Recently had a chance to revisit Bish on two separate occasions, a restaurant that has not quite lived up to expectations in the past. The first revisit was still along those same lines, while the second finally showed me what the place is capable of.
The first night I ordered the wild mushroom marsala to start (very nice), followed by the butternut squash soup (good, but not really notable) and the rib steak, which was buttery tender and well-prepared. Service was outstanding. Overall, I would give it an 8.5 out of 10 that night, tempered only by the lack of anything truly outstanding food-wise given the prices.
The second visit was one of the better meals I have had anywhere in Halifax. I kept it simple to start, with oysters on the half-shell, which were plump, juicy and fresh, just lovely; a second of Thai chicken and coconut soup that I loved, with just the right amount of spice in a substantial serving; and the main of roasted halibut with smoked salmon ravioli, which was absolutely, truly, fantastic. Others in the group that night found their choices equally enjoyable, with standouts being appetizers of lobster chowder (not the usual style), and crab cakes; and fine mains that included seared scallops, and rack of lamb. Some even had room for dessert, so we shared a cheese and fruit tray and some of their own gelatos. Service was even better than the previous visit, if possible, and was expertly delivered without being intrusive.
Bish is not cheap and probably still wouldn't be my first choice if I was picking up the tab, but they have proven to me that they can deliver an outstanding experience if you make the right choices from their menu. They also have a vast wine list that has some fine offerings at prices that are typical for Halifax (i.e. not cheap), but which are in line with the rest of the menu prices. If you have a chance to do some business dining on the company's tab, Bish is a good choice.
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