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Mo:Le Restaurant (Review)

| March 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

Having been to Mo:Le only once before, I was eager to try it out again, so when given the opportunity to meet some girlfriends for brunch, I jumped at the opportunity to pick Mo:Le as our eatery.

We arrived for an 11:00 a.m. brunch on a Saturday, and were told it would be about 20 minutes before a table would be free.  We left a contact phone number and started browsing the nearby shops while we waited for a table to free up.  (On a side note, I love when restaurants allow for this option – the glory of multi-tasking!)  We were called back to the restaurant within the 20 mins and were seated straight away. The restaurant is vibrant; the walls are brightly painted and showcase dynamic paintings which offers a very eclectic and comfortable feel.

The tables have water pre-served with small lemon pieces so once we were seated we did not have to wait on water, but we sat for at least 10 minutes before the server came to offer us anything to drink.  It was my first coffee of the day and that 10 minute wait felt like hours!  When it came time to order, I chose the Mushroom and Back Bacon Scramble which is described as “thyme roasted mushrooms with diced back bacon in cream cheese scrambled eggs served with pesto hash browns and hot buttered toast” ($12).  My friends ordered a full ($14) and a half-order ($10) of the Huevos Rancheros which includes two Eggs served any style, organic frijoles piquante rojo (Spicy Red Beans) and goat feta cheese, set atop two house made corn tortillas, fresh lime, avocado, and cilantro served with house made salsa and roasted apple” as well as the Basic Breakfast which includes “two free run eggs any style, pesto hash browns, hot-buttered fresh multigrain or sour dough toast” with a side of Lamb Sausage (add $3).

Basic Breakfast

Mushroom & Back Bacon Scramble

Full-Order Huevos Rancheros

Half-Order Huevos Rancheros

My scrambled eggs were tasty and I enjoyed the pesto potatoes (they’re not what I would call hash browns).  It was a nice meal, though nothing really stood out for me.  One of the meals was brought with eggs done differently from what had been ordered; it did not take long for the corrected eggs to be brought to the table once the mistake was pointed out.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, though they echoed my same sentiments about its lack of something special.  Being that it was a social gathering, and my girlfriends are not affiliated with this website, I did not get into great depth about their meals.  However, being that my husband is a huge fan of lamb, I did ask how my friend enjoyed the lamb sausage; she stated that it was good, though not worth the extra $3 she paid.

It was mentioned by one of my friends that the food isn’t as good as when they first opened.  Mo:Le is the type of restaurant with a cult-like following that attracts “friends, foodies, hipsters, families, retirees and everyone in between”.  I really like the ambiance and coziness of the restaurant, but found that my meal lacked something special, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.   This restaurant always seems to be busy, so they must be doing something right – though not enough to make me want to hurry back.

Mo:Le
544 Pandora Avenue
Victoria BC
www.molerestaurant.com

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Category: Breakfast, Lunch

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  1. Ray says:

    That was not a great review! Do I try it or don’t I try it. I was not swayed either way with this review.

  2. bcgirl says:

    I’d say the offer to call customers when the table is ready, waters with lemon on the table, house made items such as salsa, and a decent 10 minutes to look at the menu is pretty good. Where is your review of the food exactly? I’ve re-read your review twice and cannot find anything thing other than “the eggs were tasty and the pesto potatoes were enjoyed”, there is no review of any other food items. I wanted to know how the house made salsa was, and what about the lamb sausage? Ya, massive fail in the reviewing food department, sorry. Anyone reading this reviewer, be warned, they do not possess the basic skills required for the job….. like describing the food ordered.

  3. Dayna says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you for your feedback. I truly appreciate your critique and have updated the post to address some of your concerns. I do not claim to be a food critic, merely an average person enjoying all that Victoria has to offer. Being that this was a social occasion, and my friends are not affiliated with this site, I did not feel comfortable reviewing their meals. Most enjoyed it, which I feel was conveyed in this post.

    Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Dayna
    Victoria Explorer

  4. Dayna says:

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback. It sounds like you were picking up on the ambivalence I felt about my meal at Mo:le. I say definitely give it a try and see if you like it! Perhaps your experience will blow you away more than mine did.

    Cheers,

    Dayna
    Victoria Explorer

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