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Halifax: Bistro Le Coq?

I don't think they are trying to create authentic French dishes. If that is the intent, I agree, they fall short. Instead, the tweaks and twists are interpretations of classics. We still don't have an authentic French bistro in Halifax and perhaps we never will, but I feel this is a nice addition to the scene.

Nov 27, 2011
coolmillion in Atlantic Canada

Halifax: Bistro Le Coq?

I went to le coq twice last week, incidently just after returning from a week in Paris. The first time was for lunch on a Thursday. I arrived first and was greeted in French by two servers. There were only a handful of other tables. I had the nicoise and frites and my two friends both had the steak sandwich. The nicoise was delicious, both better and cheaper than a version I had in Paris the week before. For 10 bucks (I think) it included a few slices of perfectly seared sesame crusted tuna atop the normal greens, beans, potato and egg. Sliced olives and olive paste on the side. It wasn't entirely authentic (the dressing and the inclusion of red onions) but was maybe more delicious as a result. The frites were delicious, with a faint flavour of smoked paprika, served with flavoured mayo (I can't remember which flavour). I tasted the steak sandwich which was amazing. I'll get it next time. For dessert we had the ile flottante which, though tasty, wasn't "floating" as much as I'd hoped it would be. The creme anglaise was a bit too thick and not plentiful enough.
The next night we started we the charcuterie board which wasn't exactly to my taste, except the rabbit terrine which was delicious. Overall there were too many pickles (all the accompanying veg) and the duck prosciutto was overpowering. Also, it was served with the same bread that comes to the table as you sit down which was a bit much. For my main I had the roast chicken which was a large portion (half the bird?), very moist, served with gravy on a few veg with... more frites! The prices are very fair and the service is attentive (although our server the second visit was obviously very green). I will definitely go back.

Sep 20, 2011
coolmillion in Atlantic Canada