This is one of our local restaurants, and the best of them by some distance.
It's small - no more than a handful of tables - and cosy. The tables are quite close together, but it doesn't feel as though you are listening in to your neighbour's conversation. The atmosphere is intimate and friendly.
Indeed, the atmosphere is half of what makes this such a great place to go. The servers are far from anonymous, being very friendly and ready to offer advice, but not being too "in your face". The little restaurant sits (at the moment) opposite the Gracepoint Journal, as they are currently filming "Gracepoint", the US equivalent of the great UK TV drama Broadchurch in Victoria. (Look out for it later in 2014; if it's half as good as the original, it'll be well worth watching.) There's free parking outside the restaurant, or in the immediate area.
The food? Well, that's the key, and we've found it to be very good indeed. The daily specials have always been good. The only let-down we've had has been the lamb shank, which we've had twice, and has been tender, but almost taste-free each time. More garlic, some rosemary, some meaty Shiraz would do the trick for this, but at the moment it doesn't pass muster.
The dessert menu arrives as a series of cards and a box of scrabble-type letters. Sounds silly, but it works. And all the items we've had have been delicious.
So what are the problems? Well, the restaurant is small, and that has an unavoidable effect on the menu, which is quite brief. If, like me, you can eat and enjoy almost anything, then the menu is full of riches; I've particularly enjoyed the seafood. If you are a picky eater, you might struggle to find what you want and at very least you should give them a call first to find out what's on offer. We love the perky, cheerful and helpful servers, but it might be different if you prefer quiet and anonymous. With a small kitchen there can be a bit of a wait for dishes, though we have not found that to be an issue. It's also not within walking distance of downtown for most people, though it's an easy car or taxi ride.
For us, this is one of the most congenial restaurants in the city; our first choice as a place to take our friends when they visit. In London, or Boston, or Vancouver, Blighty's would be worth four stars, but in Victoria, in which there are numerous plain good restaurants, but not many very good ones, it's a five.
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