John's Noodle Village is dedicated to serving authentic, healthy Chinese cuisine. All of the food is prepared in an open glassed kitchen allowing the customer to watch from beginning to end.
I have been going to John's Noodle Village for years. It is by far one of my favorite places to eat in the entire city. When guests come from out of Town this is one of our destinations. The food is simply superb. Try the Ginger Fried Beef. Once you have had it you too will be hooked.
The first thing about John's I noticed is that all of the plates (dinner) are $12-17. Not necessarily bad... but once the food came, it was clear we overpaid. I got ginger fried tofu. The sauce was thick and sickly sweet, without a hint of ginger. No vegetables, save a sparse few onions. Fried tofu is usually a texture treat, but this was terrible, like a wet rag wrapped in leather. My dining companion got eggplant tofu. Similar sauce. Both dishes were poor quality, and I would have been displeased to get them at a $5-a plate-cheapo place. The noodles were oily, and not especially good. I would have been happy with them at about $7 less. For appetizers, we asked if they had spring rolls. The server said yes, and brought us fried egg rolls.
Overall, the food and ambiance do not justify the price. Maybe if it overlooked a waterfall or a magical bamboo grove... but for what we paid (over $40 for 2) we should have gone to Chinatown and gotten a better meal for less. It wasn't crowded on a Friday night-- hopefully people are catching on.
This restaurant is owned by the brother of the owner of J&J wonton noodle house so they have similar items on their menu available- if you want spring rolls you must try the familys own spring rolls with little shrimp and peaches...they are very good
Over the past three years our regular visits to this particular restaurant have diminished to sporadic, and then last week was the final straw.
While the food (along with the parent restauraunt of Wonton Noodle House) is probably one the most healthy chinese food restaurants in Victoria, Wonton has continually maintained its high standards, and John's Noodle Village on Bay St. has not. We initially went to John's Noodle Village because the food was healthy, hot and fresh. We have never gone for their good service, as they seem to have no concept of timeliness... yet the food continually drew us back. Now there seems to a complete lack of veggie colour. The only veggies used regularly seem to be broccoli, with the occasional token carrot. Last week our meal, (and tea) was cold as well colourless.... and it took 1.25 hours to have our meal served. We shall not return.
What can I say? Each and everytime I have been to John's Noodle Village the food has been Excellent. It leaves you feeling Great afterwards. Not Greasy or oily like most. As for the Service ok sometimes there is a language barrier and things aren't as snappy as you might like. My advice is don't go there starving and cranky and maybe enjoy the company of the person you are with until your food arrives. Also if you pick a Busy day or night then expect to wait a little. It will be worth it.
John's is a great place to eat but if your in a hurry, forget it!
The service is absolutely terrible, especially for the lunch bunch. You may very well spend your lunch hour waiting for a table. There is one (1) server, with little to no people skills. If the food wasn't so wonderful, I suspect they'd have no customers at all. The food is definately what keeps them coming back .. not the service.
We just moved to Victoria and have been eating our way around town.
This spot was recommended to us and was amazing.
Service was sketchy at best as the waitress seemed a bit distracted, but the food made up for her shortcomings by 100%.
Home made spring rolls with plum sauce already in them was the starter. This was the coolest thing since sliced bread. I have never seen them made with the sauce inside before.
Wonton soup was shared by all with the freshest won ton dumplings I have ever tasted. Shrimp filled and not the usual 90% cabbage and 10% baby shrimp, these were all fresh shrimp.
Chinese vegetables followed and they were all fresh and tossed in an amazing sauce
We also ordered a Satay Chicken chow mein but had to bring it home as we were stuffed by them.
Everything we ordered was amazing.
The decor was traditional boring Canadian Chinese restaurant but who cares about that.
They need a young talkative active waitress and a coat of paint then this place will be lined up out the door
The bill was only $43 for 3 of us, so no complaints at all
This restuarant has the best Chinese food in Victoria hands down. The food is always prepared fresh and the prices are very reasonable. Try the house rice and the house chowmein. The best i have had ina long time. I really like the open glass kitchen. It allows you to see how your food is being prepared, and a testimony to your food!
I have often wondered why I could not find a Chinese food restaurant that did not make me feel ill after dining there. Most places laden their dishes with heavy oils and probably additive that cause a stressful digestion.
Now that I have found John's Noodle Village, this is the first time I can enjoy the wonderful flavours of Chinese cuisine without regret.
Thank you John :)