A recent arrival in Halifax is Saege, located on Spring Garden Rd and Summer St in a new development adjacent to the Public Gardens. It is a large, bright space divided into a sidewalk-level "sunroom" with an equal sized room more inside. Decor is beautiful, with tones of lime and tan very artfully done. On a sunny day it is hard to think of a more pleassant spot to watch the city go by.
The menu is ambitious with a large number of choices. Saege is run by the Simensen family, who have been a Halifax restaurant presence for years (Scanway, Sweet Basil) and who certainly know how to cook. Appetizers for our group included all 3 of the soups offered, all excellent. Mains included the special of the day, a chicken penne pasta in a tomato cream sauce, deemed outstanding; beef striploin, which was very good; and a selection of things off the lighter fare menu -- grilled shrimp tacos (disappointing), crab cakes (good) and latkas with smoked salmon, judged excellent.
It was extremely busy and I understand that is usually the case. Perhaps that, combined with the large and ambitious menu, explains the service, which was excruciatingly slow and somewhat confused, albeit pleasant. Prices were about what you would expect for an upscale place in this part of town, but not outrageously expensive. I would go back, because it was enjoyable in spite of the service problems they faced. Sitting in that sunroom on a nice day it's hard to be too cranky.
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