Rebar – 50 Bastion Square, Victoria
During the long weekend, I went back home for my mother’s “saint” day. Some religious family celebrate saint’s day. For example, my name is Marie and my saint day is on August 15th. On that day, I get a cake and presents and therefore, it’s kind of a second birthday. To be quite honest, apart from my grand-parents, nobody is religious, but we are French and always searching for a good excuse to party and eat excellent food.
As a result, I was in Victoria for the long weekend and my mother decided to celebrate her saint day at Rebar, a funky vegetarian restaurant in beautiful Bastion Square. My family and I have been going to this particular restaurant for years. It’s a 2 min walk from the harbour and right into downtown Victoria. The interior is also very pretty. The tables are covered with those plastic tablecloths covered with flowers that you thought you could only find in your grandmother’s kitchen (if your grandmother had good taste in tablecloths). The waiters are all pierced and/or tattooed. We always feel right at home.
The food is also excellent. For my gluten-intolerant vegetarian mother and sister, it’s always a challenge finding a restaurant that can accommodate them. Rebar, however, is vegetarian and offers many options with eggs and rice. I ordered their salmon scramble on a bagel with potatoes. It was my second time ordering the same dish and I have never been disappointed. The salmon scramble is always warm and creamy as I believe it’s mixed with a bit of cream cheese and chives. The potatoes are always crunchy but soft inside and the bagel is toasted. I like how this dish is fulfilling without being hard to digest. I had also ordered a hot chocolate which came in a regular tall glass with a heart design on it. It’s always nice when a restaurant pays attention to the small details.
Since it was a celebration, we decided to splurge and get desserts. I ordered the salted caramel tart and I am hooked. The caramel is soft and a nice contrast to the rough texture of the tart. The tart is regular dough mix with chocolate. I have always been a fan of caramel and chocolate mix together since I had the Himalayan pink salt caramel at Purdy’s and this dessert didn’t change my opinion. I tried a bit out of my brother’s white chocolate cake and it was creamy and delicious.
The service is always impeccable at Rebar. The waiters and waitresses are cool, hip and can always answer our questions. This day was no exception.
Obviously, I would go back to Rebar. Have done so for years and I will keep doing it for at least a couple of years. I can promise you this: there will be more celebrations done at Rebar.