The Good Food Emporium
2179 Gottingen St., Halifax
Brunch & drinks for two: $25
Signature Dish: Fishcakes
Signature Drink: Coffee
Sunday Brunch at The Good Food Emporium is lively. This unpretentious, funky, rough-around-the-edges restaurant is crowded with young people enjoying live music.
We arrive before 2 p.m. and are told the kitchen soon closes, so we order quickly. The brunch menu has the usual suspects plus vegan offerings such as granola with soy milk and fresh fruit salad.
We try the Traditional French Toast ($6.75), a generous serving, attractively arranged with fruit on top — watermelon, grapes, strawberries, melon, and a blackberry — and the requisite real maple syrup. It hits the spot.
There are six varieties of omelets so we try Spinach and Feta ($7.50). There’s lots of spinach and onion in the omelet, but a bit more feta would be great. It looks appetizing but tastes rather bland. The thick homemade toasted bread on the side is excellent so we buy a loaf to take home.
We help ourselves to coffee and cold drinks. On our way out we spot someone’s scrumptious looking fishcakes and beans and realize we ordered too quickly. A reason to return.
Niche Lounge Supper Club at Spring Garden and Barrington has a new lunch menu featuring lunch-portion, home-style specials such as pasta, soup of the day and personal pizzas. For details call 423-6632 or visit www.nichelounge.com.
Botanica Restaurant and Lounge at Citadel Halifax offers free dinner on your birthday — bring a picture ID! And meals are free to children under 10 on Mondays, 5 p.m. to closing. For details call 422-1391 or visit www.citadelhalifax.com.
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