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  • Pipa Restaurant
    Victoria and Luis Gaspar sought to introduce Atlantic Canada to new types of world cuisine by filling the menu at Pipa Restaurant + Bar with iconic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. This distinctiveness helped earn it a spot on Where magazine's 2009 list of Canada's best new restaurants, as well as praise from Halifax Magazine, which has lauded the restaurant for being "something different on the downtown dining scene." The menu items' names may seem unfamiliar at first, but the flavours evoke a certain homey quality. The mains include hearty Brazilian stews such as feijoada, a blend of smoked meats and black beans that bears the honor of being Brazil's national dish. Appetizers incorporate Portuguese staples such as chouriço sausage and salt cod. The wine list complements these robust flavors with its selection of Portuguese wines, including crisp vinho verdes and bold reds from the Douro region's subterranean reservoirs of grape juice. Located within the historic Carleton building, which dates as far back as 1759, the restaurant combines modern and Old-World ambience, garnering the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's award for Best Design & Decor in 2010. Fireplaces and floorboards from reclaimed timber add a rustic vibe to the two dining rooms, but the atrium gets a bright, airy feel from its glass pyramid ceiling. Throughout the week, Pipa Restaurant + Bar hosts live Latin jazz or bossa nova bands, and salsa-dancing events help attendees pick up the dance's basic steps and competition-level hair tosses.
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    1685 Argyle St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • The Wooden Monkey
    Back in 2003, when Hurricane Juan left Nova Scotians stranded for a few days, Lil MacPherson grew concerned about food security. She noticed that there were few local options in their relative isolation, and that much of their food was shipped from far away with little environmental concern for how it was produced. This discovery inspired her to start supporting nearby farmers and purveyors in the hopes of strengthening Nova Scotia's foodscape. But she didn't want to stop there—she wanted the rest of her home province to embrace sustainability, too. The Wooden Monkey, a restaurant devoted to the local culinary culture, was the next step in her journey. Under the guidance of partners Christine Bower and Matthew Gass, The Wooden Monkey in Halifax and Dartmouth shine a spotlight on the work of local food producers. The menu is MSG free, and the drink menu has no artificial ingredients. Getting to know the suppliers and the people who grow their food is very important to the folks at The Wooden Monkey. In fact, every meat in the kitchen has been sourced from Nova Scotia: lamb from Nothumberlamb is used for the lamb burger, and the rustic chicken dinner is made from Pasture Hills poultry. The Monkey isn't just for meat-eaters, however. The staff also prepares an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options, including plates of gingered tofu served over organic quinoa-rice noodles. In fact, the menu is conscious of several dietary restrictions, including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.
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    1707 Grafton St.
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Seoul Restaurant
    The writing's on the wall at Seoul Korean Restaurant. Literally. Near the entrance, there's a container of colorful Sharpies that customers use to scribble their reviews right on the paint. It's a bold move, but the exquisite quality of Seoul's food lets them get away with it. The food is so good, in fact, that the restaurant has set the bar for others in the community—in fact, The Coast marked 2011 as the start of the "golden age of Asian food" in Halifax, thanks, in part, to the opening of Seoul. Read on to learn about a few of this eatery's revolutionary recipes: Bulgogi Deopbap: Stir-fried Bulgogi on a bed of rice and served with soup. Gamjatang hot pot: This is Korea's take on the Asian hot pot tradition. Portioned for two, three, or four people, the pork-neck-bone soup is served with cabbage leaves and a choice of toppings. Kimchi jigae: Vegetarians adore this stew made with a soybean-paste base. It also showcases tofu and Seoul's very popular kimchi, beloved for its bright flavor and satisfying crunch. Bibimbap: Is a Rice topped dish with various cooked vegetables, such as zucchini, mushrooms, radish and been sprouts. Served with beef and fried egg, red chili paste with the soup of the day."
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    5170 Duke Street
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Chef Abod Café & Catering
    Chef Abod Café & Catering's menu seems simple at first glance, brimming with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean comfort foods, but this familiarity belies the owner's ties to royalty. Armed with the experiences of training in Syria and running the kitchen of a four-star hotel in Bahrain, chef Abod Sadieh lent his culinary talents to Prince Moshal Bin Abdul Al-Azez of Saudi Arabia, serving as the prince's personal chef for more than two years. Interestingly, though, this position didn't lead Chef Sadieh to devote the rest of his career to haute cuisine. Instead, he adopted an attitude as well as an unpretentious culinary style based on accommodation as opposed to ego. Chef Sadieh adheres to this attitude in Halifax, where he creates hearty renditions of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean staples while incorporating locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Dishes like chicken kebabs and moussaka demonstrate the menu's commitment to these regions' most iconic recipes, but lamb burgers and paninis filled with falafel incorporate those recipes' flavours into slightly more Westernized dishes. The restaurant's dining area also fosters a comfortable ambiance, surrounding guests with homespun touches such as checkered tablecloths and portraits of moms. Burgundy curtains hang over the windows, contrasting with the room's pale green walls.
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    3217 Kempt Road
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Mezza- Halifax
    Comprising an upscale restaurant, several casual kitchens, and a catering team, Mezza wears a few different faces, but all of them are distinctly Lebanese. That is to say, they celebrate fresh seafood, vibrant veggies, and juicy meats, seasoned with olive oil, garlic, lemon, and herbs. At the Quinpool location, chefs craft hot and cold mezzet—small plates—such as baba ghanouj and Lebanese sausages, warming up appetites for lamb and beef kabobs served on plates piled with rice, potatoes, and seasonal produce. Servers help quell the spiciness of the accompanying chili sauce by pouring local beers, Lebanese wines, and colorfully potent cocktails directly into guests' mouths. On some nights, live music from the strings of a traditional oud wafts through the sleek but earthy space. As for Mezza's other locations, chicken shawarma and all-beef donair can be savored as late as 4 a.m. at the Barrington Street location. It can be sure of drawing a crowd even into the wee hours—Mezza perennially tops The Coast’s readers’ poll for Best Middle Eastern/Persian restaurant. Explaining its streak of wins in 2012, The Coast wrote: “It’s simple—the food is fresh, high quality and tasty.”
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    6386 Quinpool Rd
    Halifax, NS CA
  • Caribbean Twist
    The chefs at Caribbean Twist import near-meridian flavours all the way up the globe to Halifax with their spicy jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and vegetarian curry potato roti wraps. The staff expects some confusion from those who are new to Caribbean food, but have taken measures to preemptively stave off any anxiety. They included a short FAQ section to the menu to answer such important basic questions as "What's ackee?," "Is everything hot and spicy?," and "What animal does oxtail come from?" Their insistence that every bite and sip be true to its Jamaican roots extends all the way to the dessert menu, which is drawn up by resident baker Fatima Adam. Fatima crafts all desserts in-house, including mango cheesecake, coconut cream pie, and basbousa, a sweet cornbread-like cake soaked in syrup. This commitment to crafting exotic dishes and fresh jamaican patties has earned Caribbean Twist an army of avid fans and awards, including Best Desserts Category for Eastlink Magazine's "Nova Scotia's Best" and their jerk chicken winning the 2011 North-End Community Cook-Off. When a zoning issue threatened to permanently close the café in 2010, these loyal patrons rose up and helped save the modest eatery.
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    3081 Gottingen Street
    Halifax, NS CA

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