After a month of traveling in the Maritimes and having our fill of seafood at least once a day, we were both missing vegetables! So we decided to try out Splendid Essence and are very glad we did.
Although very unpretentious from the outside, the waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. We later learned that she had only been working at the restaurant for 3 weeks but she was what sold us on staying to eat.
I don't care for soy products for various reasons and the menu is mostly soy so we asked them to prepare one of the dishes without the soy bits and that worked. It was a fabulous bean vermicelli noodle dish with mushrooms that was perfectly spiced and delicious.
We also had a baby bok choy dish with mushrooms that was amazing. The bok choy was so tender and sweet - it was the best I have ever eaten. The restaurant is not licensed for alcohol so we had a ginseng tea that was ideally suited to the meal.
Service was excellent and the portions were large, as you will see throughout most of the Maritimes. We only ordered two dishes for us and we had a hard time finishing. The bill for everything was $18.50 plus tax and tip. That is phenomenal in a province where spending $60 for dinner is normal.
Loved it and would definitely be a regular if I lived in the city. We were staying at the far end of Grafton near Victoria Park and we were able to walk to the restaurant in about 15 minutes. Easy to find but it is closed on Sundays and it closes at 8:30 on the other nights. We also called ahead and the first night we were in town, they were closed for a private party so probably best to call ahead and check on things for the evening.
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