I came across this restaurant while searching TripAdvisor for something else in the Nanaimo area. Lantzville? I have driven by often but never took the time to drive through this little community. (actually just a suburb of Nanaimo). The reviews for Riso were exceptional so we planned a trip from Cobble Hill, just to try it. That was a month ago and we were pleased but before recommending it I thought we should check it out again (is that a good excuse?) This past weekend we reserved for the Sunday brunch. We arrived at opening time, 11:30 am, and were quickly and pleasantly greeted and seated. The menu offered a nice range of options but but it was the ‘mushrooms on toast’ that got our attention. (4 kinds of mushrooms on toast, truffle oil, salad, poached eggs). It was excellent! In summary; the Food - rich and flavourable.; the Service – excellent and from all four of the staff present; the Ambiance – very pleasant. Riso also has its own organic bakery and sells a few different breads along with pasteries, cakes and preserves. We have now tried 4 different breads and all are wonderful. The positive reviews displayed here in TA are for a reason – Riso is one of the best restaurants in the Nanaimo area.
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