This week, Hubby and I were invited by fellow foodie Tim Pratt from Real, Creative Eats and his wife Joy to join them for dinner at the new elements on hollis, which is located within the Westin Nova Scotian in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
What is so exciting about Halifax’s newest restaurant is that their menu focuses on local ingredients within a 50-mile radius. I’m not just talking about one or two token dishes, but the entire food menu, including condiments, and an extensive Nova Scotia Wine/Beverage list. A large portion of the menu credits the local farms, producers and vendors that they work with to bring their creations to plate.
While a professional food critic I am not, I am a bit fussy when I go out to eat. I think that comes with loving to cook and bake at home… when I go out, I want to be blown away, inspired, and not leave the table feeling that I could have done better myself. Since having our daughter, our dinners out are few and far between, making them even more special. elements on hollis and their team of chefs and servers (big shout out to Chris) did not disappoint any of us… they are definitely within their element.
I’d been forewarned to make sure I had room left for dessert, and really, I doubt any arm twisting would have been involved if I hadn’t. I selected the Cookies & Milk, which consisted of the freshest of fresh shortbread cookies (my favourite!) drizzled with caramel and a big glass of 4% milk from Fox Hill Cheese House… it made my inner child super happy. Hubby is a chocoholic, so it’s a no-brainer that he chose the Garrison Nut Brown Beer Brownie, as did Joy. Tim selected the Blueberries & Peach Soup which along with being bright and refreshing, had a very nice presentation; the soup is poured around the vanilla gelato at the table.
This is my 100th post, and if my name was Oprah I can assure you that there would be dishes from elements on hollis for ‘you and you and you!’, but my name is Heather (aka Mommy) and what I can give you is my honest opinion of a new Halifax restaurant that is doing a great thing by utilizing our local farmers and food producers and doing it very very well. They are celebrating their official Grand Opening on October 5th but are now open for business in their newly renovated open and comfortable dining room, and they really do value all customer feedback. You can connect with them via their website, facebook or Twitter. For more information on local food producers and creative meal ideas, I highly recommend visiting Tim’s blog Real, Creative Eats.
To my Nova Scotian readers, don’t forget that this Sunday September 18th is Open Farm Day. Get out and meet some of our local farmers to remind our children (and ourselves) where our dinner actually comes from.
I received free product to test to be able to provide review, but my opinions, as always, are just that… mine.