It’s been a whole five months since the release of our last issue, and there’s definitely some catching up to do. February saw a closing and a reopening of an iconic eating establishment inside the Alexander Keith’s Brewery building. After a successful soft-launch, Black Sheep Restaurant opened the doors to its new, bigger space on the 26th. The new location is a significant upgrade for chef/owners John House and David Woodley and over what was previously in there (The Red Stag). Sadly, as the Black Sheep team opened their doors, the doors to another establishment, just down the stairs, closed. The Old Apothecary, a favourite of many, will be greatly missed.
Down the street in Bishops Landing, Little Oak (ranked #2 on our annual 50 Best Places to Eat list in 2020) closes at the end of April. There is a possibility, however, that it will eventually open at a new location. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.
Further down the waterfront, in the new Queen’s Marque building, Sapori Italian Street Food recently opened, serving a healthy selection of pizzas by the square, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. It’s already quite popular, and the food is very good.
In the North end, we saw the addition of Jekyll & Hyde, a new beer bar on Gottingen where Heartwood used to be, and Kofuku Japanese and Thai, just three doors down from Good Robot Brewing. We’ve yet to check out J&H but hear it’s popular. We did check out Kofuku Japanese + Thai, however, and it was a pleasant surprise. Usually, these ‘slashie’ combos mean average food at best, but that’s not the case here. The food is fresh, and everything seems made with a lot of thought and care. Service is on-point too. It’s a bit of a gem, really.
Hopping over to the Annapolis Valley, there are two openings of note. Cumin Food and Drink, a new casual offering from Chef Jason Lynch and Beatrice Stutz of Le Caveau in Grand Pré, is opening in New Minas. Their doors hadn’t yet opened at the time of our typing this, so all we can say is we can’t wait to check it out. Ditto for The Whiskey Teller in Annapolis Royal, the latest offering from the folks behind Founders House (last year’s road trips cover). Food is decidedly pub fare (it’s a pub after all): burgers, fish n chips, ribs, rotisserie chicken, and the like. Elevated but casual, with a solid drinks program. We got to visit back in February and can’t help think that this location will become one of the valley’s icons.
In Glen Haven (near Peggy’s Cove), an absolute gem of a café and bakery has opened, serving a wide range of baked (in house) goods, sandwiches, soups, chillis, and the like. If you haven’t yet been, make sure to check out Labour Day Picnic Cafe. You will love it.
Last but certainly not least, Sylvie and Martin Ruiz Salvador have opened yet another new food and drink establishment, this time a bar. Bar Salvador, to be exact. The focus here, aside from drinks, is Spanish cuisine, paying homage to Chef Martin’s Spanish heritage. That means lots of small plates, but also a good selection of local seafood as well. Doors are open right now!