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“Wow! A one-off dining experience.”
Review of Privet House - CLOSED

Privet House
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Wow! A one-off dining experience.”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

I must preface this review to say that we had a special one-off pre-selected menu for a special one-off occasion. And having not been to the Privet House before, I cannot comment on their regular menu on a regular night.

It was the Devour Film Fest, where two chefs get inspired by one of the movies in the festival. This evening was an Italian movie called The Last Shepherd (quite endearing), so when I booked us in to the restaurant for the $100/plate meal, we were kinda hoping for some serious lamb. And we were not disappointed!

Kudos to chef Jamie Smye (Privet House) and chef Scott Vivian (The Beast, Toronto) for an, errr, eclectic menu. We would not have chosen any of the dishes from a menu, but there's something decadent about having something weird & challenging dropped in front of you!

Kudos too to Bishop's Cellar from providing a different wine/liqueur with each course. All delicious. And BC's Wayne Coyle and his gorgeous sommelier were there to talk us through each course.

For example: lamb tartare (as rare as it gets!), with lamb's tongues and an uncooked quail's egg broken on top. B-zarrrr! See what I mean!?!
Fileted neck of lamb (talk about labour intensive!) and polenta. Plain odd!!

The meal was heavy on protein, light on starch, minimal veggies, but overall enjoyable. Helped, no doubt since there must have been 80 of us crammed into the Privet House, and we simply had to get along & socialize. Service was first class. Excellent table guests too.

But it was slow (used to be called the Slow Food Film Fest or something). We sat down at 8.01 and didn't get up til 11.20.

The long & short of it is that we *will* return to the Privet House next summer.

But please can we have the a la carte menu next time?? ;-)

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Dartmouth, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Superb!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Last night we stopped in Wolfville for a bite to eat on our way back from a drive to the valley. The Privet House stood out with its subtle lighting and inviting interior. It was five o'clock and the restaurant was just opening and we were welcomed by Carol. The décor is classy and comfortable and is designed to provide personal space without the feeling of being in one big room or on top of other diners - as is the case with a lot of restaurants. We chose a table by the window which was romantic yet roomy.

Never having eaten there before we had no expectations other than what our first impressions suggested. The wine list included our favourite wine, which was reasonably priced, and the menu offered some interesting choices. We shared a duck slider appetiser followed by rack of lamb and the chef's special, elk. Although these were the two most expensive entrees they were well worth it. The amuse-bouche was a pleasant addition. The food was excellent and comparable to food we have eaten at upmarket restaurants including The Press Gang, Chives and Gio's in Halifax.

Our waitress, Carol, added to the positive experience. She was knowledgeable about the food and wines, enthusiastic about the restaurant and achieved the right balance of being attentive without intruding. Overall, we had a wonderful evening and will definitely return. Thank you to all concerned.

  • Visited November 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very Good choice.”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We went for a 'late' brunch. When making a reservation, wee specifically asked if we would have access to the regular menu as well a their Brunch menu. On arrival, wee were informed "only" the Brunch menu was available. On informing the wait-staff that we had asked and got confirmation that the regular menu was available, she had to go into the kitchen to confirmation and then was happy to offer us both menus.
For four (4) people we choose Rack-of-Lamb from the regular menu and the Salad with Halibut from the Brunch menu.

The food was SUPERB.! The presentation was Excellent and imaginative. The taste ~~ to die for.! All-in-all, an excellent choice.
The only DOWNSIDE was the very slow service which we attributed to the fact that the kitchen was probably not expecting to be asked for items off their regular menu during the brunch period, but it was border-line acceptable.
Including four(4) meals, 4-coffees,one soup starter and one desert ~ including a 17% tip, the bill came to $150.oo which we feel was more than justified for the quality ( & quantity) of the food.

  • Visited November 2013
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Milford, MI
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing!!!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

It was our 30th anniversary dinner so we wanted a special place. Privet House was a recommendation to us by someone who worked at our B&B. She said she'd gotten good feedback about it, but if their experience was anything like ours, "good feedback" would be an understatement! SO good--the bread, the salad, the entree's and the service was excellent. The atmosphere was very quiet and relaxing. We had the flank steak and the seafood risotto with a fig pudding (a cake with an amazing sauce). Honestly, everything was so delicious and beautifully presented. Thank you Privet House for a memorable meal on a special occasion!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank jstoh
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fancy-smancy”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Went to dinner here one evening. It is a small place and is quite upscale. Everything on the menu is a la carte. So it adds up fast. I was not blown over by my meal (Thai noodles) but others in the group were very pleased with theirs (steak).

It was nice but I doubt I would eat there again. It wasn't that good and just didn't make that much of an impression on me.

Visited September 2013
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