Roost Farm Bakery
9100 E. Saanich Rd.
I went to the Roost for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I went again last week. I’m rarely out in this area of Victoria/Sidney, so the Roost was a pleasant surprise for grabbing some lunch/ a bite to eat. The first time I went, I had the mushroom soup which came some of their homemade bread( I think I had pumpkin or sunflower seed one). Last week I went for one of their sandwiches upon my colleagues recommendation for the Montreal smoked beef, and the soup was a potato and cheddar. This place is worth going to just to get hit with all the smells of an active bakery. You name it they bake it. I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of savoury and sweet baked goods, definitely good quality stuff. It’s not cheap but I don’t mind spending an extra buck or two on something fresh and locally produced( for example, a loaf of their bread is 6 dollars).
I had the sandwich on their Russian Rye, which was sprinkled with carraway seeds on the crust. I was surprised that the bread wasn’t toasted, but maybe it makes it easier to eat? You can choose how hot you want the mustard, and usually when hot is an option I’ll give it a go. I forget what type of cheese was on it, maybe Swiss? The mustard was very hot, the nasal-dilation type of hot, or wasabi reaction as I like to call it. But all in all, the meat was wonderful, shaved very thinly and very flavourful. I think my soup, sandwich and drink came to about 12 bucks. Their drip coffee is also tasty, I didn’t get a chance to try any of their espresso drinks. Check it out if you’re in the neighbourhood. I don’t think they need the publicity, it’s packed each time I went. They also serve a full breakfast for the early birds.