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Place Category: Featured RestaurantPlace Tags: Cafe, gluten free, Restaurant, and Victoria

  • Taste – A Place for Coffee – Gluten-Free Gem of Oak Bay!

    Under new ownership since June of 2017, Taste continues to offer the same great gluten-free service that original owner, Val Blood established in 2013. A celiac herself, Val set up a scrupulous gluten-free protocol that new owner, Sammy Wong and his loyal staff continue to follow to this day. With year’s of experience working in a hospital kitchen setting,  Sammy well knows how important diet is to the health and well being of gluten-free diners. He is committed to our safety – and enjoyment!

    Taste bakes exclusively gluten-free using Bob’s Red Mill Flour and confirmed gluten-free ingredients, right down to certified gluten-free nuts and lentils. Choose from daily soups and an array of sandwiches along with great coffee and tea.

    NOTE: Gluten baking is also available but the products are produced offsite and wrapped upon arrival to prevent any risk of cross contamination. Gluten and gluten-free preparation areas are completely separate with separate ingredient bins. Gluten-free items are clearly identified in display cases and staff can be counted upon to direct your purchases.

    Taste a Place for CoffeeBarista Drew, a protegée of Val’s, continues to offer the continuity that celiac diners rely upon. She personally oversees the training of all new staff so that everyone is on the same page in terms of keeping gluten-free food, gluten-free!

    Beyond delicious food, Taste offers a wonderful ambience for a quiet read, an intimate lunch, or a group meet up in a bright sunny corner. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine on their south facing patio almost every day of the year!

    2000 Cadboro Bay Rd • (778) 440-0500
    MON-FRI 7am – 5pm SAT 8am – 5pm SUN 9am – 4pm
    Free wi-fi • accessible.

    As reviewed in EAT Magazine (January 2014) 1 ,

    • “When you walk into Taste you immediately notice the fantastic furniture—the style is midcentury modern, with many Herman Miller pieces mixed with custom pieces—the long couches—made locally in Victoria. There is also the bookcase filled to the brim with books, with a whole shelf devoted to local authors, and the giant blackboard wall scrawled with the names of places that Val and her employees have picked as their favorite book settings; places like Narnia, Ystad, Neverland. A cafe  comfortable enough for people to feel so relaxed in they might pick a book off the shelf and start reading!”
    • “On the food and drink side, Val picked local coffee roasters Drumroaster Coffee to supply her beans, as well as her beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine. Taste has a selection of teas from Silk Road Tea, as well as Yorkshire teas to go along with her British heritage. Phillips and Fentimans sodas are also on offer. Many of the baked goods made in-house are British, or British-inspired. One of the most popular items is called “millionaires shortbread”—a layer of shortbread cookie on the bottom with chewy caramel middle and a chocolate layer on top—a close hybrid between a cookie and a chocolate bar. Val has a large repertoire of baking and Taste has a good rotation of baked goods, so there are English tea cakes, cranberry ginger cakes, and often standard British desserts made in a gluten-free version, such as a Victoria Cake. It is the same classic sponge style as you would find in the UK and just as delicious! Val pointed out that her pricing of gluten-free and regular is the same. She feels that just because someone is a celiac shouldn’t mean they have to pay higher prices, especially when gluten-free cooking is becoming more and more prominent.”
    • “The next time you want to take a break, sit down, and read a chapter or two, why not mosey on down to Taste and have a seat, order some food and drink, and relax.”


    1 https://eatmagazine.ca/introducing-taste-a-place-for-coffee by Colin Hynes, Photos by Mitch Thacker

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