After months of renovations to "Maltwood Manor", the owners of this Saanich landmark building have created an impressive facility that provides the perfect ambiance for your dining pleasure.
Nestled in a remarkable setting of garry oaks on West Saanich Road, the building and grounds have been refurbished to reflect the property's original structure. Rich earth tones, classic planked flooring and elegant woodwork provide a warm interior setting for a unique dining experience.
Two heated exterior patios set amidst towering oaks and landscaped gardens are perfectly situated for a leisurely gathering of family or friends.
The FireSide menu has been developed to ensure a wide rage of tastes are satisfied, blending European and Asian recipes with proven West Coast specialties. Whether it's a casual lunch or special occasion dinner, you'll enjoy truly unique cuisine that will set the standard for Victoria's restaurants. Join us today and be part of the history in the making!
My husband and I were dragged to this restaurant two years in a row by his family during the holidays. We were so happy when this past Christmas, we did not have to go again.
The food is sub-par, at best. Two years in a row we got cold food. It was also pretty tasteless. My sister-in-law got burnt, yet underdone food. How does that happen?? The service was decent, but we waited about 90 minutes after ordering for the food. Anyway, it is a beautiful setting, but the food needs to be worked on, especially at those prices.
which is why we were there. All in all, the food and service were just super. We had a reservation and were a large table, but they covered our needs and always accessible. The desert was one of chocolate (a ganache, maybe?) and when I asked about how they made the cake, they said it had no flour in it. I thought I'd died and gone to dark, oozy chocolate heaven.
As someone who has only frequented the place once, they made a fine first impression. They seemed very organized and on top of things (especially their customer's needs) and the food was just great.
We arrived with Reservations for a party of Four. We were assured by the Hostess (April?) that we would have a nice table for four by the fire....I didn't even ask for that but only had told her that we were coming in for a special evening with a good friend turning 60 yrs old. We arrived 5 minutes early...notably the place was half empty.... Then seated at what appeared to be the least desirable table for 6 in the large dining hall style room.
If they hadn't put up curtains and had a candle or two on the tables this place could be an old gymnasium fixed up to look like a restaurant with tables and chairs. Firstly, why if you bother to make a reservation do you get seated at a table of six? Then the server has to come and make a fuss about removing all the other cutlery and stemware etc. Tacky.
The menu is not broad, but understandable given the seeming lack of experience that comes on the plate from the chef. Parsley as a garnish?
Okay....well I don't mean to be rude but show SOME imagination for your $22 and up plates.
Wines on the menu were basically old school, and while this is not the reason I go out to dinner, it's surprising there isn't more care and attention taken to educate the servers on the Wines offered in house. Frankly when you start having an avg plate at $25 and wines $50 and up there simply has to be some education on the quality or varietal for the server.
The Manager was floating around the Restaurant part of the evening really not paying any attention to the room but mostly looking important. Perhaps this could go over in a restaurant like the William Tell, but if it is essential to pay attention to the service in the Dining room and oversee all tables. During the meal the server did not bother to return to the table to pour our wine upon finishing up we sat for quite some time with dirty plates in front of us. The manager passes several times clueless to the fact, clearly he wasnt' there to support his staff.
With receiving the bill it seemed to take forever. I think there are some issues here that could be worked out if they would like to make this a better place to dine, and with some training and attention to detail it probably could be great. I hear there's a nice patio in the summer but I would have to a really good reason to return here. They just simply dropped the ball and there are so many other great places in the city to get mediocre food.
We went over to Fireside for their BBQ when the weather was nice so we could sit outside and enjoy the evening and have some nice food. We sat and watched as the guy on the grill proceeded to burn everything he had cooking. To a crisp. And then they served it to us. Thanks, but if I wanted to eat briquettes, I would go over to Canadian Tire and buy a bag of Kingsford.
To add insult to injury, the sides consisted of a few bowls of "salad" next to the BBQ. Their presentation was nice but I wonder if any of the people preparing them had bothered to taste any of them. Not one of them had any redeeming features and they were uniformly bland, if not tasteless.
The location is really beautiful but the food was totally horrible. Every time I drive by I think about it and wince. And it was expensive too.
i really dont know what to say about the fireside grill. we went here on mother day. i really like the place it was welcoming .
our server that we had was nice she gave us the bill like we asked. the bus girl was not to happy or freindly it was like she was force into working, no smile at all. we went there with our family and i had doublt about this place because of the review that i have read, so i was worried. funny thing was i was right.
three things happen that night
1. my food was not hot or even warm
2. food was over done
3. and last the food order was forgotten
i did not enjoy my food it was tastless like a very week tamato sauce. but... there dessert was wounderful, very tastie.
i really dont have much to say about this place. if your not picky or fussy you can go there. you might enjoy it better then we did. we probably just got some new cook intraining