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Bish - Halifax - Nova Scotia

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Bish - Halifax - Nova Scotia

Food Tourist | Nov 28, 2004 06:58 PM

I dined at Bish last night and it was disappointing. The wine was overpriced so we had martini-style cocktails instead, which were interesting and reasonably priced at $8. I ordered the raw oysters, which were okay. My dining companions liked their appetizers, including the vietnamese duck (very salty but unique), portobello and bocconcini lasagne with artichoke pesto (decent but not exciting) and the mulligatawny soup (nothing like the authentic Indian soup). I had the magret duck with confit potatoes and foie gras sauce - a below-average dish with tasteless potatoes, standard blanched veggies, a complete lack of foie gras flavour, and overcooked duck.

I would recommend my boyfriend's meal - the tasting of Nova Scotia lobster included lobster-morel ragout, lobster knuckle ravioli and a claw and tail for $38. The morel ragout was absolutely delicious. The salmon with Irish colcannon was decently cooked but again, the potatoes were too plain and slightly undercooked. The lamb dish was standard and came with a very spicy sausage (Andouille) mixed into the side accompaniment. All main dishes came with the bland, ordinary blanched veggies.

The desserts were completely hopeless and bland - the trio of creme brulees were gluey and the chocolate fudge version tasted nothing like chocolate. The ice creams were too subtle - the ginger had almost no ginger flavour, and the strawberry was icy, not creamy. The milk chocolate molten cake was decent but not chocolatey. There was a nice selection of Numi herbal teas and Illy coffees.

Our server was friendly, but we felt like we were in a diner, not a fancy restaurant. She was too obviously there, and talked way too much for our liking. The atmosphere is lovely with a good view of the waterfront. There is an elegant banquet room with private kitchen and fireplace which would be perfect for parties and private cooking demonstrations.

Overall, I wish Bish was more impressive. You should not go there with high expectations.

~The Food Tourist

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