We do not do frequently to Rhubarb, as it is a little out of the way for my wife and me, but, yesterday, we found it drawing us to it after a matinee performance of RED at the Neptune theatre.
We had made a reservation after the theatre and, on arrival, noted a lot of cars in the parking lot. We entered and were immediately greeted very pleasantly by a young lady saying, "You must be the ******s!" We told her she was correct in her guess and she seated us at a nicely set table for two by a window. On the table was a round rock, which had had its top cut off, metal pins inserted, so that a gap of 5 centimetres existed. She removed the top, lit the tealight inside and replaced the top. Very pretty. She apprised us that as the evening wore on, the rock's top would become cosily warm on which to rest one's hand. It did.
We ordered a half litre of the house red, a McManis, which was delightfully light and a mite fruity. I do so wish that this restaurant would use a local Nova Scotian wine as their house red. Along with the wine, our server, who throughout the meal was so pleasant and humourous, brought us light fluffy American biscuits and butter.
The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian meals and is quite varied. The starters on the menu comprised salads and soups and some other items. My wife chose a up of home-made tomato soup, which she said was fairly thick and very good. My choice was Dragon's Breath Cauldron, a peppery onion soup with blue cheese in it. The onion soup did not have any toast or croutons, which suited me fine, but did have a cheese straw alongside. It was also home-made, I suspect, and was simply delicious. I recognised that the blue cheese does melt when put in hot soup, but I could not taste it at all. I did discover a smaller-than-thumbnail sized piece in my last mouthful. I remarked on this to the server and, later, to the owner, who discounted my soup substantially and offered to bring me a piece of blue cheese. I told her the discount was fine, but really unnecessary, as was the piece of cheese!
As our main, we both chose the crispy haddock. We were both astounded by the size of the plate: two good sized pieces of pan-fried panko-coated haddock, which was truly crispy and done to perfection. These pieces were atop a salad comprising a mix of cucumber, tomato, cabbage, onion & chickpeas tossed with a honey mustard dressing, which was very tasty. We both declared the dish to be excellent and were well and truly satisfied, so much so, that we brought home two pieces of haddock and quite a lot of the salad.
My wife and I are not dessert eaters, so we declined anything further and asked for the check. This was when we discovered the discount for the cauldron of soup.
We will certainly not stay away from this restaurant so long again: it is a fine restaurant and highly recommended, as is a reservation.
Cost: Tomato soup $4; Dragn;s Breath Cauldron $11 (then discounted $2.75); Crispy Haddock 2 x $20 = $40; 1/2 litre red wine $20. Total, including tax and discount, $83.00.
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