Zambris (Victoria, BC)
I love Italian food, that’s definitely not even at question. And I love Victoria, BC. Recently, I had to go back to Victoria as my Mom had to return a dress that she bought that didn’t fit her properly. Being a reasonably good son, I decided to take her back to Victoria, and we went for lunch to Zambris. My good friend Cassandra Anderton had sung the praises of Zambris a few times and I figured it was about time I checked it out.
And which better companion than my own mother, whose taste is quite demanding. Mom and I were starving by the time we hit Zambris because we had travelled quite a long distance (we didn’t fly into Victoria the second time) so we ordered a Zambri “Cesare” Salad ($10), an interesting variation on the trusty Caesar salad.
The addition of bits of boiled egg was a bit weird, as was the distribution of the lettuce leafs (and it almost tasted like watercress, in my opinion). As usual, because I hate cheese, I removed it from my plate but my Mom says it was great. And I wanted more capers/anchovie flavour in my Caesar salad. Weird, no?
We were offered some olives and crusty bread to kill the hunger at the beginning of our lunch, but the bread crust was extremely hard and in a way, I wish we hadn’t been offered the bread because it really wasn’t appealing at all. Olives were nice though. And the service was stellar through and through. The waitress was extremely prompt with water and the bread and olives.
We then ordered our lunch mains. I have always had a thing for gnocchi, whereas my Mom prefers traditional Italian dishes, like tagliatelle. Mom ordered in the end a Tagliatelle Bolognese ($13, egg pasta and meat sauce, at a very reasonable price point although some may consider it a bit pricey for lunch time). I ordered a Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu (potato dumplings with home-made sausage meat and braised kale at $14, again decently priced for the portion size but perhaps a bit pricey for lunch-time price points).
I have no complaints about my Gnocchi. The kale added flavour and I loved the sausage meat combination. I wish my gnocchi had had a bit more garlic, but then again, that’s just because I love Wild Garlic’s dishes. My Mom says that beyond anything she’s eaten in Vancouver, Zambris’ tagliatelle is perhaps the best one she’s tasted. And that says a lot.
Overall, I loved Zambris, and would definitely come back for dinner sometime.
Disclosure: I paid for both of our lunches (Mom’s and mine’s) on my own dime. I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document my experience at a restaurant I really liked. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.