I haven't been to this pub for a very long time and I won't go back. It was very difficult to find anything even remotely appealing on the menu. The service was terrible and slow, I had to ask 4 times for a coffee. We had a large table (about 20) - so were charged a 15% service fee that we were not told about. I did not see one meal that came to the table that looked appealing. The prices were high and the food was OK but I would not order it again. The beer was nothing special.
The atmosphere was loud and noisy - the only thing this place has going for it is the view.
If you are expecting the usual North American-style pizza, you will be disappointed; if you are expecting truly good Neapolitan-style, you will not be disappointed. Entrees, mostly pizza, are around $13 - $14 but in addition to pizza there are salads,a daily soup, a daily panino, and desserts. Service is casual and friendly. The restaurnat is funky with distressed time lightshades, wood for the pizza oven piled right in the dining room, and a friendly, very casual staff.
This place has been an all time favorite since it first opened! The food is fabulous and the owners are friendly. It is the best place on the island. I highly recommend it. All you can eat . . . honestly you cannot get better for your buck. The place is always busy and everyone is more than satisfied with a delicious meal!
Sikhi Sushi is my all time favorite restaurant. The chefs are amazing. Food preparation area
is kept clean. Cleanliness is important to me. Food is always fresh, delicious and even sushi rice is done to perfection. I could eat their tuna or salmon nigiri every day! Like delivery option too. Highly recommend.
We had breakfast here last on a week day, you seat yourself so we picked a booth. The place hasn't changed in years but we don't mind as its quite cozy. You see all the old photos taken in the 1960's and the furniture looks the same. The service was ok too. Breakfast was very cheap and we were full. Later I bought some of their famous beef meat pies, flying saucers (giant almond paste cookies), mocha cream shortbread cookies, cake slices.. Everything there is amazingly good and tastes the same as it did 40 years ago.. I always try to return when I visit Victoria.
Went there with my mother and managed to have a nice time in spite of being at this place. Her spinach salad was banal. Had better in a cafeteria. Her chicken was tasteless and seemed to have been freezer burned. My food was fine but nothing special.
The restaurant should be inspected by a fire Marshall. It has to be breaking laws for being over capacity. My mother and I were hearded to a table by a nice but overworked and stressed out server. We were elbow to elbow with the other table.
One thing can be said. These people are making a lot of money. If you are over thirty or have ever travelled outside of Victoria, beware! This is not top notch Italian. It's mall food.
We ordered specifically the Szechuan DEEP FRIED prawns, but they came out as just regular boiled shrimp in spicy sauce with peppers, onions... the menu book says Deep Fried... We also ordered a certain type of chow mein that was suppose to be the yellow crisp type noddles, with vegetables and such, but instead they gave us soy sauce based noodles with just tiny pieces of shrimp in it...We had a pretty loud argument between the waiters and cooks, one of us actually went INSIDE the kitchen to complain. Eventually, the manager came out to apologize to us.
I wouldn't go back to this restaurant.
We went here for the advertised Thanksgiving meal. It was $25 for a turkey dinner with all the fixings plus a caramel apple crisp for dessert. Well, the aparagus was very good. The cranberries were tart, sweet and spicy, which were nice. Those were the good parts. The turkey had a bit of a deli flavour and texture to it, kind of like those in frozen dinners. Not like real roast turkey. The garlic mashed potatoes were tasty, but pretty lumpy. There was no gravy with the turkey. The stuffing was kind of dried out, with separated somewhat hardened bread cubes, and bits of cooked sausage.
To their credit, when I complained, the server told the manager about it, and they comped my meal. She then said she would bring dessert, but unfortunately they were sold out of the apple crisp. So I was brought a chocolate torte. The filling was tasty but the crust was a bit stale.
The service overall was quite good, nothing wrong with that. But the food, unfortunately, was not up to par.
We had a very satisfying meal at Rebar on Thanksgiving weekend. There was a bit of a wait on the Saturday night, but it was worth it. We started off with some of their fresh juice concoctions. I had one made with apple,pineapple, and cucumber. I usually find juices a bit sweet for me but this one was not, instead it was a very refreshing beverage, yum!
For my meal I had the spicy soba noodle salad which has assorted vegetables, like cucumber and avocado, as well as cashews and other good stuff. I'm glad I got the dressing on the side because it was very hot! But it worked well with the salad and the combination was delicious! I'm not that much of a salad person but this one was very tasty and satisfying. My husband had the Monk's curry. There's an ingredient in it that I'm not fond of, I think it's the thai basil. But he really enjoyed the dish.
One of the other reviewers complained that the menu hasn't changed much over the years and that it's all in the cookbook. That may be the case (I have the cookbook too), but many of the recipes are quite time consuming to prepare, and it's a lot easier to have them do it for you, and do it right!
I tried Joe's while visiting Victoria on Thanksgiving weekend. I was originally headed over to try Red Fish Blue Fish, but was disappointed to find it had closed early. Joe's was located right across the parking lot, and also on the water so I walked over to check it out. I'm sure glad I did! They had a very tasty sounding menu with lots of local seafood. I tried the halibut tacos. The tacos are actually a half flour tortilla folded into a cone. The filling was amazing. Fresh grilled halibut, seasoned just right, with a spicy filling of potatoes, tomatoes & arugula. It came with fresh made coleslaw which was also great.
Once you order you are given a buzzer and you grab a seat. There are wood tables and chairs, by the water to sit at. It's covered, which would be great for a rainy day. You are buzzed when your meal is ready.
Next time I'm in Victoria I'll definitely be back. Wish we had something similar where I live in Vancouver!
We have visited this restaurant twice and each time have been favourably impressed. My wife loves raw oysters, so she loved the "buck a shuck". The varieties of oysters was amazing. I, however, am not a raw oyster fan. The other options on the menu suit me. The steamed mussels were excellent. The broth was almost as good as the mussels themselves. The music is a bit loud but it's a bar!
We have dines here twice. The first time was great. The food was excellent! The second time, what a difference. As well as being expensive the food was terribly disappointing. I started off with a bruschetta which was soggy and unappealing. The seafood entrees lacked flavour and presentation. We will find another seafood restaurant in Victoria.
Between my last visit and my most recent one (I am in the area only very rarely) Zambri's moved from a strip mall to a gorgeously outfitted location at Yates and Blanshard. While I missed waiting for a table while watching the food prep madness this visit was passably wonderful. Friendly and attentive staff, nice open ambiance, un-pretentious menu and wine list, and that beautiful food. All three of us dining swore we had to find more excuses to what for us is a distant city just to get to Zambri's.
My only concern - remember Food, Value, Ambiance, all wonderful - is the reluctance to take reservations. Guys, having survived the New York and restaurant scenes on both sides of the pass-through, I say put aside 25% of your tables a night for reservation. Cater to those who have time and those on a tighter schedule or who feel that "no reservations allowed" is the very epitome of pretension.
The number 44 on the menu is one of the best things I've ever eaten. It's a grilled pork vermicelli bowl. I've had this dish in many Vietnamnese restaurant but this is the most elegant way I've ever seen it served. And the pork... the pork is to die for. It's been crazy marinated and then grilled and it is the most flavourful meat I've probably ever had. And they give you tons of it.
When you eat this dish, don't dump the fish sauce they give you into the bowl. Keep it on the side as a dipping sauce. Dip your bites into the sauce and you will taste the deliciously salt/sweet/sour fish sauce even more distinctly. If you like things spicier (and even more flavouful) add some sriracha (the red sauce) to the bowl. If you want even more salty yumminess add some hoisin (the brown sauce). I like both.
I can't speak to their Pho, which is what most people go to a Vietnamese restaurant for, but this dish is so flavourful and fresh and delicious that it is worth a visit just for it.
Get place to take your friends and family, taste and smells from heaven. Highly recommended, couscous chicken plate is my favourite and try the teas. Great service, food and love the dessert. If you call ahead it helps because it’s a hidden gem and can get busy out of nowhere. You can tell the chef / owner has have some worldly cooking experience.
great for kids, actually... booths, kids menu, crayons and big sheets of paper .... could be a little more adventurous on the flavours...also could do with a bit more variety tapas wise...too much seafood, not enough vegetarian IMO, ...been busy for many, many years, that says alot in Fickltoria...funky decor, nice big window for everyone to see , harbour glimpses, etc ... good!
I brought my Mom here for Sunday brunch last weekend not knowing that they didn't have menu service and only were serving a brunch buffet. We weren't really looking for a buffet but we decided to stay since we were there. I'm glad we did.
The buffet was surprisingly good, especially for a pub. They had a nice variety of food including 3 different types of eggs benedict, pasta, a variety of fresh fruit, an omelette station and several other breakfast staples. Overall, everything was really good.
I was surprised at how good the egg bennies were for a buffet. Usually I am not a huge fan but they were perfectly cooked and never sat for long. For around $15, I thought it was a good value.
I will return when I am in the Colwood / View Royal area looking for a solid Sunday buffet.
Having had over 40 years of dim sum in many places,I looked forward to this restaurant as it had been highly recommended.
The egg tarts, one of my favourites, were very small,( I have never had such small tarts), mainly pastry with a thimble full of custard; the chicken feet were not tasty, and over steamed; the pan fried dumplings were not fresh, the filling of the shrimp dumplings was good, but the wrapper cold; the radish cakes were good; the green bean dish specially ordered,was overcooked and the meat? was hard and tasteless, and I thought was expensive at $12.00; overall it was probably average for the price. I was disappointed by the rather small array of dishes compared to mainly Vancouver dim sums.
The servers were helpful, and we were seated fairly quickly. The ambiance was average, but then most places that serve dim sum are, as the main reason is to have the food fast.
I will go again at an earlier time, and see what the next experience is like.
Spoons is a diner in the Super 8 on Douglas. A big group of us came here for breakfast yesterday morning. Everyone in our party was a little slow because of the Great Canadian Beer Festival the previous night. There was a bit of a wait as you'd expect on a Saturday morning but certainly nothing unreasonable.
The service was very friendly and we had drinks on our table within a couple minutes even though the restaurant was really busy. I ordered a standard benny but with bacon instead of ham. There were a few substitutions and modifications to orders and it wasn't a problem for our server. My eggs benedict was very good although the eggs might have been slightly overcooked which I didn't really mind. The hollandaise was very tasty and needless to say, the eggs were gone in about 2 minutes.
Overall I enjoyed the breakfast here and I would return. Recommended.
The view is nice and if you don't mind the noise it's fun to watch the float planes come in and out. Unfortunately I found the food and service to be pretty sub standard.
Our poutine was cold - the fact that it was delivered so soon after ordering should have been a tip-off that it had been sitting around. When we told the waitress about it all she did was say "Oh really? - no effort to do anything about it.
We ordered a pitcher of Mojitos which were the worst I have ever had - tasted like it was made with some kind of packaged mix, yuck.
Then we ordered some wings - half plain and half BBQ. I was told we would be charged 50 cents for ordering 2 types of wings. I asked our server if she could waive this on account of the bad poutine and she said "It's not at my discretion."
So we ate our wings - at least they were hot., then decided we'd go spend our money somewhere with decent food and drinks and better service. I got the bill and sure enough there was the 50 cent charge for getting 2 types of wings. I asked our server if I had ordered only BBQ wings, would I be charged 50 cents to put the sauce on them, seeing as all they did was put BBQ sauce on half our plain wings. This was too much for her poor brain to comprehend and all she could spit out was "It's not at my discretion!" Needless to say, the 50 cents came out of her tip.
I wouldn't recommend Flying Otter to anyone - other than the location it has nothing going for it and it seems they are coasting on the fact that it's a nice spot.
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