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Review: Cut Steakhouse and Grill, Halifax

5120 Salter Street – 902.429.5120 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 8, 2014

Describing a restaurant as being both a ‘steakhouse and grill’ sounds a bit redundant at first but, as it turns out, ‘Cut’ is two quite different dining establishments in one. I was in the mood for a decent steak on the evening of my visit but when I was given a menu after being seated on the lovely downstairs patio I was disappointed to see only two, rather uninteresting, steak choices available. I then discovered that the ‘steakhouse’ part of the operation is on the upper floor and, after hastening up the stairs, I enjoyed a really terrific meal…  Read more

Salty’s, Halifax

1869 Upper Water St., Halifax – (902) 423-6818 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 6, 2014

 My wife and I visited Salty’s on a hot afternoon some 6 or 8 years ago and had drinks on the outdoor deck. We didn’t as far as I can recall, have anything to eat on that particular occasion and so, on my most recent trip to Halifax, I decided to stop in and see what the food was like…  Read more

Review: Jincheng Restaurant

1569 Dresden Row – (902) 431-8588

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Date of Visit: July 5, 2014

When I was planning my recent trip to Halifax, I did some searching interesting Chinese restaurants on the internet but was unable to come up with anything beyond the highly westernized types I like to call ‘Chop Suey Joints’. It was thus with a measure of pleasant surprise that I came across this tiny little hole-in-the-wall Sichuan place just a few minutes walk from my hotel. The name, which means ‘Cheng Capital’ refers to the city now known as ‘Chengdu’, and as the menu explains, the establishment specializes (very ably and well, as it turned out) in the spicy cuisine of Sichuan’s capital…  Read more

Review: The Press Gang Restaurant

5218 Prince Street – 902-423-8816 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 4, 2014

 

I was doing a general reconnaissance of the restaurants near to my hotel in downtown Halifax when I spied this place. The sign on the front advertised it as being an oyster bar as well as a restaurant and, fully intent on having fresh oysters at least once during my trip, I had to investigate further. Unfortunately, the place was not yet open but I was met just inside the door by a person I took to be an owner who advised me, almost apologetically, that service did not start until 5pm. He told me the selection of fresh oysters available that day and I promised to return. I did, that very same evening, and ended up having a terrific meal… Read more

Review: Minato Sushi, Halifax

1520 Queen St. Halifax, NS – (902) 420-0331 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 4, 2014

On my recent trip to Halifax, I arrived to discover that I had a few hours to wait until my hotel room was ready and so I took a stroll around the nearby streets and came across this little place. It looked a promising place for lunch but, unfortunately, aside from the service, which was impeccable, the experience was not terribly impressive… Read more

Checking in…

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Greetings All … I know I am supposed to be on blogging ‘hiatus’ at the moment but I couldn’t resist checking in with a brief update as to current events and a preview of a few things to come once I start my regular posts once again…

Anyway, part of my travels included a 12 day stay in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a Law Conference and visits with family and friends. The above view is actually taken from a gun emplacement at the Halifax Citadel, which was the main installation for the City fortifications back before modern weaponry made such things a little pointless. If you look closely, you can see another, smaller, fortification on the little island out in the harbor.

The brick building at the right is the hotel where I stayed and. From this vantage point, I could totally have wiped the place off the map… If I’d had, you know…powder and cannonballs etc. Actually, come to think of it, this particular gun emplacement didn’t actually have cannon like some did but, still, you’ll agree that the people at the hotel had a pretty darn narrow escape anyway…  Read more