Ok people, here is the Pasquet/Herder Halifax restaurant hit list:
Janes on the Commons is the spot in the picture above (Matthew is really into that coconut tart). It’s pretty great. The food is tasty, the wine list is accessible and it strikes the right balance between casual and attentive service. Giant bonus: it’s around the corner from our house so you can go here right before our Friday evening get together and not fuss about cabs. Small caveat: They are catering our wedding so you are not exactly experiencing the diversity of the Halifax culinary scene. But you know what, it’s not really that diverse- there, I said it!
Morris East is owned and operated by our lovely friend Jennie, and it is GREAT. Delicious pizza (with a GF option!) and really good service. Her cocktail list is always seasonal and a real treat. Just yesterday it was voted #1 restaurant in Halifax on Trip Advisor. Yay Jennie! And yay you if you get some fine pizza.
The Bicycle Thief is pretty new and fancy. Great views of the water and the service is great. Our friend Jeff is the mixologist there and he is quite the genius of drinks. They are reservation only and it’s hard to get something but worth it if you can be fit in.
Il Mercato is the more casual answer to quality Italian fare from the same owners as the Bicycle Thief. It’s pasta heaven and Chris would strongly recommend the antipasto selection. Also dessert. Definitely have dessert.