Lovely Victorian mansion now has new menu, new management and worth a revisit by locals, and worth a try by visitors. Small menu, good food, and good prices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea for the Inner Harbour area. Service was excellent during 2 visits in May 2014. Menu items were good sized, well presented, tasty and the wine, beer and cocktails were well priced and well paired with the menu items.
The Mansion has small dining rooms and nooks with white tableclothed tables, a veranda for outside dining on warm summer days, views of the inner harbour and the Mansion's rose gardens. The decor has a period look which is quite attractive for history buffs, and folks looking for an afternoon tea or meal in an authentic historical landmark building.
Our out of town visitors loved their dining experience at the Mansion.
From the get go the service was poor. When we walked in even though the restaurant was more than half empty we were told that there was nothing available (what???) and were told to go to the bar area - which we did The drinks were WATERED down (unbelievable) and my Sangria didn't even come with any fruit (what's up with that???). After getting our drinks (less than 3 minutes) we were told that our table outside - on the patio was ready (really?). We ordered appetizers - which took over ONE HOUR to arrive. The waitress was not attentive - took away our menus before she even took our order. After ordering our main - then again it took close to one hour to get our meal. My friend found 2 LONG HAIRS in his food - YUCK!!! The service was slow and we felt as if we weren't important. I would not recommend this place to anyone - in fact I will make sure that people know about this uncaring, unattentive staff. This restaurant was truly a disappointment!!!
I went here to Sunnyside Cafe for my third visit to this restaurant in the last several months. Once again, it was a great breakfast (huevos rancheros). The young lady behind the counter was very friendly and got my coffee & breakfast ready very quickly. The price was reasonable, and my coffee refill was given without any prompting on my part. I was the first customer in at 8am, but by the time I left at 9am the cafe was mostly full - it is popular!
My friend and I went there Sunday following a dog-walk 'meet-up' and were both slightly hungry. The new place just sparkles and the ultra modern washrooms were amazing to behold. I walked past many at tables happily chowing down good looking meals.
We awaited while our overworked waitress finally came to us. I supposed that with the new flashy invirons, they could not afford to hire many people to serve.
Her attitude was one of a rushed person, who'd rather we were not present in her area.(Tho' she did seat us there).
I ordered a 'safe' salad while my friend ordered "potato skins". I asked that my Spinach Salad have purple onions included (as most Romeo's do not, I have learned with dismay). She rather boldly corrected me "red onions", you mean? "They are purple" i replied, then I asked for tea.
She told me she rarely comes when it is full priced and usually comes on half price days ~ economical as she is ~
Her potato skins arrived on a tiny plate 4 or 6 wee wedges of them and my salad came in a rather large bowl in a somewhat timely fashion. My tea came with lukewarm water and bag on the tray instead of in the pot of steaming water. She asked me to check for the onions then said, "Oh, I see them." and left to the table next to us with 6 people.
My friend had her meal gone in minutes so I gave her a third of my salad which was overloaded with purple onions. Almost like the kitchen dudes said, "You want purple onions, we'll fu----- give you purple onions!!" We never gave them the satisfaction of leaving any behind. My friend left to smoke while I awaited our bill. It never came so I went to the area where another chap was paying. She was orientating a new employee behind the bar and looked very harassed and overworked. She finally gave me a folder with an $85.00 tallied bill inside, to which I said, "No thankyou!" as she flounced off. I waited five more minutes to have her return and fumble for the correct bill. I have never not tipped before but this time I just could not. It seems so sad that this manager has moved across the mall to a new place but does not seem to think her should hire staff to accommodate the new environs. I'll never be back. I told my friend, "This just confirms, I cook better then any place in town!!" I proved it three days later when I made her a real spinach salad, that she ate for three different meals and just loved it.
I was a little skeptical about trying yet another new Indian Restaurant. That with India Curry House closing, and there being so many others popping up or changing hand recently. But I love Curry so decided to try it anyway. For me, I am not normally big on trying new food items, but after a few glasses of wine I decided to get brave. The Papdi Chaat was my starter and it was excellent! Johnny had the Curry Mussels and is still raving over them. For Lunch I had the Chicken Biryani and he had the Chicken Curry. Both outstanding! If you like what is probably the most authentic East Indian Food in Victoria, try this place out!
We ordered from the India Bistro for an office party and oh boy were we happy. We called and spoke with the new manager Kapil and he was very very helpful in allowing us a custom order for our Christmas Office Party. I cannot believe how fast, friendly and cost effective this catering was. All the food was really good and Kapil even followed up with us to make sure everything was as ordered. All 12 of us were so happy with the India Bistro that we will be doing this again for our next staff party!!!!!
I am normal not a fan of spicy food at all. I was convinced by my wife to try this place and I have to say I was very impressed. I had the Mixed Grill - lots of different chicken, lamb and some fish, and my wife had some samosas, pakoras and a salad. Normally I cannot eat as much as I was given, but it was so good I ended up finishing my plate. The service was spot on, the place was very clean and the presentation was perfect. This is a very very good place to eat. I will be back.
Visiting from the mainland and wanted to treat the family to a meal in. Ordered on line the Hamburger Meal for Four. WOW, PU within 15 mins of ordering and home enjoying the food. Four people order all differnt burgers and all were absolutel exact. Staff very friendly at PU door . GREAT DEAL and will do again.
My brother took me to India Bistro for dinner and drinks and it was great! The Lamb Curry was the best I have ever eaten. They have a nicely done bar with a huge selection of drinks. The service was fast and friendly. The martini's were really good. I will go back for sure and will let all my friends know about it!
Cannot say enough about this place. GREAT food. I am glad I found it!!!! The staff was friendly, it was very clean and well kept, unlike some other East Indian Restaurants in Victoria. I had the Chicken Tikka Masala and the only time I had that dish that was comparable was years ago in Vancouver. Glad they came to Victoria! Two Thumbs Up!!!!
I went with three friends. Two of us had moussaka while the others had roast lamb. All four agreed the meals were delicious, and the presentation of each meal was superb. Service was quick, thorough, and yet not intrusive. Although Millo's has been in business for 35 years, it was a first visit for a couple of us. We were all pleased and plan to return.
Broughton Street Deli is a great place to go for breakfast or an early lunch. Their specialties are the montreal smoked meat sandwhich (although I've never had it), the breakfast sandwhich (amazing) and the Baan Mi sandwhich with either pork or chicken.
I'd highly reccomend it. Definitely the best breakfast sandwhich in Victoria.
I must have driven by this place a hundred times before I finally ate there, after a friend suggested it.
Wow, I am the village idiot for waiting this long. This place is the best, super tasty food, laid back vibe. The short rib dishes are insane good. My brain has never been the same since. My wife likes the pad Thai best. Me, the beef broccoli. Lots of beef each serving and not swimming in sauce. They change the specials all the time so there's lots to try.
I just wish there was one or two more noodle dishes, and another type of beer on tap instead of both Driftwood, which I don't mind. Just a less hoppy choice would be good.
Go there, you won't regret it.
As non residents of Victoria and lovers of Thai food we happily travel the Malahat for your authentic and such delicious food. Having traveled to Thailand several times we appreciate your providing our community such tantalizing Thai tastes! Thank You! Will definitely come back and will definitely recommend it to all our friends!
This food truck parks in the lot next to Wellburn's during the day. They have a small menu that changes, with a few permanent items. My wife and I ordered the green bastard, which is a veggie taco that has deep fried avocado - different and super tasty. We also had the nacho libre, which consists of waffle fries done up like deluxe mexi-fries - also very tasty. Staff were very friendly and helpful. They food was reasonably priced and very filling. Not the healthiest fare in town, but great if you want a fix.
The only complaints I have here is there's nowhere to sit down to eat, unless you want to sit on the ground. We end up eating off the tailgate of my truck as there's nowhere else to sit. Also, they are closed on Sundays - they are missing out on the hangover crowd big time by not being open that day!
I've been here three times now - after seeing this place on the show You Gotta Eat Here. I love the big ambience and the wide-open space (check out the massive bathrooms), and the local beer selection. Food-wise, I find it to be sometimes great, but too often mediocre, from a lack of attention by cooking staff. The wait staff are friendly but I've twice had to ask to have my table wiped down due to crumbs and grease.
Pulled pork bun/brisket: both are good, but they don't give you much bbq sauce, nor do they provide it in a bottle on the table like Pig does. They last pork sandwich I got didn't seem to have any sauce on it. They should include a bowl of it at least on the side.
Sausage: the house-made sausage is good and has a distinctive flavour from the caraway and other herbs. I would have a hard time eating a whole portion.
Deep fried pickles: major fail here as they use a fish and chip batter and excessively salty pickle wedges. This dish only works with a breadcrumb breading and smaller pickle pieces. They need to go back to the drawing board with this one.
Pulled pork poutine: not bad, but the Pig poutine has the edge here. Again, needs a side of BBQ sauce.
Sides: Hot and miss. The fries are nice and thick, but sometimes aren't cooked enough or have too much seasoning on them. The cornbread has been good, but sometimes is too dried out. The fried cabbage is bland and misses something. The vegetable side changes daily but is usually good. The slaw was okay but kind of boring.
My wife and I went here for a bite - you have to order at a counter and then wait at a booth for your number to be called. We were charged $28 for two burgers, fries, and drinks. Pretty steep I thought, then I realized we had been overcharged by 2 dollars. They refunded me no prob, but it still came to about $26 - pretty high for a couple fast food combos.
The burger was basic but good, served on a brioche bun, and reminiscent of something you'd get at a food truck or a mom and pop diner. The fries were good as well, so no big complaints on the food, other than that the portions were pretty small.
I don't give this place a high review as their prices are too high for what you get - fast food with a bit of love. There's too many other places in Victoria that serve as good or a better burger for less.
If you've never had Thai food before, have our first experience with Thai food with this restaurant. The dishes are authentically Thai, and they can make it as spicy or non-spicy as you want. I've been here a few times, and I highly recommend trying them out if you want something new.
I made a reservation for my husbands 35 Birthday party here. It was a surprise party and I had invited 14 people. I choose this spot because I had ate here before and I liked it, that and it was right on the water.
I wanted the reservation for 7:00pm on the outside patio but was told they only booked after 8:oopm because dinner was the busiest for the patio. I get that no problem. 8:00 on the patio it is then.
We arrived at 8 and were led to a long table in the middle of the resturant. When I told the girl the res was for the patio she says "you spoke to me on the phone and I heard you say Nothing about the patio" in a snotty voice. I then tried another approach (what about making the res for 8 because of the patio) and again was told "sorry you want the table or not?" Well what do you say to that? Do you cancel and tell 14 people not to show up when they are already on their way? So we took the table. Let me just say the place is quite small and the table we had has benches on one side and stools on the other. My husband is on crutches and has a cast so he had to be on the end seat which ment he never got to talk to anyone at the other half of the table, and if anyone on the bench seats needed to get out they had to crawl under the table. Very uncomfortable! Oh and the table was set for only 10 people! After sitting down it took the server 30 mins to get our drink order and another 25 to actually bring them to our table. Meanwhile more and more people are showing up at our table looking to sit down. Everytime one of the servers passes the table they give us nasty looks and whisper that they wished we were less noisy. IT'S A PARTY! By the time they took our order it was 9:30 and they had only came around once for drinks, they hate when you order water. Our food finally arrives at 10:15 and we have been sitting here since 8:00pm! There is no room to walk around our table so we pass all the food down the line. Why am I paying you to serve me when Iam serving myself? At 10:30 the server comes around with our bills while we are still eating and asks if were ready to go? Well they close at 11:00 and wanted us gone. Needless to say I will not be making reservations here again. We were not treated with respect, the service was slow and unfriendly and they made no move to go out of their way to make up for their mistakes.The food was only so -so and the mixed drinks were gross. It's unfortunate that we will not be going back.
I went in not realizing this is a vegetarian place (okay, protein from the sea doesn't seem to count). But I never hold that against anyone. All the better that it's not boldly advertised out front.
Service friendly enough, but the place is quite tight. But here's my beef with most Western-style vegetarian places. The restaurant running skills suck and the food is mediocre. I dunno, they think they get a free pass by being vegetarian? This wasn't quite the exception. It took a LONG time to get our order to arrive, despite us saying that stuff could come at any time, whenever it was ready. I noticed tables sitting empty for quite a while despite a line up at the door. Wasn't just us, diners lingered long time at their tables around us waiting for food. Servers were nice, just perhaps a little short on experience and organization.
The food itself? It's great that they didn't try to be meat substitutes, they just made dishes out of vegetables. Had a soup, coconut curry I think, enchiladas, pot stickers and salad sampler, some kids pasta noodles.
Could you go wrong with a salad at a vegetarian place? Of course not! It was a wonderful salad, absolutely no complaints. Pot stickers, also good, I prefer a nice, standard pork one, but this one is good by itself, not "good for a vegetarian version". The soup also got a thumbs up, but not that surprising given what kind it was, can you go wrong when loaded with coconut milk? The kids pasta, meh, well, surprisingly, it's what the kids wanted, but it's damn bland and boring, I think there was butter and a dusting of parmesan. Enchiladas were perhaps my favourite, it was also just plain good, no excuses.
Aah, here comes my other complaint about the food ... almost all of it, the pot stickers, the soup, the enchilada's all had a touch of spiciness to it. Usually this is a sign that whoever came up with this didn't know how to make vegetarian food tasty and "spiciness" is usually a cheap substitute or cover, which I think is the case here. There are various ways to do it better without resorting to heat and especially in the case of pot stickers, unnecessary to complete the dish. In one of the dishes, maybe, but when all of our "randomly" selected samples have the same thing ... (just go try some good Chinese or Indian vegetarian dishes, they don't all need heat, or MSG, to be really, really tasty). As a card-carrying meat-loving omnivore, I say the food is good. Full stop. It just bothers me that they are so good, oh so close to being great but just short that tiny little step.
Great idea, good food, but they need to work on their service and improve their food a bit to really bring it over the top. We all left feeling full, but not quite satiated. I am giving it a thumbs up though. Worth some stomach space here if you're in the area and don't have to wait in line.
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