Pizzeria Prima Strada

Pizza! The Ultimate Food! While there is without a doubt a time and place for the $2.88 slice + pop from downtown, there are also times when you may want a glass of wine with your pie. Enter Pizzeria Prima Strada. Substantially pricier than the downtown per slice haunts, it nevertheless delivers an entirely different dining experience. The Neapolitan style of pizza, fired from the oven, is Prima Strada’s specialty, and is definitively more gourmet-tasting than a typical slice. While their menu is relatively small, it’s easy to find something to please any taste (unless you can’t tolerate gluten – then you’re out of luck). Regardless, their pizzas have clearly been refined, and are a product of quality ingredients and well-trained chefs. Also, I should mention that the day before I wrote this blog post, Prima Strada was voted the best pizza in Victoria. So, the city speaks.

Atmosphere:(4.5/5)

Prima Strada is a small place, with most of the restaurant taken up with the central wood-fired stove and prep area, where you can watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas. This adds a neat attraction to the place, as there is always something to watch if you’re within eyesight. While it can seem a little crowded, it isn’t detrimentally so – there can be long waits, but I have encountered very few of these. Also, there are some booths off to the side which are probably the best place to sit if you’re not such a fan of cuddling up with strangers. Prima Strada is another great option for a romantic dinner with your honey, but still is a family-friendly environment.

Service:(4/5)

The times I have visited Pizzeria Prima Strada, the service has mostly been good, though I have had the occasional dispassionate server. Despite this, the servers are great about making sure you have water/putting water on the table, and are very accommodating for leftovers boxes. I’ve always found the service to be quick, as well.

Food:(4.75/5)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have tried a few different pizzas at Prima Strada, and they have all been very good. They use fresh ingredients, and the wood-burning oven creates a soft and chewy thin crust that is quite unlike the typical western pizza. This time, I got the Bambino, which is basically just a cheese pizza (mozza and parmesan) but somehow is a perfectly refined cheese pizza – probably due to the fresh ingredients (and copious amount of olive oil). Matthew got the Panna E Pancetta, which, with the cream and ricotta cheese, was extremely rich – but still flavourful with the addition of the pancetta and scallions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koide and Jess, our Victoria Restaurant Review partners in crime, ordered the Salsiccia Piccante and the Diavola, respectively. They both seemed pleased with their choices, and from what I remember, the fennel sausage on the Salsiccia was a particularly big hit. Everyone’s bellies were happy.

Value:(3.5/5)

Let’s be honest: paying fifteen dollars for a pizza isn’t exactly cheap. Realistically, you may have some leftovers from this pizza, but probably not a lot, and even if you do it more than likely will not be enough for a full second meal. So that said, you’re not getting a steal of a deal. However, if you consider that you would probably be paying this same approximate price for an individual pizza at any pub downtown, where the pizza is of a considerably lesser quality, it does ease the blow a little.

Overall:(4.25/5)

Prima Strada is a fancy pizza place for when you want to feel like you’re getting an experience – a Neopolitan experience, at that! It delivers delicious pizzas made from fresh ingredients, as well as creating an enjoyable atmosphere for a dinner out. While you may be paying more than you would for a typical pie, you most likely won’t be sorry you did.



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Pagliacci’s

Whenever my boyfriend Matthew comes to visit, Pagliacci’s is our go-to for delicious food, generous portions, and cheap wine. Famous for its lines out the door and along the sidewalk, Pag’s is almost always busy; whether for brunch, lunch, or dinner. While some would argue that this constant flow of patrons is a result of a lot of undeserved hype, I would beg to differ. I have visited Pagliacci’s a number of times, and have always found it to be worth the wait, despite the occasional bump along the way with service.

Atmosphere: (4/5)

The tables of Pagliacci’s are nestled close together, with very little space to squeeze in between. The same tends to be the case with the tiny waiting area that is always full. However, there is a definite sense of intimacy that is created with the lack of space – especially in the evenings, when the lights are dimmed and candles adorn the tables. Inevitably, this is a place where you will see couples of all ages enjoying a romantic dinner. Also worth mentioning is the plethora of art on the walls, which, although chaotic, is always interesting to look at; and the live music at 8:15pm Sunday-Wednsdays (go for the music – it really is entertaining!).

Service:(3/5)

Because Pagliacci’s is so busy, their service suffers a little bit. The occasional long waits to order, long waits for bread, and rushed servers are simply the reality of dining at Pag’s. I’ve never had absolutely terrible service, but I’ve also never had fantastic service.

Food:(4.75/5)


The bread at Pagliacci’s will blow your mind. A perfect balance of moistness, chewiness, oil, and salt; this bread is what many people come to Pag’s for. It is made in house, and is bottomless – aka, you can basically eat as much as you want. My advice: don’t overeat on the bread. I know it’s amazing, but you want to enjoy your entree too, don’t you?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our entrees this time, I got the Ravioli Paradisio, and Matthew got the Sophia. We were both thrilled with our choices. Mine was creamy, hearty, and the blue cheese/sundried tomato combo gave it a strong, appealing flavour kick. I got a half order, and it was more than enough food. Matthew loved the creamy seafood appeal of the Sophia, which apparently is one of the more popular menu items. We also ordered some wine, which is extremely reasonably priced!

Value:(5/5)

For generous portions and delicious food, the price is right at Pagliacci’s. Their pastas range from $13.oo-16.50 for a full, and $9.50-12.50 for a half order. Factoring in the delicious free bread and cheap wine, you could very well have leftovers from your meal, even with a half order.

Overall:(4.5/5)

Pagliacci’s offers a great dining experience. While I have only ever been there for dinner, I have heard that their Sunday brunch is well worth trying as well. Great food and pricing, decent service, and a lively yet intimate atmosphere make it an awesome place to share a meal with someone you love.

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Hernande’z

 

One thing I have noticed during my quest for delicious food in Victoria is that there are very few places to get lunch for under ten dollars – especially in the downtown core. Many places that serve dinner also serve lunch, but with a negligable (if at all) discounted price. Consequently, Hernande’z called my name. Tucked away in a walkthrough plaza between Yates and View, Hernande’z is a haven for those in search of a quick, cheap, and delicious lunch.

Atmosphere (4/5):

The owners of Hernande’z have clearly made a concerted effort to make the restaurant an inviting place to eat, even though it is sprawled inside an office building. The bright plastic tablecloths and picnic benches are sort of charming, and the warm walls and ethnic artwork made me feel like I wasn’t in Victoria any more (albeit the many hipsters in search of cheap food – hah!). Also, it should be noted that the food is served on large sheets of paper, though you can pay to get a plate. I found this to be quite unique, and didn’t see it as being problematic at all.

Service (4/5):

Simple and efficient. You order on the one side of the walkway, you are given a number, and your food is brought to you from the kitchen on the other side. It was easy and quick. That said, we weren’t sure whether we had to wait for our food at the kitchen or not. It would have been helpful if they’d have said that we would be served at our table. Also, we ordered tacos from the “slow food” menu, and the server let us know (quite adamantly) that it would be slower than getting a burrito or something off of the “faster food” menus. We knew that we had order a slower item, and I didn’t feel that she necessarily needed to say anything (the food came quite quickly anyway!). It seemed almost as if they had experienced problems in the past with people expected their food faster than it was able to be. If you read the novel that is their website, this sentiment is confirmed.

Food (5/5):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew and I got the tacos (five for five dollars – how could we not?!). I, being a veggie, got the black bean; he got the pork. Both came drizzled with sour cream and salsa, with plenty of fresh cilantro, onion, and lime. Mine were fantastic! The corn tortilla shells were obviously freshly made, and the filling was flavourful. Matthew enjoyed his pork ones as well, but after trying one of my bean tacos he said he would probably get those next time. I think the bean ones are perhaps a little more filling, as well – Matt was still a little hungry after his five tacos.

Value (5/5):

Five dollars for five tacos cannot be beat. The burritos, at around seven to eight dollars would probably make a great quick meal. This is unusually cheap for delicious, fresh food. I am thrilled at this find.

Overall(4.5/5):

Hernande’z provides delicious, cheap, and filling lunch. The main attraction to this place is the excellent pricing. With their “faster food” menu, it is great for people in hurry; but it also provides a great pitstop for those who just want to relax and enjoy the plastic tablecloths.

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La Piola

La Piola! Groupon! Dinner! More of a lunch place, but it was open for dinner, so we decided to give it a try.

Atmosphere: (3/5)

La Piola is a little odd, in that it has a cafe/deli type atmosphere, but serves around dinnertime as well. The tables are very sparse inside, which was a little odd. However, it was bright, and quite welcoming. It was nice to see all the imported Italian food lining the walls, as well.

Service: (3/5)

Our server was a little inconsistent in her service – she started by telling us that we needed to go up to the till to order, but since we were the only people in the cafe, she ended up pretty much giving us a vague form of disjointed table service. She was nice enough though, and the food came quickly (as it should, with us being the only ones there).

Food: (2/5)

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: I wasn’t impressed with the food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started with drinks: the sangria seemed like a perfect option for a sunny evening. However, it really wasn’t that great. Less fruity than it could have been, and the brandy in it just didn’t quite work with the light fruity flavours. Then we had the minestrone soup, which I have an ongoing fondness for. This soup didn’t live up to my expectations, though. Bland and oily, I was surprised that a place that prides itself on fresh ingredients was unable to make a decent minestrone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We shared a pizza for our entree (the Stagioniale – a vegetarian pizza ), and all I can say that it was nothing special. I hate to make comparisons, but compared to Pizzeria Primastrada, the flavour of this pizza and consistency of the crust was a total letdown. It was okay – edible – but if I’m paying fourteen dollars for a pizza, it had better taste damn good. Granted, the veggies seemed fresh, but the cheese and crust were painfully mediocre.

Value: (1/5)

I did have a Groupon, which made going to La Piola reasonable (and frankly, was the only reason we went in the first place). I certainly would not pay full price for the majority of La Piola’s offerings. That said, the sandwich menu seemed a little more reasonable for a lunchtime visit.

Overall: (2/5)

Unfortunately, my experience with La Piola wasn’t great. Our food was unremarkable, and the value just wasn’t there. But I should also say that this was my only visit, and they have many other items on the menu that could potentially be great for lunch. The sandwiches looked interesting, and were more reasonably priced; and the pasta is rumored to be quite delicious.  I don’t want to discount La Piola, because they have potential as a lunch place/deli, but it certainly did not impress me for dinner.

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UVic Grad House

Another invigorating swimming session left Jess and I in pursuit of good food, pronto. Since we were on campus anyway, the Grad House was an appealingly short walk away. Jess and I had both enjoyed our prior experiences there, although we had both only visited once before. I think that many undergrads fail to experience the joys of the Grad House due to it’s veil of being exclusively for Graduate Students, and because it’s tucked away behind the Student Union Building. However, the great prices, delicious food, and friendly service is wholeheartedly enjoyed by those students, staff, faculty, and community members who are in the know. A hidden gem of UVic!

Atmosphere: (3/5)

The Grad House is comprised on two rooms – the main larger room, and the David Clode room (which is off to the side). Both rooms are fairly spacious, and from what I’ve gathered they will use one room, or the other, or both, depending on the volume expectations. The decor is plain, with a few paintings on the wall – nothing fancy, but does the trick. It caters to a more mature crowd than Felicita’s, is brighter, and offers more of a dining experience.

Service: (4.5/5)

In my experience, I have seen great service at the Grad House. The servers are friendly and effective, and even offered my boyfriend a magazine to read while he waited for me (for our first visit). This particular time, our server was prompt, attentive, and offered seemingly genuine smiles. He didn’t refill my water, though it does say on the menu that water is self-serve. I was too lazy to get up, so I went thirsty. Call me high-maintenance, but I like being poured water. It makes me feel special.

Food: (4.5/5)

I enjoyed  the food at Grad House, and I think Jess did too. The selection is great – I had a really hard time making up my mind, which is a testament to their variety of vegetarian options. However, I happen to know that many of the meat options, such as the pulled pork sandwich, are also delicious. The Grad House aims to use fresh, local ingredients in their dishes, which although a common line in Victoria restaurants, is always nice to hear.

After a lengthy debate between the Grad House Veggie Wrap or Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwich, I followed the server’s recommendation and went for the sandwich with a side of the tomato soup. This was an unlikely choice for me, as I am not a huge fan of tomatoes; but I was definitely not disappointed! The soup was light, simple, and fresh – everything a spring soup should be. And the sandwich was wonderful! It had been grilled, and the combination of the cheese, spinach, and tomato was spot on. It was pleasantly herbed, the veggies were perfect, and the bread was delicious. I have no complaints.

Jess got the falafel burger with yam fries, and was happy with her choice! I too have had the falafel burger, and it was zesty and delicious, with a fluffy, fresh bun.  Oh, and the yam fries are absolutely divine, especially with the chipotle mayo. The portion is quite large, too – good bang for your buck!

Value:(4/5)

The Grad House offers great value. The portions are good, the quality is excellent, and the prices are reasonable. Especially attractive for the thrifty individual is the five dollar menu – a rare phenomenon in the Victoria restaurant scene; consisting of items such as grilled cheese and a salad, or perogies and a salad. Most of the other items hover around the 10$ mark, which is extremely doable.

Overall:(4/5)

Great food, value, and service – the Grad House is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. It’s the best on campus sit-down restaurant option.

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Rebar

My dear friend Alice and I visited Rebar on a Tuesday night after I learned that she had never been there before. As a vegetarian dining-out enthusiast, Rebar is old stomping ground to me. In a way, it represents the epitome of creative vegetarian food in Victoria – for me, anyway. During my many visits to Rebar over the years, I have had a variety of experiences – some great, some less great. The thing I love about Rebar is also the thing I hate about Rebar: their cuisine is creative, innovative, and complicated. Perhaps sometimes too complicated. Rebar does not do simple food, but at least you know it won’t be a boring meal. Also, I should mention that they have a great line of freshly prepared juices and smoothies, which are delicious and definitely worth trying.

Atmosphere:(4.5/5)

I will preface this section of the review with the fact that I have a personal affinity for colour and eccentricity. If you don’t, then this may not be the place for you! Rebar is has brightly coloured walls, floral oilcloth tablecloths, and jello molds/plastic dinosoars as decorative objects. It is quirky and fun, with a lot of charm that makes you want to go back. 

Service:(4/5)

I have always found the service at Rebar to be quite good. The servers do their job, and are polite and friendly. They don’t ask you about your day or compliment you or appear thrilled to be serving you but that’s probably a bit much to ask for an overworked university student anyway.

Food:(3.75/5)

As I mentioned earlier, the food at Rebar is creative and innovative, which is normally a good thing but can occasionally be problematic. One thing I have noticed about Rebar is that certain items on their menu tend to change, and certain other items seem to be mainstays (the quesadillas, enchiladas, curries/stirfrys, burger, etc). In my mind, if you stick with the mainstays, you can be guaranteed a good meal. However, that way exactly what I didn’t do. Just for fun.

Following the delivery of Rebar’s delicious, herby, salty bread (which was a little too oily for my liking, albeit good); our entrees arrived. Alice got a bowl of Monk’s Curry, which, for 12$, was a generous portion. The curry had an excellent veggie+tofu-to-rice ratio, and she seemed to enjoy it very much. I’ve also had the curry before, and I always found it to be delicious.

I feel like I could write a novel about this meal. I had the Tempeh Reuben, with a side of the daily soup (carrot, rhubarb, and poached pear), and it left me with mostly positive, but somewhat mixed feelings. The soup, as you may imagine from the ingredient list, was weird, and I almost contemplated not eating it following my first bite. It was sort of sour, kind of sweet, and ‘gritty’ – as if it hadn’t been pureed well enough. It was ok, but not good – possibly another case of overcomplication. However, the Reuben left me pleasantly surprised. I am a big fan of tempeh (fermented soy product), but had never had a reuben before; I found the combination of flavours unique and rather yummy! Dijon mustard, russian dressing, sauerkraut, beets…. it worked! It was good! I was happy.

Dessert! Of course! Now, I’m not generally one to get dessert when I go out; but Rebar’s mouth-watering dessert case greets you as you walk through the door, and leaves you thinking about dessert throughout the meal. Rebar brings in their desserts through Cascadia bakery, as they are jointly owned. The pie was delicious, and had a unique almond essence flavour that brought it to the next level. However, I would argue that they could probably tone down the almond a little. It wasn’t detrimental to the pie, but it was a little overpowering.

Value:(3.75/5)

Rebar is pretty good value. They have good food, much of it is local/organic etc, and the prices aren’t bad. However, I wish their ravioli wasn’t 18$, because it looks delicious – I would have tried it had it been a couple dollars cheaper. Most of their entrees hover around the 14 dollar mark, which is doable, and pretty standard for Victoria.

Overall:(4/5)

Rebar is, in my mind, something of a must-do Victoria experience. It is quirky, usually yummy, and always interesting.

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The Blue Nile East African Restaurant

After helping my mum move into her new apartment, we made an impromptu visit to The Blue Nile. I had seen The Blue Nile advertised in The Martlet (UVic’s student newspaper), but until recently I didn’t know where it was located. I was especially excited for the visit because I understood that they:
A. have a wide selection of vegetarian options
B. have a buffet, and
C. served east african food, which I had never tried before.

Blue Nile delivered.

Atmosphere: (3/5)

Blue Nile is nothing fancy; in fact it is borderline tacky (though not detrimentally so). Case in point: the Christmas tree is still in the entryway. There are constant Bollywood-style African movies playing on the TV in the corner (which I actually rather enjoyed and found the dance moves to be quite enviable). There is a ‘grass-hut’ lining to the ceiling. The configuration of the tables is awkward. But despite all this, Blue Nile is the kind of tacky that is vaguely endearing and makes you want to come back again.

Service (3/5):

We came to Blue Nile on a Friday at around 6pm, and it seemed that there was only one server at that time. It was fairly quiet when we arrived, but it got busier quickly, and it seemed a bit too much for our server to manage. However, she seemed to genuinely want to serve us well. She even brought the injera (bread) right to our table when the buffet ran out. They should definitely be staffing a little more generously on a Friday night, but it was dealt with well enough.

Food: (4.5/5)

We went for the buffet (how could you not?!) and it was a truly unique and delicious cuilinary experience. There were plenty of vegetarian dishes, as well as a few meat options, rice, salad, and injera (a spongy, sour-tasting flatbread). The food was hot, fresh, and well-seasoned. The flavours were unique, and definitely a must-try if you like curried dishes! I was impressed with the variety of flavours in their copious legume dishes – though watch out for the red lentils: they are spiiiicy! Also, I was quite excited to try the injera, and found it to be like nothing I’ve ever had before. It complemented the food nicely, similar to the way naan accompanies indian food (only less greasy!). Overall, I thorougly enjoyed Blue Nile’s buffet, and would go back in a heartbeat.

Value: (4.5/5)

For a dinner buffet, 14.95  in Victoria is a steal. That is all.

Overall: (4/5)

Blue Nile was an exciting dining experience for me – the flavours were great, the ambience is unique, and the price is right. I would definitely go back again. And you should too.

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Sally Bun

Walking back from the gym today, I found myself unassumingly at Sally Bun. I was hungry, it was lunchtime, and I wanted something to go with my homemade soup. I knew of Sally Bun’s savoury filled buns, but had never tried one before – it was time.

My first visit to Sally Bun, a few years ago, was mediocre. It was the afternoon, with few buns left to choose from, and consequently I ended up settling on their soup. It wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t worth returning for. However, this second visit definitely changed my impression of this little cafe. I went right at noon, when there was lots of buns to choose from. Also, I noticed that there were lots people who appeared to work in the area coming in, which I figured was a good sign.

Atmosphere: (4/5)

Sally Bun is a small cafe, with only a few small tables. However, there are some nice cosy spots by the windows that are perfect for a relaxed lunch with a newspaper in hand. Alternatively, there is a lovely garden area out back. The decor at Sally Bun is bright and cheery.

Service: (4/5)

Service at Sally Bun is prompt, and mostly efficient – although there are some flaws in the logistics of heating up buns and getting them to the right person, especially when it’s busy. But nevertheless, the staff seem friendly and well-meaning.

Food: (5/5)

In addition to Sally Bun’s wide selection of filled buns, they offer soups, “create your own salads” and sweet treats. As I mentioned before, I found their soup to be nothing extraordinary. I like the idea of creating my own salad, but probably would be more likely to make my own at home given the price. My advice: get the buns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got the egg,  cheddar, and green onion bun AND IT BLEW MY MIND. Lots of  flavourful scrambled egg in the centre of a dense (yet fluffy?) bun. It was absolutely delicious; and the ratio of bun to filling was perfect. They microwave their buns to warm them, and although that isn’t my preferred heating method, they do taste great warm. If you’re eating it at home, use the oven. Regardless, I think I’m in love with Sally Bun.  Now I just have to go and try more – the spinach and feta is calling my name… and/or artichoke, tomato and feta. Also, I should mention that everyone around me was ordering meat buns, so I would naturally assume that they are also delicious.

Value: (4.75/5)

These buns are quite filling as a snack or part of a lunch, and for how yummy they are, 3.25 ain’t bad.

Overall: 4.75/5

I intend to retun to Sally Bun frequently – it pretty much made my day.  Also, I should add that it is worth venturing out of the downtown core for. It is on Fort between Cook and Vancouver, which is probably a 10 minute walk from the more tourist-y Government St area. If you are visiting Victoria, go up Fort a few blocks and visit Sally Bun. It’s cheaper and better than most of the tourist traps, and you’ll be glad you made the trip.

 

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Fernwood Inn

My lovely mother and I visited Fernwood Inn on a bustling Tuesday night prior to seeing a play at the Belfry Theatre (2 Pianos 4 Hands – it was a fantastic show!).

Atmosphere:(4.5/5)

The atmosphere at the Fernwood Inn is casual, warm, and inviting. When you first walk in, the bar area is straight ahead, with mostly tables with bar stools in the first room. It is bright and bustling – obviously a great meeting spot for beers after work. I got the sense that this place is a sort of ‘small town watering hole’, with many people seeming to know each other or unknowingly bump into friends. This type of atmosphere is hard to find in Victoria, with many of our restaurants and pubs being considerably more buttoned-up.

Service:(3/5)

The service was average. Our server was polite enough, though not overly friendly. She did her job though, which was the main thing.

Food:(3.75/5)

The menu at the  Fernwood Inn is pleasantly varied, with something to appeal to most tastes. They have a good selection of beers on tap, as well.

My mum got the “Inn Salad”, and seemed to enjoy it very much. There was a plethora of blueberries and macadamia nuts, which proved a creative and delicious combination. Her only complaint was that there could have been more brie cheese. There were two small slices.

I got Scotty’s Veggie Burger, with the Carrot Coconut and Ginger Soup. The soup was delicious, though served a little cool for my tastes, and a little sweeter than I would have liked. A few chili flakes would have brought it up a notch and distracted from the sweetness. The veggie burger, however, was great! Clearly a homemade patty, the folks at Fernwood Inn know how to make a vegetarian happy. It had a curry flavour, was moist, and overall succeeded in being a vast improvement on the generic veggie patty

Mandatory dessert: the Vanilla Creme Brulee. This is my mum’s absolute favourite dessert, and she was very impressed. I am not much of a creme brulee eater, but my bite was delicious, and I could tell that some thought was put into this dessert by the little vanilla pod seeds dotted in the mixture. That was a good sign. However, as you can see in the picture, the caramelized layer did not shatter as it usually should, and was a lot more “bendy” – not disastrous. The biscotti? Not so good. It tasted like it just came out of the deep freeze, though it may have been nice had I been drinking coffee.

Value:(3.75/5)

I’m going to say that the value is pretty darn good. It isn’t overly cheap, but it certainly is more affordable than many of the other pubs in Victoria. The food is good, the atmosphere is lively – it’s definitely worth it, for the most part.

Overall:(3.75/5)

Fernwood Inn is worth straying from downtown for. It isn’t perfect, but it fills the niche of a place to meet some friends for good food and a beer.

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Cobs Bread – What should I buy?

So, you’re going to buy some bread, and you’re willing to spend a little extra to be sure that your bread is amazing.
You go to Cobs Bread, obviously. (Alternatively, you visit one of the delicious local bakeries that I intend to review soon. I work part-time at Cobs, so I figured they deserve some immediate blog love.) Cobs is a Canadian extension of the Australian company, Baker’s Delight. They bake everything from scratch each day, and any leftover bread goes to charities that come each night at closing.

But what do you buy?! Country grain? White? Brown?

Sure, you could do that. You’d be eating delicious, preservative-free bread that is considerably better in every way than grocery store bread. However, I suggest you venture a little from traditional loaves into the exciting world that is Cobs’ artisan-style breads, sweets, and savoury goodies.

My top picks:

1. Pane di Casa Olive Loaf/dinner rolls:


This bread is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Salty,chewy, and delicious; this bread is ideal served with soup/pasta, used for grilled cheese, or served with any meal in the dinner roll size (pictured above).

2. Banana Chocolate Chip Scones:

These scones are moister than many of the other scones that Cobs offers. The chocolate chip banana combo is absolutely heavenly – I recommend warming them up with some ice cream!

3. New Apple Butterscotch Scones:


Go and try these new scones ASAP. They blew my mind. Moist, apple-y, with little bursts of butterscotch chip heaven.

4. Cheese products: Cheesymite Scrolls, Cheese Chive and Garlic Pullapart, any Twisted Delight:

All of Cobs cheese products are delicious. However, I particularly enjoy the Cheesymite Scrolls as an individually-portioned snack, though they do have Vegemite in them and consequently may not be for those who don’t like the salty deliciousness that is Vegemite. The Cheese Chive and Garlic Pullapart and Twisted Delights are great for sharing and eating with soups or as an accompaniment to every meal. I particularly enjoy the Spinach and Feta Twisted delight.

5. Sourdough:


I have a special place in my heart for Cobs Sourdough-specifically the cranberry and whole wheat varieties. I like the whole wheat because it’s a great way to eat a healthy slice of bread while still enjoying the tangy flavours of sourdough. And the cranberry sourdough… well, let’s just say that it makes a very good grilled brie sandwich. Or turkey sandwich, if that’s your thing!


I should also mention that there are products I haven’t mentioned here that consistently sell very well and are also yummy. Cinnamon Buns, Cinnamon Scones, Berry and White Chocolate scones, Chocolate Croissants, Ham and Cheese Croissants, Cape Seed bread, etc. These are also great, but I wanted to focus more on the lesser-known delicious products in this post. So go! Eat some bread!

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