Bistros

CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO
Casual chic bistro known for its seasonal, local and creative menus, offering “intense comfort food, fancied up.” Chefs and owners Craig Flinn and Darren Lewis draw heavily on their East Coast roots, classical training and international experience, using fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 9:30pm. 1537 Barrington St. 420-9626

CROWN BISTROT
Executive chef Sean Doucet is a veteran of the dining scenes in Georgia and Boston. His menu focuses on fresh local flavours, emphasizing seafood. His lobster club is probably the largest lobster sandwich in Metro. Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington St. 492-6443. http://www.deltahalifax.com

EPICURIOUS MORSELS
Specializing in French Mediter_ranean cuisine. The menu includes in-house cold smoked salmon, a variety of unique salads and lots of fresh seafood (try the lobster strudel or succulent grilled scallops). Take-out available. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday; weekend brunch. Hydrostone Market, 5529 Young St. 455-0955. http://www.epicuriousmorsels.com

JANE’S ON THE COMMON Contemporary neighbourhood diner offering “comfort food with panache.” Noted for its friendly service and culinary creations like smoked salmon on eggs Benedict, corn-bread crusted haddock and lamb burgers. Emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner, brunch on weekends. 2394 Robie St. 431-5683. http://www.janesonthecommon.com

SAEGE BISTRO
Enjoy seasonal flavours from the eclectic and modern menu. The upscale neighbourhood bistro boasts stone fireplaces, a solarium, comforting colours and trickling waterfall. Located adjacent to the Public Gardens. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 5883 Spring Garden Rd. 429-1882. http://www.saege.ca

SEASONS BISTRO & WINE BAR
Dynamic menu strikes a balance between traditional and innovative cuisine. Vibrant, urban dŽcor. Unwind in the relaxed atmosphere of the wine bar. Diverse wine list. Chef Blair Burnside leads the culinary team. Holiday Inn Select, 1980 Robie St. 490-3331. http://www.seasonsbistro.com

SWEET BASIL BISTRO
Friendly and relaxed dining. Enjoy a cocktail on the cheery patio and soak up the ambience of Halifax’s lively downtown while surrounded by historic buildings, fresh flowers and a fragrant herb garden. Fresh ingredients and local flavours are this popular bistro’s hallmarks. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 1866 Upper Water St. 425-2133. www.scanwaycatering.com/SweetBasil

THE WOODEN MONKEY
Specializes in local flavours with macrobiotic influences. The menu includes free-range chicken, fresh haddock, miso soup, nori salad and vegetarian dishes. Located in the historic Carleton Hotel building. Displays works by local artists. Open daily. 1685 Argyle St. 444-3844. http://www.thewoodenmonkey.ca

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