Beef with Preserved Vegetable at the Goldstone Restaurant

Beef with Preserved Vegetable at the Goldstone Restaurant

Beef with Preserved Vegetable at the Goldstone Restaurant

The Goldstone Bakery and Restaurant in Vancouver’s Chinatown didn’t manage to survive the Covid-19 pandemic, and recently closed it’s doors after three decades of service. I am afraid I didn’t really manage to get much of a sense of the place after having only stopped in once for breakfast, but it seemed a nice, friendly sort of place. What I will recall is that the dish you see pictured above was the second part of what is, to date, the mist singularly unusual breakfast special I have ever encountered.

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Roasted Red Peppers at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

Roasted Red Peppers at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

Roasted Red Peppers at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

I previously featured the very pleasant Efendy Restaurant in downtown Halifax when I reviewed their excellent Grilled Haloumi Appetizer. In my introduction to Efendy, I noted that the menu there was chiefly Turkish, but that there were dishes from other Mediterranean cuisines on offer as well. Their Roasted Red Pepper dish, shown above, was every bit as good as their Grilled Halloumi, and this lovely offering clearly showed a Greek influence with the inclusion of tangy Feta Cheese.

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Shepherd's Pie at the Kilt and Castle Pub in Yellowknife

Shepherd's Pie at the Kilt and Castle Pub in Yellowknife

Shepherd’s Pie at the Kilt and Castle Pub in Yellowknife

The dish you see pictured above probably doesn’t look much like a Shepherd’s Pie as most people know it, but it was exactly that, if a little unorthodox. It was served to me at the Kilt and Castle Pub in Yellowknife on a particularly cold evening, and what actually turned out to be two meals in one just hit the spot perfectly.

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Salmon Rillettes at Lapointe's Restaurant in Ottawa

Salmon Rillettes at Lapointe's Restaurant in Ottawa

Salmon Rillettes at Lapointe’s Restaurant in Ottawa

I have previously posted a recipe for my own version of Salmon Rillettes, in which I explain the origin of the name and the basic technique. The appetizer you see above was served to me at Lapointe’s Restaurant in Ottawa but, for a simple dish, this otherwise very decent Seafood restaurant did a singularly unimpressive job.

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Jambalaya at the Vineyards Wine Bar and Bistro in Ottawa

Jambalaya at the Vineyards Wine Bar and Bistro in Ottawa

Jambalaya at the Vineyards Wine Bar and Bistro in Ottawa

I should say, first of all, that I really don’t usually go to Vineyards in Ottawa for the food, but rather because they have a great Wine and Beer selection, and because the ambience is pleasant, and the service generally excellent. I do occasionally have a bit to eat, however, and usually the dishes I have been served have been good. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for the rather dismal Jambalaya you see pictured above.

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Grilled Haloumi at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

Grilled Haloumi at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

Grilled Haloumi at the Efendy Restaurant in Halifax

The very pleasant Efendy Restaurant in downtown Halifax serves some exquisite dishes, one of which, being their Grilled Haloumi Cheese Appetizer, is pictured above. Now I love this dish, but the majority of restaurant versions I have had have tended to be quite complex, such as was the case with the Grilled Haloumi at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa. At Efendy, their preparation and presentation was extremely simple and was, I think, the best I have ever had.

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Pork Belly Appetizer at the Press Gang Restaurant in Halifax

Pork Belly Appetizer at the Press Gang Restaurant in Halifax

Pork Belly Appetizer at the Press Gang Restaurant in Halifax

When I walked by the Press Gang Restaurant in Halifax late one afternoon, I was drawn by a sign outside offering an interesting daily selection of Oysters. I ended up returning for supper and, in addition to sampling two different sorts of Oysters from Nova Scotia, and an ‘imported’ kind from PEI, I enjoyed a number of other excellent dishes as well. I particularly enjoyed the Pork Belly Appetizer you see pictured above.

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Beef Satay Skewers at the Taste of Saigon Restaurant in Yellowknife

Beef Satay Skewers at the Taste of Saigon Restaurant in Yellowknife

Beef Satay Skewers at the Taste of Saigon Restaurant in Yellowknife

I was travelling through Yellowknife for years before I cam across the Taste of Saigon Restaurant. It is a pity I didn’t discover it earlier as it is a very pleasant restaurant with some excellent food. The Beef Satay Skewers you see pictured above weren’t the best dish I ate there, but they were excellent nevertheless.

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Kung Pao Chicken at the Keung Kee Restaurant in Montreal

Kung Pao Chicken at the Keung Kee Restaurant in Montreal

Kung Pao Chicken at the Keung Kee Restaurant in Montreal

The Keung Kee Cantonese Restaurant has been a fixture in Montreal’s Chinatown for many years now. It is a rather nondescript place, on the of an old building, and was a bit shabby and not especially clean on my visit. I will say that the majority of the clientele were Asian, which generally speaks well of the food, but the Kung Pao Chicken turned out to be a good example of this a dish best not ordered in establishments specializing in Cantonese, rather than Sichuanese cuisine.

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