I was in Victoria for the Valentines weekend and my partner and I decided to find a place for dinner close to the concert venue we would be attending that evening, and luckily Zambri’s was the one closest. A beautiful, urban/traditional Italian restaurant imbued with an open, bright, vibrant casual elegance. A wall of windows allows full views of the bustling street and also windows looking inward, into the huge centre atrium courtyard where more tables were placed.
Everything in this kitchen is made in house from scratch with the best ingredients. I ordered an ample pasta dish from the Primi course, Orcchetta with house made sausages and rapine pesto at $18.50, my partner ordered from the Secundi course, Beef filleto fonduta with mushroom duxell, ham, aged cheddar, gorgonzola fondetta and polenta at $32.
My pasta was perfectly al dente and the sausage succulent, very satisfying. My partners first thought before leaning in to his Beef tenderloin was that his plate seemed a bit spare at first but after the first bite there was nothing more to say, full rich flavors filled it out gorgeously.
The service is perfect, non-intrusive, efficient and friendly. The ambience is well suited to a lively gathering or a romantic dinner for two. Personally I don’t enjoy eating in a place that is so pretentious and quiet you can hear the person two tables away swallow their food.
Zambri’s is just the right balance.