|Visited On:||July 26, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||No|
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|Price Range:||$20-$35 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
The Halifax food scene has been abuzz since the opening of Edna. It’s owned by Jenna Mooers, who is the daughter of Jane Wright (former owner of the now-defunct jane’s on the common). Last Friday, we decided to give it a try.
The décor and atmosphere at Edna is quite similar to other new restaurants that have recently opened in Halifax. A big, open room; bright, modern design; and closely grouped tables create an intimate, chic atmosphere. To start, I had a glass of Benjamin Bridge Nova 7, while Michael tried Big Spruce’s
Cereal Killer stout. We also asked the waitress about gluten-free options. She pointed out a few things on the menu (which changes daily) and then said, “Really, we can adjust almost anything to make it gluten-free.” That’s what we like to hear!
So, Michael and I ordered a half-pound of Nova Scotia steamed bay scallops ($9) to start with. He ordered the Nova Scotia braised lamb shank ($24) while I opted for the Nova Scotia butcher’s cut ($25), which that day was a 7 ounce sirloin. Although the butcher’s cut features frites, nothing else goes in the deep fryer, so they are completely gluten-free.
Our appetizer arrived quite quickly. The scallops were completely intact in their shells, nestled in a beautiful creamy sauce. I have never had scallops prepared this way before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly with the Nova 7. I had asked that the herbed focaccia bread be served on the side so that Michael could enjoy it, and apparently it was delicious!
Next up were our mains. My steak was cooked to a perfect medium, with a light salad and salsa verde on top. I found all the things on top of the steak to be a little clumsy to eat, but everything was delicious. What a treat to have French fries in a restaurant! Michael’s lamb, with quinoa tabouleh, was one of the best dishes that he has ever eaten. I was able to have some, too, as our server assured us that it was gluten-free. We both cleaned our plates!
Although we were both pretty full, the dessert menu for the day looked really tempting, and the portions were small, so we decided to go for it. That day’s menu offered three gluten-free options: passionfruit panna cotta, butterscotch pudding, and a flourless chocolate cake. I opted for the pudding while Michael tried the vegan lemon start ($6 each).
Our desserts were good, but not as amazing as the courses preceding it. There was way too much whipped cream on top of my pudding and I didn’t get a lot of the rum sauce. Michael found the pastry in the tart hard (probably due to the vegan ingredients) and the lemon underwhelming.
Overall, we had a fantastic experience at Edna. I love the fact that the menu changes daily depending on what’s available, and I can’t wait to see what treats they have in store for us next!
2053 Gottingen Street (Halifax)