Posted by: dbradbury | May 4, 2009

Lunch at Chives

Had lunch at Chives Canadian Bistro last week.  They aren’t typically open for lunch however I was fortunate to attend a promotional event and experience Chef Craig Flinn’s Nova Scotia inspired cuisine and fine wines from Nova Scotian wineries midday!  What a treat…Jost “Prost” sparkling wine with Van Dyk’s wild blueberry juice was a wonderful aperitif to the meal.  Highlights were…well everything was a hit so everything must be mentioned.  The starter of Spinach salad with Rancher Acres goat cheese, spiced pecans and honey buttermilk dressing was perfect for the spring day outside.  The pan seared sea trout (incidentally from Newfoundland as on this rare occasion it wasn’t available locally – Chef Flinn will source Atlantic Canada first when products are limited in Nova Scotia) with a Roselaine Farms Westphalean ham, lemon & swiss chard risotto was served with a crisp Domaine De Grand Pre Ortega Reserve 2007 – delicious!  While listening to the latest cruise ship statistics from the Halifax Port Authority we were treated to the best crème brulee I think I’ve ever had…I even broke my “no sugar for three weeks” diet for the Maple Crème Brulee with Maple Sugar Cookie, made of course with pure Nova Scotia Maple Syrup.  Chives Canadian Bistro is one of many great Halifax restaurants to visit…start with a warm bag of Chive’s own Buttermilk Biscuits served with whipped butter and molasses while you read the menu….save lots of room for the meal and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Chef Craig Flinn’s new cookbook as you leave!

Chef Craig Flinn


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