The Aegean Cafe is tucked away behind the Royal Bank in a passage way that leads to Sussex Place. Their origin is Greek and they offer a pretty good range of light meals and salads for lunch. They also have about 4-5 different coffees which can be enjoyed downstairs or the small upstairs.
The ambiance is best described as cozy as there are only about 30 seats and it is tight. I think their lunches are a bit pricey so rarely eat there. They seem to do a booming catering business as I often see their staff delivering supplies to neighbouring offices.
The location is a bit hard to find as it's in a shaded passageway. There is nowhere to sit outside there.
I really really want to like this place more than I do. However, as actions speak louder than words and I have been there 3 times recently this is a nice Italian style Ristorante for (at least in my case) a reasonable pasta meal in the very lovely setting of Bastion Square. It's been too cool to eat outside this spring, but the outdoor seating looks very nice with views over the inner harbour and the goings on of Bastion Square. Inside it's all small tables close but not too cramped.
The girls serving behind the walk up and order counter don't seem terribly knowledgable about what they are selling. I guess I am partial to table service as it knocks it up a couple of notches in the take care of me index that I enjoy in restaurants. Maybe that's it - the ambiance and food are, quite honestly, very nice. No complaints - but the idea of ordering my food at a counter is just so commissary like. Why not have the customer sit down, relax and order from a menu instead of straining (in my case) to see what written on the overhead order board - just like McDonalds. Ugh.
So all in all - it's a very nice place to eat with a good range of reasonable (but not cheap) Italian foods and beverages. It lacks the charachter and crowds of places such as Pags but with some clever marketing could be like them - but that would spoil it.
I like it - and I'll be back to try different meals. Next week.....and I'll have to take longer to study the menu.
Overpriced , good taste and creative variety, but very small portions food and drinks for thye money.
Mussels wre tasty but were few and pea sized. four small pieces of curried chicken does not make an appetizer.
clearly this place needs some menu, culinary, portion, and wait staff improvements. The 30% occupancy on a Saturday night speaks to this.
At this price level serviettes should be high quality and larger if not quality linen, not caffeteria style as were the tables.
I'll try this place in 6 months and see if they have improved or have gone out of buisiness.
If you want to spend $150 on dinner for three, and feel thoroughly ripped off and disappointed, then I highly recommend the Heron Rock Bistro.
I was excited to try this neighborhood eatery for the first time and was looking forward to a nice evening out. Unfortunately, this is not a good restaurant. The food was absolutely dreadful -- I could only eat a few mouthfuls of my salmon which was cold, dried out and served with undercooked asparagus. My friend had the pasta special and it was so awful tasting that he couldn't eat it at all. It was cold, old and had obviously been sitting under a lamp for a few hours.
The service was poor. They brought out our main courses and we didn't have any cutlery.
Please don't waste your hard earned money on this restaurant.
After being confined to touristy places during our Alaskan cruise, we had one final stop in Victoria. After walking past all the trinket shops, it was time for dinner - & a beer. We had stopped in front of another Irish pub, but before we could get one step up to the door, saw several patrons leaving while saying "there's gotta be another place around here to get a beer." We took that as a sign to keep looking. Right around the corner we spotted the wooden sign for the Garrick's Head Pub. Looked like a lil hole in the wall. Exactly what we were looking for. Went inside and immediately felt at home. It was loud, crowded and smelled of old, beer soaked wooden floors. We quickly found an empty seat (not an easy feat) and sat down. Within a few minutes the only server that night (besides the bartender) was at our table, menus in hand. He offered a quick smile, a rundown of the specials and took off. He was back in a jiffy (after seating several other people and delivering some food) to take our drink and food orders. The place had become packed by then...granted it was going on 8pm on a Friday night. The food took a little while to make it to our table, but only because they were so busy and there was only one cook as well. The food was great. Pulled pork chipotle sandwich served with a heaping amount of fantastic fries and a salad all on one plate. Not only was it tasty, but plentiful as well. I had a hard time eating just half of it. Couple that with a great beer and you've got yourself the kind of meal to write home (or a website review) about. Entire check, for 2 dinners and 3 beers was around $40. We didn't mind adding another $15 to round it off before heading out for the rest of the evening before "all aboard". If you've got a minute in Victoria and can find this place (we were lucky enough to stumble across it) do yourself a favor and stop!
food had always been ok i always loved there #17 and 32 but the last past 5 month there food seem to change not to sure what it was. there service has always been bad very bad sometime rude. i never liked there service i feel the people there goes to work but has no love. ate there a while back with my nephew and service has gotten worst. so how does bad service become worst service?? anyway my nephew is hungery and there was two poeple on the floor, not busy and they can't even do there job. we waited (felt so long) they brought tea then walked off. our menu is put togethere that means where ready. im not gonna wave you down that's extreamly rude. there was a single right next to us i felt bad for him they fogot to put in his order. when they finally came she was grumpy and said nothing just stood there like a zombie and just looked at us. so my nephew just went ahead and order. when they finally put it in they where still trying to fined out what that single table order. they end up asking him again. overal this place has always been very bad even with there update the place still looks dirty. the price of the food is reasonable
since they move location and went to blanshard, there place expanded but im guessing there not moving product. the first week they open i order from them (takeout) rainbow roll, spider roll, spicy tuna was all not fresh. so i stopped ordering from them for a few month then i order again still disappionting. i know of a few that gave up on them and now i am too. they told the owner of the non fresh food and what he can do to change that but still nothing was done. last month i order from them and there rice was mix with non cooked rice. so all my sushi that i took a bite from had a crunch to it. i just fined that there average nothing special. other may like them but i sure dont
I gave this restaurant another shot after a few years' break. This really isn't my sort of place, in every sense. It has an odd smell inside and the decor is extremely dated/faded, which I guess isn't atypical for a little hole-in-the-wall spot like this. When our server eventually got around to taking our order, she was polite and friendly, but the tea we ordered never did arrive! As a meat and veggie eater, the food here was capital-D Disappointing. I found the textures in the "mock meats" extremely unappetizing. Slimy, squirmy and oddly-coloured is how I would describe some of the gluten masses and soy "product". That said, the real food (aka vegetables) were fresh.
Years ago I had tried the "buffet," unaware that this place calculates price by the food's weight! I occasionally run across restaurants that use this sytem, and always steer clear.
All in all, this place might be good for vegans (small market segment) and vegetarians but as an omnivore, give it a miss.
akemi is only ok
i ate in there once, nice, mainly do takeout. the service is good and friendly with a smile every time. it's to bad there roll is way over price and to small. i only love there bento box there the only thing that is werth it. i did takeout the day after victoria day and it was very disappointing. there box still made me happy but there sushi really not werth it. the rice is not season well very plain there spider roll was cooked in old oil and tasted bad. the rainbow roll and dynamite roll tasted old. there spicy tuna was small with very little tuna. im not sure if they closed on that monday because it was a holiday but the roll for sure is not fresh. that day was the day that we will not order rolls from them again. but i still love there bento box cause you can never go wrong with that. beside im not able to not like that place cause the older couple are always so nice. im always gonna still do take out but only for there box.
I got about 75 bucks worth of takeout from this place today - it was all very good. The rolls were all fresh and the rice was good, salmon sashimi was fresh and cut to proper size unlike some other places in victoria.
the teriyaki beef dinner was excellent, good dragon rolls, pretty much my point is this food was all excellent.
a little on the pricey side but I don't mind paying more if it's good. Unlike a certain trendy sushi place on yates which is also expensive but it is terrible and the service is rude there.
I have had Dolmades that melted in your mouth..sublime...Millos recipe or cooking method just doesn't turn out a restaurant quality product..the recipes need some rethinking and grapevine leaves shouldn't be as chewy as a maple leaf off a tree.
Beware of horrible wafting odours from the cellar toilets..unbelievable..and don't venture down there, unless you want risk stepping in something..the whole area smells like a septic system backing up..they have a plumbing venting problem...
All in all , an unpleasant dining experience.
I have eaten at Il Terrazzo on over 10 occasions. There is no doubt that it is a loud, bustling atmosphere, but that is what makes it such an awesome place in my opinion! Who wants to sit in silence listening to elevator music in a contrived minimalist environment..this is EXACTLY what Italian dining should be! Loud, full of laughter, excellent food, giant portions, and great wines. Yes the prices are up there but so is the quality of the food and the portions. I have tried everything from the steaks, to the braised pork & cabbage canneloni(yum) to the oysters. All delicious and creatively prepared. The wine list is extensive and impressive. This is a hidden gem of a place...BRAVO!
I want to like this restaurant...I have TRIED VERY HARD to like it. Three times in fact. Each time I am blown away by the blandness and lack of creativity of the dishes. The location is central and convenient for me and the place is packed most of the time which is most likely due to it's great location.
The last time I was there(2 days ago) I ordered sushi rolls, sashimi and vegetable and tofu udon soup. The yam rolls looked like sloppy blobs of rice...had to look hard to find any yam inside, the sashimi was the tiniest portion i have ever been served(and I eat Japanese alot) and the soup arrived with noodles and a few sliced of tofu on top. No vegetables whatsoever..not even a few slices of green onion for color. I asked the server if she could add some vegetables to the soup(as the menu did state bean curd and vegetable udon) and she said they didn't have any vegetables!! I just stared at her in disbelief, as my daughter had ordered chicken vegetable don and it clearly had carrots, brocolli, and bean sprouts on it at least. So, thinking maybe there was a language barrier or that she hadn't heard me correctly, I requested possibly some carrots, brocolli, bok choy, ...anything(!) She took it back to the kitchen and it was returned to me with 2 raw brocolli florets and a few bean sprouts. Not one to make a fuss, I started eating. With no exaggeration..I could have been eating noodles in dishwater. $9.00 for noodles in dishwater.
I have tried many of the Japanese restaurants in Victoria and have NEVER felt a need to write a negative review until now. SAVE your money...but be sure to try one of the others. There are several outstanding ones that serve creative and authentic cuisine. This just isn't it.
After much dithering, went to Ferris' Oyster Bar (upstairs, not the downstairs grill) on their Sunday Tapas night. Be forewarned - their regular menu is unavailable on Sundays. No concern, though, as the tapas are simply amazing.
The room is old and very Spanish-style, quite unexpected and not unattractive, with aged wood floors and brick walls. The artwork on the wall is, however, quite bizarre. You'll have to see it to judge for yourself. There are about a dozen or so tables, and lots of room to maneuver. The lighting is nice, and the music - instrumental Flamenco-style - is suited to conversation.
Our drink order was taken within two minutes of being seated, and they have a very nice selection of martinis, martini-style cocktails, Mexican drinks and beer. Some of their cocktails are definitely not what you find on seemingly every drink menu in North America, a refreshing change. The bar has a great selection of mixers, and if you sit at the bar you can also watch the tapas being prepared.
The tapas menu - comprising two pages - is awesome. From bacon-wrapped smoked oysters to lamb and couscous to chorizo in puff pastry, there was nothing that was not well prepared and delicious. Everything is made to order, so don't expect to place your order and get it from under a heat lamp in 5 minutes. Seafood definitely comprises the preponderance of the offerings (it IS an oyster bar, after all) so don't go expecting to find many non-seafood alternatives. As well, they have a special wine menu to complement the Sunday tapas menu, with bottles(!) starting at $20 - super value!
Our waitress was quiet, polite and non-intrusive. At first I took her to be a little stand-offish, but then I compared her to some of the obnoxious twits I have encountered at some of the more touristy spots here in Victoria (such as a popular patio spot on the boardwalk...Gallstones, or something). She was mature, friendly and offered positive information about the menu. Her tip was in the 25% range.
I highly recommend Ferris' Oyster Bar for tapas.
The reason I gave 1/5 for service is because we were treated very rudely last time I went to Azuma for dinner with my girlfriend. To avoid specifics as per dinehere.ca guidelines, there were no pleasantries, thank-yous or politeness period from our server. We felt as if we were unwelcome for the duration of our meal and we are well-dressed, polite people who do not swear or yell or smell so we expect to be treated like human beings.
The reason I gave 1/5 for value is because the food at azuma is DECENT but it is priced as authentic high-end japanese cuisine, which it is not. The salmon sashimi is fresh but very expensive for the size of the portion. Azuma charges upwards of 10 dollars for a small bit of sashimi which would be 5-6 dollars in most places in Victoria.
The rolls have too much rice and only a small amount of fish or crab, the only rolls we got which were of a decent rice/content ratio was the yam tempura roll and obviously yams are cheaper than fish.
Because of Azuma's location in high-traffic tourist area on Yates street, they will get tourist business no matter what, but as a local I will not be back and I will do my best to make sure nobody I know does either. In the restaurant business if you can't provide good service to your customers you deserve no business at all.
A friend of mine and I have gone here a few times and we have both been really impressed with the food and the service. At first we were not sure as it had just opened but the parking lot seemed full so we gave it a try. The staff were very friendly and eager to please. What we really liked was that ever time we go there, the owner comes to talk to us at the table and makes sure that we are happy. By our 3rd visit he knew us and we felt very welcome. The food is awesome. The dishes may look a little basic when they arrive at the table, but the flavor is so amazing. I have been raised eating curries and I must say I was impressed. I noticed that there was not salt/pepper but thats becasue we didnt need it. The dishes are just perfect. We have had the Prawsn Dilwala and the Bombay Prawns. Both awesome! Bombay a little spicier. The prawns (and I am very picky with this) were perfectly cleaned and butterflied!!! We had some Naan bread to share which was awesome to dip in the sauce and the basmati rice was done perfectly. I have nothing to say that is negative! Even the bathrooms were kept clean!! I will go back often for sure! I only wish the rice or bread was included in the price...
We came over from vancouver and wanted to use a groupon we purchased online. The girl that greeted us at the counter took our groupon,nice smile and very polite. We ordered two chicken wing platters,order was delivered with a greeting from the manager who brought our order over,"Janice" asked if she could bring us anything else,and we asked for some extra suce that came with our yam fries..came to our table in 30 seconds. We found the two ladies very pleasant, and watching them behind the counter reminded me of teamwork..got busy shortly after noon...they were so efficient..and were friendly with all we saw as patrons.Wings were not breaded..or deep fried..tasted like they just came of a Bar-B-Que,on skewers no less. Not just a healthy alternative to the wings we normally encountered in most pubs..but absolutley delicious! Thanks Janice..great atmosphere,food and service! Worth the day trip from Vancouver!
I am handicapped servers took the time to help me settle in . food was hot and came quickly. we had burgers the fries were well cooked and not greasy. The pop was bottomless and servers were very attentive kept both frys and pop coming throughout meal. burgers were large did not have room to try the deserts .
It was a well enjjoyed meal. Will return there again.
I know ramen. I travel to Japan frequently and eat the very best ramen Japan has to offer including くるり (Kururi Ramen) in Ichigaya which was named the best ramen in Tokyo in 2008. In Japan, ramen is very serious business, with food geeks on the prowl, web sites devoted just to ramen, long lines at the newly discovered spots, secret recipes, serious chefs and very serious diners who are willing to wait in the rain for hours just for a bowl. That said, the one thing that was missing from the food scene in Victoria was a REAL dedicated ramen Restaurant and I am over joyed that Kuma Noodle Japan is here as it saves me a trip to either Vancouver or Tokyo to satisfy my craving. Yes it is Real Traditional Japanese Ramen with noodles imported from Japan and a delicious complex broth that tastes like it has been simmering for hours, which I'm sure it has. Sorry disgruntled vegetarians...the meat used is the heart and soul of a traditional Japanese Ramen broth). The restaurant offers 4 kinds of ramen (if you are unfamiliar with ramen order the first one, the soya also known as "shoyu") all come topped with a half boiled egg, some thinly sliced pork (order the BBQ for more meat), and a few other traditional toppings. Prices start at around 7.50 which following Japanese tradition, includes the tax. The gyoza is a good deal at 6 for 3.50 and I usually share one with my husband. For some reason, the gyoza usually comes long after the ramen is served. There are other things on the limited menu as well such as curry rice, chahan (fried rice), and tonkatsu (breaded pork) which was good (but in this case, not the type you would find often in Japan). Like most ramen restaurants, it is small and simple, one orders and tips at the counter. It situated in a small mall around the corner from Fujiya, above the Purple Garden Restaurant and is closed Sundays. I eat here around once a week and hope after this review is posted that I don't end up waiting in a long line in the rain, but if I do, it'll be worth it.
This was a lovely setting for lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. It was her first time at the Glo and she was impressed. It's in my neighbourhood so I'm glad I can always count on it being an excellent choice. Jill took good care of us and added to our enjoyment.
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