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May Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson



After 10 years in business, Onyx moved recently to a sleek new location on Argyle Street, boasting a new wine bar and an expanded kitchen. The chic, award-winning resto bar specializes in small-plates and inventive cocktails. Executive Chef Tahir Salamat, voted this year’s Culinarian of the Year by the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks, brings a unique global influence to the menu, showcasing fresh local flavours, including Northumberland rack of lamb and charcuterie from Oulton’s Farm in Windsor, Nova Scotia.



A bright and colourful eatery showcasing repurposed and vintage décor on Gottingen Street, Edna offers a unique dining experience ina revitalized part of the North End. Sit at the communal dining table that seats 18 for a fun group-dining atmosphere. Share some fresh oysters or order a customized charcuterie board showcasing fresh local ingredients. Open daily for dinner and weekend brunch, also offering late-night tapas from Thursday to Saturday.


Chef Geir Simensen, Saege Bistro

Chef Geir Simensen, Saege Bistro

•Craving a fresh croissant and a cheerful atmosphere? Visit Two if By Sea Café on Upper Water Street in Halifax’s Historic Properties and Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth. Drop in for a fresh cappuccino or nosh on a variety of baked goods, including a fresh pain au chocolat or a prosciutto and cheese croissant.

•A staple of Halifax’s brunch scene, Saege Bistro near the Halifax Gardens on Spring Garden Road, boasts a bevy of colourful brunch dishes, including Norwegian waffles, panko-crusted crab cakes, and over six decadent options for eggs benedict. Try the butter-poached lobster or the mushroom and brie.



The Henry House on Barrington Street is your go-to spot for a relaxed night out. The building dates back 1834 and inside you’ll find pub fare classics like pan-fried haddock, tasty burgers, house-made baked beans and fish cakes. On the drink side of things, choose from an extensive list of beer, including five local ales from Granite Brewery.



The Carleton Music Bar and Grill on Grafton Street is an ideal spot to enjoy a night of live music with friends. Nosh on comfort food staples like steak and frites, seafood chowder or lobster mac and cheese. This award-winning live-music venue hosts sold-out shows of top local and national bands, while the bar offers a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

Hot Dining: After Dark Downtown

Stylish Onyx on Spring Garden Road is the spot to see and be seen. On Mondays, the signature mojitos are $7. Wednesdays offer one of the best deals you’ll find downtown: live music, no cover, no corkage fees and half-price apps.

The Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle Street has long been a favourite refuge for Halifax’s popular and fashionable. The beloved downtown bar has a cool vibe, diverse mix of cocktails and—rather unexpectedly—one of the city’s better hamburgers.

Onyx, Photo: julé malet-veale

Hot Dining: One of a kind

Onyx, Photo: Julé Malet-Veale

Onyx, Photo: Julé Malet-Veale

Stylish Onyx on Spring Garden Road offers one of Halifax’s most unique dining experiences. Chef Tahir Salamat’s dynamic menu showcases traditional French cuisine with an Asian influence. For a tipple, try the house specialty Mojitos, a Cuban cocktail made with muddled fresh tropical fruit. Critically acclaimed, Onyx
was named “best restaurant in Halifax” by Where to Eat in Canada, was awarded four diamonds by AAA/CAA and has garnered the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence yearly since 2005.