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Victoria Report (long)

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Victoria Report (long)

dandgchow | Sep 10, 2004 03:45 PM

My husband and I spent the holiday weekend in Victoria and had some mixed results with food. Mostly, everything was great, but A LOT of stuff was closed due to the holidays which was a huge bumer. Our absolute favorite place was Brasserie L'ecole, where we celebrated our wedding anniversary. Sadly, our other top picks for the weekend were a no go (Cafe Brio, Zambri's, Ottavio, etc.). We would have eaten at BL the next night but they're also closed on Sundays. We will go back to Victoria JUST to eat here. We LOVED it. On to the food...

Saturday dinner at BL. Dinner reservation for 7.30 - we arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. We order the boisson maison (good) and cheese right away. On to the starters- I had a roated beet salad with frissee and blue cheese. Excellent. My husband had the mussels. Now we are huge mussel lovers and have had them all over the world. These may be the best EVER. A bit salty, but truly excellent flavor. We drank thr broth with our spoons. Entrees- I had the mustard crusted salmon, husband had lamb shank. Truthfully, though good, they were the least stand out items we had. Good, solid, nice prep, but not as stellar as everything else. Cheese course- we had a spanish, a hard italian cheese with pepperocrns and a roqeufort. All very good (italian was best) though the roquefort was a bit overpowering. Dessert- we were stuffed, but couldn't pass up the vanilla bean creme brulee. We split one. Great, classic brulee. That was it! Also had a bottle of wine though I don't recall the name. Very good from Languedoc region. All in all, an outstanding meal, excellent service, we didn't want to leave!

Lunch the following day at Guru, a Korean place on Fort st. Not stunning. I had a decent bulgogi but my husband's sweet and sour beef was a loser. One of the little side dishes came with some excellent potatoes, though. I ate two plates of them! Tasted like artichoke hearts!

Dined that evening at Bravo on Wharf. HIGHLY disappointing. Uncreative. Average. 'nuff said.

Final breakfast at Willie's bakery. Our meals were actually quite good but the service was abominably bad. We also got pastries to go which were a disappoinment. Not nearly as good as they looked. I ate the eggs benedict, husband had pocahed eggs, sausage, etc and both were tasty.

That's it! Thanks for the recommendations and reviews, though I'm oh-so-sorry we missed many of the places we wanted to try.

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