So as promised here is the next part of my wonderful foodie experience in Nova Scotia Canada! Still in Halifax my new husband and I decided to have a plush candle lit dinner at the highly recommended Chives restaurant located downtown Halifax at 1537 Barrington Street. And it was no disappointment.
First things first, the wine. We were keen to try some Canadian wines as we had never seen any available in the UK supermarkets and had learned of vineyards both in NS and in BC. We went for a Red Rooster Merlot Cabernet reserve from the BC Naramata Beach. It was quite delicious, light, fresh and ever so smooth.
I was delighted to learn that they were supporting local farmers using fresh seasonal organic veg from the farmers market right in town. So we had the salad to start which came served with warm buttermilk scones, though they call them biscuits, quite confusing initially, served with molasses. The salad contained heirloom tomatoes packing plenty of punch & Dragon’s Breath cheese, which is a delicious young stilton. YUMMY!
For mains I ordered the organic grass fed Prince Edward Island steak, while my husband had Nova Scotia scallops and belly pork. It was cooked to perfection and tasted quite devine. They also have a number of free range items on the menu and use free range eggs. Interestingly their menu also lists where all of their produce is sourced from which I have never seen before in a restaurant.
The waiting staff showed just the right amount of attentiveness without being bothersome and were kind enough to take this lovely picture of us at the table.
The restaurant has a warm, unpretentious atmosphere and aims to capture key elements of the Canadian landscape; water, wood, rock, and sand which it does well.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Halifax, in fact I would say it was a must. Their tag line is “Extraordinary Casual Dining” and extraordinary it most certainly is.
P.S On the issue of scones, I learned that what they call biscuits is to us in the UK scones, made from flour, butter and milk and are often savoury, while their “biscuits” are sweet usually made with the addition of one egg, some sugar and fruit mixed through.