Located inside the Howard Johnson Hotel on Elk Lake Drive, this restaurant looks fairly newly put together, so I am not sure how long it has been there. If you are staying at the hotel it's your only close choice for eating - but hey we live here, so we were there by choice.
The portions are decent and service quite reasonable. It appears to be a franchise run operation which means that they have a manual to tell them how to run it. It may be uninspired but at least it appears dependable.
The view is not too inspiring unless you enjoy watching traffic on the Pat Bay Highway, but it is a decent restaurant that serves acceptable food. I wouldn't recommend taking a hot date there......
You wouldn't expect a restaurant attached to a Howard Johnson hotel (the Hojo!) to be any good. But I have to say, this restaurant is without a doubt a hidden gem!
The food here is very delicious. I almost always get the Eggs Benny which is the best I've eaten anywhere. (I always try the Benny whereever I go) The chef makes their own homemade hollandaise sauce and it is the most delicious sauce in the world! They have 4 or 5 different varieties of Benny - one has Avocado, one has Smoked Salmon etc. I've only tried the classic Benny myself but have been with people who rave about the other ones. The pan fries that come with your meal are also delicious, and you can even ask for extra hollandaise to dip. The Skillets are also to die for - There are about 4 or 5 skillets, each named after a local Lake. The Durrance skillet (after Durrance Lake) is meaty and delicious with Bacon, cheese and Spinach. The food is always hot and fresh and you can tell the chefs are on top of their game.
The service is always very friendly - The girls who work here are always smiling and relaxed. They check on you regularly for coffee and get you anything you need fast. For a restaurant of a decent size, you still get the attention you need.
The value is great - About $11-12 for a Benny. Worth every penny.
The ambiance is very nice - it has the feel of a new restaurant - they just recently replaced all their plateware and cups - so somebody out there is keeping this place fresh and new - kudos to the management and staff here - everybody loves the Hojo!
This is my fave restaurant to take my kids for Saturday or Sunday brunch and given how busy the restuarant now is, many other folks agree.
They quite simply make the best Eggs Benedict anywhere in the Greater Victoria area. The Hollandaise sauce is made from scratch and is completely addicitve!
The bar area is nice as well, and I have on occassion met with clients there for a drink.