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Bob Mac Feb 19, 2011 09:52 AM

We really enjoyed our one and only visit to this restaurant during the Fall of what I think was its first year of operation.

Took the harbour ferry back up to the area the next day to get a better look at it and the layout of the Old English Inn during the daylight hours.

Since then I have read next to nothing related to it apart from comments about financial difficulties for the company that operated it and others.

Can anyone assist?

We are flying out for visit on Wednesday and am interested in any advice on any new spots what we should try. We have been going and dining in Victoria for a number of years so know most of the well known restaurants but something new might be nice. Back in the Fall, Marc at Brasserie mentioned a place in their area that had been opened by a couple with connections to Brasserie but I have forgotten the name and type of cuisine.

  1. fmed Feb 20, 2011 07:33 AM

    I have been hearing good things about Ulla at the edge of Chinatown there (Westcoast, French with an Asian twist?).

    I haven't heard anything about Rosemeade in a while.

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      Bob Mac Feb 20, 2011 07:49 AM

      fmed:

      Ulla is the place which Marc mentioned whose name I could not recollect as referred to above.

      Thanks

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        Bob Mac Feb 20, 2011 07:59 AM

        Unfortunately, went to their web-site [www.ulla.ca] and it will be closed from Sunday, Feb 20, re-opening on Thursday March 3.

        Those dates "book-end" our stay.

        Menu looked interesting. Maybe when we are back from our trip to Tofino next October.

        Thanks anyway.

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        anewton Feb 20, 2011 07:56 AM

        Rosemeade went into receivership a few years ago and the dining room is now closed. They do serve snacks in the lounge area but not full dinners. This is sad because about 5-7 years ago Rosemeade was probably the best fine dining restaurant in Victoria.

        My wife, a friend, and I ate at a fantastic neighbourhood Italian joint last night called La Piola. It is on Quadra at Tolmie. I had heard of this place but never eaten there until last night. Was I ever surprised and impressed. The salad I had was very fresh and had just the right amount of dressing. The pastas are all made from scratch using local organic eggs. And they are delicious...better in my opinion than anything I have ever eaten at Zambri's. They also have several meat and fish dishes that change seasonally. They are open kind of funny hours...Wed-Sat, 5-9, I believe.

        I should add that the dessert my SO and I shared last night was fantastic...a new twist on Tiramisu that used a light-textured coffee cake instead of lady fingers.

        My wife compared the food at La Piola to the meal she had at La Buca a few years ago. Certainly this was among the best Italian food I have ever tasted in Victoria, easily the equal of Zambri's. This place certainly flies "under the radar." The only criticism that my friend and my wife had was that a few of their dishes were underseasoned. That was not a problem for me as I ordered a pasta that had a healthy amount of salty guanciale.

        Alexandra Gill has done a 2 part series on "Victoria's glorious food scene" (her words, not mine) in the Globe and Mail in which she sings the praises of Relish (new weekday lunch joint on a seedy stretch of Pandora), Devour, Puerto Vallarta Amigos taco truck, Hernandez, Daidoco, and Pig. She has published only the first part so far so I am looking forward to what she says in part 2. You can find her write up at globeandmail.com/bc

        Personally I am looking forward to giving Ulla a try. I am getting bored by the old standards (Brasserie, Brio, Camille's, Stage, Paprika, Zambri's, Matisse, etc...) and am looking forward to branching out.

        BTW, if you are looking for a really tasty "on the run" or take-out meal while you are in Victoria, try Foo. Sure, it's Asian fusion, but the food is undeniably tasty. Whenever they have their tamarind braised pork belly I have to order it, and their octopus salad is pretty great too. Their green papaya salad and their Broccoli with Beef Short Ribs are two other personal favs.

        Sorry for the attention-deficit nature of this post...last night was a Scotch night and my brain is enwrapped in quite the west coast fog.

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        La Buca Restaurant
        4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

        Zambri's
        911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

        La Piola
        3189 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8X1E9, CA

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          Bob Mac Feb 20, 2011 08:09 AM

          anewton:

          Thank you. La Piola sounds interesting. We usually get our Italian "fix" at Zambri's at lunch although we have not been to the new location nor have we had dinner at either spot. Do have a "soft spot" for their rustic cooking like duck ragu and green olives over creamy polenta.

          You confirmed my vague recollection about the financial problems at Rosemeade. The time line you mentioned is interesting as it is still recommended within the Victoria section of the BC Tour Guide I downloaded off BC Tourism's web-site.

          I know what you mean about "branching out". Even though we are not "locals", we find that by the time we get to the "old stand-bys" you described, we do not have enough time for something new.

          I'll look up A Gill's article you mentioned.

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          Zambri's
          911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

          La Piola
          3189 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8X1E9, CA

          1. re: anewton
            grayelf Feb 20, 2011 02:29 PM

            Thanks for the La Piola mention -- first I've heard of it. Now on the list, especially after the favourable comparo to my fave Italian in Van, La Buca :-).

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              Bob Mac Mar 3, 2011 10:16 AM

              anewton/grayelf:

              Did not make it to La Piola this visit [arrived back early this morning after a much delayed flight out of Victoria due to the winds and consequential late arrival of aircraft] but did have two [ 1 lunch and 1 dinner] meals at the "new" Zambri's, two dinners at Brasserie, lunch at the Cook Street location [love their "fresca" salad] of Primastrada and take-out from Foo.

              Spent the week-end in Sooke at the Harbour House and thoroughly enjoyed their 4 course dinners. First time at the SHH and although I may not be as "gushing" about its food as others, it was very solid. Had lunches at EdGe headed but my former chef Tuscon and at the Point, No Point. Both quite good.

              The AWD Subaru we rented got quite a "winter work out" when we drove from Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan...I thought we were back in Alberta.

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              Zambri's
              911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

              La Piola
              3189 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8X1E9, CA

              1. re: grayelf
                jubilant cerise Mar 5, 2011 11:47 AM

                +1

                Haven't been to the new Zambri's location either. FYI they apparently don't take reservations anymore?

                Just recently heard about a new Colombian restaurant: Fogata Latina on View - hoping to check that out soon. Also, Seville Sundays at Ferris' Upstairs sounds intriguing as mentioned in the latest Eat Magazine: live guitar and eats in a laidback atmosphere sounds like a lovely way to spend the afternoon/evening.

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                Zambri's
                911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

                1. re: jubilant cerise
                  grayelf Mar 5, 2011 01:03 PM

                  Ooh, thanks for the Fogata Latina tip, jc. No real Colombian anymore in Vancouver (that I know of) so that is indeed intriguing.

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                Bob Mac Mar 5, 2011 02:15 PM

                anewton:

                Did pop into FOO one evening for take out after dropping into ZAMBRI's to speak with bartender Steve [formerly at Brasserie] and a quick "look-see" at PIG. Ordered as recommended the braised pork belly and octopus salad.

                Should have eaten the latter two dishes at FOO rather than waiting until I got back to the hotel along with more take-out chicken from Nando's. Both dishes "steamed" during the walk and were not as good as they would otherwise have been.

                Speaking of octopus. Outstanding course of octopus and broccoli dipped in corn starch and deep fried at dinner at Zambri's on a Monday night. The octopus melted in one's mouth. The pasta course of papardelle with duck ragu and olives was also very solid.

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                Zambri's
                911 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8V4X3, CA

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