Can anyone recommend a restaurant in Halifax that would actually impress a Torontonian? A New Yorker? An Angeleno?
Planning a trip to Halifax in August and I want to eat well. I'm a Haligonian who lives across the country now, and if there's one thing fellow transplants and I discuss a lot it's why is Halifax so bereft of fine food? With the abundance of farm-fresh produce so close by, great seafood walking distance away and a vibrant arts community attracting young talent, why can't I get a meal on the level of, maybe not Vancouver or New York, but somewhere like Cleveland, Tampa Bay or Portland?
Last time I was in town I checked out a few places that people gushed about and was shocked at the low quality of the food. However, there were a couple of spots that surprised me, that no one was talking about.
Bistro Le Coq - French food near Neptune Theater - I had some super fresh mussels, wonderful Beausoleil oysters and overall the food quality was high. Good cocktails, friendly bartender. Just did lunch but looking forward to dinner on this next trip - can't wait to try their french onion soup. Service was great too.
Fries and Co - On Chebucto Rd - not much going on in the neighborhood but damn those fried clams were fantastic
A Mano - Italian by the waterfront - Bland, uninspired, even for the price point. Should I even bother doing The Bicycle Thief or is it more of the same?
Morris East - Pizza with an overly thick/tough crust that seemed out of a freezer, very little tomato sauce (that tasted like out of a can), vegetable toppings had a clear lack of freshness - not sure where they get their ingredients, but it ain't farm fresh or imported from Italy. Gotta give them points for that salted caramel tart which was BRILLIANT and definitely ranks up there with some of the best desserts I've had. But the pizza was a huge disappointment.
RATED JUST RIGHT -
Hamachi House - Usually fresh and high quality - it boggles the mind why so many sushi joints in Halifax just don't use fresh fish!
The Coastal Cafe - Lovely brunch, wish the menu was a little less meat-heavy - when I'm in the maritimes all I want is smoked fish.
What do y'all think - what are the most underrated/overrated joints in Halifax? Any places that stack up against Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver?