Saege Bistro is also fully accessible!
If I stand beside someone and drink a cup of coffee I'm not forcing toxins into their body.
I recently had a phenomenal visit to Saege Bistro while my parents were visiting Halifax. We fully enjoyed everything from their beautiful and somewhat quieter location just past the Public Gardens on Spring Garden Road (think no booming bass speakers and noisy motors that plague a large part of this street) to the fresh, colorful and inviting atmosphere inside of the restaurant. After a short debate on whether or not to sit outside on their adorable patio that overlooks Spring Garden, we were seated indoors beside the trickling waterfall.
Soon after being seated at Saege I was distracted from the visually impressive décor by their equally impressive sommelier hand-picked wine list. After selecting a delicious Pinot Noir from Argentina, we decided to go for a starter – the Beet Tart with house-made cheese. This was done exceptionally well, with perfectly flaky crust, and very impressive creamy and light house-made cheese on top. The presentation of this tart on a long white rectangular dish is also notable – head and shoulders above what I have seen at other restaurants in town within the same price range.
To follow I chose the “Slash ‘n’ Burn” Salmon. I was intrigued by the description of coconut in the dish, as well as peach chutney. This is easily the best salmon I have ever tasted. The combination of coconut, the black “forbidden” rice, perfectly seared salmon and the topping of fresh peach chutney was unlike any flavor combination I have ever before experienced with salmon, which happens to be my favorite fish. I will definitely be visiting Saege again solely for this dish. Again, visually delightful presentation, and perfect portion size.
Our service throughout the evening was great – professionally attired and informed staff, and proper wine etiquette was quite a treat! Upon making small talk with our server we were impressed to find she had worked at Saege for four years – quite an anomaly in the high-turnover restaurant industry in this city – which also lent to our impression of the owners and managers of Saege.
We shared a couple of the house-made fresh fruit sorbets (Mango and Raspberry) to finish as we were thoroughly satisfied and full with our first two courses. The sorbets were also phenomenal – so refreshing and flavorful – the perfect way to end an especially enjoyable evening out at one of Halifax’s finer dining establishments!
Also a note on price range – we found for the quality and presentation of the food as well as the service, that Saege is very reasonably priced (in response to a previous post). I suppose it depends on how much you value the opportunity to have cuisine of this caliber in Halifax, within a price range that makes it possible to eat there regularly (that is how I would describe Saege). My advice is to definitely go and check it out for yourself!
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