By Janice Hudson
Visit Sugah at Bishop’s Landing on Halifax’s waterfront or in the Halifax Public Gardens for handmade ice cream, chocolate and candy, plus scrumptious ice cream treats. Choose a base ice cream flavour and then add in some “mixins” (brown sugar fudge, chocolate-chip cookie dough and so many other choices), and then watch staff paddle it all together on a frozen marble slab.
•Get your fix of flavourful Indian food at the Grand Taj Restaurant in the South End. Chef Sam Jaggi cooks up a range of colourful Tandoori dishes—try the butter chicken with fresh Naan bread baked on-site in charcoal-fired clay ovens.
•Turn up the heat at Curry Village uptown on Dresden Row. Whether you like spicy, mild or vegetarian options, the restaurant’s extensive menu has something for every palate, including traditional favourites like chicken tikka masala, lamb bhuna and vegetable biryani.
Soak in the rays on the expansive patio as you enjoy the fabulous-people watching on Halifax’s waterfront at Stayner’s Wharf Pub and Grill. The menu offers steak and chicken dishes, plus local fare like pan-fried haddock and curry-crusted salmon. Grab a booth and linger over drinks for a performance. There’s Jazz at Stayner’s every Thursday, and it’s a busy venue during the Halifax Jazz Festival.
POUR A COLD ONE
•Chill out with a cold beer at Rogue’s Roost, a second-level brewpub tucked away uptown on Spring Garden Road. Brewmaster Lorenzo Romano creates a variety of ales, including the popular Russian imperial stout. Nosh on classic pub fare like nachos, sandwiches and seafood chowder.
•Downtown, head to The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street for the city’s largest selection of draft beer. The 60 beers on tap include Atlantic Canada’s top beers like Moncton’s Pump House Brewery and Cape Breton’s Big Spruce Brewing.
Located above the popular Two If By Sea café in downtown Dartmouth, The Canteen is Chef Renée Lavallée latest culinary venture. Her passion for local produce shines through the creative menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the “Eggie-Veggie,” featuring local asparagus, boiled egg, caper aioli, chèvre and pickled red onion. Or go for the “Lamb Gyro: made with local Wood ‘n Hart lamb, plus cucumber slaw, tahini vinaigrette and feta cheese. Baker Jessica Best makes all the breads by hand on-site, including gluten-free options. There are also daily take-out suppers—like flank-steak tacos with handmade tortillas and radish relish.