Mo:Le is a hip, urban spot that offers heaped plates of breakfast and lunch goodies such as pesto tossed hashbrowns, free range egg benny's and hearty salads and sandwichs.
I did not like this place at all. It was just all too healthy and organic without tasting good. The portions were small, service average and really the whole thing was nothing special.
I would just like to pass a tip on to the manager. Deep fried seaweed should not be considered an edible food item and should not be placed on any type of food. Is the seaweed supposed to be heatlhy ? Is it healthier deep fried? That in itself made me dislike this place. I would never return.
We ate here at the insistance of my mother-in-law. "Oh it's so good, and the chef cooks for Olympic athletes". After we left I felt bad because she was so excited for us to try it yet we were clearly unimpressed...needless to say, the experience was not worth the 2.5 hours I had to work to pay for this crappy meal.
We were seated at the weird table by the window that narrowed out to the left. Sit at the table and you will get what I mean. And it was bloody cold. If you're gonna charge that much, double pane the windows and use some caulking. If you're so into veggie and organic, how about being powersmart too??
The server was nice enough, although she acted like a deer caught in the headlights if we asked for anything - as if asking then to reheat cold oatmeal was sacrilidge. Yes, my father-in-law's oatmeal was cold and...pink? If you're gonna put ruhbarb in the oatmeal, how about putting it on the menu? What if I don't like it???
Next up, the spelt pancakes. MIL said they were to die for and recommended I order them. Hubby and I thought they tasted like cardboard. Spelt, bananas, maple syrup, lots of promise... but so sad...though I must compliment them on the presentation of the fruit...it was very pretty...
My husband had the $8 basic breakfast. Cold eggs, stale toast, and cold mushy pest potatoes. He called it tasteless. I call it highway robbery. That's all.
MIL had Mo's Biscuit. Mo might be disappointed to be associated with it. She called it "disappointing" and it came with the same mushy cold potatoes.
Best we can figure is since it was around Christmas, the big boss was out somewhere and therefore food suffered. I think even if is did taste a bit better, is was SO NOT WORTH the money. Breakfast should be hot, fresh, plentiful. The Christmas day brunch feast my husband and I cooked up for $11 worth of ingredients beats this nightmare easily...
We will never go back. Do yourself a favour and go to Cabin 12 across the street.
When Mo:Le first opened they had their game on, and the results have been apparent ever since - with lengthy waits for breakfast seatings if you get their during their rush. Fortunately they have a unique solution to this problem, and have since their inception, invited patrons to wait for their table in Habit coffeeshop next door (which serve some of the finest coffee in town).
The first time there I spent 30 minutes in paradise reading their breakfast menu - that fusion cuisine had finally come to roost in a Victoria breakfast joint. I ate breakfast and got a text message from an out-of-town friend that she'd like to meet for lunch and wound up staying at Mo:Le for a second round.
I'm not sure if its the complacency of success, staff turnovers or fatigue from trying to be a dinner restaurant as well - but the Mo:Le experience has been slipping as of late. From tepid pesto hashbrowns to inconsistent service... i've had good and not-so-good experiences there - when they all used to be fantastic.
I still have faith that they'll pull together the old charm now that they've stopped their dinner service and will probably get their focus back.
After reading about all the fuss about this place, I was surprised to see it half-empty when I arrived. I was actually expecting a line like every review seems to talk about... perhaps it was an off day... However, the quality of the food here was absolutely top notch. I've never seen an egg yolk so orange before. Everything was cooked perfectly, and nothing felt greasy. The only complaint I have is that the service was only mediocre (not a cheerful waitress or any attempt to make conversation) and the portions are a tad too small. Enough to just fill you up, but they could probably stand to give you a few more hash browns ;).
... but it was really unpleasant from start to finish. Service was the worst I've ever experienced anywhere and when the (sorta warm-ish) food finally arrived it was a lukewarm plate of mediocrity. First time in my life I've ever walked out without leaving a tip ... only because the size of the tip is meant to reflect the level of service ... and I couldn't find a penny.
After a considerable wait to be seated, we were led to the very back of the restaurant to a tiny dark table beside the bar. Our server came to our table to give us menus and to ask what we would like to drink. I asked for a gin and tonic and my boyfriend ordered a "Caesar, extra spicy". We waited for about 20 minutes, observing no activity at the bar whatsoever, while getting very very hungry. Finally our server appeared, to our surprise, with one tiny deconstructed "caesar salad" which she dropped on the table on her way by, so we had no chance to alert her to her mistake until we caught her attention 10 minutes later.
We finally were able to communicate that a Caesar is also a type of drink, that she had mixed up our order, and that I had not gotten my drink as well. She apologized and minutes later the bartender brought over our drinks. The spicy Caesar had not been mixed properly, was dark brown instead of red because of an insane amount of worchestershire sauce, and the vodka was floating on the top, causing my boyfriend to choke when he tried to drink the thing. My drink was not a gin and tonic as I had ordered, but a gin and soda water, which is not the same thing at all. I decided to just drink it and not say anything about it because it had been a long time coming.
We had had ample time to decide what to eat (about 40 minutes into the whole experience) and I ordered a fairly simple vegetarian pasta dish while my boyfriend ordered a "Large Plate" item of scallops. Par for the course, our meal arrived a very long time later, and much to our astonishment the "Large Plate" item was very very small. It consisted of 3 smallish, dried up and overcooked scallops, a small ice cream sized scoop of rice and a tiny amount of decorative vegetables on the side. "Large Plate" really should be "Large Price" so as not to confuse diners into thinking they will receive a satisfying size of meal.
While looking down at our underwhelming dinner, we realized we had no cutlery. The waitress came back to our table to ask if we had everything we needed and I quipped that a fork would probably be in order. She came back with 2 forks only. My boyfriend added that knives would be a nice addition and she responded that they were "out of knives". After much probing she thought they might have some steak knives and she came back with a single knife, which the two of us were forced to share.
There was nothing redeeming about our experience at Mo:Le. We paid the exorbitant bill and left starving. We found an ice cream place down the street and had a pretty good evening laughing at what was probably the worst dinner we have ever had or will have.
I've been to Mole for dinner 2 weeks ago and ordered a 'medium dish' and all it had was 5 dumplings and a very small amount of side salad. Now, I am not a cheap person but if I am paying $50 for a dinner(including a cheap wine) I expect to be full by the end. (and just so you know I am way below average weight). People say their breakfast is better, maybe I'll try that sometime but never another dinner.
Had my first meal here tonight and chose dinner instead of lunch to avoid line-ups.
Everything was outstanding. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, delicious bread and herbed butter, interesting variety on the menu and lots of choices for vegans and even raw foodists. Warm atmosphere, brick walls, charm.
Think the exposed flames on the table might be a little dangerous, as a napkin could easily catch fire, but maybe I'm just the worryin' kind. Will eat there again, and definitely recommend it.
Was out in Victoria last weekend looking for a new and funky place to have a nice lunch. Mo,Le is situated on the border of Chinatown in the downtown district of Victoria - in the middle of a varying amount of the eclectic people that make this city what it is. This place is very unassuming from the front, although the short line up to get in was an indication that at 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon this must be the place to eat. The wait for a table was short, the service staff a bit bohemian but friendly but not in your face friendly. Inside is a nice mix of local art, most for sale, and a nice atmosphere. Faint music in the background. The opening into the kitchen allowed you to watch the cooks and their craft - these guys are working hard and really enjoying themselves. Nice and toasty place on a cold January day. The small but complete menu has varying selections - fresh, fresh, fresh - vegetarian, vegan and carnivores will find something to spark their palette. I ordered the huevos rancheros - likely the best item on the menu. Home made corn tortillas, wonderful beans and fresh salsa. My friend ordered egg biscuits and scraped her plate. We each had a local beer, total with tax and tip less than $40.00. Most people drink the tea here from what I could see - nice big pots on the tables. What a treat to leave a breakfast / brunch place and not smell of bacon or sausages for the rest of the day.
The only recommendation I have for this place is to bring in some additional wines from places other than B.C. by the glass.
We visited Mo:Le for the first time today and were very impressed with the food. The menu is eclectic and the ingredients inventive. There were so many mouth-watering items on the menu it was hard to choose. I had eggs benedict with roasted tomatoes and a delicious chipotle hollandaise. The pesto potatoes were superb. Laid-back atmosphere & friendly service. Highly recommended.
Wow..Tasty.! Great breakfast last weekend, fast and delicious. This place really puts heart into their food and the ingredients taste like they were sourced as close to the kitchen as possible.. (FRESH)! They gave vegetarian optons that taste awesome to a carnivore.! Great, friendly staff. A small room that can get quite crowded, you may get a weird table and you often have to wait on weekends. But what the hell, it's worth it. Take a couple of hours and enjoy a scrumptious meal w friends or family!!
Today we tried Mo:le. We will not be returning. We arrived and were seated immediately, which was good. We asked for coffee, and were politely advised that our server would be with us soon. 15 minutes later, the server, coffee and water arrived. I ordered the basic, eggs basted. My friend ordered the organic oatmeal, todays choice was white peach. Almost 40 minutes later the food arrived at the table. My eggs, besides being cold, were cooked hard, the potatoes cold and greasy. My friend ate her tepid oatmeal with a nice array of cut fresh fruit. That was the best part of both meals. We asked for preserves for the toast and were offered saskatoon berry jam, organic peanut butter or marmalade. We chose the first two. The jam consisted or rock hard little nuggets that seemed to be reconstituted dried berries in a tasteless coating. The peanut butter was also tasteless. The coffee was good. Not worth the money.
Today's visit to Mo:Le was my first in a while. The last time I visited the service and food was fantastic but this time was simply disappointing.
My friends and I arrived for brunch and were seated almost immediately at the only open table in the house which was surprising and great since every other time I had been there I had to wait, that however is the only good thing I have to say about my experience.
We were greeted right away by someone who took our drink order and immediately returned with our coffees and water. 10 minutes later, only half the restaurant was full and we ordered our eggs benedict - this is where the waiting game started. We waited a half and hour for our meals before the server came by to fill our coffees (which were full because I'd spent 10 minutes previous to that moment flagging another server down) at which time I asked her why our food was taking so long. She said that the kitchen help was new but the food was on it's way out any minute. Which is fine, 30 minutes is long but still borderline acceptable. We waited some more the our meals showed up 20 minutes later. Not surprisingly, the eggs were not cooked the way we had asked and our sides were cold. We ate it anyways because we were starving! Who knows how long it would have taken for a replacement meal.
I asked for our bill very shortly after that. They ended up treating us to coffee but I've had similar experiences where the entire meal has been comped. My time is worth more than $4.
I then spoke to the manager who was also our server about my disappointment and surprise at the service/food but I've never seen anyone look at me so blankly in my life. She said "I'm sorry. We'll just have to try harder next time." Next time? I think not! I just wish I had a chance to read the more recent reviews on here before I today.
I have eaten here twice and have enjoyed it both times. There is something for everyone and I love that it is all organic. I also found the staff hard to find. She seemed nice but did not make a huge effort to make us feel important. I found the side salad a bit different but in a fresh and nice way. The art the second time I went there could be considered a bit offensive espcially if you were to bring your six year old that likes to ask a lot of loud questions. Overall really good breakfast from a breakfast fanatic!
I came here for breakfast a month or so ago and ordered a hamburger. We had to wait about 1 hour for a table. The girl sat us down right by the kitchen and it was the smallest worst table in the place and was very loud from people coming in and out of the kitchen. We sat there for 30 minutes before we could order. My burger took 1.5 hours to make....we timed it! And she only once came over and said "sorry the burger takes a while." I didn't know hamburgers took over an hour to cook! It was not that good of a burger (Ferris' does a much better burger) and the food is far overpriced. It is nice that they are using organic produce, but that doesn't mean you should price everything as highly as they are. I will not be going back! I don't have time to sit for 3 hours in order to get a simple breakfast!
We had the Wise Guy and Curry Tofu Scrambles -- the names may not be exactly right, but it doesn't matter: the food was excellent, and the ambiance was quirky.
I've never had such a perfectly poached eggs, and the pesto-tossed potatoes were fantastic.
We're big breakfast people, and came in for brunch on a Tuesday morning. Even given the late hour (I think it was about 11am), the place was full of people. The atmosphere was beatniky and it suited the off-the-wall cuisine. Highly recommended!
Eating out can be hard when you don't eat meat, eggs or dairy, which is why the Tofu Scramble at Mo:Le is such a great find! Absolutely delicious! There can be quite a line-up outside this great little cafe, but if you can stand the wait, I suggest you stick it out. The ambiance is excellent; always a unique array of artwork on display and the service is friendly and fairly speedy. Highly recommended.