For my next few photos I’m going to share some of the ups and downs of dining in Victoria, BC when I was there in August. (Sorry for the delay in posting!)
Overpriced and over-rated
I was in the mood for sushi (when am I not!?) and my companion was in the mood for fried chicken, but we didn’t want to wander too far from our hotel for lunch one afternoon while we were in Victoria, BC – so we stopped at Sam’s Deli & Bistro which had been highly-rated by our hotel front desk staff as having great breakfast options, and really terrific sandwiches “piled high with really good meats and cheeses”. The location was great – right near the water – a super spot for people-watching (or cruise-boat tourist-watching as the case may be!) and the interior, although it has limited seating seemed clean and neat – but we were going to get our food for take-out to enjoy back at our hotel. (Maybe even the lovely courtyard with a fountain in our hotel!)
So.. a full ham sandwich is $7.50.. ok.. plus a dollar more for two slices of Havarti cheese = $8.50, plus another 75 cents for a “whole dill pickle” on the side of our order – that seems a bit pricy, but if these really are ‘famous’ ‘extraordinary’ sandwiches.. ok…
But they weren’t.
We had the choice of bread – I picked sourdough, and our vegetable options were lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion (no onions for me) but the ham was just plain old shaved ham from the deli section. It was a good sandwich, don’t get me wrong, but nothing better than a cafeteria or deli counter at Safeway.
The “whole dill pickle” – wasn’t either. It was an ordinary dill pickle (not even one of those jumbo ones) cut into fourths – and we each got a fourth. Boo. Misleading and expensive. 😦
We also ordered a lemon bar to split – which was certainly delicious… but… by that point I was kind of ‘over’ it.
I wouldn’t recommend Sam’s Deli – no matter how “famous” it is.