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Jul 11, 2009 06:17 AM

Review -- Rebar, Victoria B.C.

The last of my B.C. reviews. I have really enjoyed coming out here, not only for the food, but for the fresh air and lack of Toronto attitude. I think maybe you can get blase about all this natural beauty surrounding you, so I suggest a visit to Toronto to help reprioritize your affections. :)

But about the food -- Rebar.

Got there around lunch and the place was packed. My friend and I got a seat and ordered some drinks, an apple juice for him and an "apogee" for me. (carrot, celery, spinach, parsley)

Split an order of their Yukon Gold/sweet potato fries, he got an almond burger, I got the monk's curry. Then we waited.

Service felt slow, but maybe that was just my friend being impatient to go feed the parking meter. Our water glasses were always kept full, so I think the kitchen size and how much product they could get out to the masses there was the limiting factor in the perceived slowness. I didn't mind so much, it was my friend wanting to go get his car away before the meter ran out that caused a bit of service anxiety at the table.

The food when it did come was very good. The potatoes were actually large wedges of soft oiliness with a choice of a sage-lime aoili and a kind of chipotle-ketchup mixture. It was very tasty, ,not too oily, and the sauces were both wonderful.

He enjoyed his almond burger (and he is nowhere near a vegetarian), while I found my curry bland at the start but then as the sauce on the bottom got mixed in more, it became very tasty with a slow-burning heat building up as I kept eating the vegetables, tofu, and rice noodles.

All in all, a great meal and experience. Next time I would reserve, but would definitely go at least twice a month here if I was in the area. It's hard to find a place that does tasty vegetarian cuisine, but this place succeeds quite nicely at it.

And now back to Toronto and reality. Ah well. There's always next summer for new B.C. experiences.

50 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC V8W, CA

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  1. Thanks for your writeups, Pincus, I've really enjoyed reading them. I look forward to hearing where you go next year, and of course if you want any recs, us West Coast hounds are at your service :-).

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    1. re: grayelf

      Next time I will definitely poll ahead of time, I didn't know my friend had gotten into trying new restaurants so I was expecting going to the same comfortable places he always went to with his family. But now that I know he is into trying new things, I will ask for opinions from you West Coast hounds. :)

    2. I looove Rebar and can't wait to eat there when I "go home" this summer. The Monk's Curry recipe is in their cookbook, which is hands-down my most-used cookbook. You can buy it online or at the restaurant.

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      1. re: Jetgirly

        Let me echo the plaudits Pincus. We have been going to Victoria since the early '80's and yet, despite having walked through Bastion Square on a daily basis [Il Paradiso is a favourite stop for good espresso in the morning], we have yet to try Rebar, maybe next Fall.