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Cascadia Wholefoods Bakery: Wonderful baked goods, sweets and savouries Cascadia Wholefoods Bakery Review

This funky little hole-in-the-wall place supplies baked goods to Rebar restaurant and many coffee shops around town. It only seats about 10 people and has seats outside during good weather for another 4-6.

The highlight of the decor is the curved, multimedia coffeebar inset with stones, pieces of glass and other odds and ends.

There are lots of sweet treats on offer - lemon squares, brownies, muffins and cookies. There are also wonderful breads for sale as well as soup, panini and pizza.

Favorite Dish: I'm very fond of Cascadia's pizza which is always unusual with ingredients like goat cheese, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, eggplant etc. The lemon squares are yummy and the energy spheres are a great pick me up (and taste good too).

Address: 1812 Government Street

Comparison: about average

Directions: next to Sagers furniture store on Government street - just on the edge of Chinatown

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Bakery

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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The Moka House: Go and pretend you're rich The Moka House Review

I am not a big fan of the Moka House's coffee but you have to check out their new location at Shoal Point at Fisherman's Wharf. The Shoal Point building has won all kinds of awards and deservedly so.

When I went to the Moka House for coffee I felt like I was back in Italy - the building is gorgeously constructed with wonderful gargoyles and quality finishing.

So go to the Moka House, spend a couple of bucks having coffee or tea and pretend that you've just come down from your multimillion dollar penthouse suite upstairs.

Favorite Dish: They have a very extensive selection of teas which they serve to you in a proper POT (none of that *$s rubbish where they put the teabag in your mug and just add hot water).

Address: 110-19 Dallas Road

Comparison: about average

Directions: Fisherman's Wharf - simply follow the walkway that begins at the Laurel Point Inn

Other Contact: http://www.shoalpoint.com/

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Coffeehouse

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Taj Mahal: Pricey but good Taj Mahal Review

The food at this restaurant was very tasty but the portions were very small - especially for the price. Both vegetarian dishes that we sampled came with an accompaniment of either rice or naan. So we had rice with one and naan with the other - we got a single naan torn in to two pieces and a bowlful of rice (maybe a couple of cups maximum).

The decor was nice but the atmosphere was rather tense as I got the feeling that the manageress/owner (not sure if she is the owner or the manager but she seems to be in charge) has a rather domineering attitude that communicates itself to the customers quite strongly. Makes you feel sorry for the waitresses working under her.

Favorite Dish: We had the palak paneer (spinach and Indian soft-cured cheese) and vegetable kofta. Both were very nice and although the portions were small they were filling.

Address: 679 Herald Street

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: near Chinatown

Phone: 250.383.4662

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 3

Theme: Indian

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  • Written Sep 8, 2004
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Pho Hoa: Noodle soup - economical, tasty and fast Pho Hoa Review

This is the only outlet of the Pho Hoa franchise here in Victoria. The restaurant decor is certainly nothing to write home about but the food is hot, fast, filling and inexpensive.

Favorite Dish: The pho (pronounced feu, sort of the national dish of Vietnam) without meat is huge and inexpensive - a small bowl is $4.25 and the large - which is almost big enough to swim in - is $5.25. However vegetarians beware since I am pretty sure that the stock is NOT vegetarian (and hopefully the Indian gods will forgive me for not mentioning this to my Indian friend who was half way through his bowl when I arrived).

I had pho with chicken and it too was large, filling and tasty however both dishes lacked a bit in variety of vegetables. There were just some kind of greens in with the rice vermicelli and some chopped green onions. A bit of sliced carrot or some diced red peppers would have gone a long way to enhancing the appearance and interest of these dishes.

My pho was $7.25 for a small bowl and filled me up quite well. You also get tea on the house (like in Chinese restaurants).

Address: 765 Fort Street

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: On Fort Street between Douglas and Blanshard

Phone: 250-477-2356

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 27, 2004
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On a sunny day dine al fresco at the Noodle Box - Victoria

On a sunny day dine al fresco at the Noodle Box

The Noodle Box: Fast, Fresh and Fairly Frugal The Noodle Box Review

This new and trendy spot features a variety of Southeast Asian noodle dishes as well as soup. All food is served in take-out containers (including soup) and with plastic utensils. Watch your meal being prepared in one of the three woks over a high-intensity gas flame or people watch from the front window seats. The small seating area is abuzz with the sizzle of cooking and full of the aromas of coconut milk, Thai curry, soya sauce and spices. It's a hopping spot and you'll have to wait for a seat at busy times.

Favorite Dish: Any of the dishes are good but I like the ones with a bit of heat (meaning spice not temperature) and coconut milk.

Address: 626 Fisgard Street

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: on the edge of Chinatown

Phone: 250.360.1312

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Website: http://www.chefmoz.org/Canada/BC/Victoria/Noodle_Box1071472359.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 27, 2004
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Spice Jammer: Not cheap but definitely worth it Spice Jammer Review

The restaurant decor is restful and authentic with folk art on the walls. The food is very good although portions are quite small for the price. However the two dishes we had were quite rich and although both were vegetarian they were very filling and with a big plate of rice and some roti we left very satisfied.

Favorite Dish: I like the vegetable masala - the creamy gravy was delicious on rice or sopped up with roti.

Address: 852 Fort Street

Comparison: about average

Directions: just below the intersection of Fort and Quadra

Phone: 250-480-1055

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Indian

Website: http://www.spicejammer.com/

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  • Written Aug 4, 2004
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Enjoy a game of pool after your meal - Victoria

Enjoy a game of pool after your meal

James Bay Inn Pub (JBI): A Cut Above Usual Pub Food

Friendly place with a slightly shabby but comfortable decor. Pool table, live entertainment (comedy, sometimes music) and a mix of bar and table seating. Big screen TV usually set to sports.

Favorite Dish: The fare is standard pub type options but the food always seems fresh and tasty. But the major reason I like the JBI is that every Friday in the TV Times (TV schedule that comes with the Times-Colonist newspaper) there is a 99 cent coupon for this establishment. All you have to do is have two drinks (need not be alcoholic) and the cheaper entree you order is 99 cents. So that's a pretty good return on a $1.50 Friday newspaper.

After you're done your meal take a leisurely stroll around scenic James Bay and perhaps to the Breakwater at Ogden Point.

Address: 270 Government Street

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Just keep following Government Street towards the ocean (away from downtown)

Phone: 1-800-836-2649

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Pub/Brewery

Website: http://www.jamesbayinn.bc.ca/fb.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 12, 2004
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Encroached by Chinese groceries by day - Victoria

Encroached by Chinese groceries by day

Brasserie L'ecole: French comfort food in an unpretentious setting Brasserie L'Ecole Review

This restaurant, which has won all kinds of awards since arriving on the Victoria scene less than 3 years ago, serves great French food without making you feel like an uncultured slob if you don't know what something is. They also don't present you with a plate with more white space showing than is covered with food. The portions are generous and the prices quite reasonable for what you are getting.

It's a small intimate place with a dark, rich interior that is welcoming and comfortable without being too casual. They have invested in a leading-edge wine system that allows them to offer you any wine they have by the glass as long as you buy two glasses (you don't have to buy the bottle).

Service is excellent - efficient without being obsequious.

Favorite Dish: The steak and frites was wonderful. It was simply succulent, tender and flavourful. I enjoyed the Roquefort butter served with the steak and the frites were crispy and perfect (and very generously portioned). The braised watercress was good but seemed rather bland in comparison to my childhood memories of it. We accepted a small dish of aioli which was not garlicky but rather lemon-zested - it was not particularly popular with either of us as a dip for our fries.

Address: 1715 Government Street

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: just on the edge of Chinatown, sandwiched between two Chinese grocery stores

Phone: 250-475-6260

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: French

Website: http://www.lecole.ca/home.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 14, 2004
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