|Visited On:||January 25, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||No|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:|
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|Price Range:||$15-$25 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
A couple of years ago, Mike and I visited The Cellar Bar and Grill in Bedford. The food was good but an incompetent waiter ruined the meal for us. Recently, we decided it was time to give it another try.
We arrived at around 6 p.m. on a Friday night, but despite the timing, we were quickly seated next to a fireplace. Our server arrived at the table quickly. She was very pleasant, if not very chatty, and very knowledgeable about the gluten-free options available. Many of their appetizers and entrées (including the scallops au gratin, baked haddock, maple-glazed salmon, and New York striploin) can be made gluten-free. As well, all of their salads are gluten-free and they can do most of their pasta dishes with rice pasta. To top things off, they have a huge wine, cocktail, and beer menu that includes a gluten-free beer. (They had one bottle of Bard’s left when I was there. I opted for a Bellini instead.)
I decided to try the scallops au gratin ($22.95), even though the dish was on the pricey side. Mike opted for the butternut squash ravioli ($16.95). While we waited, the server brought some bread for Michael and some vegetable sticks for me. (I always appreciate when they do not put bread in front of me, and it’s even nicer when they bring something else!) Our food arrived not long after and tasted just as good as it sounded on the menu. I love scallops with a good cream sauce, and this was spectacular. The dish contained eight scallops, smothered in a light, creamy sauce, with crispy bits of parmesan scattered throughout. (How they do that I’ll never know!) The side vegetables were beautifully cooked and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It was well worth the slightly steep price. Mike’s ravioli was equally spectacular. The flavors of the squash, blue cheese, and walnuts were all superbly balanced, and the portion size was quite large. It’s clear that a lot of care goes into the planning and preparation of each dish.
When we finished eating, we were far too full to consider dessert, but it was good to learn that half of their dessert menu (including the chocolate molten cake) is gluten-free. I’ll be trying that next time! The Cellar has definitely progressed far beyond a bar and grill, and it’s well worth a visit to Bedford.
The Cellar Bar and Grill
1516 Bedford Highway (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
Web Site: http://www.cellarbarandgrill.ca/