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RapunzelGabriola IslandSince May 24, 200825 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 25 Reviews Found
Reef, The533 Yates St, Victoria
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:55am [Dine in]

I passed by this place last Tuesday night looking for other restaurants I'd looked up on Dine Here. Wednesday I decided to check it out. It was fairly early (5:30? Not sure). The place had a few people in it. The waitress waved me rather brusquely to a seat that didn't look so great, but once I sat down I realised I quite liked it. She came back shortly after and asked me if I wanted any reading material, seeing as I was alone. I said yes, and she brought me a couple of local newspapers and some water. So far, so good.

I ordered yardie yam fries with jerk mayo and a jerk chicken roti with coleslaw. She asked if I wanted a half order of yam fries and I said yes. I didn't realise you could get a half order and I don't have a big appetite, so I was glad she suggested it. She also asked if I wanted the yam fries before the roti, and I said yes.

She then showed up with some "johnnycakes", as she called them - two huge dough balls that were still warm, and some flavoured butter. I actually didn't notice too much flavour in the butter, but the cakes and butter were excellent nonetheless.

The yam fries arrived and they were amazing. Other places I've ordered yam fries they have been quite thin, which translates into dried out. These were thick-cut, and the sweet taste and soft inner texture of the yam came through. I expected the mayo to be hot, which it wasn't, but I was still impressed.

My jerk chicken roti was excellent as well. I find restaurants tend to dry out their chicken, but the chunks of chicken were quite tender.

I also don't like coleslaw very much as I think my mom made it too often when I was a kid, but The Reef's was excellent.

My water was regularly topped up - maybe four times in all and an offer of a fifth, but by then I was done and ready for the leftovers to be wrapped up. I'm an ice water freak and when one time I asked for ice, the waitress promptly brought a glassful.

I could only eat half the roti and the coleslaw so they boxed up the rest and I took it back to my hotel and put it over ice until I could take it home and eat it the next day as a snack. They both tasted even better! My husband shared my leftovers and agreed they were excellent.

The place was filling up as I ate my dinner. Music wasn't too loud.

Next time I'm in Victoria overnight and can choose my dinner restaurant I will be trying the ackee and salt cod, and getting two jerk chicken rotis with coleslaw to take home for my husband and I to have for dinner the next day.

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Spice Jammer, The852 Fort St., Victoria
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I almost turned back going to this restaurant because of the way the building is laid out. When I first reached it I thought it was gone as the windows were boarded up, but that turned out to be the "west wing". You need to go past that, past the courtyard, and to the "east wing".

I ate here on a weeknight last week, after having checked out Dine Here for Indian restaurants in Victoria. I love Indian cuisine, but don't have a lot of experience with it.

As pointed out by another reviewer, the ambiance is nice with the staff, male and female, dressed as they are. I gave ambiance a 4, but would have preferred 3.5, as the lighting is uneven - there are overly bright spots and overly dark spots in the room. I don't normally care for Indian music (too screechy and high-pitched), but I liked what I heard at The Spicejammer.

I ordered a roti and their "specialty", butter chicken. I have only ever had my husband's butter chicken (an Anglo-Canadian and I would rate it "okay"), and at Salam Bombay in Vancouver. I have read that no two butter chicken recipes are alike, so I was open to what I would be eating.

I had expected that for $17.95 the butter chicken would at least include rice. It did not. I received a serving dish of chicken and sauce that would not have fed two people. I immediately ordered a paratha to add to my roti. I think the dish, without rice, should have been priced about $9.95. With rice, maybe $12.95. Both those prices would be on the high side, I think.

The sauce was absolutely fantastic. I ordered medium for the hotness.

The chicken was dry, but that has been my general life experience with chicken, so I don't fault anyone for that. I have always hated chicken for that reason. Then I met my husband. His chicken is always moist and tender. I think my lesson is never to order chicken in a restaurant, but see my next review on The Reef in Victoria.

As there was no rice, I gave it the lowest value rating.

The roti and paratha were good. Perhaps the roti was greasy, as another review suggested, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Unlike another review here, service was very good. My water was topped up regularly. It could have used some ice, but that is just a personal preference.

A nice place, but at $17.95 with no rice, it is far too pricey for me.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

I was here about a week ago. This time I didn't make a reservation, which was fine. I was seated at the same table as the time before that I was here - I guess it's the "corkscrew" table. I like that table, though - nice and cosy, particularly as I was alone.

I forgot to mention the amuse bouche in my review below. This time it was smoked tuna and caviar - what a wonderful taste explosion in my mouth.

I ordered the escargot bordelaise for an appetiser - red wine reduction, garlic and shallots. It was fabulous and a good-sized portion. The bread is amazing and I used some to sop up the sauce. (The butter was room temperature this time.)

For my main I ordered the boeuf bordelaise with brie fondant. Based on the website I had planned on ordering "Rossini" (with fois gras), but they had changed the menu before changing the website. I was offered the option of having fois gras, but decided to go with the fondant.

The beef was melt-in-your-mouth. A few times I closed my eyes while I was eating to savour the taste more fully. I found the fondant quite strong from the rind of the brie. It was very good, but I prefer less strong-tasting cheeses so I didn't finish it. There was also a square of potato that was a bit pudding-like, that was really good as well. There were baby carrots and baby asparagus in the bordelaise sauce, and even radish. I've never had cooked radish before, and I have since added some to steamed vegetables at home and will probably make this a regular practice. I didn't order wine this time, as technically I am on a diet until my high school reunion in May.

I also passed on dessert, but was brought four little madeleines, nice and warm. They were delicious.

I spent a week at Harrison Hot Springs in January and had bread pudding there twice, and regret not ordering the bread pudding at Matisse as it sounded really, really good. I have consoled myself by searching the Epicurious and Canadian Living websites for bread pudding recipes, although I am leaning towards trying some of the more savoury ones.

A great meal, though it would be better if I weren't eating alone. I'd be more likely to dawdle, with a drink before dinner, wine, and an after-dinner drink.

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Japanese Village, The734 Broughton Street, Victoria
Interesting Steak Sauce
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch yesterday with 13 coworkers, one of whom has raved continually about the place, in particular the steak sauce.

I had chicken teriyaki and shrimp. It came with a choice of soup or salad (I had soup, which was broth with egg in it), vegetables, sprouts and rice. The steak sauce is poured over top the rice. It was all very good. I think I had a heightened expectation because of my coworker, but it didn't quite hit the mark. However, she's spent all her life in Nanaimo, so I guess she's easy to impress. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the sauce. Maybe a few more visits and I would be raving, too.

As someone else noted, you eat things as they are placed on your plate. I didn't mind that - I would prefer that to waiting until the end and some of the items being cold.

One of the people in our party is vegan and they brought her some vegetables that had been cooked elsewhere rather than on the same grill as our meat, which I thought was very good of them.

Service was good, though I could have used a lot more water.

The chef didn't do any fancy knifework, but then, we were all chatting amongst ourselves, anyway. Our "table" sat 16, with 8 seats at one grill and 8 seats at the other grill, and two chefs. I felt kind of sorry for a couple that were also seated at our "table", as there are no tables for two with this style of dining. You wouldn't bring someone here on a romantic date, I would think.

All in all, an enjoyable experience, probably done best with a group of at least four people.

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Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar567 Hornby Street, Vancouver
A New Twist on Eggs Benny
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

I had the California eggs benny this morning. I was a bit leery about ordering it because it had tomatoes on it. I was assured the tomatoes were "fresh". They did turn out to be very nice.

What a delicious eggs benny. A nice tang to it. Avocado, cream cheese and tomato. The hollandaise sauce was very flavourful - maybe the best I've had, or close to it.

The muffin could have been a little more toasted. I had to grab salt and pepper off another table, as the waitress was separating tables in groups when I arrived, so I guess she forgot to check that all tables had salt and pepper.

Service was quick. My water was topped up and another offer of topping up as I was paying the bill. I liked the decor. I didn't know what type of restaurant it was, as I just went in there because a sign out front advertised breakfast and I saw eggs benny on the menu. I thought it was an English pub type place, but apparently not.

I would go back here and I would also be willing to try lunch and dinner.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Best Eggs Benny So Far!
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

So I was on a quest for eggs benny but was kind of getting tired of them, till I saw that the Mosaic had crab cakes and spinach benny. I've had crab cakes with my bennies at Griffin's at the Empress and at Basque in Nanaimo, and thought I'd compare.

The others were good, but Mosaic's was even better. I ate there for breakfast yesterday and today, ordering the same thing. There was a larger portion of crabcake than I remember at the other two places. Not a lot of taste to the hollandaise, but I enjoyed it, anyway.

Service was very good. My water was topped up more than once (I drink A LOT of water)

Both times I was given a "shooter" size glass of banana/strawberry smoothie, which they appeared to give to everyone. It was very good.

The price was more than at Basque in Nanaimo and less than Griffin's at the Empress. This was by far the best deal, though.

I had a window seat both times and, having lived in a rural area for the past five years, I was mesmerized watching the "ballet" of cars, trucks, buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians in rush hour traffic down on the street below. This is something I never noticed until I moved to a rural area.

I am probably going to have breakfast there tomorrow morning as well, possibly the same meal even, before I return home.

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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
Finally! Indian food!
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I haven't had Indian food since I moved from Toronto to Gabriola Island five years ago. My husband is a great cook and makes nice Indian food, but he's not Indian.

I discovered a listing for this restaurant on "Dine Here" when it first opened and was only serving lunch. I was thrilled when dinner reviews started to show up, because I figured if I were ever in Vancouver, I probably wouldn't have the time or be in the right place to have lunch. There were some rave reviews from when the restaurant first opened that for some reason were deleted long ago. However, I had written down this restaurant on my list as one I wanted to visit if I got the chance.

I have only ever had my husband's butter chicken, which is nice enough, but I always wondered why people raved about the dish. So I ordered the butter chicken dinner to compare. It was quite different - much more sauce, different taste. However, reading up on butter chicken I realise that there are so many different versions.

It came with rice, naan, some cucumber, carrot and lettuce with lemon juice on it, and a spinach and chick pea(?) stew.

I also ordered kachumber salad, though I didn't know what it was. I ordered raita because I love raita. I was asked if I wanted the katchumber mild, medium or hot. I asked for medium since I'd never been to the restaurant before.

Everything was fabulous. The chicken seemed a bit dry, but we usually eat boneless chicken thighs at home which melt in your mouth, so I don't take off points for that. The sauce had a bit of a tomato soup flavour to it, but this being my first time having butter chicken other than my husband's, I can't fault that, either. Whatever the spinach and chick pea mixture was, it was excellent, too.

The naan was wonderful. Yes, it was a bit crispy on one side, but I could easily have just sat there and eaten naan all night.
The raita was wonderful also. The kachumber salad was delicious, although I should have ordered it hotter.

Service was excellent - I must have had my water topped up half a dozen times. When I know I'm dining alone I try to pick my restaurants carefully so I don't feel out of place. I felt very comfortable dining alone here.

The prices were very reasonable. Salad for $4 and raita for $3, and I could easily have shared those if I hadn't been eating alone. In fact, I didn't need to order them at all, but I ate everything, anyway - oink, oink, oink!

The place wasn't too crowded. I had a window seat and, as I've been living in a rural area the past five years, it was wonderful to watch the "ballet" of cars, buses, taxis and pedestrians down on the street below.

I was hoping to go back tonight with a colleague to try something else on the menu, but we had a reception at the hotel and I am stuffed from that. Hopefully I'll get the chance to return, though.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
So it was cold outside. I wanted gelato!
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

I went here after dinner last night, even though I was stuffed from eating at Salam Bombay. I had the limone and the green apple. Green apple was a bit sweet, but that was probably because of the tartness of the limone. I also had a taste of the chocolate orange.

Yummy stuff, is all I can say.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Two Days in a Row
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

I guess I should have waited until today to submit my review. I went for lunch to Japa Dog yesterday and this time tried the misomayo. I liked it even more than the terimayo. Unfortunately, I am returning home tomorrow but definitely will return to try another version if/when I get the chance.

All types of people line up to get one of these dogs. You should, too.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
All You Can Eat
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I went here at lunch today with 3 colleagues for all-you-can-eat for $11.95. I am not a fan of raw fish (though I did have a couple pieces of salmon). I'm not knowledgable about sushi and prefer tempura and dumplings. I'd never heard of this place before and was a bit leery about the all-you-can-eat part of it.

We ordered salmon, gyoza, chicken teriyaki, tonkatsu, vegetable tempura, spring rolls, crunchy roll, california roll, some other roll, sunomo (I didn't try), tuna cones (I didn't try), tuna (I didn't try). Maybe some other items as well.

Service was quick and they topped up our tea as needed.

Unfortunately, there was no prawn or shrimp tempura on the lunch menu.

I wouldn't have minded some water, but that was okay.

I enjoyed it and would go back.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
It was okay.
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I went here last night with three colleagues. We are staying at the Hyatt all week and one person was complaining about how cold it was outside (she's from Nanaimo, for heaven's sake), and didn't want to walk anywhere outside. You can get to this restaurant through the mall attached to the hotel.

We ordered a spicy chicken and black bean with veggies dish (it wasn't spicy, in my opinion), a beef and veggie dish, a seafood special dish with noodles and a tureen of wonton soup. Also the four of us shared two bowls of steamed rice.

At first I thought the prices were pretty high, but in retrospect it was fine.

The meat, particularly the chicken, gave me the willies. I thought it may have been a bit undercooked. Maybe it had been steamed, I don't know. I'm fine today, though. I would have given the food a 3 but for the feeling the meat wasn't quite cooked. The broccoli in the beef dish should have been cut into smaller pieces.

The food was very attractively displayed.

The noodles that came with the seafood were crunchy in some parts and soft from the juices in others. I didn't like that, but no one else said anything. I haven't had Chinese food since I was in China in 2005, so what do I know.

Service was pretty good. They weren't too attentive with the water at first, but that improved - maybe because they saw me pour some from my water bottle into my glass. :) The bill came quickly, but I asked for it as we were on our way to an evening meeting.

The ambiance was very bright. I didn't mind but one of my companions commented on it a couple of times.

I would go back, but order different dishes.

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Keg Caesars595 Hornby Street, Vancouver
What can I say - it's The Keg
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Came here for dinner Sunday night with three coworkers. They all ordered steak but I hate Keg steaks. They are too thick. I also didn't want to spend that much money for a chain restaurant. I ordered chicken fajitas - something I've never ordered in a restaurant before.

Our food was really slow in coming. The waitress was nice, though. She did come back with extra water. My companions appeared to enjoy their meals, although the amount of food on their plates versus the size of the plates looked pretty sad.

My fajitas were fine though the wraps could have been warmer. The meat and veggies were a bit oily. There were four wraps. I ate two wraps with most of the filling, but really, there was twice the amount of food that I wanted to eat. Which isn't bad, but it's a waste. I'd rather have less and pay less. The sides were kind of sloppily dished out.

I could have used another top up of water toward the end. Plus, the water wasn't terribly cold.

It was draughty where we were sitting. People were wearing their coats.

I wish I'd ordered a couple appetisers instead.

It wasn't an awful experience, but I have no desire to go to a Keg. Ever. However, it was chosen by my companions.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House642 Johnson St, Victoria
My Quest for Eggs Benny
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 10:20am [Dine in]

This was my first time ever at a De Dutch. I felt I had to go after seeing their mind-numbingly annoying commercials hundreds, if not thousands, of times on t.v.

I have been checking out eggs benny around Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, so I ordered the Amsterdam benedict - it comes with ham and edam.

I think the young male server may actually have been cooking as well. No problem about that, though, as there were only two other people in the restaurant as it was 7:30 a.m.

The eggs were not poached; they were over-easy. The hollandaise was thin and separating. I didn't care much for the Dutch rusk the eggs were on as it was too dry and crunchy, but I've had worse rusks. The menu showed peas and other crap in the potatoes, but fortunately what I got was strictly potatoes. They were nothing to write home about, but I ate them. The salad was mostly iceberg lettuce, a couple pieces a bit brown. The dressing didn't taste like much. I ran out of water and just poured some from my canteen into my glass.

I really liked the edam and ham.

It wasn't the worst eggs benny I've ever had. I would maybe go back another time and try the pannekoek or an omelette, but I'm not in a hurry to do so.

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Lure45 Songhees Rd., Victoria
Worst Eggs Benedict I've Ever Had
Submitted Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 10:03am [Dine in]

It was absolutely awful, and I've had eggs benny running the gamut from "fantastic" to "not so great, but I might order it again if I were here". I had the Victoria Benedict - Poached Eggs, Back Bacon, Tarragon & Sun-dried Tomato Scone, Béarnaise Sauce, Caramelized Onion & Yukon Gold Herb and Black Pepper Potato Hash

The scone was dry and crumbled apart. I found one bit of sundried tomato. The potato hash was a small hockey puck of very dry mashed potatoes with way too much black pepper. Waaaaaaaay too much. If there were herbs, they were drowned out. I don't recall any caramelized onions.

The meal was served on a rectangular plate - long and narrow. I felt "claustrophobic" eating it, which is difficult to explain. There were dribbles of red pepper ketchup down the long sides of the plate, making it awkward to eat - when I was trying to cut the food I didn't want it sliding into the ketchup. The presentation was nice, but the ketchup should have been served on the side so I wouldn't have to eat around it. Maybe if it had been served on the side, I wouldn't have felt "claustrophobic".

My companion had the "Canadian" - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Caramelized Onion & Yukon Gold Herb and Black Pepper Potato Hash, Multi-grain Toast. She said it was bland, though isn't that what scrambled eggs are all about? She didn't try the sausage. She had to wait a long time for her toast to be brought. Then we waited forever to get the bill.

Blech. I'm pretty generous in my reviews, I think, compared to a lot of other reviews I've read on this website. This, however, was absolutely terrible.

The view of the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel across the water is pretty neat. It felt rather surreal, like we were "on the outside looking in"

I would never eat in this restaurant again.

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Even better for breakfast the next day
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I have been looking for a good Greek restaurant but the downtown Vancouver reviews are so mixed that none of the restaurants I've read about appeal to me.

I had to attend a meeting in North Vancouver last night, so I checked out Dine Here for restaurants close to the Lonsdale Quay and found Pasparos. I asked my husband about it as many years ago he lived around the corner on 4th, and he said some people love it and others don't. He remembers going a few times and said it was good.

Anyway, it was amazing. From their website I had decided before I arrived to order the appetiser plate for 2 for just myself, as I wanted a little of everything. I received two meat patties, two dolmades, two spanakopitas, a couple of chunks of feta, a large mound of calamari and some lemon, a couple of pieces of warm, sliced pita and a huge serving of very thick tzatziki. I've seen references in recipes for "Greek yogurt", so that must have been it.

I don't eat a lot, and figured that an appetiser plate for two would be enough for me. However, the amount of food was such that I basically ate half the meal, except for the calamari. Because the calamari was deep-fried I figured I'd better eat it all since it wouldn't keep well. It was all so good.

Service was great, although I could have used a fillup of water toward the end. I couldn't have anything alcoholic to drink because I was working, but as far as service goes the waiter first offered drinks, checked twice on my meal and afterwards brought me the dessert menu and asked if I'd like coffee (I'm a water and alcohol girl). He arranged to have a cab called after I finished to take me to my meeting.

I was there at 5:15 p.m. so the place was pretty empty. Greek music played, not too loudly. I sat in the atrium. I love the blue and white of Greek decor.

I didn't notice it at first, but by the time I arrived at the meeting I could really taste the garlic. When I commented on it to people, though, they said they hadn't noticed. I eat chopped/minced/ crushed/sliced garlic pretty much every day, but here I really noticed it.

I took the remainder of the meal with me and set the container over ice in the bathroom sink at the Hotel Vancouver (I know, I know, I reached a new low) and ate it for breakfast this morning. The meat patty and feta tasted even better, if you can believe it. The spanakopita was pretty soggy, but that was to be expected.

A tad on the expensive side, I thought. I rated it a four for ambiance, but I was there by myself - in those circumstances something like that is hard to rate. It would be nice to go here on a date, though.

I'd certainly go back. However, I haven't been in North Van for six years (other than driving through), so if I were back in town I'd probably choose a different restaurant just to try something else. If I lived in North Van, though, I'd be a regular.

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Second Slice Pizza1302 Douglas Street, Victoria
Finally, Decent Pizza!
Submitted Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

This is just a fast food hole-in-the-wall on Douglas Street, but I went there Friday afternoon for a Hawaiian slice and a pop. Most of the pizza I've had out west has been pretty bad. I'm not saying that Second Slice is gourmet pizza - I ate plenty of that in Toronto - but I've found the pizza pickings pretty slim on the west coast. Nice doughy crust rather than the cardboard crust I'm used to getting. I kind of regret not having two slices, as they'd just pulled a fresh pepperoni pizza out of the oven. I don't even really care for pepperoni pizza, but the Hawaiian slice was so good I'm sure the pepperoni would have been good, too. I think I paid $2.50 including tax for a slice and a fill-your-own pop. They had ice, too. Music wasn't too loud. Two slices and a pop was about $4.50, I think.

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Yokohama Japanese Restaurant980 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Nice dinner
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant back in April but because there was no site for it here I never provided a review. I finally realised I could list it myself, so I have now, and here is my review:

I ordered the Tempura Dinner - giant shrimps and seasonal vegetables, deep fried in a Japanses batter with Yakitori as an appetiser for. It cost $17.95. All dinners include Shabu Soup, Sunomono Salad, Main Course, Rice, Ice Cream.

This was an enjoyable dinner, service was quick. The waitress brought me a free appetiser in addition to the Yakitori.

The only complaint I have is the choice of ice cream - I was hoping for green tea or something that complemented the meal, but they just had chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I ordered chocolate, which I love, but it really didn't "fit" the rest of the meal.

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Old Spaghetti Factory703 Douglas St, Victoria
A pleasant surprise
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Toronto maybe 25-30 years ago as a child and, while the restaurant interior was neat, I remember not liking my spaghetti. That's probably because my mother made the best spaghetti sauce in the world. My husband makes a good one as well, so I would never order spaghetti in a restaurant.

I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Victoria last Wednesday and sat on the patio. It was noisy from the traffic, but the interior is noisy, too. It was a lovely sunny day.

I ordered the all-inclusive dinner of chilean langostino penne. I expected to see little lobster tails but what I got was chopped up lobster - but no matter. The dish was really good. The portion size was just right for me, though some people may think it a bit small - but remember, you get bread, soup or salad and dessert as well, so you don't need a huge portion.

I'm not a soup person, but I tried their minestrone and I thought it was really good. The bread and garlic butter were good as well, although the bread seems to dry out quickly. I love ice cream although I'm not really into spumoni, but it was very good as well.

I would definitely go back. Next time I'll have one of my favourite comfort foods - seafood linguine alfredo - with a salad (I'll pay the extra for a Caesar).

I wasn't expecting much from this restaurant but I have to say I was pretty impressed.

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Rathskeller Schnitzel Haus1205 Quadra St, Victoria
A Different Experience
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

I was here on a weeknight (not Monday or Friday) at about 7:30 p.m. so the restaurant was not crowded. I am not a connoisseur of German food, so had specifically planned to come here for a new dining experience.

I had a cup of liver dumpling soup as an appetiser and the Rahm Schnitzel. Not a liver person (though I do like pate), I was being quite daring about the soup. It took a few mouthfuls to get used to the liver taste, but by the end of the cup I was quite into it.

I also enjoyed my schnitzel and spatzle, of which I could only eat about half (in part because they had also provided some delicious bread and butter). They packed up the rest and I had it for lunch the next day.

Two gentlemen at the booth next to me sounded like they quite enjoyed their meal as well. I think they were from out of town and one said he came to Rathskeller whenever he was in Victoria. I heard one of them comment about how they had to order the apple strudel because it was the best ever. If I hadn't been so full (and not being a dessert person), he certainly made it tempting to try.

All in all, a very nice meal.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
My Quest for Eggs Benny
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am "off-island", I want to make the most of my meals out.

I had the eggs benny for breakfast. I think the menu said it was $19 and I was charged only $18. Flavourful hollandaise came in its own pitcher which the waitress offered to pour, but I decline. Very nice back bacon. Their hash browns were very good. Next time I may try the breakfast buffet, once I see what's on offer, as I think it's about $25. Otherwise, I'd gladly order the eggs benny again.

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