Valerie Mansour

A fresh and delicious array of Middle Eastern food

Chef Abod Café3217 Kempt Road455-3881Price Range: $$Rating:?***1/2 From cooking for a Saudi prince to the kitchen of Halifax’s Turkish Delight to Chef Abod Café on the busy industrial Kempt Road, Chef Abod gets around.In the former home of Jimmy’s Homestead, this charming chef has an impressive...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:48 PM

Café Chianti continues to serve up delicious cuisine

Café Chianti moved to Barrington Street last year, several months after a fire in its historic South Street cellar home. Although lacking the romantic ambiance of its former spot, it is decorated elegantly, including the original murals. Chianti’s service is proficient and friendly.The menu...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:30 PM

Care for some peanut butter on your burger?

Darrell’s5576 Fenwick St.492-2344darrellsrestaurants.com Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Rating: ***1/2Price range: $$ There’s a lineup at Darrell’s, so my friend and I return a half hour later. This time we easily find a table in the bottom level of this casual, friendly restaurant. Darrell’s is...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:30 PM

Liu's Formosa serves generous portions with easy charm

Liu’s Formosa Gift & Tea House278 Wyse Road, Dartmouth406-3362Hours: Mon. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Rating: **1/2Price range: $$Client negotiations: NoLunch with co-workers: YesSocial lunch: YesQuick solo lunch: YesLicensed: NoTime in: 1:10Time out: 2:00 Liu’s Formosa is a quirky little place...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:30 PM

Cozy Coastal Café gets creative

The Coastal Cafe2731 Robie St.405-4022thecoastal.ca Hours: Mon to Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (weekends brunch menu only)Rating: ****Price range: $$Reservations: NoClient negotiations: YesLunch with co-workers: YesSocial lunch: YesQuick solo lunch:?YesTime in: 12:30 p.m.Time out: 1:30...

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:30 PM

Inviting new restaurant knows how to Mix it

Mix Fresh Kitchen 5171 Salter St.429-9571 Hours: Mon to Fri 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.Rating: ****Price range: $$$Licensed: Yes We sample Ray Bear’s inviting new restaurant at a window table with a harbour view. The service is exemplary...

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30 PM

Chinese restaurant faces a few grand challenges in new location

Wang’s Grand Chinese Restaurant5677 Brenton Place429-9264www.wangrestaurant.caHours: Mon to Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sat to Sun 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.Rating: **Price range: $$$Reservations: YesClient negotiations: YesLunch with co-workers: YesSocial lunch: YesQuick solo lunch:...

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 1:17 AM

Brunching with style at Sunday’s hottest spot

Saege Bistro5883 Spring Garden Rd.429-1882www.saege.caHours: Sun 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tues - Fri 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.?Rating: ****Price range: $$$Reservations: YesLicensed: YesLunch with coworkers: YesNow I know where everyone is at lunchtime...

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Italian Market's sandwiches, oh so very good

Italian Market6061 Young St.,Young-Kempt Centre,455-6124www.italianmarket.ca Rating: ****Price range: $$Reservations: noClient negotiations: noLunch with co-workers: yesSocial lunch: yesThe Italian Market has many tempting lunch options, including sandwiches, pastas and salads that you can check...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5:30 AM

Newcomer Chebucto offers some good fare

Chebucto Coffee 6430 Chebucto Road (at Kline) 404-5885 Rating: *** Reservations: No I was disappointed when Milano’s Ristorante closed as it’s great to see neighbourhood restaurants flourish. Chebucto Coffee opened here this summer and while it’s mainly a coffee shop, you can also grab a quick...

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 12:04 AM

More Turkish Delight is certainly a good thing

Turkish Delight Meze & Kebap House5680 Spring Garden Road446-4366turkishdelighthalifax.caHours of Operation: Sun.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Rating: ****Price range: $$Reservations: YesClient Negotiations: YesLunch with co-workers:...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:30 PM

A bright and cheery café for you lunch rush

Local Jo Café and Market2959 Oxford Street 455-6225 Hours: Mon., Tues., Sat. 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., Fri.: 7:30 – 9 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Rating: **** Local Jo is a burst of sunshine. Everything is fresh and healthy and they are supportive of local agriculture.We have our heart set on...

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5:30 AM

Stick to the burgers at Alehouse

The Ale House is a lively evening spot but quiet on this lunch hour. The decor is rustic and the place has a friendly ambiance.The Brewery Burger is tasty, served with tomatoes, onions, pickle and lettuce; the meat is substantial and cooked well. The BBQ Chicken Melt is served on a Panini bun, with...

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 5:30 AM

Gracious Indian offers rich flavours

Gracious Indian offers Indian fast food. There are a few tables but since it’s a nice day we do take-out and eat outdoors. We order Butter Chicken, Chicken Biryani, roti, a somosa and a mango lassi. A charming young woman presents our generous servings in tin foil containers.Butter Chicken is...

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 6:30 PM

Tasty tzatziki at All Greek To Me

It’s All Greek to Me was an overnight sensation when it opened a few years ago. It’s still popular and there’s a second location in Dartmouth. My friend and I arrive for lunch at the Quinpool restaurant and are warmly greeted. Greek decor, Greek music; it’s a lovely spot. We sip our cranberry and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:18 PM

Hamachi Kita bento boxes leave a healthy feeling

Hamachi KitaHydrostone Market, 5537 Young St.413-5543Hours of Operation: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m.Rating: ****Price range: $$$Reservations: Yes The Hydrostone Market is a pleasant area of town to do lunch. Hamachi Kita, part of the family of Hamachi Restaurants, features Bento...

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6:30 PM

Rustic Ristorante wins on mood

It’s the hottest day of the year but a breeze flows from the harbour onto the shaded patio at Ristorante aMano. Service here is excellent.We start with the Calamaretti — tiny calamari, flash fried and served with lemon and roasted garlic aioli. It’s a bit heavy on the batter although the seafood is...

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 5:30 AM

Pub food done right on the waterfront

Up two flights of stairs from the Red Stag Tavern is a deck that once offered a grand view of the waterfront. These days, condos and the top of a cruise ship will suffice. Red Stag is a friendly pub with tasty pub food. I meet my friend and her mom here and since mama wants onion rings, that’s what...

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 9:30 AM

Song hits the right note

Song’s Korean Restaurant 6249 Quinpool Road444-3030Rating: *** 1/2Hours of Operation: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.Price range: $$Low $: Fried Dumplings $4.99High $: Grilled Short Ribs $19.99Time in: 12:30Time out: 1:00From Ethiopia to the Middle East to Korea — this casual Quinpool Road location has...

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 5:30 AM

Delicious seafood on the waterfront

The Battered FishHalifax Waterfront492-8898Rating: ****Hours of Operation: Everyday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (or later if busy)Price range: $$Reservations: NoClient negotiations: NoLunch with co-workers: YesSocial lunch: YesQuick solo lunch: YesTime in: 1:30Time served: 1:45Low $: Seafood Tacos $1.99High...

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 1:42 AM