We had a very good dinner at Seven in Halifax last Saturday. Our main courses of scallops and a grilled tuna/shrimp combo were delicious and abundant. My spinach and nut salad was yummy. The only downside of the food was the bread - soft, vaguely whole wheat slices that looked and tasted like they came directly from a plastic bag. The wine list has a wide range of choices for both reds and whites and a very nice selection of dessert wines and ports by the glass. Service was good. Starting with cocktails, the meal took almost 2 1/2 hours but was fairly well paced -- maybe a few minutes longer than desired between the salad and main courses. And I liked the black and silver decor and "chill" music, which may have become a cliche to some of you but compared to my everyday dining experiences it is a real treat. A note to the post beneath this one - I'd love to be taken there for an anniversary, and I'm pretty sure the restaurant is on Grafton street.
Earlier in the week we had dinner at Joe's Warehouse in Sydney. The menu had something for everyone and you can have a pretty good dinner if you stick to the basics -- the steak and halibut eaters were very happy. And the bread basket is terrific, with crisp oatcakes and some kind of brown bread that tasted of molasses. Downsides were a bland shrimp cocktail, bland seafood creole, and overly sweet, overly large piece of turtle pie for dessert. Service was good. The wine list has the standard Australian picks, but at least they offer the option. If you find yourself in Sydney, it is a decent choice.
And sadly I have no report on Les Fougeres or any other fancy Ottawa restaurant. Sometimes, in the interest of family harmony, you have to go with the flow. I can however, report on an excellent club sandwich at the Auberge restaurant in Portage-du-Fort in the Pontiac region of Quebec. Real turkey, freshly cooked bacon, just the right amount of mayo. Seriously, the best club sandwich I have had in years.