I have eaten here many times, the service is amazing, the waiter always looks out for me, to the point of discouraging me ("it's too much for you") from ordering 2 appetizers simply because I want to try them both. Lol. My assertations that I'm a glutton always falls on deaf ears and he's always right, I am always satiated and never leave stuffed to the brim. Ok maybe once but that was a New Years 5 course meal where I ate too much bread because it was so darn good!
On one memorable occasion I had the Moroccan lamb on a bed of couscous where the couscous had bits of dried fruits in it which I never had when I lived in Morocco for 9 months so I am guessing it was a delicious modern twist on the classic. The lamb is always a perfect medium rare and I have yet to have an unsatisfactory meal here.
The crab cakes I had here once were the best I have ever experienced and the salad garnish had the best salad dressing that I have ever had! The do a great New years dinner as well as having a very reasonable $30 fixed price menu but I usually order a la carte so I can have duck, venison or the lamb.
I noticed a few months ago that they are closed for renovations and re-opening May 10th with a new menu which I can't wait to try!! I live up the block and the brewpub there at Swans (they share the same building) has just terrible food to the point that I wrote a complaint letter then used the gift certificate I was given to go to Wild Saffron instead! They do not share the same kitchen, in fact I believe Wild Saffron uses 4th year culinary students or recent graduates to staff their kitchen, and they have tv cameras so you can watch your meal being prepared 1 at a time, talk about attention to detail! I am guessing the tv screens will be gone with the reno, but I kinda liked seeing how clean the kitchen is and the attention going into plating, although it was a bit distracting. Swans is owned by the University which is why I think they utilize the students, I'm not quite sure of the details.
In summation Wild Saffron is my #2 choice for fine dining in Victoria, closely following The Mark at #1 although they are quite comparable!
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