While visiting Victoria, our car broke down, so we were stuck to find a place to eat that wasn’t too far away. Even so, I wanted to eat somewhere truly local rather than a franchise. I hopped onto foursquare and saw that a friend had eaten at this restaurant. It wasn’t far, so we walked a few blocks and easily found the restaurant. Being dinner time on a Friday night, the place was full (usually a good sign!). We were quickly seated (<5 min).
SERVICE: Despite how busy the it was, there was plenty of staff on hand, so we never felt neglected or had to wait long. Our waitress, Leah, was effervescent and efficient: it is so awesome to get good waitstaff. We didn’t have to wait long for anything.
FOOD: I had one of the daily specials – mussels in a wine broth – plus their small plate “mac and cheese” (which is actually rotini). My husband had the Caesar salad and baseball steak. We shared the “Ice Cream Sandwich” for dessert. The mussels were delightful and well priced for fresh seafood. Unfortunately, we never did find out exactly where they were from, though our waitress was sure that they were BC grown. The pasta was a perfectly sized portion (not too big) and was delightful. Our dessert was fine, though I suspect that the cookies aren’t made in house. The only let down was that in the menu, the steak said that it came with “fresh vegetables”, and in our opinion, two cooked carrot sticks and a 1 ½” long corn cob is more like garnish than an actual serving of veggies.
ENVIRONMENT: It looks like this spot is really popular with the university crowd, as there were a lot of young people in the restaurant, but we were seated next to a family with a little one, so it is family friendly, too. It was loud, but not uncomfortably so. The atmosphere reminded me of The Keg, only a lot less expensive and much brighter. The bathrooms were clean and there was free wifi (password protected, but our waitress happily supplied the password when I asked). They have a cash machine on site and a phone in the bar that is a direct line to a taxi company.
BOTTOM LINE: Leah was a gem. The menu was diverse and well priced. The food and service was good. Free wi-fi is always welcome. I’d go back, and I would certainly recommend this place to friends.
DISCLAIMER: I didn’t receive any incentive to visit this restaurant or write this review. These comments are entirely my own (well, and a tiny bit my husband’s).