pâté chinois | Aug 27, 201510:55 AM     4

Just came back from Halifax and wanted to share my experiences as I had a hard time finding information before we headed over.

First meal we had was lunch on Saturday - since we were staying at the Lord Nelson, we decided to eat at their restaurant, The Arms. We both had the lobster blt and really enjoyed it. There was lots of lobster in the sandwich, the lobster was really tasty and, joy o joy, the tomatoes were actually ripe. Only thing I would have liked would have been to have more triple-duck-fat cooked fingerlings. They were really really good but we only had a few each. Could have eaten at least twice as much of them!

Dinner on Saturday night was had at the Rock Bottom, right besides our hotel. We each had the seafood chowder (quite nice, thick and chunky), as well as the lobster dinner ($19.95, best price we could find) which included a 1.25 lb lobster, potato salad, and coleslaw. Everything was good and the lobster was particularly fresh, not overcooked and not dry. A delicious dinner. I also had a tasting flight of their beers - loved the oatmeal-raisin stout and their IPAs. http://rockbottombrewpub.ca/

Sunday, we had breakfast at The Arms and found it to be a tasty hot breakfast buffet - eggs/omelette station, waffles, bacon/sausages, potatoes, cereals, pastries and fruits. Very good, everything really fresh. Our breakfast was included in the price of the room but I think I overheard a server say it was $16.99 - a very good deal. http://thearmshalifax.com/menu/

We then left Halifax and headed over to Peggy's Cove and Lunenberg. Lunch was had at the Dockside Restaurant and Seafood patio. What a view! I had the scallops and they were delicious and local. SO had the fish and chips and did not like it at all. Fish was thin, and batter was soggy. Fries were of the frozen variety and quite ordinary. Would not recommend. The Dockside restaurant is ok if you want the view and the scallops, but this is not a fancy place by any stretch of the imagination. http://www.docksider.ca/restaurant.html

For dinner on Sunday, we went to the Gahan. I had the donair burger (ok, not exciting) and SO had the seafood fettucini (very good). We each had one of their belgian-style IPAs - very nice too. We ate on the patio, in the fog. That was quite a nice and unique experience. Dessert was a Cow's ice cream cone. http://www.gahan.ca/

Monday my conference began and so food was taken at the Marriott - good, nothing to write home about.

On Tuesday my conference included a boat cruise and lobster dinner from Murphy's on the Water - this was probably the meal we enjoyed the least. It included a salad (fresh but not exciting, with raspberry vinaigrette, my least favourite), and lobster, potato salad and coleslaw. The lobster seemed dry and I think it might have been reheated. Potato salad was really not very good, but coleslaw was quite nice. Dessert was gross - some kind of canned apples in a thickened and gooey sauce, with deflated whipped cream from a can. We were a huge group of around 200, and I get that large groups can be difficult to accommodate, but really? canned apples for dessert as part of a cruise/dinner package that cost nearly $90? Come on! http://www.mtcw.ca/#!restaurant/c21lg

Wednesday was our last day in Halifax and we had lunch at the Bicycle Thief. Really nice place, felt upscale. We shared the mussels as our appetizer (so good, in a thick tomato-basil sauce with croûtons), and had the lobster rolls, which was served with fries and salad. Everything was really delicious and we washed everything with two more local beers - a Bombetta from Propeller and a Boxing Rock Hunky Dory Pale. http://bicyclethief.ca/food-wine We skipped dessert and headed over to Cow's for one last cone.

We ate really well while in Halifax, and absolutely loved the hospitality. Everyone was very friendly, service was good, and we cannot wait to go back!

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