Bacchus is a high end restaurant and bar with great food and impeccable service, Lunch entrées were mid-sized. I had the Cobb Salad which was rather more iceberg lettuce and less "fixin's" than I have previously experienced. I substituted shrimp for the normal chicken with no fuss and despite the lettuce to other ingredient ratio favoring the lettuce it was nevertheless delicious and sufficient. My friend had a panini which came with a few leaves of lettuce and he said it was one of the best he had eaten. We had a bottle of San Pellegrino and a total of three glasses of cheap Chilean white wine. We each had a dessert which were quite small though delicious - a lemon soufflé cake thing and a crème brûlée with ginger. We each had coffee (very good coffee) which came accompanied by a chocolate pecan candy atop a mini-biscotti. Service was exceptional - fast, informative and friendly without being overbearing. The room is comfortable with lots of groupings of soft furniture. We had a table next to the window which was open onto the street as it was a nice day. The room is warm and clubby - lots of wood and soft chairs - rather like the Empress Hotel in Victoria used to be before they "renovated" it into an upscale American motel. There is a fireplace and a grand piano which sees service in the evenings
Our bill (including $20 tip) was $132.00. As I said - not a cheap lunch but when the quality, ambience and service are all considered, not overly expensive either. I went with expectations that everything would be top-notch as this was a business lunch and was not disappointed - a rarity in a city where so many restaurants have delusions of grandeur.
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