A Great Find
August 29, 2013
This was a really great find.The restaurant was very welcoming from the outside and we were not disappointed when we went inside.The owner and staff were very welcoming and the food wine and service was excellent.Nothing was too much trouble and it was really good value for the money.We are only passing and so it is a shame it is not in the UK as we would certainly return and will if we are ever in Nova Scotia again. Thank you for a lovely experience it was perfect in every way
Great First Impression
May 26, 2013
A short drive from the city of Halifax and of course on the ever popular Peggys Cove route,this seemed like a good option for a Sunday brunch.
Opted for the eggs bacon benny served on toasted biscuits with side salad and roast potatoes. It was excellent, priced right and those biscuits were sooo good. Bacon done perfectly ,not chewy and the eggs just needed a little more hollandaise,which I will remember to ask for next time.
Quick pleasant service, with a stunning view of the Atlantic ocean waves just in the distance made it a great place on a sunny day. They also have a small bakery downstairs which sells the biscuits ,so yes I had to buy some to take home.
This would make an excellent place for a small overnight group fuction as the setting is next to Oceanstone Resort.
Dinner menu more expansive then the brunch so might have to try that too. They also make pizza. During the summer we were told it is possible they may bring in musical entertainment. A good size outdoor patio can also accommodate extra seating and did I mention the view .
I would recommend reservations as it could get busy with the resort next door. We hope to be back soon
May 5, 2013
I have to say this restaurant is so wonderful!! Food is amazing service is
fabulous and the atmosphere great! Best tea biscuits I have ever had. I don't
normally eat bread but they looked so yummy I had to try them and they were even
better than I expected. The fish was perfect and I am a very picky person about
fish and freshness. Presentation was excellent too.
Thanks for a wonderful
experience. Will definitely be back. Yum!!
May 5, 2013
We ate here last night and had a very pleasant meal with great service and a spectacular view of St. Margaret's Bay. Our waitress was attentive and pleasant.
The menu was somewhat limited, but it was still the winter menu. I had the portabello burger, which was very tasty. My daughter in law had the haddock, which was a generous portion and delicious. my son had the Saturday night burger, which he enjoyed very much. They had been here before and enjoyed their meal,so they they brought me.
I would love to come again when I am back this way
Treat your taste buds
December 27, 2012
The Chronicle Herald
A YEAR AGO, I was pretty sure the diagnosis of diabetes was going to mean an end to this column.
But by getting off the rum and Dr Pepper and getting back in the gym, I was able to drop 30 pounds while still enjoying the occasional piece of cheesecake. Turns out that, as I’ve been telling my wife for years, I’m a superior physical specimen.
In some ways, this was one of the best years of reviewing restaurants, yet, and it’s now time for the annual Stick a Fork in It awards.
Remember, these awards are presented to restaurants we reviewed this year.
Bill Spurr is a features writer at The Chronicle Herald.
NICEST ROOM:Rhubarb Restaurant
Rhubarb has two walls of windows that look out on the water, vivid works of art on the other walls and touches like a custom wine cabinet and an upright piano
BEST APPETIZER:Gorditas at Son Vida
I could make a whole meal out of this dish, which consists of dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds and wrapped in bacon.
Runners-up:Lobster spring rolls, Rhubarb; Ebi prawns, Pine Grove Grill; Fried buns, 9 + Nine; Lobster risotto, Onyx
November 7, 2012
The Chronicle Herald: Arts & Life, by Bill Spurr Bourgeois Gourmet
The Rhubarb Restaurant, part of the wedding haven Oceanstone Resort, about 40 minutes from downtown Halifax, reopened last week after renovations to make the feel here less fine dining and more casual.
Jon Genneau, formerly of the Westin Nova Scotian, was brought in to help with the redesign of the menu, which is aimed at locals and, gladly, the lady who used to make the restaurant’s buttermilk biscuits is back on board.
Also new is Hell Bay beer, produced outside Liverpool. Since Hell Bay isn’t the easiest product to source, you’d assume its presence must signal a real devotion to all things local, but the wine list has been slashed and there are no Nova Scotia wines.
This cheery room is one of my favourites, with two walls of windows and a view of the water, decorative touches that include an upright piano and a custom wine cabinet, and vivid art by Andrea Redmond on the walls.
The biscuits begin every meal, and they’re wonderfully light and fluffy, though it would be nice if the butter that comes with them could be taken out of the fridge sooner.
I think I detect Genneau’s hand in a couple of the menu’s interesting twists, like Dragon’s Breath Cauldron, Rhubarb’s take on French onion soup. Instead of a slab of Gruyere or Swiss placed on top and broiled, Dragon’s Breath blue cheese from That Dutchman’s Farm is incorporated into the onions.
Dragon’s Breath is extremely strong so a little goes a long way, and the cheese is much more apparent to your taste buds than it is to the eye.
A lobster spring roll appetizer is also successful, with a nice crisp wrapper surrounding soba noodles, cilantro, chopped vegetables and lobster, and served with a Thai dipping sauce.
Kath chose the pizza and salad lunch, intrigued that the dough is made with Canada Dry ginger ale. There are six pizzas, cooked in a convection oven, and Kath had the Lawrencetown Beach, a play on a Hawaiian, topped with bacon, pineapple, red onion and hot peppers. I have no idea if it’s the ginger ale, but the crust has a pleasing texture, a little crisp on the outside and slightly chewy inside.
Just as enjoyable was a simple salad on the side, comprising arugula, spinach, pickled shallots and a lemon vinaigrette.
On the advice of our server, Emily, I chose the Saturday Night Burger, topped with roasted tomato mayo, arugula and red onion. Arugula’s an interesting departure from lettuce and the mayo was great, but the burger needed another condiment. The homemade bun was great.
A pretzel sundae sounded weird but we were glad we tried it. The saltiness of the pretzels and the sweetness of the ice cream really worked, and plans for Rhubarb to make its own ice cream in the future can only make it better.
Lunch for two, including tax and tip, was $74 and made a sunny drive on the Peggys Cove road even more enjoyable.
November 22, 2012
Rhubarb has been a staple of this area for a long time, and the previous owners didn't know what they were doing......
I have to say, whoever took it over is doing just the right thing! So affordable and the food is AMAZING!!!!!!
My wife and I went, and had the pizza lunch special then shared dessert. We were so pleased and will be back again! Where did you find your service staff? They are so nice, and care about the area so much. .. Really great to see a staff that really cares about what they are doing! Can't wait to do brunch!
November 22, 2012
My husband loves to go out to restaurants and we just loved Rhubarb this Sunday! The brunch was sooooooo good! The service was excellent and the place has really changed, so beautiful. We came here a few months ango and were really disappointed. We heard new owners had taken it over, and my oh my has it stepped up notch. So affordable and simply great food! Couldn't ask for better in our great community!
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