Review—The Coastal Cafe
Simply put, the Coastal is one of those classic Halifax spots. Sure, it's small, and it can feel like a bit of a free-for-all when it's busy. And the paying before your meal part always baffles me (how do I know how much to tip!?). But there's a reason why it's always so packed. (Just as I assume there's a reason why you have to pay first.) These folks know what they're doing.
I respect any place that pays such careful and loving attention to the best meal of the day—brunch.
This was not my first time eating here—nor will it be my last. It's just the one I happened to take a mediocre picture of.
We were lucky, there was no lineup the day we went and so we were able to order and be seated without any wait. Which, if you're familiar with this place, is kind of a rarity.
Though there are many delicious things, I felt compelled to order Les Grand Dejeuner: two poached eggs (soft in my case), smoked salmon, dill rosti, and roasted asparagus along with a side salad and a slice of toasted baguette. The man friend opted to continue his fried chicken quest and went with the Durty Bird.
Our food arrived quickly and as always looked great on the plate.
This was essentially exactly what I was hoping for. The asparagus was nice and crunchy/firm and the rosti was flavourful and a nice vector for everything else. I found the smoked salmon a little salty—but it was still very tasty. If I'm being picky, it would be that my eggs were medium vs soft poached, but not the end of the world.
The salad was beet greens, which if you're down with eating food that tastes like actual dirt, then great. I'm not a fan, but that's more a comment on my palate than the quality of the food.
My meal was the perfect amount. I left feeling satiated, but I still had room for the donuts we went to the Forum market for afterward.
Simple. Classic. Delicious. I'll be back.