After a long day of travel yesterday from Illinois, we decided to walk right downstairs to Veneto at the Hotel Rialto. What a gem of a restaurant. The ambiance is young and vibrant and the service outstanding. Our server, Jacqueline, was very attentive and sweet. She suggested cocktails for us based on our likes....she was right on target. I had a fresh lemon and orange cocktail with absinthe and my husband had the best gin and tonic ever, not to mention the best presentation...a little carafe of gin, a glass with one large ice cube coated with something wonderful and then a bottle of tonic. We started out with the cheese tray, compliments of Hotel Rialto for being a guest at the hotel, a very nice cheese selection. Then we shared the spicy albacore tuna poke with siracha aioli - fresh and fabulous. For dinner, we shared the short rib ravioli with porcini mushrooms and a roasted cauliflower gratin - so very good. I just wished we had room for dessert as you could have three tastings for $10. Such a deal. We enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at Veneto. I am hoping to stop back before we leave Victoria...I need to have my own gin and tonic, not to mention the dessert!
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