Nova Scotia - Fid vs. Fleur de Sel
I'm curious if anyone has been to both Fid in Halifax and Fleur de Sel in Lunenburg.
I'm a huge fan of Fid and have recently read interesting stuff about Fleur de Sel. Is there any comparison? Is it worth the trip to Lunenburg for a dinner out?
We live in Lunenburg and have eaten at the FDS 3 or 4 times. I'm really glad to see the positive ratings posted here because we have always really enjoyed it. We have heard mixed reviews locally but figure that most locals dislike paying the price more than they dislike the food (which doesn't consist of pub food). We enjoy the food, service and environment. It is definitely our favourite restaurant in town although we do leave our 2 year at home so that we can relax and take our time!
Just back at my desk after weekend in NS...yes, the dinner at Fleur de Sel lived up to expectations. It was a Nova Scotia Cuisine focus, local wines and food...some of the wines were a little disappointing, a bit acerbic ...but the food was great esp. oyster, rabbit terrine and pork belly with cassoulet and the dessert which was a poached pear stuffed with fig and crab-apple compote, served with an apple wine that was the match of any ice-wine we've ever had...service was excellent...however, we were unexpectedly placed (as were all diners that night) with total strangers at big tables. Judging by the hilarity we heard all round the three little rooms, this worked out OK, but next time we sign up for a special meal we will ask if there are private tables.
I have never been to FDS, but have visited Fid a couple of times. Everyone I talk to says it's the best restaurant in Halifax. Yet when I've gone, I have always felt slightly disappointed when I left, feeling a bit unsatisfied with the portions, the cuisine, and the pricing. I know it's not supposed to be an inexpensive place. But I don't think you should leave hungry either. Their wine pricing is also rather high in my view. There is just something about what gets put in front of me at Fid that fails to impress. For me, there are other places I would choose.
I'm glad Bob Mac got the web address and street address posted... I've been meaning to answer your question for a couple of days now.
IMHO, Fid is the best restaurant in Halifax. Their website gives a really good indication of what they are all about - focus on local produce, wonderful ideas with their recipies. I don't get to go as much as I would like, but I've probably been 4 or 5 times in the last 2 years. It's my significant other and I's first choice for special meals out. Looking at the current menu, there are a couple of familiar options - the scallops are a particular standout of the appetizers and my husband loved the pork belly. In the spring they were offering a maple tasting menu which was fabulous - I'm anxious to see what their fall tasting menu will be.
Obviously the food is what makes the restaurant, but I've also always been really impressed with the atmosphere. It's very friendly and relaxed and the staff are attentive and informed.
I hope your special meal at Fleur de Sel goes well, and I hope you'll get a chance to visit Fid in one of your stops out this way. Incidently, while no one has yet answered this post that has been to both Fid and Fleur de Sel, I ran into some friends who have eaten at both and they said they were definitely on par with one another.
Ate at Fleur de Sel last month and going back next weekend for a celebration meal with spouse, only child and her partner. This is big meal and requires a BIG restaurant, but I believe FDS is up to challenge. Last time, we had a wine taster's meal which was very imaginative...yes, there was game but extremely well handled. This time, it is a prix fixe meal featuring the best of NS autumn. Rabbit terrine, oysters, white bean cassoulet, pork belly, some great wine matches...I will let you know how it turns out.
Now you can help me what and where is Fid? we are not from NS, just bought a summer place there and on our way to see it as owners for the first time!
Our last trip back to the Maritimes, Fleur de Sel had not yet opened.
We did however have as you have suggested, an outstanding meal at FID. Probably the best piece of halibut I have had on either coast.
Dennis and his partner were lovely hosts.
I will be interested to hear what you have to say about F de S if you in fact head down that way.
Not eaten at either yet, but we did look at Fleur de Sel a few months ago, while weekending in Lunenburg. The reason we didn't end up there was the menu for the day as I recall had a lot of either small game birds or offal, and while I dont object, particularly to the game, the SO does. So we ate at the Lunenburg Arms instead with was very passable.