Cherries Breakfast Bistro offers a varied menu with a focus on morning fare. Choose from their selection of fresh made flaky pastries, eggs benny, breakfast pizza topped with eggs, sausage, tomato, spinach and Hollandaise sauce, pancakes and more. Also home to Italian drip coffee, espresso based drinks and a lunch menu that is equally as good.
This morning I decided to go and try out this Cherry's place as I have heard quite a bit about it. When I got there at 9am it was very busy and almost full to capacity. I quickly observed that this place was different than any other breakfast restaurant I have been to, by the fact that you walk in pick up a menu yourself, then place your order at the front counter and pay for it before you even sit down.
After you place your order the counter clerk gives you a plastic piece of fruit or a plastic vegetable to put on your table, so they know where to bring your food when it is ready. You then proceed to get your own napkins, cutlery, and condiments , and even get your own coffee. They don't have ketchup bottles on the tables, or napkins, and you simply grab these extra large ketchup packs before you sit down.
There is plenty of seating and it is a fairly big establishment (estimate seating for around 60)
Because it was a busy place, I waited for about 25 minutes before my food finally arrived to my table.
I ordered the make your own omelet option from the menu where they charge a base rate of $8.95 for a 3 egg omelet, and then you pick each of the ingredients that go into it for an addition charge of 95 cents to a 1.25 per ingredient depending on what it is. I chose, mushrooms, feta, ham, and chorizo sausage, and it came out to $13.50 with tax (which is decent price)
When my food arrived it was a large and generous portion of food. The omelet was so stuffed with huge chunks of feta, tons of ham, and chorizo sausage, and mushrooms that they were bursting out of the omelet and onto the plate. It was served with 3 pieces of toast, and a side of Herbed grilled potatoes. The potatoes were not chunks, or hash brown style, but instead they were baby potatoes thinly sliced into little circular discs seasoned with oil, basil, and other herbs. They were actually quite good.
The Omelet was delicious and full of flavor.
Overall, I give the food a solid rating as it wasn't anything spectacular....yet it was very satisfying and well prepared and the presentation was good.
The service I give a Mediocre rating based on the fact that the only time you see a waitress is when she comes to bring you your plate. You do the rest. You get your own menu yourself, you pay for your food before you get it instead of after you are done, you have to get your own coffee and you have to keep getting up to get your own refills, you have to get your own napkins and cutlery, and you have to get your own ketchup. So there is very minimal table service........But I guess they are trying to be different then everyone else.
The Ambience I give a solid rating as the place is neat in appearance, has plenty of seating, and the fact that so many people were there usually indicates the place is a hit.
Attached to the main restaurant is the NEW Cherry's express where you can buy muffins, coffee, tea, ice-cream, waffles, and fudge.
A few of us decided to try out this place that we heard about through friends. The Egg Benedict special was amasing. My wife had the special cajun seafood benedict and she absolutely loved the combination with the sundried tomato hollandaise. the Omellette was very tasty and we really enjoyed the fresh baked bread and the coffee and lattes were well worth the drive. Next time we come to Victoria, we will definitely stopping here again.