One night visiting friends in Victoria, I had a hankering for cake. Not knowing where to go, we Googled it and this was one of the places that came up. So we dropped by to try it out. The staff was friendly and patient as my girlfriend called her rooommate to ask her what she wanted us to pickup for her. This took a while, since they have so many different things to choose from, including a large variety of cheesecakes in unusual flavours. We ended up with a slice of root beer cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, and a smoothie. At $5 a slice, this is much less than you'd pay for a slice of cheesecake in most places in Vancouver. Unlike places in Vancouver though, here they also slather it in whipped cream, with caramel and chocolate sauces. It's nice to find a place that doesn't skimp on the extras like this.
A few days later, and we decided to go back, and to my surprise, they remembered us there, and even asked if the roommate had liked what we got her. Little touches like this are appreciated. Maybe it's just what I'm used to in Vancouver, but it's nice to go out for dessert in a place where the staff aren't pretentious about the food. Again we got the pumpkin cheesecake, and it was just as fantastic as it was before. I've tried quite a few cheesecake places, and this is one of the best I've encountered. I'll definitely be coming back every time I visit Victoria.
We were killing time on Government Street, waiting for a table for dinner, and dropped by QV Cafe on a Friday night to check out possible dessert options for later. The selection of desserts was outstanding! Cheesecakes, several in unusual flavours, looked delicious. There were a number of lemony options, a favourite of my wife, and the biggest, cheapest biscotti we have ever seen! The friendly guy behind the counter was among the best offerings at QV: he wasn't surly, he wasn't bored, he wasn't rushed, and he did not appear to be annoyed with our many questions. We opted for a lemon shortbread bar to nibble while we walked around the block, after QV Guy assured us he'd be open til midnight, so we could come back after dinner for our real dessert. Our first bite of the lemon shortbread left us both speechless: a nice powerful punch of lemon in every bite. Under two bucks for this lovely goodie. After dinner, we returned, and picked up a number of desserts for that and the next night. Root beer cheesecake, a fluffy chocolate cupcake, a different lemon shortbread dessert, and a monster biscotti. Oh, yeah, we tasted them all on the hour-long walk back to our hotel, just as QV Guy predicted over our vehement protestations that we would not.
The prices were fantastic for baked goods with such lush flavours. The cafe offerings sounded delicious, and we will make our way back before we leave Victoria for lunch. And more dessert, yes.
Another thing we like was its anti-famous coffee-shop ambiance. QV has a jukebox, several different seating options, inside and out, and a clientele of every age and description. Oh, yes, and the friendly, interesting staff, as we mentioned.
If you, like us, are visiting Victoria, skip the ten-dollar desserts at the restaurants and stop by QV Cafe for some creative, more-than-reasonably-priced deliciousness.