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Victoria Restaurant Reviews
Sunnyside Cafe1234 Esquimalt Road, #101, Victoria
back open!
By biffy1009 of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

The Sunnyside is back open and now 7 days a week 8am-3pm!!
The menu is the same and has 2 soups daily as well as a daily special.
The coffee is now from 2% jazz (based on douglas street- but moving to the hudson)
The cafe is dog friendly and they are allowed out on the patio and will no doubt be offered a treat and something to drink!

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Great afternoon hangout
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:43am [Dine in]

We are regulars here and have seen many changes in the upstairs pub. The view of the outer harbour and Ogden Point is tremendous. There's a real wood fire. The setting is great. The clientele are interesting - esp. the cruise ship passengers and the regulars bellying up to the bar with their own pint pots hanging in hooks. The food is very tasty and the menu shifts regularly, which is nice; they make attempts to vary the snacks, which we appreciate. There are 7-8 craft beer on, of which 1-2 is a seasonal. Some are served at room temp, English style; others are colder, Canadian style, which I prefer, but the beer is consistently good and the pub features caskivals and beer fests for afficianados. The only nit I have is the service. While we always get friendly enough service, it's always SLOW. Not sure if the waitresses are understaffed or the bartenders are slow or if the manager's not motivating enough, but we have never had really fast service.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Basic brew pub with a twist
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:27am [Dine in]

We come here often. Once we had terrible service but now the service is quite good - not as fast as I'd like but solid. I like the ambience here, the wood and the hangings, and there's a snug out back which is where we hang out. If you sit in the main pub for lunch you get a great street view and the music fits the mood. There are 7-8 craft beer on tap, one of which is a seasonal. Some of the beer is served at room temp English style and some colder Canadian style; I prefer the latter and wish some of the others were colder but that's me. I also wish they'd serve the pints in chilled pint mugs rather than large warm pop glasses. The menu was for years very basic and expansive but they've now toned it down - which is good - and revitalized it. I still find the food overall pretty basic but they've been able to keep their prices competitive. They do breakfasts quite well.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
A hangout
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2012 - 8:06am [Dine in]

We come to the pub side often. I love the interior design, very lofty with the wooden beams and light. Originally the seating was limited and the service a little slow, but in the past year both these things have radically improved. And we get good service always as regulars. There are 4-5 craft beers on at any time, one of which will be seasonal. My favourite seasonal is the Amber Artifact Lager; of the regulars, the pale ale is very clean with a bite for a summer day and the Beaver Brown is great when you come in out of the cold. The food is quite delicious, although pricey for a pub. I love the Aussie Pub Burger but at $17.50 and going up with each menu iteration it's too much for me.

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Heron Rock Bistro435 Simcoe Street, #4, Victoria
VERY BAD choice of restaurant all around - not worth money
By cityqat of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Party of 3 on a quiet afternoon. There is nobody in the restaurant, yet we have to wait 30 minutes to be seated despite our reservation. I am a pollo vegetarian (chicken only) so this was of utmost priority.... there was ONE choice of dish on the menu for me, so I ordered it. I was handed my chicken, bit into it and believed it to be FISH. I called the waitress over to ask what it was? "Chicken. It's chicken." I ate it, then found out it was *definitely* fish (bones) and ran to the washroom to vomit. I called the waitress over again to point out the error and the results of that error (vomiting and sick). "You ate it. I will not take it off the bill." I paid an inordinate amount of money to be ill.

BAD SERVICE.
NOT WORTH MONEY AT ALL. I'D RATHER STARVE THAN GO BACK TO THIS RESTAURANT.

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Wok Box2401 Millstream Road, #143, Victoria
Not Impressed at all
By AxionJaxion of langford bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went there for the first time on the 18th Dec and ordered two noodle boxes to go. It took too long to get our order for the amount of customers there, which wasn't many. When we got home, my wife found a plastic suction hook in her noodles~! We called them, and they said to bring it in and she would get a free meal.
We went in next day and ordered noodle soups. Again we were disappointed. The soup was not hot, ingredients were missing from those indicated on the menu - lime, basil. When I asked for it, I was told by the server, " Oh, most people don't want it". She was indifferent to our needs, and if I was the owner, she would be looking for another job.
For a new restaurant, I give it a year before they go broke, unless they change their approach to service, quality, and customer satisfaction. In one word: Terrible.

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Ming's Restaurant1321 Quadra St., Victoria
Great place
By I like good service of Fraser Valley, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Having spent 4 nights in Victoria we had opportunity to eat at several establishments. Ming's is one that comes in near the top of our list for great places to eat.
One of the dishes we ordered was a Szechuan Kung-Po Hot N Spicy with shrimp. We stressed to our waiter that we really like the spices to be hot. I told him if it was hotter 'n the hubs of hades, then it could be one degree hotter still. It arrived as ordered. The taste was exquisite and the heat level just right.
Staff was attentive,courteous and well mannered. Not to mention their uniforms which were dressy and appealing to the eye.
Not expecting the portions to be as big as they were we also ordered chicken chow mein and a bowl of steamed rice. We couldn't eat it all so took the balance back to our suite at the hotel.
The surroundings were pleasant with a nicely broken up layout which keeps patrons from feeling like being in a sardine can as some restaurants are prone to do. The aquariums were a nice distraction and very well kept with some nice specimens of various kinds of fish.
We would return to Ming's in a heartbeat and offer it a very high recommendation.
Thanks all you people at Ming's for a wonderful dining experience.

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Beagle Pub301 Cook Street, Victoria
Highly recommend
By I like good service of Fraser Valley, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

My wife and I decided to spend Christmas in Victoria this year

On Monday Dec. 26 we wound up having a great breakfast at the Beagle Pub. Another place I would highly recommend.
We were surprised to find breakfast dishes on the menu.
I had an omelette (spinach & mushrooms) and my wife had eggs with sausage and bacon. Huge portions and great taste.
The thing we noticed that set this establishment apart from all the others was the way our waitress addressed us as “folks. Much nicer than the usual insolent address of “ you guys” I’m not sure if that is house policy but if it isn’t it should be.
Thanks Beagle staff. Keep up the good work.

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Azuma Sushi615 Yates St, Victoria
Sushi vs. Frozen Pizza
By mrniceguy of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2011 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Heres the play-by-play

3:00pm. Long day of Christmas shopping, wow am I ever hungry, I'll just google sushi in Victoria, hopefully one will be open.

3:02pm. All searches come back negative except for Azuma sushi, therefore Azuma it is!

3:05pm. I walk into Azuma, I think to myself, this is really nice, have they ever put a lot of work into this place. -Please wait to be seated- said the sign

3:15pm. I look back at the sign to see if I maybe read the sign wrong, nope. I look around there are empty tables everywhere.

3:17pm. Oh how wonderful, my date and I are situated right between two very young couples. I feel out of place because both sets of couples are talking/texting on their cell phones. Oh, what's that I hear? *No! I told you I dont like him, I'm with my new date right now, fuck off!* You go girl, that's exactly what I was thinking.

3:20pm. How did this cold cup of tea get infront of me? I look around but see no one, someone must be practising there magic skills in here.

3:25pm. I feel the warmth of this friendly waiter in here. I know she must have a thing for me because she doesn't want to make eye contact, I dont blame her seeing as how I'm out on this date. "Oh hi I'm doing gre.... Oh I'm sorry, yes to start off could I have *this*, and for my entree I would like *that* and *and some of those*" We kept our conversation to a minimum, save the small talk for later, when she wasn't so busy with her other two tables.

3:35pm I bowl of soup arrives, the waitress said it came with what I ordered, or so I assumed. I couldn't understand her, I think she finished her sentence while she walked 10 ft away from me. Maybe something smelled bad?

3:36pm My taste buds hurt, what did I just put in my mouth?

3:40pm One portion of my entree is here, I'm excited, but where is my appetizer? My waitress must be one of those desert before dinner kinda gals, I like that, it's spunky.

3:45pm Another entree arrives, I don't recognize it. Said it went with my soup. I'm confused now, did the entree come with the soup or the soup come with the entree, either way I didn't order either of them. Here's my chance to return that liquid thing on my table, I don't know what it is, tried googling it but nothing came up. My waitress politely accepts my return of this mysterious entree and the unknown substance. She didn't seemed surprised, I think she's heard it before. I'm trying to come to terms with how this could have happened, I mean her not looking at me meant she liked me, right, Right?

3:53pm I'm done my entree just as my appetizer arrives, perfecting timing! I bet my waitress is impressed at how fast I can eat one roll of sushi.

3:54pm I remember I'm on date now, "Hi Hunny, how's your sushi? Oh you don't like it.... Ya I dont think it's suppose to come completely unrolled on the plate, but I'm no sushi expert, maybe we should notify the waitress?"

3:58pm Very sneaky! She slides past us without making a sound

4:00pm I caught you! I knew she couldn't escape me forever. My waitress seems to have the giggles as I explain the problem with my date's sushi, boy am I ever good with the ladies. She explains to me that a new sushi chef is behind the counter now, apparently much better at rolling sushi, but my date politely declines. You know what they say "wait twenty minutes and you won't be hungry anymore". I guess this holds true even if you haven't started to eat yet.

4:03pm My date complements that her pop taste great. I'm happy for her, she's enjoying it a lot!

4:10pm Everything is gone from the table, my waitress asked if that will be all, I feel like her opinion on me has changed. But I can't quite put my finger on it. I avoid notifying her of my missing food that was supposed to come with my entree, I think she knew tho.

4:12pm The cheque arrives, I eat both chocolates on the bill tray, boy do I love those chocolates, best thing they have put on the table yet!

4:12pm The waitress shows up quite fast with the debit machine. She is being very nice now, a little too nice in fact, seems a little fishy, I contemplate the possibility that she is finally attempting to make her move on me. I look at my date, she is paying for us, very 21st century I think. Maybe I should probably just stay with the one I have now.

4:13pm I leave the restaurant, I'm in a haze, I say bye to my date, I don't know if I'll see her again. Still hungry, but nowhere to go, I guess I'll just head home and throw in a pizza.

5:30pm Mmmm frozen pizza. The bus ride was long and lonely, I did done a lot of soul searching. I write done my thoughts on todays outing so other hungry people will be able to avoid this place and more importantly, frozen pizza.

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Coffee Bahama4420 Chatterton Way, #105, Victoria
Overpriced and Under-delivered
By 24kjer of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:06pm [Take-out]

At 8 bucks for a Panini and Chips, one could reasonably expect some kind of value. Not so at Coffee Bahama!

The Chicken Panini contained very little in the way of anything except bread and lettuce, making for a very skimpy sandwich, and the chips.... well, I actually went back in to get the chips that supposedly came with my overpriced sandwich, having not noticed two very small chips tucked in with the sandwich.

The staff working the counter seemed surprised that I would think this was anything but a side of chips, and nothing further was offered.

All in all, this was a very disappointing experience, and Coffee Bahama, despite being the most convenient location for me to grab lunch, will never get my business again.

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Sampan Chinese Seafood Restaurant3995 Quadra St., 601, Victoria
The best!
By Sunnydisposition of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:58am [Dine in]

This restaurant is a treasure and the staff are so accommodating. The food is always fresh whether eating in or having it delivered. If you have not tried this restaurant, do not hesitate to go. Really great food! Our family goes there every Christmas Eve for dinner and they present us with an outstanding meal. Make good to reserve on holidays as this is a very popular place.

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Akemi Sushi737 Goldstream Ave, 111, Victoria
Waste of Money
By Langford Resident of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 7:31pm [Take-out]

I decided to try this restaurant for take out. This was my first experience and I won't be going back.
The prices compared to my favourite restaurant downtown were extremely high, not posted on the website so when you got there to pick up your order you had no idea what to expect to pay.
The food was warm. Sushi should never be warm. I'm worried I'm going to be sick. The rice was warm, the fish was warm, the Sunomono salad was expensive and lacking in content. I'm sure it was canned crab meat!!! If you want a good experience with sushi, save your money and go somewhere else. I'm so disappointed, I won't ever be recommending this place to anyone. Probably the fact there were no patrons in the restaurant should be a clue.
YUCK!

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Little Tokyo1505 Admirals Road, #111, Victoria
Quite possibly the worst sushi I have ever had
By cablemonkey of Victoria (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:09pm [Take-out]

My wife and I just moved into this neighborhood and decided to give this place a try. What a mistake that turned out to be. Here's what happened.

We called in a pick up order at dinner time, and this is where the fun began.

They'd never heard of agedashi tofu or gomae. They didn't know what a bento box or bento combo was. This should have been enough warning for us to say no thanks and do something else, but we persisted. We ordered a cali roll, a spicy scallop roll, chicken teriaki, veggie tempura, and a seaweed salad.

After we got home, we realized they'd failed to put the salad in the bag. The tempura was burnt. The teriaki was chicken and mushrooms in a thick sweet sauce over sticky white rice. The california roll was tiny and mis-shapen. The rice on the rolls was not good. The scallop roll was disgusting and fishy, to the point where we couldn't eat it.

Even if the food had been good, the price would have been a bit on the high side, although I do find that most prices on the island are a bit higher than the lower mainland.

Not going back.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
A very rude encounter with the server
By jentansy of victoria b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

We were at a recent staff Christmas Party held at Milestone's Grill and Bar at the Inner Harbour, Victoria. Like most Christmas Party, things can get pretty busy. When the servers started serving the main course, we noticed one of our friend sitting on our table didn't have his meal. My boyfriend stood up and called one of the server to ask why he was'nt served. The server raised his voice at my boyfriend and trying to blame our friend saying he was drunk. Fifteen minutes passed when everyone had almost finished their dinner, our friend's main course had finally arrived. However, they served him the wrong order. He ordered steak but they served him a plate of salmon. Then again, my boyfriend tried to call one of the server's attention and unfortunately, that server was the one close by. My boyfriend complained saying it was the wrong order and the server began yelling at my boyfriend. The server's response was really inappropriate and uncalled for since all we were trying to do was follow up an order. We didn't want to make a scene and ruin the party so we just kept in silence. It is a very disappointing experience for us to see servers who cannot control their temper.

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5th Street Bar and Grill1028 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
I love the service here
By a_n_nelson of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

Every time I have gone here the service has been amazing. I wanted to say this first off because the staff here constantly impress me. The servers are really busy every time I come in but they all seem to be very aware of their sections and always acknowledge everyone when they walk by with a smile or a meal suggestion. These little gestures along with timely and efficient service is something that really stands out about 5th Street for me.

I love the layout of the menus it is great because I am generally on a budget and this helps out immensely. The quesadilla is the best ever, I love the flavors and the ingredient combo, soo soo good. I had the coconut prawns the other day there and although they were really good I was sad because there were not very many prawns, I was left wanting more!!! The desserts there were really good, I cant remember what we had but I do remember loving it so thats a good thing right?

Thank you for being one of my favorites 5th street, for a lot of different reasons.

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Pink Bicycle, The1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria
I Loved it and want all of you to know!!!
By a_n_nelson of Victoria British Columbia Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

I love the Pink Bicycle, I have had many great experiences there and compared to other burger restaurants this one is the best. The prices are a little high but the food quality and flavor are SO GOOD. This is a once a month sort of place for me and I look forward to going weeks in advance. I like to stratigize the time I go as it is very tricky to get in with out having to wait in line (before 6pm works for me). I also like to check out their facebook or twitter to see what they have on special for the week, as some are AMAZING while others are MEH...

This is my fail safe plan of action, feel free to copy my methods, they are tried and true. Other recommendations for this place: try the regular cheeseburger with sliced pickles as an add on, they are FREE and they are awesome.

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Bin 4 Burger Lounge911 Yates Street, #180, Victoria
Will try every menu item.... my first visit clinched me as a regular customer.
By VicVanMan of Fernwood, Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Slick, comfortable, clean and feel-good. Nice staff that work well together as a team.

Menu has great variety without being weird. Lots of nice vegetarian and gluten free items. Obviously they went to a great deal of effort to use locally produced products. I support that as do many.

I had the first burger on the menu. A good-old cheddar cheese burger (top quality natural beef, 5 year aged cheddar, nice whole grain bun) with a generous side salad topped with blue cheese, apples, almond pralines and honey vinaigrette dressing. No strange seasonings, no additives. Real food that tasted delicious and left me feeling good all afternoon.

I was surprised how fast I got my food considering the restaurant is new and was packed with a steady stream of incoming people to replace everyone that was leaving; and considering the food is all hand-crafted (they even make their own ketchup and all other sauces/dips). The time on my parking meter receipt was 1:09, I had my food by 1:35. That's 24 minutes from my car to the bar to the burger in my face.

Important to remember: You need to allow busy restaurants reasonable time to prepare hand made foods which are cooked to order (especially when the restaurant is full and/or everyone arrives at the same time). 20 minutes is not an unreasonable length of time to wait; burger patties need a minimum of 10-15 minutes on a grill. If that is too long for you, mediocre restaurants that pre-cook their patties may be more appropriate.

Regarding the prices..... they are comparable to "cookie-cutter" corporate chains..... but the quality is far superior. They also have many dine in specials every night after 9pm.

I had high hopes for this place, and my expectations were exceeded. I will return many times and work my way through the entire menu.

Nice work Bin 4! Thank you.

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Fonbo Restaurant4458 West Saanich Road, Victoria
Favorite Chinese Restaurant in town
By Good eatz of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I have been loving Fonbos for Many years. My whole family loves Fonbos. The staff there are genuine and friendly. We always receive such wonderful service from the owner and waitresses. The food is wonderful and although we live closer to another Chinese Restaurant, we will only order from Fonbos. The ingredients are always fresh and prices are reasonable compared to other places. Some of my family's favorite dishes are the Shanghai Chow Mein, Fonbo Fried Rice, Ginger Fried Beef, wor wonton, And their deep fried wings. ( the wings are big...not like the tiny ones you get at the pub)

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Senzushi1619 Store Street, Victoria
best Japanese food on the island
By foxnat of Victoria BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Lived in Japan for 5 years and this is the only place in town that feels remotely close to home. The food is prepared with love by ...wait for it...actual Japanese people!!! The whole place is owned and run by them. To the best of my knowledge, it is virtually the only place in town that boasts this important fact. You will taste the reason that this matters when you eat there. Save your time and money and avoid the other major sushi restaurants in town. Most of them are complete crap. Sen Zushi is slightly more expensive than some, but I have had HORRIFYING dining experiences at quite a few places in town which I will not name in this review. Not to mention, on any given night, you see that about half of the customers are regulars, unlike many other sushi joints which cater to clueless tourists, ready to dump their money on second rate food.

The servers are attentive, friendly and have COMMON SENSE which is so rare with other places. While it can get super packed, making the food come a bit slowly at times, the servers usually bring some kind of snack like edamame or salad, free of charge for the wait. Most importantly, once it arrives, it is always hot if it is supposed to be hot. It is always fresh. Always. And the chefs are constantly changing the menu with items that are true to the passions of Japanese dining. If you love Japanese food, don't go anywhere else.

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Azuma Sushi615 Yates St, Victoria
airplane quality food only slower
By foxnat of Victoria BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Went to Azuma to check out the renovation after having a mediocre, overpriced experience one year ago. Sadly, things have gotten worse. I could write at least a dozen complaints, but for expediency's sake, here are my 4 in chronological order:

1.) Staff, including chefs, didn't know any of the items on their own menu. While I understand that many are new, and the menu has been retooled, at least they should hire people who know the basics of a Japanese restaurant, like "tuna nigiri" "uni" and a number of rolls and appys on their own menu. Not only did the servers need to be shown the menu when ordering, the sushi chef messed up one of the most expensive rolls on the menu (see complaint number 3).

2.) Bar staff were immature, clueless about their own jobs and inattentive, save for the occasional "how is everything?" to which we replied with bewilderment "ummm ok..." We had to wait for them to finish taking pictures of each other before ordering. The head bartender came in with a hat and coat on after his break to print our bill, which was wrong, but in our favor so we let the mistake go unnoticed. The other 2 bartenders were new and in dire need of training, which the head bartender was too busy texting on his cell phone to see to. I don't blame the newbies--clearly this is a management issue indicative of systemic failure.

3.) The food. The food. The food. Oh lord, where to begin...? First, the "kenko" roll which costs upwards of $11 is a hollowed out piece of cucumber stuffed with tuna, salmon and avocado. When it came, the roll had no avocado in it. We had to ask that they add avocado, which all the staff were confused about until I pointed it out on their own menu. Then when we finally got it straightened out, the roll came back to us, the chef having simply stuffed avocado into the same roll, making it virtually impossible to pick up without all of the stuff falling out, not to mention an $11 eyesore. No experienced sushi chef would ever allow such blasphemy. Literally everything we ordered was A.) disappointing in taste B.) REALLY ugly and poorly displayed C.) overpriced (See complaint number 4) and, when from the kitchen, D.) cold, having obviously sat out under a heat lamp for an obscene amount of time. Also, for those people who have ever been to Japan or have any affection whatsoever for Japanese food--DO NOT EAT HERE. It will make you sad to even see the insjustice and utter contempt with which the chefs serve what is meant to be beautiful, delicious, lovingly prepared food. I would expect much, much more from a prepackaged sushi box from Safeway.

4.) The prices were insulting. Everything except the ikura was rip off. A big one. The final straw was dessert. We ordered a flourless chocolate cake for 6.95. What came out of the kitchen was a sliver of half-frozen, hard as a rock, utterly tasteless chocolate-flavored garbage on a plate with nothing on it but a blob of (also frozen) whipped cream. If you're going to serve dessert, better make it memorable for reasons other than the horror with which we walked away from our meal.

Never. Ever. Go here.

FYI My favorite places to eat in Victoria are: 1.) Brasserie L'Ecole (prices slightly higher than what we paid tonight--though not by much!!--but for an incredible experience you won't soon forget), 2.) Sen Zushi (twice the serving sizes at comparable prices, for actual (REALLY DELICIOUS) Japanese food prepared by actual Japanese people, with love you can taste) 3.) Hernandez (just damn good burritos and stuff) 4.) The dim sum place in the Red Lion on Douglas (cheap, fast, a little ratty-looking atmosphere but that's what makes it fun, and most of all amazing tasting food)

I hope this review saves someone out there from the disaster that is Azuma.

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