Black Sea Restaurant & Bar

On the main floor of the Franklin Hotel, in downtown St.John’s, lies a restaurant boasting authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a unique local twist.

Each time I walk past this restaurant my gaze is drawn in by the clean and modern floor-to-ceiling windows and each time, I am further intrigued by the open yet cozy-seeming atmosphere which lends itself to the consistently happy-looking diners lining the interior of the Black Sea Restaurant & Bar.

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As you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by a large well-lit, modern bar while the main dining room is situated to your right. The restaurant’s decor is minimal with colour-interest from accent walls, textural-interest from authentic red brick and visual-interest with various art pieces throughout.

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Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean

We were seated immediately, thanks to having a reservation. Quite early into our evening, the restaurant began to fill-up.

As per usual, I started my dining experience by looking through the drink menu. The Black Sea has a nice assortment of delicious-sounding beverages, but with warm-weather on the rise, I was immediately drawn in by the White Wine Sangria.

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean cocktail menu

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean cocktail menu white wine sangria

I ordered the half pitcher of White Wine Sangria ($18) for myself and was incredibly pleased! The mix was perfectly flavoured with a unique focus on peach flavours (which was amazing) and loads of fruit – I even ate some of the fruit after the drink itself was gone.

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean cocktail menu white wine sangria pitcher

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean cocktail menu white wine sangria pitcher Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat drink mediterranean cocktail menu white wine sangria pitcher

I have been craving this fresh, crisp and flavourful drink ever since this meal – I can’t wait to return to get the full pitcher.

The dinner menu at the Black Sea is simple and sticks to its Mediterranean-based theme. With a selection of Soups, Salads, Appetizers, Evening Specials and Entrees there is something to please all diners.

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.John's Newfoundland where to eat drink review dinner menu mediterranean

Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.John's Newfoundland where to eat drink review dinner menu mediterranean entrees

We started our meal with the Retro Salad ($12). The premise of this salad is a popular one, which makes it a good opportunity to showcase the originality of the restaurant’s chef. This particular version featured Lebanese string cheese, spinach greens, quinoa, strawberries and toasted pecans with a sweet martini and pomegranate vinaigrette.

I was particularly intrigued by the lebanese string cheese and was disappointed to find the cheese I was presented with was in fact crumbled, not string. However, this did not affect the concept of the dish. The Retro Salad was fresh, seasonally appropriate and absolutely tasty.

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For our second dish, we tried the Scallop Special (~$17) which featured 4 scallops in 3 different sauces. Overall, I loved this dish and would order it again.

The first sauce was a Cauliflower-Vanilla which featured a nice, smooth texture. I felt the vanilla was slightly too aromatic and did overpower the scallop, but I also appreciated the uniqueness of the flavour combination. It was an interesting experience!

The second sauce was an Avocado Thai Chilli Relish. The texture was slightly more chunky due to the avocado with a perfectly balanced flavour combination of sweet and spicy. This sauce was my favourite of the three.

The final sauce for the scallop dish was a Carrot Pepper Red Curry sauce. This rich, creamy sauce was also aromatic but was a lovely match to the perfectly seared scallop.

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After these delicious starters, we were very excited to dig into our Entrees.

The first Entree we tasted was the Duck Confit ($33). This dish featured a traditional Duck Confit with a Cranberry Truffle Risotto and a Spicy Apple Gastrique. A ‘gastrique‘ involves a reduction of vinegar and sugar that can be infused with anything of your choice – in this case, Spicy Apple.

The duck itself was cooked to perfection and fell off the bone with a simple touch. The risotto side was creamy and rich which made a lovely companion to the duck confit. I would definitely eat this dish again!

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The other Entree at our table was the Tandoori Chicken ($31). This dish featured Tandoori Chicken Supreme with Basmati Rice with a Mint and Coriander Chutney and a Micro Salad.

I loved the presentation of this plate – the micro salad especially was visually interesting and was fun to eat.

Similar to the Duck Confit, the chicken was tender, moist, full of flavour and fell apart easily. The spicy rub on the chicken was complimented nicely by the Mint and Coriander Chutney. If you are not a spice-lover, I would not recommend this dish. However, if you like spice, the Tandoori Chicken is a must-try! I certainly can’t wait to try it again.

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Black Sea Restaurant and Bar downtown St.john's Newfoundland where to eat review food blog tandoori chicken basmati rice chutney mediterranean

We finished our meals with complete satisfaction and were absolutely impressed with each of the dishes we tasted. As per the claim of the Black Sea Restaurant, all of the dishes were based on traditional Mediterranean cuisine and featured fantastic unique twists.

Naturally, we couldn’t resist trying their dessert. If you’re trying a new restaurant and are impressed with your meal, I highly recommend trying their dessert – chances are, you’re going to be really happy about it.

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We ordered the Baklava with Ice Cream. Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layered of filo, filled with chopped nuts which are sweetened while it all is held together with syrup or honey – which makes it incredibly sweet and just delicious.

I have had Baklava before, but this was the first time that I have had it warm and served with ice cream. The sweet and crispy layers of filo and honey were delectable and went perfectly with the traditional vanilla ice cream. I will be ordering this dessert again – in fact, I can’t wait.

black sea restaurant and bar downtown st. john's newfoundland where to eat drink dessert baklava ice cream review

We both thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience at the Black Sea. The food was authentic, well-presented and incredibly tasty. The service was genuine, helpful and although spotty at times, was enjoyable.

The decor was minimal, simplistic and allowed the food to speak for itself. The interior as a whole was an interesting mix of modern and traditional. I particularly enjoyed the exposed brick and the cozy feeling it imposed.

The only disappointment with my experience of dining at the Black Sea was that I hadn’t discovered it sooner! I’m eagerly awaiting a chance to return and taste more of this great menu.

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Sun Sushi : Duckworth Street

A few years back I was introduced to the concept of sushi. At first I was completely uninterested however, with time I became slightly intrigued. Finally, after much persuading, I took my first bite of a Spicy Broccoli Roll from Sun Sushi, and completely fell in love. Since this day I have had a deep love and serious addiction to all types of sushi. Sun Sushi quickly became my go-to place for sushi in St.John’s.

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Since then, Sun Sushi has opened a second location and launched All You Can Eat lunch. The original is located at 186 Duckworth Street while the new addition can be found at 16 Stavanger Drive. While I have been frequenting Sun Sushi for a few years now, I have yet to eat at their Stavanger Drive location. Therefore, this post is solely focusing on their downtown location.

Also, thanks to the incredibly convenient Travelling Table, you can also order Sun Sushi online for delivery. Check it out here. Because, we all know there’s nothing better than enjoying some amazing food in the comfort of your own home.

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With a recent renovation, Sun Sushi’s decor is clean and modern with additions of fun and bright, traditional-inspired decor and art.

Sun Sushi Duckworth Street Downtown St.John's Newfoundland Interior

Along with their interior re-jig, they did a menu revamp as well. Their menus are printed on large books with thick pages. It seems a little unnecessary but, in the end, I kind of enjoyed it!

They also have added chalk boards throughout the restaurant highlighting specials and customer favourites. This, I really appreciated. On my most recent trip there, it inspired me to try something new!

Sun Sushi Menu St.John's Newfoundland Sun sushi chalk board menu downtown st. john's newfoundland

First when you arrive, your server will bring you  a small bowl of Miso Soup. The traditional etiquette for consuming this is to drink the broth from the bowl and to use your chopsticks at the end to eat the remaining seaweed, scallions and tofu.

Miso Soup is typically quite high in sodium, but its warmth and smooth flavour is always comforting to me.

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Whenever I eat at Sun Sushi there are two appetizers that I just have to get, the House Salad with Avocado and the Gyoza.

The House Salad is a mix of lettuce, carrot, cabbage, avocado and a miso-dressing that is to die for. This starter is always fresh, crisp and delicious. Sometimes, I even save the salad bowl after the salad is gone to dip my sushi in – that is so wrong when it comes to etiquette, but it’s delicious. Sorry.

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Gyoza are dumplings that are filled with ground meat and vegetables then wrapped in a thin dough. These are also known as pot stickers. Traditionally, these are steamed however, Sun Sushi does theirs as a deep fry. Although this makes the dish slightly more greasy and hearty, it is certainly tasty.

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I have a few rolls that I love to eat here, but my must-try ones would be the Spicy Broccoli Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll. If you are just starting out with sushi, I recommend trying the Spicy Broccoli Roll. It’s fresh, light and is a great way to introduce yourself to the cuisine without jumping straight into fish.

If you’re a veteran, there are tons of amazing options at Sun Sushi to get your sushi fix. I have yet to try the Sashimi here, but their Nigiri is fresh and delicious.

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I am continually getting confused between Sashimi and Nigiri – and believe I am not the only one. So, here are the three main terms broken down into simple definitions:

Sushi: Vinegared rice rolled with seaweed and other ingredients
Sashimi: A slice of raw fish, served on its own
Nigiri: A slice of raw fish laid on a bed of pressed vinegared rice

Below are a few of my favourites from Sun Sushi including Nigiri, Tokyo Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and a Dragon Roll.

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Each serving of sushi will come accompanied by Pickled Ginger and Wasabi. Although, it is interesting to note that this is only common in Western cultures and is not typically seen in Japanese culture. Ginger is traditionally seen with only sushi and Wasabi is meant to be rolled into the rice of Nigiri or paired with Sashimi.

If you are new to the sushi game, you’ll want to try these. Both of these companions have qualities that are meant to enhance the flavour of your sushi. Wasabi can be quite hot, so use sparingly and the ginger, I find, serves as a great palate cleanser between different flavours.

Another honourable mention on the Sun Sushi menu is the Curry Rice Bowl with Chicken. If you like curry, this bowl is a must-try! It’s rich, flavourful and incredibly filling. Especially during the colder months, I tend to gravitate towards this dish.

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It is worth mentioning however, that in general, the service at Sun Sushi is typically lacking. Which, you tend not to mind. Once your table is stocked with delicious food, it’s really not too much of a bother that there are no servers around. But, do keep it in mind.

In any case, there is a much better way to enjoy Sun Sushi’s food – especially since the nice weather has finally hit us. My favourite way to enjoy a delicious sushi meal is to order take-out and devour my feast in the grass of the War Memorial or Harbourside Park.

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Also, I have a Pro-Tip for you! If you do take-out with Sun Sushi and spend more than (I think) $30, you get a free California Roll! So, if you’re going for bang-for-your-buck, do take-out!

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What is your favourite roll from Sun Sushi?