Last year, my best friend and I decided to boycott Easter break and go on a mini-vacation to eat and shop in the close by, but just-far-enough-away Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lauren, apologies for bringing the below photo to light – but I had to. (We didn’t wear this to dinner, I promise).
We overindulged on food, drinks and shopping without a doubt, but there were a few spots that really stuck out to me. One of them, was The Press Gang.
Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, The Press Gang is situated in one of the city’s oldest historic stone structures dating back to 1759. With its simplistic yet old-school exterior and raving reviews on Trip Advisor, I was very eager to give it a try. Their online reservation app through OpenTable made it incredibly easy to find a table – and the experience only got better from there.
Upon entering we were greeted promptly and kindly and seated to our table in what felt like a cozy old wine cellar, or somewhere that was a very close kept secret. Either way, it was beautiful. The atmosphere was warm, intimate and felt authentic. With exposed brick walls, dark wood and soft light, a perfect setting was created for the indulgent and delicious meal we were about to have.
Being on vacation, we started our dinner with drinks – and quite a few of them. The cocktail menu at The Press Gang was a girl’s dream come true. Although seemingly no longer on their menu, Lauren and I both became fixated on a certain mango-flavoured cocktail. This is when I realized the calibre of restaurant we were in – our server knew exactly the moment (without so much as a look) when we were ready for a new drink.
That’s good service.
While sipping (read: devouring) our drinks, we realized that the music we had been enjoying was not a soundtrack or cd, but a live band had begun to play. Now, it truly felt as if we had been let in on the city’s best kept secret. As the grand piano played and stand-up bass set the mood for the rest of our evening, we ordered our meals. If you’re curious, you can see the menu here.
We started with the above pan seared scallops on steamed asparagus spears, topped with a perfect egg. Then we each, as our main, had the Butter Poached Lobster. I am a true seafood lover and can say with certainty that this was the best lobster that I have yet to have. The melt in your mouth pieces of perfect butter poached lobster were served on a bed of saffron gnocchi with green peas and crimini mushrooms. Perfection.
For dessert, we indulged on a trio of berry and vanilla infused creme brûlée. They were light, yet decadent and each flavour lent itself to the others.
Our visit to The Press Gang, without over exaggeration, was perfect. The service was impeccable, atmosphere intimate yet relaxed, drinks were endlessly delicious and the food is still vividly remembered – even almost a year later. I am eager for a reason to return to Halifax and I believe I will book my reservation to The Press Gang even before I book my flight.