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yyjguyVictoriaSince February 17, 20099 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
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Saigon Night915 Fort Street, Victoria
A hidden Surprise on Fort Street
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

Well, if you eat Vietnamese often enough you know that Pho is a wonderful brothy soup with rice noodles, and a variety of additions, be it beef and vegetables or tripe for the more adventuresome.

This little place is hidden on Antique Row. You would miss it if you didn't know it was there. (isn't that always the way the great ones are?).

We went for lunch, JJ"s Wonton Noodle house was closed for renovations so we stumbled on to this establishment.

We were greeted promptly and seated at a large table. Tea was served right away, and although the place was full the food trickled from the kitchen one dish by one dish carried by the waiter with immediacy.
They obviously have busy lunches here so if you're going, get there before the rush. Apparently open for dinner also and can't wait to go back.

We started with Spring Rolls, 4 larger ones sliced in half on the plate, a great starter for two and it was generous and flavourful.

Next we tried the Deep fried prawns, you can have half dozen or full - very nice presentation with a chili dipping sauce. (NOTE: these are not the overbattered prawns that one receives in a Chinese restaurant but lightly / delicately battered and not overcooked in the least)

For the main I had the Pho Tai, a wonderful soup with rice noodles, med rare thin sliced beef that was cooked by the time I got to it, and very tasty broth.

My friend had the Bun Ho, Beef with Rice Noodles cooked with lemon grass and was impressed with the great flavours. This was not a soup but more of a bowl. Tasty!

Service was great comparative to other Pho restaurants in this neighbourhood, and it was impressive to see smiling faces on the staff that seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do.

The restaurant seemed exceptionally clean and that speaks volumes.

I would not hesitate to recommend this place anyone - we were in and out in an hour ( parking meters on Fort as you know are 90 minutes) and actually were happy that we've found a new fave. ( Don't worry, we still love JJ's Wonton House - but theres room for both! )

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Marina Restaurant1327 Beach Dr., Victoria
Brunch is a Five Star Event!
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

This establishment just doesn't disappoint! With fresh food on the Buffet carefully prepared, a vast selection of Seafoods, Cheeses, Fruits, two selections of Eggs Benny, SUSHI! and many many other chafing dishes of lovely hot flavourful items that usually change Sunday to Sunday it seems, the list could go on.
The carving station is well done and offers usually Roast Beef, Ham or Leg or Lamb or both. As well as an omelette station with attentive staff.

Desserts are prepared in house and it shows. Delightful start to finish and the staff are always gracious and inviting. Why go anywhere else for an amazing Sunday Brunch....Oh and I forgot to mention the view.

Worth the expense for a few hours of piquing your senses! Thanks to all the great people that make this place a destination!

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FireSide Grill4509 West Saanich Rd, Victoria
Very hit and miss
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

We arrived with Reservations for a party of Four. We were assured by the Hostess (April?) that we would have a nice table for four by the fire....I didn't even ask for that but only had told her that we were coming in for a special evening with a good friend turning 60 yrs old. We arrived 5 minutes early...notably the place was half empty.... Then seated at what appeared to be the least desirable table for 6 in the large dining hall style room.
If they hadn't put up curtains and had a candle or two on the tables this place could be an old gymnasium fixed up to look like a restaurant with tables and chairs. Firstly, why if you bother to make a reservation do you get seated at a table of six? Then the server has to come and make a fuss about removing all the other cutlery and stemware etc. Tacky.

The menu is not broad, but understandable given the seeming lack of experience that comes on the plate from the chef. Parsley as a garnish?
Okay....well I don't mean to be rude but show SOME imagination for your $22 and up plates.

Wines on the menu were basically old school, and while this is not the reason I go out to dinner, it's surprising there isn't more care and attention taken to educate the servers on the Wines offered in house. Frankly when you start having an avg plate at $25 and wines $50 and up there simply has to be some education on the quality or varietal for the server.

The Manager was floating around the Restaurant part of the evening really not paying any attention to the room but mostly looking important. Perhaps this could go over in a restaurant like the William Tell, but if it is essential to pay attention to the service in the Dining room and oversee all tables. During the meal the server did not bother to return to the table to pour our wine upon finishing up we sat for quite some time with dirty plates in front of us. The manager passes several times clueless to the fact, clearly he wasnt' there to support his staff.

With receiving the bill it seemed to take forever. I think there are some issues here that could be worked out if they would like to make this a better place to dine, and with some training and attention to detail it probably could be great. I hear there's a nice patio in the summer but I would have to a really good reason to return here. They just simply dropped the ball and there are so many other great places in the city to get mediocre food.

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Sadly Disappointing.
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

LOVED this place in the summer. Must have been due to the staff and season. WHAT HAPPENED?

There is a nice menu here, while not really that diverse it offers something for everyone. Known for they're 'BREW' Pub distinction, I don't partake too much in the hops so I'll save comment for those that are more discerning.

What i do expect with $$$-$$$$ menu rated establishments is POLITE , PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGABLE, service.

The servers there lately are complacent and condescending. It was even difficult to get a professional response from the Host/ Bartender....we seemed to interrupt his beer as we entered and waited for a table.
(* should staff be imbibing on duty?....well, lets leave that one for the Liquor Inspector or the Owner of the establishment.)

Servers of the world take note.....Obviously when you leave half a dish or platefull of food behind on the table) and no...you don't want it to go.... the Server should really clue in (discreetly) as to what the scenario was up with the food without just yanking it away and quickly offering dessert.

If you care enough to serve it then please care enough to ask how things are. Really, it doesn't come out of your pocket?!?!

There are better places for a view in Victoria, although the patio here is nice in the summer for al fresco dining - my pick is lunch / brunch and definitely NOT dinner or evening venturing into the pub if you're not intoxicated. NOISY and obtrusive environment. But hey, Pubs are like that. This just happens to be one big room with a vaulted ceiling so it echos like no tomorrow. Personal choice simply but this would not be a destination restaurant for me anymore. They simply didn't live up to the expectation.

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Cactus Club Cafe1125 Douglas Street, Victoria
Time To Revamp the concept
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

While this little dig on Blanshard is a hit with younger crowd, unfortunately they have edged out the Middle age people that care for better food and a nice ambience. (thirtysomethings and over)

I have dined here numerous times with Friends , Colleagues and Associates, its getting to be as old as the Keg style service with perky little waitresses that obviously know nothing about wines etc ....frankly for twenty five dollar plates of food I want a little bit more than Earls style service.
The Menu is not as broad as it could be - of course we could overlook that with a Bellini or two. But really, $$ adds up and the food just simply has to equate with value for dollar in an establishment like this and sorry it doesn't.
Noise rating in here is obtrusive and if you want to have meaningful conversation then go elsewhere.

On the other hand its open late and a good bet for a decent meal at midnight, with welcoming staff that aren't itching to go home. (how unusual !)

While I would return here discriminately, I would not offer this as a 'must visit' kinda place...but a stopping point to get somewhere....there are better places to have an evening out for dinner in Victoria where you can relax and langour in the sensation.

Sorry Richard.

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Sarpino's Pizzeria2950 Douglas St, #165, Victoria
Great Pizza Always
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

We liked this after trying several other locations...well, what more needs to be said. This Sarpinos offer really great Pizza with Drivers that seem to offer a flair for service and courtesy. Delivery can take some time but good food is worth waiting for right? Besides, it gives you a bit more time to enjoy a nice glass of Vino.
What more can you ask for with Pizza?

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Adriana's Mexican Restaurant1527 Amelia Street, Victoria
Truly Mexican, AT LAST
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

We found this place unexpectedly after signing a real estate deal at the Stewart Johnson Law Firm next door. Well, good things happen by surprise!

Adriannas offer a nice menu that is truly mexican without the tex mex schtick that most little mexican places buy into. In fact, she is the real deal, cooks the food and trust me there is alot of love in the flavours presented with each dish.

What an immense amount of effort and time is invested into the ambience here.....notable details at every glance of a Mexican Cucina. While somewhat crowded if busy, its tolerable. Don't go here for a clandestine dinner.

The Amuse Bouche, ( sorry folks for the upscale french description but I can't even imagine what they call this in Spanish) .!! WHAT a nice touch. A little start from the Chef for the palate.

Sangria , well - definitely nice here and worthwhile, although of course the full bar menu and wine list is there but hey, do as the locals do.

Honestly there has not been a dish that has disppointed in several visits here. Start to finish, be it Adrianas Special House salad or the desserts selection with Flan, things just always seem to be just right.

There is a small patio out front for Al Fresco dining, pleasant as this little Cucina is out of the mainstream way so it can be an enjoyable quiet experience which doesn't exist much in Victoria for the most part.

Muy Bueno, Gracias !

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Ho Ting Chinese Restaurant809 Craigflower Road, Victoria
Worth travelling out of your way for.
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

LUCKILY, we found this GEM in our neighbourhood!!! Really, Chinese restaurants ARE a dime a dozen...the good ones are only found here and there.....After Numerous times dining in, (as indicated, its not fancy but definitely cleaner than most Chinese restaurants). And the price fits the bill. VERY reasonable comparative to other places in the City. The flavours are defined with each dish, and it would seem each dish is prepared with care.

Notable dishes, Ginger Beef Onion Hot Pot, Szechuan Chicken, Singapore Style Noodles, well the list can go on. The Szechuan Chicken came sizzling to our table on a cast iron plate....beautiful aromas, next were the Hot Pot, truly prepared ...(yeah, you guessed it...in a hot pot) and the noodles seasoned wonderfully and curried.

Obviously we are adventurous with taste, if you don't like spicy foods then there are the other easy entrees on the Menu.

There are the usual Deluxe family dinners for two, four or six , NOTE>>>>PEOPLE....THESE ARE FAR FROM USUAL! the flavours are distinct and there is enough to satisfy your cravings without being too much that you cannot stand to look at it anymore, ( i mean who needs to go home with a 3 lb bag of food that you didn't eat right? Only to find it in your fridge calling Guilt the next day that you bought it and now don't feel like eating it anymore.)))

Savour the flavour and enjoy while you're there.

There is a bar here but its limited, don't come here looking for Mai Tais or Daiquiris or drinks with Umbrellas!

The Won Ton Soup is a bit small portioned for the price so we avoid that, but there is an ample selection of appetizers on the menu otherwise.
There also is a Green Pea Egg Swirl Soup which is different.

On every occasion dining here the Host/Owner/Server/ is ALWAYS extremely polite and expedient. What a treat.

The price is right and I am only reviewing this on this website because its a bit out of the way and they too deserve to be supported on MERIT.... good food and hard work should pay off. Otherwise we would keep this little secret from everyone for a lifetime. I hope you enjoy as much as we have.

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Ming's Restaurant1321 Quadra St., Victoria
Gung Hay Fat Choy?
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

Nice Venue but... and we went on Chinese new years,,,,,,ALthough the waiters attempted to give 'five star' service here, it was laughable compared to the 'slop' that came from the kitchen. This establishment was recommended to us. Thats always a first and we try to support those places as we have found really hit and miss in this type of Cuisine.

Upon first entering we were aware that it may be somewhat of a tourist trap given the brochures, booklets, dining guides etc. on a very big rack at the entrance. The host . gracious and seated us promptly. - waiters nicely attired and professional. Food, well we had the Emporers Menu for two as there were a few finnicky things on the New Years 'Special' Menu that didn't appeal. Well.... ALL the food came at a tepid temperature....flavourless for the most part with very similar sauces on each dish, nothing distinct...well disappointment set in and I was absolutely concerned (knowing food temperatures and hot holding temps from a Food Safe Level 2 Certification standpoint....) this food was luke warm. The establishment was half empty so ...sorry Hong Lee, NO EXCUSE.... and at a time when they should be trying to WOW the public with the Chinese New Years Festival and an Economy that is not encouraging people to dine out....

Hot towels apres dinner were a nice touch.
Upon leaving, the Hostess did not even look up from her magazine to say thank you or good nite. In fact, no one seemed slightly concerned at our enjoyment. ( well lets face it, its chow mein people!) In any event we went with higher expectations - coupled with the fact the Menu prices here are exhorbitant by comparison to better places around town that LOCALS will dine for Asian Cuisine.

Needless to say this Restaurant is a clear defined THUMBS DOWN experience. Service simply will not make up for bad food.


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