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The Kitchen Table

Hot Dining



Stylish but unfussy, Elements at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel showcases local small-business suppliers. The award-winning, multinational culinary team apply worldly knowledge of flavour combinations to the ingredients harvested from the farms and oceans around Nova Scotia, all paired with local wines, spirits, and beer.




For a truly distinctive dining experience, check out The Kitchen Table on Gottingen Street. This intimate spot offers an eight-course tasting menu using local and foraged ingredients. Reservations strongly recommended.




In the heart of downtown Halifax on Argyle Street, East of Grafton Tavern is an easygoing restaurant catering to business and leisure travellers alike, while maintaining a chill neighbourhood vibe. Locals love it for the ever-changing menu of seasonal cocktails featuring house-made bitters, and friendly service. East of Grafton fills a specific niche, but in a way that’s broadly appealing.




Spend the last few hours of 2017 at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. The evening features a four-course meal during a performance of Viva Las Vegas. After the show, stick around for live music and dancing, midnight champagne, party favours, and hors d’oeuvres.

—Lion and Bright on Agricola Street will host its annual NYE get-together. Choose from the early or late seating, and enjoy a five-course tasting menu (with optional vegetarian picks) and a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year.




You don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy those food-truck flavours again. Truck-side in Dartmouth is Canada’s first “indoor food-truck food court.” Several different kitchens serve up food-truck style eats: Chinese, seafood, BBQ, burgers, Tex-Mex, and more.




Tucked into the petite Halliburton hotel on Morris Street, you’ll find Stories Restaurant, a fine-dining establishment known for attention to detail. Enjoy regional haute cuisine, a carefully curated wine list, and artful desserts. Reserve a spot in the cozy library to dine by firelight.



Photo of Abdul Kadar Sadieh by Bruce Murray


Abdul Kadar Sadieh wasn’t planning to immigrate when he suggested that his brother apply for a job in Halifax in 2003. Seven years and two kitchen jobs later, he runs Chef Abod Cafe on Kempt Road, offering hearty Middle Eastern cuisine.

Concierge Q&A


Trevor Proude is head concierge at the newly renovated The Hollis: A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. He’s a member of Les Clefs d’Or and the new director of the Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic region. The organization promotes guest-service expertise worldwide.

Q: What’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit in Halifax?
A: Neptune Theatre is performing It’s a Wonderful Life throughout the holiday season. It’s a great start to get the family in the mood for the holidays.

Q: What’s a great place to find a unique gift in Halifax?
A: Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique and letterpress studio on Brunswick Street carries specialty printed paper products and handmade gifts. There is also Argyle Fine Art on Barrington Street; it’s one of the city’s most progressive contemporary galleries, showcasing emerging artists.

Q: What’s your favourite spot to enjoy a Nova Scotian craft beer?
A: The craft brewing scene in Halifax is exploding. I would suggest trying 2 Crows Brewing on Brunswick Street, Good Robot Brewing on Robie Street, and also The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar. They specialize in brews made in Prince Edward Island not to mention great food and friendly atmosphere.

Q: What do you recommend for a family whiling away a blustery day in Halifax?
A: Try the Seven Bays Bouldering cafe and rock climbing centre on Gottingen Street in the North End. It’s a fun place for the family for breakfast combined with a little extra adventure.

Q: What do you recommend for visitors who want to experience a unique attraction, restaurant, or shop that they won’t find in the guide books?
A: A couple suggestions come from my fellow Les Clefs d’Or concierges in Halifax. First we have The Kitchen Table on Gottingen Street: a unique dining experience offering an eight-course tasting menu using local and foraged ingredients. Great reviews from our hotel guests. Another best-kept secret is the Bar Kismet on Gottingen Street, a small 30-seat restaurant known for hand-crafted cocktails and seafood appetizers.