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Aug 16, 2009 05:10 AM

Lunenburg and Halifax

has anyone been to fleur de sel in lunenberg and bear in Halifax?

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  1. Yes. To both.
    FDS is excellent, though I think Martin uses a bit too much salt some times. Bear is all sizzle no steak.

    1. I've been to both too and have been meaning to respond to this. They are really very different restaurants, both with their merits.

      I agree with boynamedsous' positive comments on FDS. I've had a few wonderful meals there. I would disagree on the assessment of Bear, however. While I wouldn't give it across the board glowing reviews, I think "all sizzle and no steak" doesn't represent my experience. My meal and Bear had highs and lows - the highs were very high, and the lows were more just places where things weren't as good as I had hoped. Bear is ambitious and I think that when a restaurant is ambitious, it can fall short of what it sets up. I think it just depends on what you are looking for in a meal. FDS is more consistent, but it's probably less adventurous. Sometimes I'm willing to take a few mis-steps for the sake of adventure. I definitely plan to return to Bear, and I've already been back to FDS.

      Outside of the food, one thing that I think is important to note in comparison of these two places is how different they are atmospherically. FDS is set up in an historic house - the restaurant occupies the front rooms of the ground floor. It is open, and bright compared to Bear, which has more of a modern feel (on the ground floor of a recently built condo building), with dimmed lighting and more clubby music. Both have excellent service in my recollection: FDS more personal, but Bear very professional.