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plymouthrkBuffalo, NYSince August 22, 20094 Reviews
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3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Red Fish, Blue Fish1006 Wharf Street, Victoria
What great fun, and a full happy belly, too!
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

We recently visited Victoria for the first time, and asked our server at our first meal for her recommendations for great meals at places tourists might not find. She explained that red fish blue fish is exactly the kind of place tourists would flock to, but that it was well worth the long lines and iffy seating for the food and the unusual ambiance. She was exactly right on all counts.
The kitchen is a converted steel shipping container, snugged up along a dock on the Inner Harbour. The line was long on a Sunday morning, several minutes before the 11:30 am opening. The window opened right on time, and a smiley, friendly, helpful woman was there to take our order. We sampled a little of everything, as did a number of the other tourists around us. We were fascinated by the "Cod Dog", a moist, 9-inch piece of deep-fried cod in a crunchy tempura batter on a wide, soft hot dog bun. The toppings included a dill-flavoured tartar sauce, pickled onions (fabulous!) and crispy pickles, which even my pickle-hating husband ate and enjoyed. I would encourage anyone to try this unique, flavourful offering. The chowder was well-seasoned, with a pinkish hue I always associate with the best-tasting chowders, and full of seafood and other assorted yumminess. Yes, a little pricey, but not at all disappointing.
The tacones were the true highlight, according to our server from our first night, and we reluctantly ordered only one of the several varieties offered. This decision was based solely on stomach capacity, as each variety sounded more delicious than the previous. We opted for the scallop tacone, and spent every moment alternately savouring, then attempting to divine the ingredients in order to prepare even the roughest equivalent at home. 3000+ miles is a bit too steep a commute for a tacone, even on a lazy Sunday.
The seating is sparse, strictly outdoors on the dock, consisting of a weathered wooden counter and small, hard stools. The other option is parking your butt on some stacked railroad ties (my mother's voice, circa 1972, crackled in my head, "You're gonna get the piles!") and using the rather, um, aged step-stool-like wooden blocks provided for a table. Hey! Step outside the box once in awhile! I promised you great food, not a box seat in the Royal Albert Hall!

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Brady's Fish and Chip Shop50 West Burnside Rd, 1, Victoria
So close to so much better
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:41am [Dine in]

With so many promising dining options for our 5-day visit to Victoria, we opted to pass on the tourist-directed fish and chips joints close to our hotel and treat ourselves to a solid establishment for locals. The online menu was enticing, the prices, compared to those at the touristy shops, were nearly half. It was with great anticipation that we hopped in the car and headed to Brady's. The strip-plaza location and plain decor was no deterrent, as it often indicates the owner is all about the food, not the ambiance. Unfortunately, this owner's laissez-faire attitude went a little too far. What could have been a fantastic meal was undone by a couple of little details, leaving us with full bellies of almost-great food, but wanting a do-over for that meal. We ordered a 2pc cod dinner and a 2pc halibut dinner, with the chowder, onion rings, chips, a chicken strip, and cole slaw. The chowder was too salty, but had some nice hearty chunks of fish in it. The onion rings were good, if unremarkable. The fish was, sadly, very overcooked. The chicken was so overcooked as to be inedible. It is a shame to have good food wasted from inattention to the deep fryer. The crowning insult to the food, however, was the presence of food service packets of tartar sauce on the fish platter. Fried fish is your specialty! You sell hundreds of pieces a day! Have the care to make fresh tartar sauce! Better yet, experiment and develop a "signature sauce". Never, ever denigrate these lovely planks of fish with chemical-laden packaged dips! We were extremely disappointed with our meal, and left feeling that we should have just saved the gas, walked to the end of our hotel pier and joined the dozens of other tourists eager to overpay for moist, delicious fish and chips.

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QV Cafe & Bakery1701 Government Street, Victoria
What a great find for dessert!
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

We were killing time on Government Street, waiting for a table for dinner, and dropped by QV Cafe on a Friday night to check out possible dessert options for later. The selection of desserts was outstanding! Cheesecakes, several in unusual flavours, looked delicious. There were a number of lemony options, a favourite of my wife, and the biggest, cheapest biscotti we have ever seen! The friendly guy behind the counter was among the best offerings at QV: he wasn't surly, he wasn't bored, he wasn't rushed, and he did not appear to be annoyed with our many questions. We opted for a lemon shortbread bar to nibble while we walked around the block, after QV Guy assured us he'd be open til midnight, so we could come back after dinner for our real dessert. Our first bite of the lemon shortbread left us both speechless: a nice powerful punch of lemon in every bite. Under two bucks for this lovely goodie. After dinner, we returned, and picked up a number of desserts for that and the next night. Root beer cheesecake, a fluffy chocolate cupcake, a different lemon shortbread dessert, and a monster biscotti. Oh, yeah, we tasted them all on the hour-long walk back to our hotel, just as QV Guy predicted over our vehement protestations that we would not.
The prices were fantastic for baked goods with such lush flavours. The cafe offerings sounded delicious, and we will make our way back before we leave Victoria for lunch. And more dessert, yes.
Another thing we like was its anti-famous coffee-shop ambiance. QV has a jukebox, several different seating options, inside and out, and a clientele of every age and description. Oh, yes, and the friendly, interesting staff, as we mentioned.
If you, like us, are visiting Victoria, skip the ten-dollar desserts at the restaurants and stop by QV Cafe for some creative, more-than-reasonably-priced deliciousness.

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Brasserie L'Ecole1715 Government St., Victoria
Memorable!
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

This lovely French restaurant was recommended to us by our servers at two other establishments as a 'must try'. We were cautioned that the restaurant is small and popular, so we might encounter difficulty getting a reservation on short notice, or a long wait for a table. No worries, they assured us; the food is worth sitting at the bar. We arrived after 9 on a Friday, and had only a half-hour wait for a table. The staff was warm and welcoming. Althouth the menu offered some attractive choices, we ordered the steak and frites, for which the place is well-known. The food arrived rather quickly, thanks to the lateness of the evening, and it was two of the best steak dinners we have ever had. We had each ordered a $5 side of sauteed cremini mushrooms; our server suggested sharing one, as they were generous portions, and his recommendation was spot-on. Each and every bite of the steaks, a perfectly seared and crusted medium rare, caused a duet of 'mmmm's, eyelid fluttering, and other ecstatic exclamations. The sauces, as you would expect, were delicious. The steaks arrived with a red wine and shallot sauce, and the frites were dressed with garlic and parsley, paired with a savory sauce perfect enough to make you say, 'ketch-what?'

We pre-ordered the cheese course, and it arrived at the optimum temperature after our dinner plates were cleared and our tummies had settled for a moment. It was a lovely selection of six cheeses, mostly cow's milk, and predominantly from Quebec. The server was very knowledgeable about the cheeses, and better yet, an enthusiastic lover of cheese. She explained that the selection changes regularly, as well.

The restaurant was narrow, with tall ceilings and warm red walls. The seating was comfortable; the noise level was fine, even with a full house. The ambiance felt like fine dining. All staff was pleasant and inviting, whether or not they served us.

When we got the bill, it was almost embarrassing. We have paid so much more for so much less on more occasions than we care to remember!

We enthusiastically recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone looking for a fine, well-priced meal in a warm, lovely setting.

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