Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon to Nectar Social House in Dartmouth. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of local, seasonal fare and drinks for dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of local, seasonal fare and drinks for lunch.
Dubbed Dartmouth's Best Restaurant of 2009 and 2010 by the Coast magazine, Nectar Social House serves up a seasonal menu using locally sourced, naturally raised ingredients wherever possible. Start with one of the upscale eatery's small plates, such as flash-fried calamari ($14), or dive into main-course options, including Oulton's beef tenderloin ($33), derived from grain-fed, nonmedicated, socially adjusted cows raised on a Nova Scotia valley farm. Those craving surf more than turf can try the seafood thai curry penne, a pasta dish elevating shrimp, scallops, and lobster on a pedestal of red-curry sauce with roasted red peppers and ginger chutney ($25). Nectar Social House's in-house sommelier has assembled a wine list boasting red, white, sparkling, and dessert sips, including 12 wines available by the glass or slipper full, such as Jackson Triggs riesling ($8), Ben Marco malbec ($9.75), and Jost Vidal ice wine ($11).
The restaurant's roster of lunch dishes includes smaller, midday versions of the dinner selections. Patrons can feed within the establishment's sleek lounge, modern, green-and-cream dining room, or al fresco on its stone patio, warmed by an outdoor fireplace and complimentary hugs. A gluten-free menu is also available.
The Coast magazine named Nectar Social House "Best Restaurant" in Dartmouth in 2009 and 2010. Occasions magazine, Halifax Magazine, and The Coast have all written favourable reviews of Nectar Social House.
Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar
Every six months, according to The Coast magazine, Chef Stefan Bruchmann begins updating his menu at Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar. Those seasonal changes have been met with consistent acclaim, including The Coast's honor of "Best Dartmouth Restaurant" five years running. The ever-evolving menu has been known to spotlight mains such as crispy arctic char with a crusted potato cake, wilted spinach, vine roasted tomatoes and honey mustard vinaigrette and a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, havarti, and oyster mushrooms served with a red pepper jam. Chef Stefan combines the secrets and techniques that he garnered from his culinary experiences in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
Nectar's bartenders match that creativity with a slate of inventive martinis—which includes the garlic-tinged Janes' Bond and the mandarin-kissed Southern Peach—and an extensive wine list. High-backed, white chairs juxtapose the dining room's black floors and tables, creating a striking tableau accented with damask-patterned wallpaper and bright chandeliers. Tucked in the back and upstairs, the patio awaits guests who wish to dine outdoors. Amid this upscale ambiance, the staff hosts themed occasions such as bring-your-own-wine Tuesdays and vegan Wednesdays. On Sundays, Nectar presents live performances from local musicians Daniel Matto, Nadia Moore, and Georges Hebert, who enliven the air with a blend of jazz standards.
62 Ochterloney St.
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