Located in The Marriot Hotel, Fire & Water offers innovative West Coast cuisine using only the finest fresh local produce and seafood.
The food was alright, but nothing memorable except for the Creme Brulee. Heavens, this was *the* best creme brulee I've had in my entire life... there's a very thin layer of chocolate at the bottom that just took the cake. I would make a trip to the island for the dessert alone. Steaks were okay (over cooked my medium-rare), and the waiter was extremely helpful (although you could tell he was a newbie).
We've been there for dinner three times.
The hotel is MUCH better than the usual [US]Marriott - the lobby is beautifully
and elegantly furnished. THe dining room is equally very pleasing.
The staff hit just the right balance between being over-attentive and ignoring the
customers - they are attentive without being obtrusive.
The cuisine is West Coast; the ingredients are fresh and the dishes are beautifully but simply
prepared. The wine list is more than adequate and the prices relative to the
quality are reasonable. What more would a foodie want?? Places like this help to make living in Victoria a privilege.
A quiet, dimly lit environment with delicious standbys. We shared their crab cakes (wow), mussels (yum), and their prime rib (holy macaroni). The appies were delicious, and the prime rib was literally to DIE for. The bread was also great, although I have to admit that I have a bias toward olive loaf bread (which we got along with flatbread). They deliver three different spreads for the bread in a very tasteful, elegant presentation. After dinner, we had sorbet, which was excellent, and again presented very elegantly.
We appreciated the fine service and conversation from the waitress, and the food was excellent as well.
It seemed a little quiet at the time we were there, but we definitely enjoyed our dinner.
My husband and I dined here on Valentines day. We both partook of the set menu for the occasion - he had the fish, I choose the steak. The spinach and candied pecan salad was stellar, the chowder was quite nice, the gazpacho was beautiful. Both of us were rather disappointed with our main course: my steak seemed lacking in the seasoning department and a tad on the rare of medium-rare which I ordered - the accompanying baby carrots had obviously been either not seasoned or were boiled as they were flavorless. My husbands fish was cooked to perfection, however the scallop mousse that topped it showed obvious signs of being held under a food warmer (it was rubbery - not mousse-y). We both know that any fine dining establishment should never use food warmers. Dessert was a shared plate of mini-treats: the BEST chocolate covered strawberries ever, the worst creme-brulee ever (had a strange hint of peppermint, was "eggy" and rubbery), and the saddest chocolate cake ever (looked great - NO flavor).
The saving grace was this: we had a wonderful server. She deserves a raise. She helped me choose a great wine, kept our table and drinks in good shape, and was the perfect mix of friendly-charming-here to serve. They are lucky to have her.
As far as ambiance goes - felt like a really posh library...not nearly sexy enough for my generation...buy I'm sure my grandparents would be really comfortable there.