Camille’s, the best of 38 coffee places and restaurants in Victoria in on Month
Once in a while I feel a bit tired of the places where I eat lunch, then I have the urge to try new ones (and the ones I haven’t visited for sometime).
I think we, as humans, tend to be build habits and become repetitive and boring over time. After few years back, when I decided to try every restaurant in Victoria (and got close to my goal), I have gotten used to the same restaurants.
So I decided for one month to try new ones. Keep in mind. These are places where I had lunch or coffee. There rankings do not reflect their dinner service. I believe we evaluate lunch time in a very different way that we evaluate dinner time. Lunch is more utilitarian, while dinner is more about the event.
The big winner: Camille’s
Most of the best restaurants do not open at lunch time (e.g. The Brasserie, Ulla, and many others). It was welcoming news to see Camille’s open for lunch. I have never eaten there. It was just the second day it was open. I really, really hope they stay open at lunch time. It is some of the most sophisticated lunch time food I had in a long time in Victoria.
The best new restaurant: Effes
Ok, not so new. It has been there for few months now. Simple kebabs, but delicious. It is a great place to stop for a snack any time of the day (although they run out of meats in the afternoon). It is located to the right of the Odeon cineplex on Yates.
I will never be back at the Bard and the Banker
Ça Va was the biggest disappointment. In my opinion, it is not worth it at lunch time.
Regardless of how bad the coffee is, the Oak Bay Maria Coffee Shop is a great destination. Sadly, location beats quality when it comes to a coffee.
My thai place was much better than I remembered it.
I really, really enjoy eating at Aura. The view is great.
The overal ratings
How to read them.
|♥♥♥♥||Will comeback: to be part of my rotation|
|♥♥♥||Would come back: once in a while|
|♥♥||Can be convinced to come back: only if needed|
|♥||Will take a lot of convincing to be back: have to be forced|
|Will NOT come back: never|
And the results (by the way, you can tell the places I regularly visit by omission
|May 10, 2013||Effes||Beef Kabab||~10||Excellent kabab||♥♥♥♥|
|May 11, 2013||Bard and the Banker||~16+tip||Horrible food, bad service. I will never eat here again.|
|May 12, 2013||Sizzling Tandoor (Uptown)||Buffet||~15+tip||Great tandoori and butter chicken, Few options. Excellent value.||♥♥♥♥|
|May 13, 2013||Tibetan Kitchen||Beef Curry||12.20 + tip||Good value, lacks flavour, though||♥♥♥|
|May 14, 2013||The Black Hat||—————–||——||No longer opens for lunch||NA|
|May 14, 2013||Koto||Lunch B||13.65 + tip||Decent bento box. Tempura felt greasy, salad was a mess. It is an izakaya, what can I expect!||♥♥|
|May 15, 2013||Ca Va||Salmon||18.90 + tip||Not impressed at lunch time (salad type menu), average but overpriced food, but willing to try it at dinner time.||♥|
|May 16, 2013||Cafe Ceylon||Burger||15.70 + tip||Very flavourful burger (the special of the day)||♥♥♥|
|May 17, 2013||Skinnytato||Goulash Potato pancake||15.70 + tip||Nice, simple food. The menu is limited, but good experience.||♥♥♥|
|May 18, 2013||Curry Lounge Restaurant||Lamb spinach curry, chicken biryani||–||Good food, but a cavernous location||♥♥♥|
|May 18, 2013||Special Teas||A fancy darjeeling||~2.50||Excellent tea, cozy atmosphere||♥♥♥♥|
|May 19, 2013||Dolce Vita Coffee||Drip coffee, medium roast||<2.00||They open until 10:30 PM!!!||♥♥♥♥|
|May 19, 2013||Bin 4 Burger Lounge||Very good burger, disappointing fries||11.09 + tip||Great deal after 9:00 PM, will definitely come back at that time (at normal prices I would come back)||♥♥♥♥|
|May 21, 2013||Saigon Harbour||Special #1||9.98 + tip||Good value for the food. Rest. had a make over; looks nicer and more inviting.||♥♥♥|
|May 22, 2013||Ill Terrazzo||Spaguettini con capesante||Good food and good value, but WAY too much food (split in 1/2, eat 1/2 take home the rest for a nice dinner)||♥♥♥|
|May 22, 2013||Discovery coffee (discovery st)||Expresso||2.25? + tip||Excellent coffee||♥♥♥♥|
|May 23, 2013||UVic food services||Sandwiches||—||No comment||–|
|May 24, 2013||Saigon Night||Grilled pork and shrimp on noodles||14.35 +tip||A lot of food. The grilling smells great, but pork slightly overcooked. I think Saigon Harbour is better||♥♥|
|May 25, 2013||Forum||Braised duck and noodles||9.40 +tip||Great value. The noodles lacked seasoning. Great service (albeit, the place was almost empty). I liked the duck.||♥♥♥|
|May 25, 2013||Willi’s Cafe at the Royal Museum||Coffee||2.10||Note to myself: the coffee is not the greatest but the patio rocks on a warm day. Come more often||♥♥♥♥|
|May 27, 2013||Pink Bicycle||Portabello Burger||11.55 + tip||Good burger and good vale.||♥♥♥|
|May 28, 2013||King Sejung||jejuk bugolgi lunch special||8.35 + tip||It is hard to complain at this price. Quality is inverse proportional to it.||♥♥|
|May 29, 2013||Oak Bay Marina||Pan fried cod-fish special||16.80 + tip||I feel their food feels a bit outdated, but my fish today was delicious. Well worth it.||♥♥♥♥|
|May 29, 2013||The Marina Coffee Shop||Coffee||1.75||The coffee is not very good, but the view is great.||♥♥♥♥|
|May 30, 2013||Pagliaccci’s||Chicken chikadee||~15.00 + tip||Feels like production line food; my entree arrived before I finished my soap; entree a mess. i don’t get its popularity||♥|
|May 31, 2013||My thai place||potato curry||~10.00 + tip||Much better than I remember it the last time I was there.||♥♥♥♥|
|May 31, 2013||Sally Bun||chicken curry bun||3.25 (I think)||Great snack||♥♥♥|
|May 31, 2013||Subway||Italian spicy sandwich||~5.00||As in any other subway.||♥♥|
|June 1, 2013||Sizzling Tandoor (downtown)||buffet||~14.00 + tip||I think the uptown is better, but it is not bad at all||♥♥♥|
|June 2, 2013||Pizza Strada||salshisha picante||~16.00 + tip||Excellent pizza (perhaps best in town)||♥♥♥|
|June 3, 2013||Baan-Thai (downtown)||Chicken curry special||10.24+tip||Good food, although I wish they would change their lunch menu one of these days||♥♥♥|
|June 3, 2013||Malea Coffee||American||2.50||Bad coffee|
|June 3, 2013||Pho Hoa||#15: pho with all meats||–||It is one of the few options open late any day of the week. That in itself is a reason I go there it. Food is not bad.||♥♥♥|
|June 4, 2013||Baan-thai (foul bay)||Special 4: tofu and red curry||10.24+tip|
|June 5, 2013||Camille’s||Fish stew||18.90+tip||Excellent food, some of the most sophisticated cooking at lunch time. They just started serving lunch||♥♥♥♥|
|June 7, 2013||Sockeye sushi||Bento B||16.85+tip||It was a good lunch. Plenty of tuna and salmon, but not memorable enough.||♥♥♥|
|June 8, 2013||Aura||Kimchi pork sandwich||15.75+tip||Great view, makes it one of my favourite destinations. The food is good, but sandwich oriented at lunch time||♥♥♥♥|
|June 9, 2013||Rebar||Enchiladas||16.10+top||Rebar was one of my favourite restaurants, but it stagnated. The food hasn’t change in 10 years! I want more variety.||♥♥♥|