Restos, Bars and Cafés

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Heartwood changes hands

Halifax's vegetarian hotspot is recharged by new owner

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Halifax's only exclusively vegetarian restaurant has changed hands after 17 years on Quinpool Road. The new owner of Heartwood Vegetarian Cuisine (6250 Quinpool Road, 425-2808), Carrie Surrette, would like to assure longtime customers will be able to continue enjoying the daily specials, rice bowls, and other favorites. The resto also offers gluten free bread/wrap options, veggie pate, wheat grass shots, and fresh sprouts grown right on the premises, among other options in green deliciousness.

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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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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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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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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Monday, January 30, 2012

Korean Tacos?! You bet your fusion-loving butt

Indochine offers new international flavours

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Indochine Banh Mi (1551 South Park Street, 407-1222) is starting a new Halifax fusion food trend: Korean Tacos. The international mix of traditions was made popular by the California food truck craze, include Korean-style Bulgogi marinated beef, chicken or tofu, wrapped in a warm tortilla and topped with spiced Asian coleslaw, pickled daikon, cucumber, bean sprouts, citrus, mayo and sriracha sauce. It's a quick and healthy option for those who might like to try something different from their popular Vietnamese sandwiches, says Indochine queen Liz Smith. And a little cheaper, too, at $4 each.
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The Harbour City Bar & Grill offers free corkage on NS wines

Prizes, dinners and free parking happening at Delta Halifax resto

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The Harbour City Bar & Grill (Delta Halifax, 1900 Barrington Street, 492-6443) is embracing both local suppliers of food and wine and guests who supply their own local wine. Let us explain.

The recently renovated resto---serving succulent dishes crammed with local food ingredients---is supporting wines of Nova Scotia by offering the following deal: If you choose to dine there, order an entree and show up toting a Nova Scotia wine, you won't be charged a corkage fee. And this is true any night of the week.

Furthermore, anyone who makes a dinner reservation by February 29 and brings a bottle of their favourite Nova Scotia wine will have the chance to win dinner for two plus accommodation for one night at the Delta Halifax. Keep in mind there is two-hour complimentary parking for all dinner reservation holders year round.

And, lastly-but-not-leastly, as part of the Nova Scotia Icewine Festival, you can enjoy a Gaspereau Vineyards Winemaker's Dinner on February 3 at 6:30pm, a five-course dining experience offering food with local ingredients paired with Gaspereau's award-winning wines, hosted by Gaspereau's winemaker Gina Haverstock. To make a reservation call 492-6414.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

It's All Greek To Me closes, in both locations

One less Greek eatery on Quinpool and in Russell Lake, Dartmouth

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Both locations of It's All Greek To Me, 6196 Quinpool Road and 250 Baker Drive, Dartmouth, have closed. This week Openfile reported that one of the line cooks is owed a paycheque and has been having trouble getting it. More information to come as we have it.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

King of Donair exiting Pizza Corner

Shake-up at downtown food destination

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The CBC is reporting that King of Donair (1560 Grafton Street, 422-4040) is leaving it's popular late-night location as one of the stars of Pizza Corner. According to the Ceeb, owner Sam Nahas has been in conflict with his landlord and the lease, up at the end of May, will not be renewed. Nahas will be looking for a new location for his business.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pipa offers dance nights and more

Portuguese and Brazilian eatery a wintry destination for those who like to move

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Pipa (1685 Argyle Street, 407-7472) wants to be your home for eating, dancing and movie-watching this winter.

On Wednesday nights from 8-10 pm, stop by for Swing Dancing, a social dance for all levels and abilities.

Or spice up your Fridays with Salsa, from 9pm-1am. Lessons run between 9pm and 10pm, with dancing to follow. Entry for a $5 cover (10 percent off entrees and no cover if you have dinner as well).

The three course dinner night takes place on Tuesday, January 17, a hearty Portuguese dinner for only $30.

And starting Thursday, January 26, Pipa is offering Dinner and a Movie at 7pm. Full dinner or Petisco (aka tapas) platters, popcorn and a screening of food/wine related movie. Pipa welcomes any requests you might have for the screening. Can we suggest Big Night, Julie and Julia and Babette's Feast?
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hami's Cafe closed

Shuttering of local coffeeshop a hit to the downtown Dartmouth community

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Coast reader Heather MacLennan reports that Hami's Cafe & Catering (79 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) closed over the holidays. "It's a shame that a locally owned cafe with good quality food couldn't stay afloat in this area," she says. "They will be missed."
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