Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Paisley, 880B Esquimalt Road, Esquimalt, B.C -- 250-380-1105

It's an exciting time to love buffets in Victoria. They seem to be sprouting up at an astonishing pace, and all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches are a dime a dozen. But one thing that isn't very common in Victoria, are western style buffets that offer something ordinary, while being exotic at the same time.

The Paisley is a protein heavy buffet, that offers a few simple, but satisfying dishes. Their shake and bake chicken is juicy, and their use of dark meat is rampant. Savory bangers soaking in gravy also soothe the stomach, and are eerily tender; melting in your mouth.  There is also rice and some sort of Indian sliced beef. If you need a quick pasta fix, fill up on penne!

The buffet could have used more items, but the price is right for what you get. A nice little selection of hot entrees for ten bucks; you can't go wrong if you're in the Esquimalt area, begging for a buffet that doesn't offer sweet and sour pork. 


Imagine Boston Pizza teaming up with your mom to serve a buffet, but they cut a deal to only buy from CostCo. If you can wrap your mind around that, you'll understand what the Paisley lunch buffet tastes like: adequate. There are no standouts at this buffet, but there is nothing particularly disgusting either.

The sausages in gravy had been marinating so long it was hard to discern whether or not they still had casing, but damn it if Ed Sum didn't knock back at least ten of those yoghurty little dandees. The beef in the stirfry was dry, but passable, and the pasta sauce for the penne had just enough flavour to let you know what it would taste like at somewhere other than a family restaurant. If I ate this food at a friend's house, I would be satisfied with it–and that's where service comes into place. The service at Paisley is excellent; we showed up with 10 minutes of buffet time left and the staff had no problem keeping it open late for us. The staff is so nice here that you might as well be at your best friend's house for Sunday dinner: because of that I'm willing to live with the generally lacklustre buffet items. The End.

Price For Lunch(Mon to Fri, 11-1:30): $9.99 plus tax