small dishes. I really preferred the lotus wrapped sticky rice from Don Mee's, as it had this incredible sauce inside, but theirs came with three small leaves wrapped with sticky rice inside. It was okay. In general, there was enough tasty treats for me, being a carnivore and for my friend, being vegetarian. I loved the scallop and shrimp do-dads, as well as the eggplant ones. The decor is lovely, although finding parking was a chore as it's in the Red Lion, which has an amazingly small parking lot for a hotel. Either way, the restaurant was great, as was the service, and the food.

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Cafe Laurel680 Montreal St, Victoria
Good Benny's and Great Buffett
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

I know it's been a few years since I've gone to the Laurel Point Sunday Buffet, but it's only been a few weeks since I've had Eggs Benny at the Laurel Cafe. The nice thing about this cafe is that Chef can cook an egg (hey, you wouldn't believe how many of them CAN'T), but is that packaged hash browns on the plate? Either way, the ultra soft eggs and homemade Hollandaise sauce(made true, with real butter) keep me happy and returning to this reasonably priced place.

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Daidoco633 Courtney Street, #22, Victoria
Here's a Chef Mascarading as a Cook!
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

And I don't say that lightly.

This is NOT your typical Japanese restaurant in Victoria. The Chef makes what he makes, and has enough ingredients for the day. When the food runs out, they close the doors and go home. The menu has about 5 items on it from the grill, and four or five side items, from which to choose. I have never eaten Tuna Tataki like this before, and every item he makes comes out with love in it. It opens at 11 a.m., and only runs from Monday to Friday, but it is worth hunting down. They're in the Victoria Nootka Court by the entrance to the Bug Museum. When I first discovered this place, I ate there every day for two weeks (it's a long story). Honestly, if I could, I would eat there every day of my life. Make sure you get there before 1, or the food will like be gone.

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