Written By Guest Writer Folks / Reporter Jan 11, 2012 5 Places to Find Great Restaurant Bread SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest“Acorns were good until bread was found.” – Francis Bacon Sourdough and Focaccia breads at Zambri's. Photos by Deanna LadretWho hasn’t planned their restaurant selection based on the quality of the complimentary bread basket? I know I have, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. More often than I’d care to admit I end up asking for seconds, wolfing that helping down, and then sheepishly asking the server to pack my entree to go because I’ve gotten too full. In another strategy popular with young and struggling students/artists/skateboarders is the tactic of frequenting the best (free) bread restaurants, splitting a bowl of soup with a roommate for an affordable $2.50 each, then loading stomach, mouth, pockets and purse with as much bread as possible. This is probably not the scenario that restaurants are aiming for when they bake their own loaves, but at least it speaks highly of their product. Bread can often be unremarkable, but when it’s baked with a little TLC, there’s absolutely nothing better. Pagliacci's Herb Focaccia1) Pagliacci’sI credit their house made focaccia baked in olive oil for keeping me alive for most of 2003, thanks to the manoeuvre described above (sorry Siegel family, I promise I’ve changed). Light as a feather, with a crunchy oil-baked crust scattered with rock salt and scented with rosemary, Pag’s bread has the power to derail the most fervent Lo-Carb dieter with a single bite.1011 Broad Street, 250-386-1662, www.pagliaccis.ca 2) The Oak Bay Marina RestaurantAnother reason The Marina is one of my favourite restaurants in Victoria. Pastry Chef Brian Bradley’s bread tastes like it’s made from spun gold and kneaded by light-handed elves. A fitting segue into the excellent meal that’s sure to follow.1327 Beach Drive, 250-598-8555, www.marinarestaurant.com 3) John’s PlaceDue to popular demand, in addition to serving fresh slices with butter to hungry diners, John’s Place sells their splendid Herb Bread whole for takeaway. I once bought a loaf before work and ate the entire thing in one sitting. I didn’t regret it.723 Pandora Ave, 250-389-0711, www.johnsplace.ca Johnny Cake and Brunch Johnny Cake at The Reef4) The ReefOkay, so Johnny Cakes aren’t bread in the traditional sense, but I think we can bend the rules here. The Reef’s cornmeal biscuits are deep fried and served with mango coconut butter. Weekend brunch Johnny Cakes come stuffed with fruit (like banana or raspberry) and are rolled in cinnamon and brown sugar.533 Yates St, 250-388-5375, www.thereefrestaurant.com 5) Zambri’sBread Man Louis Vacca has mastered the art of the rustic Italian sourdough loaf: crusty and richly brown on the outside, soft and toothsome on the inside, molto bene! Everyone who dines at Zambri’s gets a few slices while they wait for their meal. Starting mid-January, a limited daily supply of whole loaves will also be available for purchase.820 Yates St, 250-360-1171, www.zambris.ca SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Victoria April 26, 2021 EAT’s Guide to Take-out, Delivery, and Patios With Phase 2 beginning, restaurants and patios, tasting rooms and coffee shops are reopening. This is an ongoing process, with many changes, so we ... Read More Victoria May 25, 2020 The New Now : Navigating Through the Challenges The New Now As we begin re-opening under COVID protocols, the coming months will be at least uncertain, and for most, a battle to survive. In my ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 17, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Part 2 Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 13, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Tofino Time by Chef Carmen Ingham As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More EAT Magazine News / The Big Picture / Victoria May 5, 2020 The New Normal—Reflections and Stories from the EAT Family—Support Local! A Look at Victoria’s New Pickup Windows by Jacqueline Downey As the world shifts and changes below our feet right now, EAT thought it might be a good time to check in with our family of contributors, ... Read More Comments are closed.