My wife and I had planned on going to La Perla while visiting Halifax from Ottawa but it had recently closed so after doing a little research we stumbled upon several review for Estia so opted to go there instead. That was a mistake. I had phoned several days prior and made reservations. When we arrived the girl who greeted us looked very confused when we said we had reservations. After a few seconds she said ok (didn't bother to check anywhere or with anyone) and tried to sit us beside the door. I normally don't like to have cold November air washing over me every time someone enters the restaurant so we asked to be seated somewhere else. The waitress took us towards the back of the restaurant where a gentleman approached us and asked us how we were doing. I said we have reservations and before I could say anything else he responded "oh yes, Tony right?". It turns out this was the owner and he was expecting us. That made up for the waitress with the deer in the headlights look. The owner sat us down and served us for the rest of the evening. That service was great. The problem was the food. We ordered stuffed mushrooms, Greek salad and for the entrée stuffed haddock. The stuffed mushrooms were good, a little warm bordering on cool but good nonetheless. The salad was your standard garden salad with some black olives thrown in for the "Greek" part. Disappointing. Then the entrée. Small roasted potatoes, sautéed veggies and the stuffed haddock. The potatoes were hot on the outside and not cooked on the inside. The sautéed veggies were frozen veggies heated up and the stuffed haddock was cool to cold on the outside and the "stuffing" was barely warm. Oh, and the stuffing was the same stuffing they used in the mushrooms. It was like everything was pre-pared from frozen, tossed in the microwave and then served. For the price, we ate it, but we won't be back. Too many good restaurants in Halifax to choose from to waste time and money on something barely edible.
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