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walterstone1Victoria, BCSince September 4, 20074 Reviews
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4 (4)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.3)

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Paprika Bistro2524 Estevan Ave., Victoria
Papriko Bistro
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 11:20am [Dine in]

My husband and I had an early dinner reservation ar Papriko Bistro in Oak Bay. The ambience is fresh and adorable with red walls and papriko peppers as art. My husband ordered a feta and spinach salad and the steak. He loved his salad and his steak was well prepared an flavorful. I had the duck confit - 2 legs with the thought that I would take 1 home to eat the next day BUT NO WAY - it was so good I basically inhaled the duck confit which was suberb. The martinis I ordered were fresh and delicious and my husbands wine pairings were very good. The staff was attentive and spent time with us discussing the various menu items and a history of the restaurant. They make homemade sausages every week which I will try on our next visit.. How nice to find a restaurant on this adorable block in Oak Bay that is out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria. This warrants a repeat visit.

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Wild Saffron Bistro1605 Store St, Victoria
Wild Saffron Bistro - Ecletic and Wonderful Dining
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 11:03am [Dine in]

The Wild Saffron has great atmosphere and is an upscale restaurant in the Swan Hotel. It is not the Swan Brewery and Pub but a separate restaurant. Chef Tom King and his Manager Albert have an ecletic and interesting menu that provides a unique alternative to more standard menus. We had the early bird special – 3 courses for $25.00 which is an excellent bargain for the price and especially considering the quality and caliber of the food. The atmosphere is very romantic with 1940 and 1950’s torch songs playing throughout the evening which is right up our alley. My husband had a salad and steak and he loved the food. My cesear salad was fresh and lightly dressed and my lamb chops were delicious. Albert was attentive and gracious without hovering and he was able to make excellent BC wine selections to pair with the meals we selected. Tom King came out and circulated around the tables which added a nice dimension to the evening. Wonderful food for such a young chef - he has quite afuture ahead of himself.
Who would have guessed that this wonderful restaurant would be part of the Sewan Hotel. This is a definite repeat for us.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
Matisse - food as a work of art
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 10:45am [Dine in]

My husband and I went to Matisse several weeks ago and entered the restaurant through an iron gate into a small elegant room with a white washed brick wall, light yellow painted walls and fresh flowers everywhere. We were greeted by the owner, Mr. Phillips who brought us our menus and took our drink orders. What sets Matisse apart over and above the incredible food is Mr. Phillips and his vast knowledge and love of French food and wines and his willingness to share it with his customers. He will spend a lot of time going over wines to pair with specific foods which adds a wonderful dimension to the dining experience. My husband had the lobster bisque and the steak au poivre and I had a salad and the slow roasted duckling. Everything was perfectly prepared and brought immediately to our table so that it was served at precisely the right point. The sauce on the steak au poivre was so good my husband was wiping the sauce with his bread so not a drop would escape. My slow roasted duckling is a house specialty and it was succulent and flavorful. My husband and Mr. Phillips then began an in depth discussion of Calvados and to our delight Mr. Phillips brought us 3 glasses of Calvados of varying qualities for us to taste and savor the differences along with an explanation of each of the different selections. This was truly a magical dining experience in every aspect and we have eaten all over the world; Matisse stands out as a true gem in Victoria. We will make many return visits.

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Camille's45 Bastion Square, Victoria
Early Dinner
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 10:29am [Dine in]

My husband and I visit Victoria every summer for several months. We made an early dinner reservation at Camille's and were the first guests to arrive. My husband ordered a glass of wine and I ordered a cosmo martini which was made incorrectly and had to be remade with specific instructions from me. We both ordered the same meal - fresh garden salad and steak cooked pink. The fresh dill bread was excellent and the salad was a delight with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits in a blackberry vinagrette. All was well up to this point and then several large groups of cruise ship guests arrived (we could tell bcause they were dressed in rumpled shorts and sneakers and loudly proclaiming the need to get back to the ship before it sailed). The next thing we knew they were being served course after course and our steak was no where to be seen. We finally inquired and we were told "our ticket was next". Our steaks arrived with an andouille sausage bread pudding. The plates had obviously been sitting under a heat lamp for who knows how long and the bread pudding was hard and the steaks were dry and over cooked. The food was practically inedible. A terrible ending to the dinner. We will not return as Camille's is obviously geared toward cruise ship guests interested in a quick dinner and not people interested in an elegant fine dining experience. Camille's needs to redefine itself as such.

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