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walter23VictoriaSince September 26, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance4 (3.8)

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John's Place723 Pandora Ave, Victoria
Great diner, good prices, nice decorations
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

If you find yourself walking past John's place, on Pandora between Blanshard and Douglas, you'll definitely take notice. The interior is covered wall to wall with decorations (a lot of framed photographs, posters, etc), and looks inviting and comfortable. The menu is quite varied and there are a lot of appetizers to choose from. They've got a few good beers on tap and a nice drinks selection overall (wines, etc). I tried a sort of unexciting menu option compared to many of their other offerings (a philly cheesesteak wrap) and it wasn't disappointing, but nothing to write home about either. I saw some of the dishes on other tables (some nice looking salads, pastas, etc) so I'll definitely be returning to try some of the more interesting menu options. From the looks of it, you can't really go too wrong here.

The waitress was very prompt and the service overall excellent.

The only complaint is that to have any background music you have to put money in the juke box (one of those really good network-connected ones with almost any mainstream / publically acceptable artist you could imagine). Too bad they don't play something in the background when there's nothing coming up on the machine though. The silence forced me to put money in.

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Ross Bay Pub1516 Fairfield Rd., #7, Victoria
Good fish and chips.
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I've visited this pub for their fish & chips special, which appeared to be pretty popular as the place was quite full. As the previous reviewer states, it's a newer-looking pub but has a decent atmosphere, if not a ton of character. The fish and chips was delicious though, and at a bargain price. I think it was a Thursday night (not positive). The beer on tap was delicious too - fresh and tasty. One night I was there, Phillips Brewing Co was handing out samples of a new beer - Blue Buck. It was quite good as well, and ordering it from the tap did not disappoint.

All in all, a fine place to stop by for fish and chips, assuming they're still running the special.

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Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant560 Johnson St, 5, Victoria
Probably not the best person to review this place..
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Let me preface this by pointing out that I'm not a vegan.

Having said that, I do like good and healthy food, and I have had some fantastic vegan and vegetarian food in my life. The food here, however, was pretty disappointing. It was pretty expensive (sold by weight, as mentioned), tasted very bland, and left me feeling unsatisfied. I guess maybe I didn't know what to shovel onto my plate for the best experience, but everything I tried just kind of tasted like wheat crumbs and seeds and unremarkable vegetables. I don't know - maybe a real Vegan would have had a better time of it - but I like dishes with exciting spices or flavours. I didn't find any here - just bland Vegan food that cost way more than I bargained for.

I'd hesitate to bring even my Vegan friends here, except maybe for the atmosphere which some of them might like.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Why all the negatives reviews? Great beer, decent pub-grub.
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

This is first and foremost a brewpub. And their beer is absolutely fantastic. For the modest price of $10 you can have a selection of 6 of their beers in fairly generous sampler glasses laid out before you to savour. But a hint: instead of pints buy the mid-sized beers (sleeves, I think they're called). You save about $1.50 and it's barely smaller than a pint - better value by far. They also have weekly specials, so if you're on vacation or feel like a mid-week beer you may be able to get a $3.50 pint or a $10 jug. Not too shabby for microbrew.

I've only eaten three dishes here - the BBQ burger, the portabella burger (a whole portabella mushroom cap instead of a beef patty - much more delicious than it sounds), and the fish and chips. I think I had a beef dip once. All times with either fries or Caesar salad The fish & chips was a bit expensive compared to some other pubs but was pretty good. The BBQ burger is a solid favorite - very tasty, especially after a couple of beers. Fries and service? No problem from my perspective. The waitresses are usually pretty prompt and have an amazing capacity to remember two 6-beer samplers (that's 12 beer varieties to remember in one order). No cleanliness issues either. Kitchen looks clean, bathrooms are sparkling. Other reviewers must have hit it on a bad night or something.

The food isn't remarkable but it's perfectly tasty pub food, but the beer is what keeps me coming back. In addition to their regular beers (brown, pale ale, IPA, bitter, Bavarian lager, light ale, strong raspberry ale, stout, and scotch ale - Yes, I remember them all - I love beer ;)) they have seasonal specials. At the time of this review it's a belgian-style unfiltered wheat beer which is quite good - strong and flavourful, not like the sweeter hefeweizen-style (which hey, I also like). Sitting out on the enclosed patio and drinking some of Western Canada's better microbrew beer is definitely worth the visit for me. I don't understand the dramatically negative reviews, because it's been a favorite place of mine for a long time.

But go there for the beer. The food will fill your stomach and is as good as any other pub-food, but the beer is out of this world.

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