I really love what's been happening on and around Cunard Street in the past year or so. Robie St. Station, and their after dark partner El Chino, Eliot & Vine, and Studio East have brought some much needed love—and delicious food—to my favourite part of town.
I walk by Studio East every day. I've had beers there several times. But I've only eaten there once, and to be honest it wasn't great. I will say I've consistently had some of the best service in Halifax every single time I've walked through the doors (and this trip was no different).
The brunch menu has a really great selection of stuff to choose from—from standards to more exotic stuff, it's all there. After suffering from the results of a little too much celebrating on Friday night, I wasn't willing to be that adventurous with my Sunday brunch picks (two-day hangover what?!).
I decided to play it real safe and opted to order the Cottage Lake Bacon n' Eggs, with soft poached eggs.
Were the eggs perfectly poached? Yes. Was the bacon perfectly cooked and not too greasy/porky tasting? For sure. Did the potatoes come with a delightful dusting of parmesan snow? You betcha. Was the ciabatta toast nice and crisp while still being soft. Totally.
But was it a flavour explosion in my mouth? Not really.
Then I had a realization. Bacon and eggs on its own is a fairly bland meal. You can have high quality ingredients that have been expertly cooked and lovingly presented but there's still not a whole lot happening in terms of different and interesting flavours.
So this isn't a reflection of the meal—the food itself was perfect. I just think that for the second weekend in a row I had a bit of a strike out in terms of my ordering choice. And that's nobody's fault but my own.
Man Friend had the fried chicken sandwich, which not only looked amazing, but tasted that way too in his expert opinion.
I will 100% be back. This place is a neighbourhood gem and I feel like I need to give it its due.