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“A Kaleidoscope of choices” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chameleons

Chameleons
Ranked #21 of 99 Restaurants in Parksville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: Canadian, Seafood, Contemporary, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Kaleidoscope of choices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2011

From the moment we walked through the door, we were greeted by a heartfelt, but family oriented, restaurant. We requested a communal table as we were visiting the area. We were seated with another couple and proceeded to order. We shared a crispy and beautifully flavoured Caesar salad followed a by full rack of spicy ribs. The service was prompt and friendly and we enjoyed the server's quirky sense of humour. We shared a bottle of an amazingly priced red wine from Portugal, Cal y Canto, rich and spicy! The menu offers a diverse choice of tastes and selection. Overall, a blend of texture, smell, taste and atmosphere to complete all our senses.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Havochunter
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English first
Parksville, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“For a brand-new restaurant, Parksville's Cha*me*le*ons Osteria puts on "the perfect face!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

Cha*me*le*ons Osteria in Parksville, BC is truly a "one of a kind" restaurant that appeals to a multitude of tastes of visitors and locals. The name is so suitable. Everything about it is "subject to change" so that the business partners, Peter and Carol, can satisfy the ever-changing desires of people who enjoy dining out. From menu items to wall decor to seasonal specialities, Chameleons has its finger on the pulse of diners who are thrilled by exciting, new experiences in the restaurant world.
Soups and bisques are outstandingly prepared with crab or clam or shrimp. Seafood is key in the featured "Sensational" soup du jour while salads lure diners with their fine taste and appearance...from the Gathered Green Salad with nuts and Stilton cheese dressing, to the creative Caesar salad, always a favourite.
Main courses vary all over the map - from the Moroccan Mix-Up, a veggie melange with rice, to the Back Ribs duo, to the Voodoo Penne, to the Portuguese Clams ... you'll need your passport to fly through the amazing menu!
And seldom does a delightful glass of wine fail to deliver. So how about tryng "Madelaine Angevine" , or "Mad Ang", a fruity white with a buttery taste. Yummm! And it's relatively rare on Vancouver Island as Chameleons is one of only two island restaurants featuring choices from Emerald Coast winery of Port Alberni.
And don't forget to leave room for a mind-blowing dessert! The home-made Hot Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice-Cream takes you back to the days of being a little kid when you wallowed in the flavours of your special treat.
And how about this for creativity? In Italy, an "osteria": is a neat place to enjoy satifsying wine and delicious meals - on your own or in company. And if you arrive solo, you are welcome to sit at a table for six where other singles have chosen to sit, in order to mix and mingle. That idea fits in so beautifully with the concept of "chameleons" - the ever-growing face of change.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank JMR8
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