Gail Patterson and Bob Lumley spent over 4 years doing the research and planning to realize their vision of an incredible cafe by the Sea, at the foot of Victoria's landmark Breakwater. The food features leading-edge cafe/restaurant fare (pastas, bagels, vegetarian and diabetic dishes, awesome salads, espresso, decadent desserts, etc.) Almost all of its ambitious menu offerings are baked and prepared right here from our secret recipes, developed by the owners and talented staff.
Only a 2 minute walk from Helijet, and right at the Ogden Point Dive Centre, beside the cruise ship port, this place is a good spot to go when you are hungry and in a hurry.
The salmon roll (a kind of flaky sausage roll but with salmon) is very tasty, and the vegetarian lasagna is pretty good. They have lots of interesting food, including diabetic cheesecake. I like sugar, so I didn't try it. A good selection of coffees.
Always crowded with seniors at lunchtime. I guess they are cruise ship passengers bored with the buffet. This place is like Breadgarden if they served good food. Worth a try...
Fancy? No. Gourmet? No. However, the food is good, the service is friendly and let's face it, the windows look out onto one of the best views in Victoria. While this little joint is pretty tiny, there is a good selection to choose from. Hot and cold entrees, soups and chili, salads, sandwiches and a sinfully good looking dessert section, plus ice cream to boot! Very reminiscent of a Bread Garden style cafe.
I've enjoyed their salads and pastas when I've been there a couple of times and after a nice summer evening walk along Dallas Road, it's a great place to grab a tea/coffee and a treat.
The patio is closed in so that waterfront winds don't freeze you, yet you still get the full being by the water experience.
if I was taking people out for a quick bite to eat and I wanted to show off, I would take them to this place. However, in my 42 years of being around, I have to tell you that I have never had such an awful cup of coffee. I have given it a couple of times, to see maybe if I had just gotten the staff on an off day, but nope, its the coffee that they serve. Its so bad, that the last time I went there, I threw the coffee out.
However, the service and food that they serve make up for this one flaw. I just drink juice or bring my own coffee with me.
I stopped in to the Ogden Point Cafe to get some simple food, and that's exactly what I found. I had the meat lasagna. It's cafe style, go up and order food, then sit down and wait for it to be brought out. It's OK. Good place to stop for coffee after a walk along the breakwater or Dallas Rd.
There was a line out the door even at 2pm. The lady behind us left her family in the line and went to the cash and paid for their ice cream cones so they could leave when served. This was a good idea as there is a single line and one tends to end up waiting until the person in front has their food regardless of what it is or what you're ordering. We ordered chowder, a salmon roll, quiche and coffee. ($18.64) The food was good, sitting outside in the sunny but wind protected patio, the best. We walked out to Ogden Point when done and it would have been nice to have something warm when we returned if the wait was shorter. We'll return if the opportunity presents itself and the line is short.
If the line at the counter reaches to the door, you'll be waiting 15 minutes to buy your coffee at this place.
I tried to pop in for a cookie-to-go the other night, and gauged maybe a 5 minute wait based on the time it would any similar counter-style place to clear the line. There were 6 staff (I counted them) behind the counter but it's pretty obvious they need training in how to move customers. I will definitely hesitate to return to this place; my walking buddy was waiting for me outside and asked, "Were they *making* the cookies in there?"
The cookie itself was fine (a Monster cookie with M&Ms), but they used to have peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that were excellent and kept me going back.
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