Places to eat in St. John's

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    Chinched Bistro: Chinched Bistro

    by jamiesno Written Jan 18, 2012

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    This Chinched Bistro is an award winning bistro specializing in contemporary cousine. I went there tonight with some colleagues who were staying at the Delta Hotel. First point, if you are staying at the Delta its very close. If you are going to be at Mile One Stadium its right across the street and if you are anywhere else downtown its right there as well.

    Some funny points but please don't let these turn you off! The food and atmosphere here are great but you'll see from the picture provided that the door to the Bistro is right on the corner. On the side of the building there is another door with an "open" sign. If you accidentally go in this one, as my colleagues did, you'll have the opportunity for some very xxx rated entertainment that appeared to be much more xxx than the famous Cotton Club which is also located across the street.

    Anyway this all makes for funny dinner talk!

    Once you get in the right spot, the hosting staff were all friendly and very helpful. The atmosphere and decor in the bistro are great and upstairs we sat at the window seats and that gave us a nice elevated street view.

    So the award winning food! I can attest to the mussels, the pork, pasta, the pavlova and the Dark Chocolate Brownie, Bacon Crème Anglaise, Peanut Brittle! I tried a few of the items we collectively ordered. Not sure about etiquette but I enjoyed tasting them all!

    Personally, I didn't find any of the food to rich, to sweet or any other descriptor that sometimes makes you not feel so good when you leave a restaurant. The food was great and despite my initial gut reaction, the proportions were good as well.

    All round, its a nice choice for an evening dining. I had to drive from downtown so my apologies for no wine comments!

    Favorite Dish: The Brownie!

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    Tangled Up in Blue: Australian

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

    With a head chef, all the way from Melbourne, Australia the food here was pretty good.

    I heard the story that the restaurant was opened up by two daughters of a doctor who used to live in Newfoundland.

    The location is right downtown, very close to George Street. It looks like a funky house but it is a nice restaurant. The staff are australian and they carry around these huge chaulk board menus.

    We ate upstairs and you have a small view of downtown.

    Favorite Dish: Sweet potato soup! I love sweet potatos and the soup was awesome. It was very filling too so it would of made a great lunch.

    For my main meal I had a pizza with lamb which made it australian and it was good and for dessert I had a triffle with fruit and stuff but there was like a marange in it that was sweet and I liked.

    Overall a nice place.

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    The Casbah!: The Casbah!

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Casbah was a newer restaurant in St. John's when I first went there and was the "in" place to go at the time. From what I can tell it is still very popular.

    The atmosphere in this place is really cool, the service is great and of course the food is probably the best I had eaten in St. John's ever.

    I'll definitley be going back. It is recommended that you get a reservation here as well. I tried to just pop in a couple of times now and there was just nowhere to sit :-(.

    Favorite Dish: I had the stuffed chicken for dinner. I was there with my brother and his fiance. They both had the glazed salmon with wild berries. I tried that too and it was awesome.

    I remember the bruschetta was possibly the best I had ever eaten as well.

    On another occassion I had the Black Angus steak and I consistently said it was the best cooked steak I had ever eaten. Very very well done!

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    THE CASBAH: Casual Dining

    by hsm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The restaurant is bit unusual. Instead of appetizers entrees, the menu is divided into Small, Medium & Large porions to encourage people to mix and match and to eat as much or as little as one likes.

    Favorite Dish: Features a mixture of European and local dishes. At one time, I had a Moroccan Chicken dish and another time, I had the local halibut fish dish. Both were excellent.

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    The Cellar: The Cellar

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The menus offer a wide variety of appetizers and entrées. Favourites include fresh and smoked fish chowder, warm spinach salad, scallops, lobster platter, blackened salmon, steaks and lamb rack. Sweets; bakeapple cheesecake, cranberry-apple crisp, créme caramel, tiramisu and more ... "enRoute" top 150 and star rated by "Where to Eat in Canada." Click on the "menu buttons" below for the most tantalizing menus available.

    Favorite Dish: Steak

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  • Bianca's: Best Seafood in the City

    by FrankSimon22 Written Feb 27, 2010

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    Dined at Bianca's (always go there when in town), the scallops in the menu were some of the best I have ever had, the server told me that they were the top seller and I can understand why. This place as amazing food, recently renovated, and the service is top notch! Highly recommend it!

    Favorite Dish: The scallop dish on the menu. the scallops were large and cooked perfectly! the sauce was just the right touch, not overpowering! Fantastic!

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    Press and bean: Great food Cheap

    by Suzanne123 Written Oct 15, 2009

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    This is a quiet and cozy place in a historic stone brick building that has been renovated. The staff are in clean and crisp uniforms and the tables with linens. Here you can get your comfort food cooked how you like it because they have it all: potatoes how you like them...baked, fried, mashed, with sour cream. I was wanting fresh cod and was surprised they would do it blackened (meaning cajan) I know most people would not want their fish blackened (peppers) so do not worry cause they have other methods of cooking fish too.

    For those of you looking for lobster...I'm can't recall if they had it or not but most restaurants don't because it is usually out of season. Some restaurants do cook if from frozen tho. Call and ask to see if that is important to you.

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    The Big R: The Big R

    by jamiesno Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    The Big R is a well known fish and chips place in the city.

    I tried it for the first time in August 07.

    It's the type of place where there is a lot of local people. You order your fish on the way in, then go find a seat and they'll bring you the food when it's done.

    You can see from the picture the fries where great. I was looking for lots of grease and got that no problem. I thought the fish could of been a little bigger though.

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    Papa's Pier 17: Papa's Pier 17

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 10, 2007

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    A friend recommended this place to me in St. John's and I really did enjoy it here. It is a nice little place and the service was fast and good.

    I had a seafood medley cajun style at medium with fresh cod, salmon, scallops and shrimp and it was great. The Backlava dessert was also awesome. It's a great choice and its in the middle of town near the University.

    Favorite Dish: Backlava dessert is a favorite greek dish of mine and it was great here. Lots of nuts in it.

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    Taste of Thai: Thai in Newfoundland

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    A Taste of Thai is a new restaurant in St. John's, Newfoundland owned by a young couple with the 'missus' as they say in Newfoundland being from Thailand. I heard of the place through various positive reviews and drove by a few times so I decided to drop in for lunch one day.

    They are doing a great job making it authentic. As you can see from the pictures there is a regular table option or you can sit on the floor. I think I got the best seat in the place. I got to sit on the floor right next to the window. I was alone I I could stretch right out and had to take my shoes off so it was really confortable.

    The decor, service and ambiance there was cool.

    Favorite Dish: I thought the spring role and soup were both great and had flavors I hadn't tried before. The meals were also very well presented. For the main meal I had a peanut sauce chicken with rice as you can see from the pictures.

    It was a first for me and I thought it was very tasty. I would defintely go back and for $13 I thought it was a great meal and experience.

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    Bagel Cafe: Bagel Cafe

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 27, 2006

    One of Newfoundland's biggest breakfast houses. Fresh lobster always in season. Varied menu, cozy atmosphere.

    This place is definitely all breakfast food. I enjoy going there. If you need greasy breakfast food make sure you order the right thing. I remember needing some grease one morning when I went here and I got nice fluffy eggs.

    Trust me though this is a great breakfast place. It's right on Duckworth Street so it's a nice little stroll from all the downtown hotels. You'll also find that little booths make this place very quiant.

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    The K Cafe: The K Cafe

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    If you are staying at the Delta Hotel in St. John's I always recommend a visit to the K-Cafe. It is right across the street and its a great little cafe. You'll get a great quality breakfast for a fraction of the price you will get bread at the Delta.

    Even if you just happen to be in the downtown area walking around, its a great little place. The service is usually good and you are streetside so the scenery is good too!

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    India Gate: Indian Food

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    The Indian Gate has been in St. John's for as long as I can remember. It's in a good location downtown on Duckworth Street. I should of written this tip at the time of my trip but if you are looking for Indian food while you are in St. John's I recommend the place.

    It's nice, clean, a little pricier than other options, it's quality food and I liked the spicey stuff personally. The decor and music definitely make it a different option for dining out in Newfoundland.

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    The Sprout: Vegan Cousine!

    by jamiesno Written Apr 6, 2006

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    The Sprout is a vegetarian restaurant in St. John's that I thought I would try out for something new. I am not a vegan so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was outside reading the street menu when this very friendly hostess ran out and quickly erased soup off the menu. They had just run out and then she explained the special.

    It was a smelted crepe with mushrooms, sundried tomatos, and apples covered with a gravey. The apple / gravy combination had be wondering but I went on it. It's a funky decor and its' obvioius the other visitors are healthy people.

    The menu had all kinds of interesting items but I went for the special. I remember the salads obviously but other things with beans and so on. They say the menu is excellent.
    The drink menu included local beers from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company and Storm Brewery.

    So in any event after my visit I guess it is possible to live without meat but I am not sure I would want to still.

    Schiralli-Earle, 28, and her business partner Julia Bloomquist, 24, own the place. Apparently Schiralli-Earle, originally from New Brunswick, and Bloomquist, from Ontario, met several years ago in a bush camp in northern Ontario. Schiralli-Earle was in the kitchen; Bloomquist was tree planting.

    Schiralli-Earle met her future husband in the camp up north who was from Newfoundland and they later moved to St. John's.

    While Schiralli-Earle is a strict vegetarian apparently Bloomquist says she eats some fish though most of her meals are vegetarian. But they say everyone will find something to enjoy, and leave The Sprout with a bellyful.

    When designing their menu, which features salads, soups, chili, sandwiches, burgers, noodle and rice bowls and weekend brunch items the women aimed to be efficient in terms of supplies, and cost-effective for the diners (nothing is over $8.50). They also serve organic coffee and daily fresh-baked muffins.

    Have fun at the Sprout!!!

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    International Flavors: Pakistan Food

    by jamiesno Written Apr 6, 2006

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    International Flavors. I was recommended to this place by a friend and I was very happy to go. The restaurant is run by a Pakistan women who moved to the city when her husband originally accepted a job with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    When he later passed away, she took the leap into entrepreneurship. The way it works is she basically makes on dish with or without chicken. It is curried and has rice, lentils, beans and lots of spices. It was funny listening to new visitors ask for menu. They were not getting it at first. I knew the idea before my visit so I wasn't so bad.

    The restuarant is also a store. She sells rare spices and stuff there. I picked up some Saffron for the Paella I like to make at home.

    Parking is a little awkward at the spot of the store so be careful driving in the area. The food was extremely tasty and I was happy to have gone there. Above the food and the ambiance of some Pakistani music playing the owner has a sense of humor and wit. She would chat with every customer as they were paying and make jokes.

    For me she asked, "Who is this handsome man here today?". For some reason she thought I was a travelling doctor. We had a nice chat and I told her I would be back. Overall it was a nice experience and its great finding places with character and nice people.

    This place won't have a web site or anything like that but I recommend you try it. The owner makes this place what it is I think so visit while you can. If she were to move or whatever I am sure the place won't be the same.

    Favorite Dish: The Baklava was great. Pakastani for a "sweet".

    Fresh homestyle curry, spices, lentils, pickles, chutney, etc. Eat-in or take-out.

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