what can you tell me about the food here? How does it compare to fid, chives, gio or bear?
NO. Any four of the other restaurants mentioned is better than Press Gang. I think the food is mediocre and over priced at the Press Gang.
I would say that it is the polar opposite of Fid. I think the Press Gang is a good place for people who want to have a "fancy" dining experience, who like to drop some serious coin on ostentatious but non-threatening food. It emphasizes the trappings of fine dining, rather than innovative or exquisite food. I've eaten there a couple of times and I've found the food big and heavy. I would only have dinner there in the dead of winter and if someone else was paying.It's a bit of a throwback, really.
That said, I am curious about their "galley bites" menu: shellfish and small plates served before and after dinner service.
I agree with the other reviews. I have eaten there 3 times and experienced mediocre food and some pretty terrible service. The last meal I had was $40 lobster tail poached and literally came with at least 2 cups of mashed sweet potato and a few green beans. I phoned the next day as the "baby food" plate for that price was bothering me. I informed that while the food was fine, the amount of mush killing the lobster and the rushed service needed to be noted. The manager actually had the gall to tell me nobody had ever complained before. I won't be back. Fid, Chives, Bish, and the little spoken of Stories (which is wonderful) are much better choices if you want to spend some money.
Press Gang is by far the worst of Halifax's fine dining establishments. Awful service and overpriced and uninteresting food. For the crowd that wants to be seen and willing to spend big money for it regardless of quality of dining experience. Concur on Stories...Halifax's best kept dining secret. Recommend GIO and FID as well. Not into molecular gastronomy (well, might try Farrian Adria if had change and $) so would pass on Bear.