Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rocco's restaurant now on Baker Drive

Relocation give Dartmouth eatery more elbow room.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Looking for Rocco's Restaurant (250 Baker Drive, 461-0211)? It moved back in April from the Quality Inn to its current Dartmouth location.

"We love it here. A bright new space, big beautiful bathrooms, lots of parking, 20 extra seats, and I have plans for an outdoor dining space that I hope to have finished before the end of the season," says Hannah Gibson, who has co-owned Rocco's with her husband Robert Gibson for the past four years.

Not much has changed other than the drive. Rocco's has the same staff and menu, but only for now. Gibson hopes to trim back the menu and add a table side menu, the restaurant's former speciality.

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Mother's hits the Hydrostone this fall

I want pizza. P-I-Z-Z-A.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM


Mother’s is coming to the Hydrostone (5710 Young Street, the old Tanner Supply building location) this fall. With a successful Turks and Caicos location that specializes in pizza, owner Tyson Wachter thought it was time to bring its locally sourced, comfort food to Halifax.  

And by local, the owners really mean local. “We are planning a rooftop garden above the restaurant in order to service our need for fresh herbs and vegetables as well to leave a smaller ecological footprint,” says Wachter.  

Chef Darrick Mailman will be running the restaurant with Wachter and both are currently working on the menu.  

“We want to serve the same type of food that makes you miss home. Good home cooked meals prepared with love,” says Wachter. Look out for the pizza. No stranger to the pizza business, Wachter has worked in pizzerias in Toronto, Halifax and the Caribbean, learning the tricks of the trade.  

Currently in the process of emptying the building right now, Mother’s construction is planned for next month.  

While you wait for the opening, you can follow Mother’s blog at or on Twitter.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Melissa Buote takes in Tall Ships' Food Fare by the Sea

And blogs and posts pretty pictures over at

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jenner Cormier is going to New Orleans

Hali mixologist showing off his stuff.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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Hali-famous Jenner Cormier, mixologist at The Middle Spoon (1559 Barrington Street, 407- 4002), is heading to New Orleans this Sunday to partake in their annual Tales of the Cocktails festival. Any bartender knows that this is a big deal.

"Tales of the Cocktail is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, cocktail gatherings. It's five days of seminars and they're run by top bartenders in the world," says Cormier. Winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Made with Love cocktail competition, he should know.

Cormier began mixing when he was sent to Toronto, while working at Henry House, (1222 Barrington Street, 423-5660 ) to learn how to make cocktails. "I didn't even know what vermouth was," says Cormier.

While in Toronto, an "advanced molecular cocktail bar" was recommended to him after an eight-hour day of learning how to mix drinks. After the first drink there, he was "hooked." What's an advanced molecular cocktail bar? Awesome, that's what.

"A lot has been self-taught and from the Internet," says Cormier. And now, he's on his way to mix drinks with the greats in New Orleans, teaching seminars.

In particular, he's excited to meet panelist Jim Meehan, winner of the Spirited Award at Tales of the Cocktail in 2009, as well as moderator Tony Conigliaro, one of the UK's first drink creators.

"Right now I'm basically trying to get background info on people I'm working with and the events that I'm attending, some of the spirits involved, trying to get some bearings about how the layout goes down in New Orleans. We're staying down in the French quarter, which is the heart of the city," Cormier says.

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Bucket of chicken!

Coastal@Night gets serious.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

What is better than fried chicken? A whole bucketful of fried chicken.

That’s exactly what Coastal@Night (2731 Robie St, 401-5307) is serving up, starting Saturday. All you need is five friends (it’s listed with a six person minimum on the menu) and $35 each.

“We’ve got a regular posse who come down for fried chicken specifically,” says Coastal@Night’s Graeme Ruppel. The fried chicken is served with waffles, “smashed” potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple butter and maple syrup. Yep, cult following makes sense now.

The menu also has a pork arista, popcorn polenta and finally the whole meal is topped off with some birthday cake.

The restaurant just needs one week's notice to serve up the “Bucket of Chicken” menu, which will be a permanent addition

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro comes to Halifax

Doyle Street location to open in September.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Another gourmet burger restaurant is opening in Halifax but this time it's the well-known Ontario chain The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro that is joining in on the Halifax burger mania. The Works first location outside of Ontario is set to open mid to late September on Doyle Street.

The franchise is owned by couple Alan and Jody Garner.

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Oliver's Deli is closed, Noggin Farms takes over

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Oliver’s Deli has closed and Noggin Farms is taking over the spot in the Alderney Market.

“We don’t have a set date, hopefully within the next few weeks," says Noggin's Melissa Vaughan. "We will probably be opening around the first of August”.

Those familiar with the Annapolis Valley company know that they offer seasonal produce, in addition to Nova Scotia maple syrup, honey, milk, cheese, yogurt and gelato.

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Baan Thai gets new owner

Janya Thaksee to start lunch buffet.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Janya Thaksee is the new owner of Baan Thai (5234 Blowers St, 446-4301) but you can just call her Jane. Thaksee who took over on Jun 16th has only been changing the restaurant for the better.

Thaksee says, “Nothing changes, the menu is the same and we have updated some items. Some stuff is cheaper”.

New items on the menu include the newly popular sesame pork, Thai noodle soup, apple fried rice which is served in a fresh pineapple, coconut rice and deep fried shrimp.

Starting in August, the restaurant also hopes to offer a buffet during lunchtime.

And more developments will probably come soon. Thaksee says, “We just started so we want to concentrate on what we have here”.

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Tour de France at Fid

Where fine dining and fast cycling come together.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Fid Resto's (1569 Dresden Row, 422-9162) Tour de France evening is back to celebrate the annual race. This year there will be a second evening to watch, so if you missed Stage 11, you can hit up Fid Resto tomorrow, Wed Jul 18 for Stage 16.

Owner Dennis Johnson, who is an avid cyclist himself, wants to give the cyclist community a chance to watch the stage for the day on the restaurant's 40 inch flat screen. And this year its going to be louder.

'This year we had to get a sound system because we have a normal home theatre system and we run it through that but everyone is always conversing and socializing. Cyclists don't get the opportunity to talk on the road, so its a chance to talk and they talk loudly. We'd increase the volume and they'd talk louder and talk over the sound system. It's a bigger sound system this year so i think they'll be surprised when they try to talk over it," says Johnson.

Sounds like it won't be just the sound that blows you away though.

"The menu [for the event] is a combination of local produce with French inspiration," says Johnson. For $28 there will be a three course menu of local Boston salad, grilled in-house sausage with lentils and a dessert of crispy pavlova with seasonal fruit. Vegetarian options are also available and when people make reservations if they have sensitivities, the chefs can offer something else.

The night starts at 6:30pm and the event is reservation only, so book now.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Morris East turns five years old

Owner Jennie Dobbs has big plans.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Morris East (5212 Morris Street, 444-7663) turns five years old this month, and in celebration owner Jennie Dobbs is including ice cream cake---"layers of housemade seasonal ice cream and a fudgy centre"---on a three-course $30 prix-fixe birthday menu through the rest of July.

Dobbs' resto is a remarkable success story. She set out to create a "neighbourhood restaurant serving delicious, artisanal and local food." The last five years have "been a roller coaster," she says, but things have settled down nicely in the last year or so, having survived the three-year hurdle all small businesses face. And now, "we're considering our options for growth, looking for what doesn't exist in Halifax," she hints.

One thing Dobbs will commit to is an August 12 expansion in hours, in both directions, adding a Sunday brunch menu and staying open later in the evening, offering more in the way of cocktails and desserts.

Besides the restaurant, Dobbs is writing a cookbook, titled a la Mode; sweet and savoury pies and tarts, and is looking at a spring publication date.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Truly Tasty opens

Quinpool road resto servers, yep, ramen and dumplings.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM


Boy do I feel stupid. Despite the fact that I've been bumping the font size on my computer up to 14 or even 16, I've been in denial about the need for glasses. And then, a couple of weeks ago, a reader sent me the above photo, of a new restaurant that has opened on Quinpool Road. I didn't have time to include a full write-up in our Shoptalk column, so I just briefly mentioned that I'd soon be writing about, gulp, "Truly tasty women and dumplings."

Even now I see "women" when I look at the photo, and only when I zoom in a few times do I see the "R," and to be honest I still don't know whether that's followed by an "A" or an "O." But, for the record: the correct name is of course Truly Tasty ramen and dumplings (or perhaps "...romen and dumplings").

As much as I like the thought of "women and dumplings," I meant no disrespect for the place, which is at 6214 Quinpool Road, just across from Canadian Tire. I dropped by today to have a proper meal; I had the house special of barbecue pork and spiced egg ramen, and I'm happy to report my taste buds---which are in far better condition than my eyes---were quite pleased. Alas, I was too full to try the dumplings, which the server boasted were home-made, but will try again soon.

Prices are generally $10 to $15, with a less expensive lunch menu. The decor is a clean orange and brown, the service splendid.

My next visit, I'll be wearing glasses.

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