Rebar Modern Food Restaurant0
I have lived in Victoria for several years now and have walked past Rebar Modern Food Restaurant many many times, wondering what it was like.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure if Rebar – which I thought was entirely vegetarian (turns out it’s not) – might be too “granola” for me.
But I finally decided to go as I was looking for a healthy option for lunch.
When I first walked into Rebar Modern Food, I noticed the artsy decor and all the different colours. It was pretty busy (I came just after the lunch hour rush) but I got a table right away.
When I sat down, I was handed a huge drink menu. It was almost a bit overwhelming actually, with so many drinks (mostly all healthy) to choose from.
There were 17 different kinds of veggie drinks, 19 different fruit drinks, 11 smoothie variations, as well as wheat grass drinks, teas and coffees.
They even had these drinks called “Power Tonics”, which I imagine are extra super healthy, as you could add to them anything from ginger, to bee pollen, to amino acids or echinacea.
With so many drink choices, I had to asked my server to recommend one.
She recommended a drink off the fruit drink menu, named “Cloud Nine” ($6, 12 oz). As I knew I liked all the fruits that were in it (apple, pineapple and raspberry) I thought I would give it a try.
When my drink came I thought it looked a bit plain but I once I tasted it, the flavours really spoke for themselves.
The main taste I thought was the raspberries. Overall it was a very fresh and very good tasting drink. Oh, and healthy too which was a bonus!
The only minor negative I would say is that my drink arrived with my meal, and I had hoped to have it before so that I could it enjoy sipping away at it for a while. Oh well, not a major deal.
Moving on to my meal, also recommended by my server. She told me it was one of, if not their most popular dish.
The “Yam and Pepita Quesidilla” ($13 with salad, $9.25 without), might not have been my first choice as I didn’t even know what Pepitas were (turns out they are pumpkin seeds). The menu also said it was served with cilantro creme fraiche and I’m not a huge cilantro fan.
Well it’s a really good thing I went with what my server suggested as this turned out to be one great meal!
For starters, the quesadilla filling had roasted yams, pumpkin seeds, scallions, chipotle honey salsa Monterey Jack cheese. I thought the blend of flavours was perfect, and the cilantro creme fraiche on the side (that I originally thought I might not like) ended up being to die for!
There was a bit of heat to the quesadilla, but I probably notice it more than most as I tend to go for the more milder dishes. It didn’t bother me at all though, in fact I think it really added to this amazing dish!
One little note about the salad that I had added as a side dish to my main. The salad was a typical green salad and the dressing that I had with it was the fresh basil vinaigrette.
Even though I generally don’t like too much basil, this was another nice surprise in that it tasted really good! In fact, it was probably one of my favourite vinagrettes I’ve had.
After eating all my salad and quesadilla, I have to admit I was pretty full. I probably shouldn’t have had dessert but since I was doing a review, I thought I should at least see what Rebar had to offer in the sweet treats department.
I had noticed a glass case at the front of the restaurant when I came in that had a bunch of desserts but I really didn’t look long enough to see what was there. It turns out Rebar restaurant gets all of their desserts from the “Cascadia Wholefoods Bakery” (also downtown Victoria).
I asked my server which dessert she thought was the best and she said the “Carrot Cake” ($5.95).
What? Not something chocolate? Darn! I have to admit I love my chocolate, and somehow always find room for it in my stomach when I’m full.
Anyway, not being a huge carrot cake fan I thought I might ignore my server’s suggestion but I figured since she hadn’t steered me wrong so far, I should go with what she said.
As you can see in the picture the piece of cake she brought out was a good size. Well, I guess for the price it was about right, but there was no way I could finish it so I took half of it to go.
The part that I did eat was an extremely fresh piece of carrot cake. It had plenty of icing too, which personally I think is the best part of any cake, but especially carrot cake. You could definitely tell that Rebar gets their desserts made fresh from a bakery.
Rebar is a great place to not only get a healthy meal or drink, but also a great tasting one too. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or neither like myself, I bet you will find something on the menu here that excites your taste buds.
Rebar Modern Food restaurant is in an excellent location in the heart of downtown Victoria, and is open every day with long hours most days. I highly recommend you come check it out soon!