Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vic's Steakhouse and Bar

At the beginning of Janauary we went to Vic's Steakhouse and Bar for family members 40th birthday. Vic's is located in the Harbour Towers Hotel about two blocks from Victoria's inner harbor.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is kind of odd... The walls are a grayish blue and are covered with a variety of local artwork. For a steakhouse the tables and chairs are quite blah; regular wooden back chairs and plain tables without cloths.

We started out with an assortment of appetizers: Clams and Mussels, Frites and Dip, Potato Bark and a Bread Bowl. The appetizers were all quite good and it seemed that the majority of the table favored the Frites and Dip.

When it came to the main course I ordered the special: a three course meal, starting with a smoked albacore tuna salad, beef wellington and root vegetable risotto for the main; and a berry cobbler for dessert. This is where my evening started to go bad.
The smoked albacore tuna salad came out and it looked amazing; however, it tasted horrible. The salad was mostly diced onion and cilantro with a slice of lime on the side. As for the tuna there were about  4 pieces. At first taste of the tuna I wanted to spit it out, but I thought that might come off as rude at a birthday dinner. The tuna tasted FISHY, like it had gone bad a week ago; and if it was smoked you definitely couldn't taste it over the overpowering taste of bad fish. I only took one bite of this dish and had to send it back. As a replacement I got an appetizer consisting of warm brie, toasted french bread and fig jam (not bad).

The main course came out and right off the bat it didn't look overly pleasing. It was a huge amount of risotto and an overcooked wellington.  The puff pastry was still doughy and I am not even sure that they used tenderloin for the beef. The meat was completely overcooked (no pink left). It had to be one of the worst steaks I have ever eaten. As for the risotto it was undercooked and still crunchy.

The dessert was decent; however, it didn't resemble a cobbler, but more of a cake or pie.

All in all, I would have to say I would never go back to Vic's.

My rating of Vic's is 1 1/2 out of 5 Stars.

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