Halifax deserves at least a couple days of exploration if you can manage it, but even if you only have a half day you could do a lot worse than a pint and a bite at The Stubborn Goat.
During our 2016 Grand Tour, we visited our good friends the Greens in Montreal. One hot sunny day, Giulia took us on a tour of the best of Montreal’s markets including Jean-Talon in Little Italy and Atwater near the Lachine Canal where we bought the ingredients for a killer meal. Check out our review of all the markets we visited and see what we did with the wonderful ingredients.
With a few exceptions, Le Club Chasse et Peche served up good food, wine, and cheer. The highlights of our meal were the cornbread and a decadent lamb shoulder. The least memorable dish was the pan-fried halibut. We recommend going during the shoulder seasons when game (shot or farmed) and fish (ditto) are suited to the robust and rich preparations preferred at this Montreal institution.
I had high hopes for the Liverpool House restaurant in Montreal, but our visit certainly had its culinary ups and downs.
Located in the former headquarters of a Canadian textile magnate, the eponymous Hotel Gault is an oasis of design and hospitality tucked away on a quiet street in the middle of Montreal’s otherwise thronged and noisy Vieux Montreal district.
Unlike most luxury train voyages, which are essentially rail cruises for well-heeled tourists, Via Rail’s Canadian provides genuine luxury for travelers on a year-round scheduled route between Vancouver and Toronto. Team Mago was surprised and delighted to find that Via’s Prestige class lived up to the hype and then some.
We found ourselves at Sala Thai in Vancouver at the fag end of happy hour. We sat at the bar (closer to the beer taps) and ordered appies until the last grain of jasmine rice fell through the happy hourglass. The beer and nibbles were quite decent.
Skip lunch and get to Sala Thai at 3 PM for the start of happy hour. That way two diners can sample every ‘tiser on the menu for around 25 loonies total (excluding booze of course, but that is deeply discounted as well). The crispy whole ocean perch was especially tasty.
Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant is a ten-minute stroll from the Aberdeen Center on Number 3 Road, but for Montucky round eyes it is the functional equivalent of traveling to The People’s Republic sans jet lag. We managed five dishes before last call, which arrived in time to stop us from foundering as there were about fifty more I desperately wanted to try.
The Loden Hotel had some good, some bad, and one real ugly. We enjoyed the staff and the room was very nice indeed as was the bar. But the breakfast at the Tableau Bar Bistro sucks, not to put too fine a point on it.
In a foodie town brimming with restaurants, The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is a standout. Located near Tofino’s docks, this establishment owns sole distribution rights to Clayoquot Sound oysters and supplies all the other local restaurants. This arrangement guarantees fresh oysters in all of Tofino’s restaurants, but none are fresher than at The Fish Store where they can be eaten only ten minutes distance by boat from their long line deep water fisheries. Whether you eat it there or take it away, the seafood at The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is exemplary in a town where local, fresh, and sustainable maritime sustenance is de rigueur.