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Ming's Restaurant1321 Quadra St., Victoria
Needs a Restaurant Makeover
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Visited here a few weeks back and I swear the place looks like a scene from Miami Vice. The decoration is a bit neon like inside with stars/neon on the ceiling and 80's like decor. Tried a few dishes such as the BBQ Duck - big and bit on the salty side, Cripsy Chicken - crisp but dry inside a bit over cooked, fried noodles - veggies were old fashioned and all western, a big too much sauce made it soggy, Vegetarian Dish - bad with some chinese type of gluten from a can, S&S Pork - bad, soggy and swimming in sauce, Tofu - crispy and good.

Overall the food was just OK and geared towards western tastes. Service was good and attentive. Overall, a tired looking place that needs to change if it's going to last another 10 years.

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Deep Cove Chalet11190 Chalet Rd., Sidney
Food at a cost...
By LiamO of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

We went there for a nice birthday dinner. Food was AMAZING, Service was AWEFUL. We only received 4 menus even though there were 7 of us, we had to share menus. The server was unengaged and seemed to only care about taking our order and pushing out our food. No personal interaction, no suggestions of wine pairing, no offer to explain items on the menu, etc.

We were the last table that evening. Accidentally, an expensive pair of glasses was left at the table. I called first thing the next morning, before the restaurant opened, to ensure they had them. They claimed they were not found and that they would ask the staff in regards to the missing glasses. I received no reassurance that they had asked staff, and when I persisted I was yelled at by the owner.

Just because you have great food and established customers does not give anyone the right to treat high-paying customers this way. There was no apology and no response from them.

This is my lasting impression and the story I will tell everyone when they ask about the Deep Cove Chalet.....

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Millos716 Burdett St, Victoria
Very Disappointing
By summer57 of Ladner (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Our hotel overlooked Millos, and we like Greek food, so decided to give it a try. The restaurant itself looks good, wish there'd been air conditioning because it was a very hot night, but the server was quick to bring us cold water & plenty of refills.
We're from nearby Vancouver and have been to lots of local Greek restaurants, so guess we have certain expectations for a Greek restaurant in this area.
For example, with a Souvlaki (or any) Dinner, I expect Greek salad, rice, a roasted potato, tzatziki and pita to accompany the protein. Not so at Millos. You have to pay $4. to replace mixed vegetables with some Greek Salad, and you choose either potatoes or rice, not both. Foccacia and balsamic came instead of tzatziki/pita.

I finally chose a small Greek salad and a few strips of chicken breast. My husband ordered the Moussaka with rice and limp vegetables. The Moussaka was tough and overcooked on top and cold in the middle. The vegetables were over cooked. It came very soon after ordering, so he wondered if it had been kept in the cooler and just thrown in the microwave to re-heat, along with the vegetables. The rice was plain rice. Not impressive, for the price. The server offered to re-heat his dish, and also offered free dessert, and that was good of her. Overall, a very disappointing dinner.

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John's Noodle Village823 Bay St., Victoria
A Victoria Gem
By ccooke of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

I have been going to John's Noodle Village for years. It is by far one of my favorite places to eat in the entire city. When guests come from out of Town this is one of our destinations. The food is simply superb. Try the Ginger Fried Beef. Once you have had it you too will be hooked.

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Shine Cafe1548 Fort St, Victoria
Nice Brunch
By KushPizzaSleep of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 5:19am [Dine in]

30 degrees out on a balmy August morning and our party found this place as it next to our new apartment. Interesting location, and had to wait to sit outside, as I was interested in being steamed cooked inside. I ordered the "Canadian" Benny and it was good. I like how they asked if how I wanted my Egg hard or soft, as some places don't...... cough "floyds" cough. All in all the food was pretty good, nothing amazing though, it is nice to sit outside and the service was friendly and non pretentious which I like. All in All though I rather go to John's Place!

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Lotus Pond, The617 Johnson St, Victoria
My FAVORITE restaurant in Victoria
By rditzian of victoria,bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 3:15am [Dine in]

I love the Lotus Pond. My favorite dish is the sizzling mock chicken with black bean sauce. I also like to get the chow mein. Their food is simply the BEST!

I am a vegetarian, so it is a real treat to go somewhere where you can order ANYTHING off the menu and you don't have to ask whether they used bacon to start the soup and that sort of thing...

One problem with being vegetarian is that some vegetarian restaurants serve bland food. I hate that. Lotus pond serves wonderful, flavourful food with a Chinese style to it.

I have taken many non-vegetarians to this restaurant and one like it in Edmonton (called Padmanadi's) and most of them LOVE it! The mock meat is made from texturized vegetable (or soy) protein and it soaks up surrounding flavours and when they cook it, it really has a very meat-like flavour and texture. However, it is not so meat-like as to be gross to those of us who haven't eaten meat in just under a decade.

The restaurant, like most wonderful Chinese restaurants, is not all about the decor. However, it is nice. It is plain, but clean and they sell the mock meat so that you can make some mock meat dishes of your own at home.

The prices are reasonable -- really, about what I would expect to pay at just about any good Chinese restaurant. I think someone said something about a deal for $6.95 -- well, you get what you pay for. I remember when I was a meat eater, there was westernized chinese food in the mall that was really cheap, but it was basically just greasy balls of deep fried dough over top of chunks of low quality meat.

What you are getting at Lotus Pond is high quality and very healthy. I am fairly sure they do not even use MSG.

Anyhow, it is my boyfriend and my favorite restaurant. I only wish I had a little more spending money so that I could go more often. :)

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Crumsby’s2509 Estevan Avenue, Victoria
What a wonderful little cupcake cafe
By rditzian of victoria,bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I really enjoyed going to Crumsby's. Who would ever have thought that the cupcake would one day become chic? With wonderful flavours like strawberry lemonade and carrot cake (with cream cheese icing) and raspberry chocolate and... oh, my mouth is watering so many others, the biggest problem I had on both occasions I went there was selecting my cupcakes.

They sell mini cupcakes for $1.50 each or you can get a 6 pack for $7.50 (or 12 for $15).

They also serve lunch and items that looked very tasty and I was told by others that they were and I was told by others that their muffins are good too, but, hey, get out of my way, I want CUPCAKES!!!

By the way, they have a vegan, gluten-free cupcake! So, just about anyone can go and enjoy a cupcake there.

The ambiance is wide open, light, airy and friendly.

And the only thing I would say is sad is that they are not open evenings because they would make such a lovely little cafe to go to in the evening and read a book or chat with a friend.

However, I'm not complaining. They are lovely.

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Cabin 123111 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria
Well worth it - spread the word!!!
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 11:23am [Dine in]

My husband & I just had breakfast there. We both really enjoyed our meals (me: Eggs Benedict Shambala - grilled tomatoes, spinach & feta, Him: Breakfast Clubhouse), coffee was great, service excellent, On a very hot day, really appreciated getting ice cold water immediately without asking before the coffee arrived soon after. The books, games, art and some of the furniture encourage you to stay as long as you like.
Will definitely go back.

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Caffe Fantastico1109 McKenzie Street, Victoria
little kept secret
By ck diner of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

what? has nobody submitted a review? this is like the best kept coffee secret in Cook St. for the past few years... Best locally ground been, good baristas.. one of the three Fantasticos in town. Try their macchiato.. it puts Starbucks, Moka House and SC to shame..

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Browns Socialhouse809 Douglas Street, Victoria
Very Well Done
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Came here for my birthday celebration last month along with ten friends. One of Victoria's newest establishments is out of the blocks in a very impressive fashion. My friend arranged the dinner and although they don't "officially" take reservations they were very accommodation. When we arrived the hostess at the front door was extremely friendly and in good spirits. Not sure what to expect when we walked through the doors because as mentioned they don't really take reservations. I was impressed to see a long table set for ten ready for us right by the bar. Our order was taken promptly once everyone arrived. Our server was very good, busy due in part to our table of ten but she didn't miss a beat.

I ordered one of their pizza's. It was a thin crust pizza just the right size and was very nice, not outstanding but as per my review a "solid" tasting pizza. My dining partners had various different things, a couple had the thai salad and they reported it to be very good.

Earlier in the day one of my friends brought by an ice cream cake to be served after dinner. Without prompting our server brought the cake , candles and all. I was very impressed because I have found that some establishments sort of frown on this bring your own cake sort of thing, not here they were more than happy to do it for us and made my birthday dinner a very pleasant experience.

Browns Socialhouse falls into the same category as Earl's, Milestones, Cactus Club. I have been to all of these establishments mentioned and so far the service here beats them all.

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Japanese Village, The734 Broughton Street, Victoria
Favorite Restaurant until latest dissapointment from last night
By jhhl of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I have been dining at Japanese Village for over 12 years now, I have brought many friends and co-workers to experience the amazing steak sauce that everybody is raving about, and I had even host few company events at this restaurant. Sammy and the crews have always treated me and my guests’ right; that was why I keep coming back and bringing more friends. However, this had all changed from my last night visit (Aug-09-2010), I am really re-considering if I would ever visit this restaurant again despite its great foods. Here is what went out, please leave me your comment(s), if I am being overly rude or unfair about my comments.

Here is the story: We were party of 9; my family of 5 and my friend's family of 4. My family had ordered Shogun's Special with NY Steak, New York Steak & Shrimp Combo, 2x Yakimeshi addon (fried rice), 1x Japanese (Shitake) Mushrooms addon, 2x large Asahi Beers and Tempura udon for my kids. My friend's family had ordered Shogun's Special with Filet Mignon, Chicken Teriyaki $19.00, 2x large Asahi Beers and Tempura udon for their kids. By all means, we did not order anything custom or not on menu. Anyway, at the end of the live cooking show, my friend had noticed that he did not get any grilled, Scallop and Jumbo Prawn as part of his Shogun's Special; so we question the chef. His immediate response was he made mistake and had given his shares of scallop and prawn to my side of Shogun's Special, and he would want us to change our order (to accommodate his mistake?!). My friend insisted that he would like to get what he has ordered, meanwhile the chef insisted that we change our order. After a little struggle, he finally ask the waitress to bring over from kitchen the missing foods; now it got more interesting, he proceeded on cleaning the teppan and asked his co-worker chef at the table behind him to cook the missing foods. I really do not understand why he can not just cook it at our table in front of us? rather, it was cooked by another chef. At this point, obviously something wasn't right, atmosphere wise. Anyway, my friend did receive his prawns and scallops, but scallops were not chopped up to bite size like how they usually prepare them. (Maybe to show us their unhappiness, because we did not change our order to accommodate his f*** up?!). Through out this entire incident, we had NOT received any apology from the chef; rather we only got this repeat message of "change your order". I have never been nor ever heard a restaurant chef to request their client to change the food order to accommodate their mistake; this is simply ridiculous and unacceptable at all! Needless to say, we left not very happy. Finally, when I brought my family's portion of the bill to pay at front, I casually mentioned this incident, just hoping someone would make sense and offer me an apology. NO, I did not receive it! the cashier dodged the question by asking for the manager to talk to me. I explain the matter to the manager; he went to talk to the chef to get a better understanding of matter (I think). Upon his return, all he kept emphasizing was that we got our foods after all! This was not my point! All I wanted is an apology for the hassle that caused us; why does a client needs to insist repeatedly on getting what he/she had ordered? And NOT to have to change the order to make up for the chef's mistake?! It turned to a slight argument, which leaded no where at all with this manager. I gave up and said I will contact Sammy regarding this matter, and then I left.

By the way, the restaurant was not busy at all that night.

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Korean Gardens3945 Quadra Street, Victoria
Gamble pays off
By rmadro of Edmonton Alberta Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

After reading some of the negative reviews we were hesitant to visit the Korean Gardens restaurant. In fact, we first tried to find a Korean restaurant downtown instead based on those reviews. Luckily that restaurant was no longer in business and a hunger for Korean food drove us to the Korean Garden.

Contrary to what others have experienced, the waitresses were prompt, yet patient, as we navigated the menu looking for dishes similar to those we were familiar with from other Korean restaurants. Once ordered, food began arriving quickly. The food tasted great, and the size of the dishes was average for this type of cuisine. All through the meal the service remained superb. It's a rare restaurant where the staff will go out of their way to make a two year old, our son n this case, feel at home.

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Smoken Bones Cookshack1701 Douglas Street, #7, Victoria
The Kitchen needs a lot of improvement
By Foodee Guy of Broadmead - Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

We should have read the reviews before we went. This restaurant is resting on a reputation that no longer reflects what is happening. It appears that onetime success has led to the owner thinking he can serve VERY mediocre food and get away with it.
The Ribs, both the beef and pork have been been over par cooked and reheated so many times the are devoid of any flavor. They are not fresh that's for sure.
Over an hour to get food and then it was lukewarm at best. While they say they source local - badly prepared and overcooked food just means that it's local but bad.
The servers are trying very hard and do a good job. However they are not very proud of what they are serving. They never checked to see how our meals were, in fact it appeared that they knew how bad they were and avoided asking.
The owner should get his Kitchen clothes back on and get back in his kitchen or at least be in his restaurant and oversee the operation.
Don't waste your time on this one.
Read the reviews you can see that it started to go down hill about two years ago.
Too Bad, it was once good and has potential, but not now.

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Royal Kebab Grille2656 Quadra Street, Victoria
Finally, A Yummy Lunch Curry Cafe!
By joannemuriel of Victoria, BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

So many times, we have driven past the Royal Kebab Grille on Quadra, and thought about stopping in for a bite. The restaurant is a little unsure of itself, but whatever the food is called, it is DELICIOUS! I had the vegetable soup, and (Pakistani) Chicken Curry, which arrived with rice and salad, to which I requested a side of naan. My partner had the same lovely soup, excellent veggie samosa, solid spanakopita and shared my naan and sauce. My only request would have been MORE..more sauce, more chicken, more salad. The service is kind, the food full of love ~ I highly recommend it.

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Bent Mast, The512 Simcoe St, Victoria
I'm a jackass, yup without question, but god their food is good!
By Odysseus of Edmonton Alberta Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I stand corrected, my grammar is the worst of the bunch! Lmfao. Rembered, when ordering you can always specifically order, ie order mums wings with a side of west-indies sauce or the potstockers steamed, but only pan-fried for 30 seconds at high heat and with green onions in the rice wine vinegar. If you don't like any food the first time, personalize it, they'll let you and it'll become you favorite, no need to follow and eat cookie-cutter food like all the other restaurants! Cheers

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Chiba Sushi2706 Government Street, Victoria
Horrible service, food, and value.
By MellyMel of Victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

We went there purely out of convenience because of the location. Normally I would choose a place I've been to before and know is good.

First of all, it took like AT LEAST 5 minutes to even be approached after sitting down.
My friend ordered a sprite and I got water.

They took a while to get our drinks and then to take our order. We each ordered an appitizer (which we asked to get first) He got tempura prawns, I got spinach salad.

Tempura prawns came first, after a long wait, and then finally the salad came which was discusting. It was wet cold spinach with practically nothing more to it. I didn't take more than a bite and sent it back (which I normally woudn't do, but I did not want to pay for it as the service was bad enough)

We ordered four rolls. One roll came, and part way through eating it realized it was not what we ordered. It was a tempura roll and didn't taste very good to me but I was hungry and ate a few bites. Then three more rolls came after and they were just horrible. I tasted each one and decided I lost my appitite. My friend didn't mind them but at the same time he tends to go to all you can eat sushi restaurants... I have slightly higher standards than that.

Not once was my friend offered a refill on his sprite until he was done eating, then the server offered and brought the drink.

On the bill, I was astonished to find a $1.95 charge for EACH fill of sprite (YES, 3.90 for the sprite) AND the spinach salad to be still on the bill! Normally I would make a big stink out of something like this but my friend was paying and I thought it would be rude of me to do that since he was paying. I am so discusted in this place - the food, the service, the COST. Our bill came close to $40 and I left hungry and disappointed. When I go to Azuma with another person, our bill comes to less than $30 without drinks, and although the odd time I have not so good service, it tends to be a way better experience than this was.

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Tooks On Cook1031 Cook Street, Victoria
Cheapest Soup in Town
By wmerk of Victoria BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Good old Tooks can always be relied on to serve two kinds of soup daily. You can get a small bowl, along with a slice of bread, for $3! Best deal in town.
They offer lots of comfort food - macaroni and cheese, quiches, cinnamon buns, grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, etc.
Don't bother with their salads though - very bland and not worth the price.
Fast service too, if you're in a hurry.

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Avalon Restaurant1075 Fort Street, Victoria
Incredible Food and Outstanding service!!!!
By c3235 of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I love Avalon! The food is all homemade and amazing!, they have this oaten bread maid with oats and honey that comes with this strawberry rhubarb jam that is to die for and there eggs bennys are the best in town. I suggest if you want a place where you want to be treated like family and have fresh homemade food that's affordable and fast this is the place to be : )

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Cafe Marrakech2551 Quadra, #3, Victoria
Great Ethnic Food
By Bolade-Rh of Western Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

My experience at this cafe is exactly what I would expect being located in Victoria. I've been there twice so far and will continue to drive from the western communities to enjoy a dinner here. As I am new to this area and have yet to see many non-European, I can understand why it is often quiet in this restaurant which does not bother me at all. Food is served quickly and both times I have been here the portions were enough to leave me satisfied. If you are expecting a U.S. serving then this is not the place for you. This is a Muslim restaurant serving northwest African food. It is very traditional and does not serve alcohol so if you like to drink while you eat, perhaps a Cactus Club will be more suitable. I am very conscious of the foods I put in my body so found this restaurant to be satisfying however if you are not concerned about that and enjoy all the fixings of American style restaurants then this location will likely not please you. Otherwise it is a friendly, family-oriented family with competitive pricing.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Nice place, but needs work.
By Lasercat of Victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 2:08am [Dine in]

It seems as though this place has great potential. I suggest staff training.

I got the feeling our business wasn't overly cared about, slow to bring drinks, no personality, and wanted to rush us out (dropped off a bill with out asking if we wanted another drink). I think this place might be just after the tourist business so they dont feel the need to hire and train good wait staff. It is a nice looking place and has a great location, I will probably try it again in the winter when the tourist season is over to see if things change.

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