Monday, February 27, 2012

Ma Belle's new flavours, hours

"The place is small but the food is mighty" says customer

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:00 AM

For those who don't know, in 2011 the homestyle joint in downtown Dartmouth known as Ma Belle's Cafe (44 Ochterloney Street, 466-1322) changed hands. It's now owned by Jamie and Fran Rouse. Ma Belle is a real English tearoom, offering a full breakfast, a lunch menu with daily specials, more than 30 stash teas and one great coffee (fair trade organic Mexican from Java Blend). High Tea is served daily between 3 and 4:30pm (but if you just want to drop in for a tea/coffee and dessert that's fine, too.) Quality food at reasonable prices is the order of the day. Hours are Mon-Sat 8am-5pm; Sundays and Holidays 9am-5pm.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Coastal@NIGHT launched

Prix fixe menu served at the Coastal

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 4:00 AM

There's a new operation being planned for spring at the The Coastal Cafe (2731 Robie Street, 405-4022): Coastal@NIGHT.

Spearheaded by Graeme Ruppel, formerly the chef at Brooklyn Warehouse, it will run, initially, four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday). Expect a set, prix fixe menu of five to seven courses. A small selection of wines and beers with also be paired with the dinner.

"We plan to be up and running full time by early April, but will be running a couple of test dinners before then," explains Ruppel. The first test dinner takes place on Saturday, March 3 at 7pm.

The cost of Saturday's dinner will be $50 for a five or six course meal. "I'm going to hit up the market this weekend, see what's up," says Graeme, so expect fresh, local dishes. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. They can be made by email at The twitter address is @CoastalAtNight.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dhaba Express expands

Indian eatery takes over space next door

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Dhaba Express (8 Oland Crescent, 444-4411), the excellent Bayers Lake establishment offering authentic East Indian cuisine, this week is doubling its seating capacity from 25 to 50 by busting through to the space next door, formerly a wedding rental business. Dhaba Express owner Faizal Junus reports that by February 27 they'll have the capacity to serve twice the diners, though customers should expect the same quality Indian fare to continue, including the popular Saturday buffet.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Woody's B-B-Q opens in Dartmouth

Southern barbecue joint has local franchise

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

If you're heads out to Dartmouth Crossing this week, you've got a new flavour choice to enjoy. Woody's B-B-Q opens today, adjacent to Sushi Nami Royale and La Cucina, a southern barbecue joint founded in Florida with the local franchise owned by Jim Bethune and Eric Swain. With his wife Swain also owns Nurtured, the parenting store, and has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including having been the opening general manager of the Four Points by Sheraton Halifax. At Woody's you can expect a family-friendly vibe and all those delicious southern flavours (ribs, beans, cornbread, etc.) becoming increasingly popular here in the north.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gourmet Burgers arrive in Halifax (even sooner than we expected)

Dartmouth gets delicious burger goodness

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Just as we were crowing about the coming of a new eatery on Quinpool serving gourmet burgers exclusively, we've now heard that Cheese Curds Gourmet Burger & Poutinery (380 Pleasant Street) will be opening this week in Dartmouth. We don't have a lot of information on the establishment right now beyond the name and location, but once we get a chance to savour the good stuff at this joint, we'll let you know.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nectar changes hands

Stylish Dartmouth eatery now with new owner

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 4:00 AM

"We bought it because we liked it, not because we wanted to see it change," explains Iain Hurst of Hurst Hospitality, new owner of Nectar Social House Restaurant and Lounge (62 Ochterloney Street, 406-3363), one of the finest restaurants in Dartmouth and a multiple Best of Food readers' poll winner. That'll be a solace to those who love it, with further comfort to be had knowing that Hurst has been working in hotels all his life, starting in the restaurant and food end of the business. He reports there has been no loss of staff and chef Jeremy McLean continues to run the kitchen.

Customers will notice a few small changes: Brunch hours are now extended to open at 11am on Saturday and Sunday due to client requests. Tuesdays are now Corkage Tuesdays ($10 corkage per bottle) and also Legal Tuesdays in the lounge (5pm-7pm, large drinks available for the price of the smaller, including munchies compliments of the chef).
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Ravenous Energy Bar

Healthy and filling square snackage will make you say "nevermore" to unhealthy food

Posted By on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 4:00 AM

It's simply not cool unless you bring Edgar Allan Poe into it.

So, anyway, Crowbar Real Foods, makers of the Crowbar, have now come up with another avian-related energy bar: The gluten-free Ravenous. Like the Crowbar, it's vegan, but it also fits into paleo/primal diets and it's free of refined sugar, too. Right now it's only available at the Halifax Seaport Market but keep an eye open for it showing up soon in local stores.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

New local butcher and produce market to open in the Hydrostone

Highland Drive Storehouse coming in spring

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Jessi Gillis worked in Ontario for six years. The Haligonian was really impressed by the connection some consumers had with their suppliers. "I saw some amazing small-scale butcher shops there," she says. Coming back to Halifax, she noted the locavore movement really taking off, especially with the growing success of farmers' markets and was inspired to open her own butcher shop. That's what Highland Drive Storehouse (5544 Kaye Street) will offer, come April; local meat and produce directly from the Annapolis Valley. "I love Nova Scotia," says Gillis."I think we have beautiful farmers and amazing practises." She's currently operating a catering and culinary arts instruction business, which you can find out more about by visiting She'll continue to do that from the shop when it opens.
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Julien's Bakery in the Hydrostone changes hands

New owner Duane Malone ensures a smooth transition

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Beloved bakery, patisserie and cafe Julien's (5517 Young Street, 455-9717) has quietly changed hands. The delicious baked goods are still being supplied by Didier Julien's homebase in Chester, but the cafe is now run by Duane Malone. Watch this space for more details on Malone's vision for the business going forward.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FRED. brings us the Family Dinner

Starting this month, consider FRED for a three course meal

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

FRED. beauty food art (2606 Agricola Street, 455-9438), that stylish north end eatery, gallery and hair salon owned by mayoral candidate Fred Connors, is introducing the Family Dinner, starting February 15. The dinner will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, a healthy, housemade three-course meal to share with your nearest and dearest for a reasonable $25. The first serving is at 5pm, reservations are recommended.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Darrell's gets a reno, plans anniversary

Excitement and changes at the south end eatery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Restaurateur Dan Joseph has let The Feed know that his place, Darrell's Restaurant (5576 Fenwick Street, 492-2344) is planning to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. (It opened in June of 1992, Joseph bought it in June 1997). Part of the celebration also involves renovation: Expect Darrell's to be closed February 20 for three to four days for a $100,000 makeover. "Mostly a brand new kitchen, which will be followed by a new building face and new cedar patio for this coming summer," explains Joseph. Expect events, t-shirts and more to follow as the summer birthday approaches.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine's Surf & Turf from Seaport market

Plan your February 14 dinner now

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

From now until until February 12, The Fish Shop & Getaway Meat Mongers at the Seaport Farmers Market (1209 Marginal Road, 492-4043) will be selling tickets for a Valentine’s Surf & Turf. For $20 you get a one pound live Atlantic lobster and a grass-fed, Nova Scotian steak, and with every ticket sold your name gets entered to win a bottle of Sainte Famille wine and a dozen roses from Seabloom Nurseries, other businesses represented at the market. The Seaport is open Tuesday through Sunday if you wanna start planning how to show your sweetheart some good lovin' with giant crustaceans and such.
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Hamachi's new restos close to complete

Bedford-area residents can start salivating for March openings

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

"We're doing the construction now, so it will be opening in three-to-four weeks," says Boris Mirtchev, the Hamachi Restaurant Group grande fromage. The new restaurants he's speaking of will be adjacent to each other at 540 Southgate Drive near the corner of Larry Uteck Boulevard. One will be called Hamachi Mura, a sushi/Thai resto. "Mura means village in Japanese," says Mirtchev, to fit in with the plaza called Stonegate Village. The other restaurant is Son Vida - Tapas, Restorante, Vino, "a Spanish-influenced Mediterranean restaurant," says Mirtchev. "My wife is Greek, so there's be some Greek cuisine, and Italian." The new establishments will be side by side but with entirely separate kitchens and dining rooms.
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