Saturday, April 28, 2012


A previous visit to Montreal left me with regular cravings for Jewish deli but to no avail.  Well, now that we have The Village Cafe in Victoria I can have my Motzah and eat it too!

Village Café is one of those breakfast all day kind of joints.  If you have moved on to lunch don’t fret.  You can devour a bagel with lox, cream cheese and capers.  If smoked meat is more your thing order a Reuben sandwich traditionally served on steamed rye bread. Village Cafe has their smoked meat shipped from Montreal.   I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Steve and I visited this eatery on a sunny Saturday morning. As we perused the menu we were greatly tempted by items such as latkes (crispy potato cakes served with apple sauce and sour cream) and cheese blintzes (fluffy crepes stuffed with ricotta and homemade blueberry compote served with fresh fruit).  We ended up ordering one sweet and one savory dish each.  I went for the Challah bread French toast and Steve opted for "Dan's smoked hash" which consists of oven roasted potatoes, cheese, diced Montreal smoked meat, green onion, free-range eggs and toast.

Both our dishes were delicious, particularly the hash.  I loved the addition of the smoked meat but you can order this dish without if you prefer. The toast accompanying the hash was excellent. I didn't get a chance to ask if they bake their bread in house.  It definitely tasted homemade.  I would absolutely order the hash again.  The Challah French toast would satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.  Eggy, slightly sweet Challah bread is the best choice for French toast!

You can order half portions if you have a smaller appetite or want to sample multiple dishes.   Work off the calories with a stroll on nearby Willows beach.  Service is friendly and attentive.  This is a bright cheerful eatery with sunshine streaming through the windows and lots of art on the walls.  The Village Cafe is licensed too so if you feel like a mimosa with your latkes or a cold beer with your Reuben you can indulge.  

I will be back to the Village Cafe soon to try some other dishes and to get my smoked meat fix.  They have more traditional breakfast items such as omelettes and bennies also.  Nitrates be damned!

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  1. Now you have me craving potato latkes! And real Montreal smoked meat! And lox! And cheese blintzes!!! Darn it!

  2. I know! It was a rare find, oddly located in Oak Bay of all places. I am getting to love Oak Bay. Tweed curtain be damned!