5687 Charles St.
Rating: *** 1/2
Signature Dish: Beef & Blue Cheese Crepe
Dinner & drinks for 2: $70
Chez Tess, newly opened in North End Halifax, celebrates that famous French pancake: The crepe. It’s a comfortable one-room restaurant with tasteful decor and soft lighting.
On the menu are soups, salads, desserts and 10 savoury buckwheat crepes.
Since Chicken Pistachio Pate ($7.95) is sold out, we have the tasty Warm Brie ($8.95) appetizer, beautifully presented with black olives, roasted garlic cloves, slices of green apple and garlic crostini.
Beef & Blue Cheese Crepe ($16.95), from the Crepes J’adore section, is a winner. The combination of roasted beef, mushrooms, carmelized onions and sautéed bell peppers simply oozes flavour. Old cheddar is melted on top of the light crepe, and blue cheese adorns the accompanying arugula.
The Seafood Medley ($15.95) crepe has an impressive line-up — haddock, clams, scallops, shrimp, red pepper, cilantro and a sherry cream sauce — but its flavour is surprisingly flat.
The Euro ($10.95), a yummy vanilla crepe with bananas, Nutella, maple bourbon Chantilly and toasted almonds, makes a sweet finish.
Service is inconsistent but Chez Tess is still new. With time this restaurant just might find crepe success.
From scratch to your door
Jane’s Next Door at Jane’s on the Common, 2394 Robie St., is featuring catered lunches — sandwiches, salads and sweets made from scratch —- delivered to your office. Phone
431-5683, fax 444-3608 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Two can dine for a very nice price
Mezza Restaurant, 6386 Quinpool Rd., is offering a lunch feature where two can dine for $17. The lunch specials include pita sandwiches, salads and rice from Mezza’s Lebanese menu. www.mezzarestaurant.com or phone 444-3914.
Excellent crepes on the North End