|The Best Seafood Restaurants in Metro|
A reader emailed me recently with a unique problem. It seems he is expecting
visitors from another part of the world. In itself, this is not unusual. The
province is such a well-worn tourist destination, most Nova Scotians have grown
used to long-lost friends and relatives landing on their doorstep, especially
in the summer.
Undaunted, I ask a Halifax newsgroup: "When you have visitors 'from away', what seafood restaurants do you take them to for good 'down home' fare?". Many suggested McKelvie's and Five Fishermen, both on the Halifax waterfront, or MacAskill's in Dartmouth for the best view. "For real atmosphere", responds one businessman, "if it's storming, I take visiting clients to the Sou'Wester in Peggy's Cove". Now there's a guy with savvy.
Others jump topic to talk about the delectable hot gingerbread with whipped cream served at the Sou'Wester. Another thread starts about the best fish and chip restaurants and the best ones 'outside' of metro. One man wonders why there aren't more great seafood restaurants here, with the abundance of tourists, and fish of course.
Rob, apparently a chef of some kind, asks, "What is 'down home' seafood anyway - tartar sauce made with relish and mayonnaise?" Funny guy. More seriously, he writes, "What you should be looking for are places that do not overcook their seafood". I check out his website, Cyberchef (not bad if you can ignore all the weird slurping noises) "Great care must be taken not to over cook fish and other seafoods" he writes. "Raw seafood or seafood cooked with an acid such as citrus juice can be eaten, but it must be extremely fresh and carefully prepared. The [seafood] should have a translucent center to it".
Now all I have to do is find out which restaurants in town buy see-through fish.
Speaking of 'fresh', one person writes, "Well if they don't want their
seafood overcooked send them to Dharma
Sushi on Argyle". Ask a simple question. Did I mention that Nova Scotians
are also known for their offbeat sense of humour?
Please help us out with this quickie survey (summer tourist season is looming). Tell us your favourite seafood restaurant (in the Metro area, and in the rest of the province) fish and chip spot and the best place for seafood chowder. Then we'll all know where to take our visitors.
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