The Black Stilt has been bought by the Moka House.
Different owners, different coffee, different pastries, different ethics, no liquor license.
I had a latte here last week and didn't even bother finishing it; scalded milk, burnt beans, sad customer.
I was very happy to see another Fantastico open up closer to downtown, Fantastico is one of a group of great espresso cafes in Victoria, such as Discovery and Habit. But very happy turned to thrilled when I discovered they are also serving my favourite croissants and baguettes from fol epi, and my favourite local beer: Driftwood Ale.
I've visited Tre Fantastico several days a week for coffee since they opened and the latte, croissants and cookies have been great, as expected. But we recently went in for beer and snacks hoping we'd found a new place for after-work drinks and weren't disappointed!
I had the Driftwood Ale, my friends had the Oatmeal Stout and the Arctic Ale, all were good. What surprised us was the quality of the cheese and charcuterie plate; a great selection, pleasingly presented, and for a reasonable price! One of the things that is becoming a pet peeve of mine is how many restaurants have taken cheese and charcuterie, something that is basically a rustic shepherd's meal, and turned it into a trendy overpriced and under portioned appetizer. Not so at Tre Fantastico where we were given generous portion sizes and a reasonable price.
We'll be back for many more lattes and ales!
Habit's new location in the Atrium is a great addition to the neighbourhood. I was never a fan of their Pandora St. location, it was just too hip and uncomfortably austere for me. However, their new cafe in the Atrium is much more comfortable, not quite warm, but definitely welcoming.
I work just up the block so I appreciate having a close source of good croissants and good coffee. Habit on Yates has unfortunately continued their Pandora St. practice of serving lattes and cappuccinos in glasses rather than ceramic mugs. Like I said, hip, not comfortable. However I am now having macchiatos much more often than lattes, and Habit uses ceramic mugs for machiatos, so it's now somebody else's problem.
Their croissants are from Fol Epi in Vic West whose croissants are in my opinion tied with Bubby Rose's for second best in Victoria (no small accomplishment).
One more thing: all my talk of austeriy and of coffees served in glasses could lead one to the assumption that the staff might be a bit of pain (think Cafe Fantastico), but nothing could be further from the truth. Every time I go into Habit I am greeted with an honestly friendly smile and a helpful atitude that woould have me coming back even if they didn't do such a fantastic job of making coffee.
I stop at Relish often in the morning for a muffin on the way to work, I particularly recommend the Blueberry-cinnamon muffin. Their coffee is roasted by Discovery Coffee, and they do a pretty good job of making it into a cappuccino. I haven't had their breakfast sandwich yet but my friend speaks highly of it.
The decor is warm, fresh, and comfortable without feeling cluttered and 'cozy' (no clichéd burlap coffee sacks or eclectic secondhand furniture here), perfect for a cool autumn morning.
Just an update to mention that the Buzz now has free WiFi. The coffee is as good as ever, and my friend had a good fruit smoothie.
Brewster's recently went through identity shift. It used to be a restarurant but has morphed into a restaurant and grocery.
I've nevere eaten here so I can't tell you about the quality of the food, but the awareness of and concern for quality of ingredients that is displayed in their selction of organic produce, tasty breads, and reasonably priced selction of wine leads me to believe that the their food could be quite good.
The grocery is cozy but organised such that it is comfortable to browse. Today, among many other things, there were great looking carrots and Walla Walla onions looking just like they were pulled fresh out otf the garden. I go here for mostly bread (their is nowhere else to get bread in Point Roberts, unless you want Wonder Bread or its cousins), veggies, and wine. Their ciabatta buns are my favourite for hamburger or sandwich buns. I also recommend the FIresteed Pinot Gris for a nice summer patio-wine.
The last visit I noticed that they had fresh seafood (mussels, oysters, halibut) for sale in the grocery too; haven't tried any yet.
If you haven't been here in the last few months then I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised by the transformation. Point Roberts needed a place like this where good quality food was available without having to cross the border into Tsawwassen.
A great little place, I went with friends and we drank them out of sangria!
The food is quite good, and quite interesting; I recommend any of the Bocadillos. The prices are a bit steep for what you get, so if you come hungry expect to leave lighter in the wallet. Also, the happy hour is really just small prices for correspondingly smaller plates.
Nevertheless we all had a good time and enjoyed the fun atmosphere and decor, and we'd certainly go back.
Crumsby's has definitely found a niche for itself. By encouraging and supporting parents bringing their young kids with them for coffee and a snack they've created a place where a parent needn't feel uncomfortable about the child being a child. However, if you're not a parent, this can all seem a bit much, and certainly a bit chaotic, but that's what Pure Vanilla Cafe (a block or so north on Estevan) is for.
I went here with a friend who had two young children and it was a good time. The cappuccino was okay and the muffin was good, I could get better examples of both elsewhere, but not this close to the beach and not with two young kids.
All in all Crumsby's serves a purpose and it serves it well; the three stars are for the coffee and the muffin, which as I say could have been better.
One of the things that makes Victoria such a great little city is that fact that the neighbourhoods work as neighbourhoods. The local corner grocery store is actually a place to buy groceries (not just chips and pop) and the local bakery is actually a place to get bread. The Niagara Grocery is a good example of this in action. Their focus on local sources for meat and produce (I reccomend the Galloping Goose Sausages) is remarkable for a smaller grocery store, and I like the fact that they have answers for questions about the origin of these products.
The Nigara Grocery roasts their own coffee under the moniker Mile Zero Coffee (milezerocoffee.com). In my previous review I was critical of the latte I was served and his time around the quality of the coffee was much imporoved. Victoria has a very strong local coffee scene, and in order to compete with the many great options for coffee Niagara Grocery will have to work on the quality of their foam (lots of big bubbles, no micro-foam here) but they obviously care enough to get better and with a little more knowledge and practice I expect they'll get there.
I recently returned to Bubby Rose's for breakfast. In my previous review I mentioned that the croissants were among the best in Victoria, just a little heavy for my taste, they've improved since then, a little lighter and a little flakier.
I can also recommend the mini cinnamon buns (just sticky enough to be good without being too diificult to eat), the maccha green tea cookies (nice white chocolate chips), and the cappuccinos (they use Discovery Coffee). I also saw great looking french toast (big slices of challah bread) but wasn't hungry enough to try it, maybe next time, and there will be a next time.
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