The Bluenose Lodge once had a full service restaurant. Well, it once again will this summer as the Bay Leaf Eatery tries its hand at luring local and visiting diners. My wife and I were joined by two friends to try out the restaurant just after it opened in May. For those who were familiar with the Cheesecake Gallery and the Top Of Main restaurants in Mahone Bay, this is another of Esther Bourgeois' successes. Her food is always very 'taste-full' and the variety will help everyone in your party get what they want.
My wife ordered the fish and chips, since we are always trying to find a better place to eat this local dish. Esther makes it with rice flour and so it is not soggy. The crust is thin and crunchy and the fish fresh and large. The fries were a little starchy -- I assume they could be better with a different type of potato. I had the mushroom ragout. It tasted wonderful, with the richness of the mushrooms and sauce offset by the Israeli-style couscous. Both of these main courses were under $20. Our friends had the steak (good portion) and the chicken-shrimp curry pasta. It is not a hot curry. They both enjoyed their meals as well. For dessert we tried the frozen lemon pie, made locally by a friend of Esther's. The closest I have had to a good key lime pie in a long time.
The ambiance of this restaurant is quiet, airy (lots of windows looking out to the gardens) and quite posh, without the prices to go with that. Dinner for two with a glass of wine and tip was about $80. The menu is quite varied. Those who remember Esther's peanut-butter hamburger will be glad to see it is back on the menu. I assume it has a Thai taste to it, but have never tried the dish myself.
The restaurant has two dining rooms. One is small and can be reserved for groups wanting some extra privacy. They will likely also do weddings and other receptions.
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