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madduckVictoria BCSince February 3, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Village Restaurant, The2518 Estevan Ave., Victoria
My favorite Breakfast
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

My favorite breakfast is their from the garden benny on latkes. A must have. My girlfriend lives by the shakshuka, not my thing but she LOVES it.

Menu prices here are on par with the rest of the city, meaning a little overpriced as is everywhere else, but here I don;t mind loosening the purse strings a little.

The location is awesome, right in estevan village in Oak Bay. Beautiful sidewalk seating on a warm summers day.

The service is hit and miss. The one guy that is always there is great. I think he is a manager or owner, very happy and pleasant. It seems like some of their servers may need some fine tuning on multitasking since I never seem to get enough coffee or water fill ups. And often we will not get the brown sugar we ask for I'm not that needy, but I have noticed this more then once. ahh well, its a minor issue, but I will always return.

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Fresh Bakery And Bistro3115 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I don't find the food at fresh to be fresh at all. It seems to me to be all from containers as opposed to being sourced from the great cornucopia of FRESH product available on our wonderful Island.

Eggs from a container. I them pour them out myself since the grill they use to cook the breakfast it our on the floor. The eggs and the hasbrowns all taste like the same grease they use on the grill, which in my mind makes them both taste a little funky.

They few times I dinned there for breakfast as a garnish they use one of those chemically enhance manderine oranges, from a can. You know, the ones that glow neon orange. That to me is the opposite of fresh.

The service there I guess was OK. When I dinned there for dinner me and my girlfriend ordered a caesar salad. It came with what looked like spring mix, not your traditional romaine. When we asked the server she said it was a romiane lettuce mixture. Regardless, I am sure that the lettuce came out of a plastic tub, similar to what you buy in the grocery store.

I have not tried the baked good so maybe that is what keeps them afloat. I have heard they run a catering company as well so maybe they are successfull with that.

All I know is that fresh charges a fairly high price for recipes that are anything but fresh in my book.

Ambiance - wanna be hip 90's cafe - enough said

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
Hidden Gem
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I love to frequent the Heron Rock. The food is great, especially at breakfast. The servers are educated and professional. The dinner bun they bring out before the meal are too die for. They use the same buns for their burgers, which is a little too rich for me. My favorite dinner item is the calamari, and for Breakfast you must try the Stilton Benny.

We went to the Heron rock for a friends birthday, with about a group of 12, and they were very accommodating. I hate the feeling that is emitted when dining with large groups sometimes. I find a lot of places in Victoria make you feel as if you are an inconvenience when you are with a large group.

The location of the restaurant is a little strange, off to the back side of the James Bay square, but I guess they make it work for them.

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Lady Marmalade608 Johnson Street, Victoria
Touch and Go on Service
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

The food is great, I love what it adds to the downtown core and I love the local artwork.

I have gone in a few times with a larger group and there is always this feeling like we are unwanted. I know you readers have felt this before. The feeling that you are the biggest inconvenience to the server, a feeling like you are unwanted. I spent years in the industry myself, from serving to management. So I know what it feels like to get snowed under and be run off your feet and still try and give great service. It isn't fun. But my experiences here were worse then that. It was like the server personally did not like us or as if she had a personal vendetta against us. My experience in the industry has made me a watcher when I go out to dine. My girlfriend hates it because I always seem distracted. But I could see when the server would talk about us to her work mates. I could also pick out the disdain in her voice when my friend brought up her dietary concerns, and the anger the server had when her meal was still prepared incorrectly. I have often felt condescended to.

In this city our local eateries must ensure they not only feed the tourist, but also hold onto their local regulars in order to stay afloat.

I will go back to Lady Marmalade, and I have had good experiences, just so rarely with the service. There is one great server there, I just wish he served my group every time.

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Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
I wish it was better
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

I, like most people in my age group, enjoy going out to the odd dive bar. In saying that I have different expectation for these establishment then I would at other places I like to go. I don't expect much from the food or the service, but there are still limits to what is acceptable at any food service business.

I do enjoy the feeling of the room at the Bent Mast. It has a unique creepy feel to it, especially in the upstairs area by the washrooms. Lets just say I wouldn't want to close the place by myself at night.

The food was exactly as expected. Pub Gub. However they did fail at an attempt at an olive tapinade that my girlfriend had. I feel like it serves her right for ordering it there. I know its not a hard dish, but at a place like the bent mast I think sticking to fries and nachos is appropriate. I had the steak sandwich and it was just fine, nothing special, but that is what I expected.

The issue came with the service. Everything was fine until I received my food. The server dropped my meal. No big deal, it happens, but in the process I was sprayed with salad dressing. In my hair, on my face, shirt and pants. As soon as the food was dropped the server ran into the back with my plate, not saying anything to me. We had no napkins on the table so I waited till she came out again with my food (quickly enough that it was just a re-plate and not a remake). When she came back I asked her for a napkin and she snarkly replied, 'oh, did I get you?!' No apology or concern, and no drink on the house or meal discount, that I would get in any other establishment. Also I think a remake in the steak sandwich would have been appropriate as well.

This may not sound like much but I was literally covered in dressing, not only did it stain my clothes, but it was embarrassing as well. Just a sorry would have sufficed.

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Good Food With Great View
Submitted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

Went with my Girlfriend after a long night of drinking. Drank recovery caesars out on the upstairs patio. The service was decent, not amazing but not bad either. Maybe the server picked up on our hangovers and let us relax, but he still seemed to be there when we needed him.

I had sandwich called 'the cure' and that it was. Cheese, bacon, egg and onions open face on sourdough. It was great, but the fries were the best. I was at Spinnakers a few months before and they had these horrible wedge fries. I'm glad they changed them. My girlfriend had the tuna sandwich and she raved about it. I myself am not much of a rare tuna kinda guy.

The view alone is worth the extra price of the menu, and also the fact that the food is local. If you're planning to go to Spinnakers a seat on the patio is a must.

Sorry, not much to say on the beer. I haven't tried it yet

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