1645 Argyle Street Halifax, NS
Halifax, like St.John’s, is linked to the sea. I feel just at home there as I do in my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. When I walk the streets of Halifax my senses take over: the sites, sounds, the cool wind on a April day that kisses my face, and as you walk along Argyle Street, of course, the smells.
I visit Halifax at least once a year and during that time I visit some of my favourite restaurants for my must have meals. One of those is slow cooked Guinness Braised Lamb Shank and Potato champ (mash) at Durty Nelly’s.
I have been visiting Durty Nelly’s for a few years now, and although I have tried many dishes on the menu, I always come back to the Lamb Shank. It is always tender, flavourful and well worth the timely wait.
We were greeted by our server Rachael who promptly seated us and got took our beverage order, I had a pint of Harp. The decor of the pub and restaurant was Celtic rustic, lots of wood, plenty of bar space incase you wanted to eat at the bar. The layout was partially segmented so there is no overcrowding at the tables. We were seated in a area that ensured the live music was not intrusive so we could enjoy good conversation and a pint without having to shout.
For the starter we decided to go with the Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins. This dish was great as a sharing plate, the cheesy flavour were nice and bold, the kick of jalapeños and bacon paired well with the Harp Lager.
As I mentioned earlier in my blog, I had the Lamb Shank. Braised lamb shank takes time and patience, both were evident in this dish. The root vegetables and green beans were cooked to a nice consistency. The lamb was fall off the bone tender, it felt like it was melting in your mouth.The demi-glaze was so flavourful, rich and complex, it glistened over the shank. This is one meal that I smile and lick my lips before it even gets to the table, a sight to behold! The meal was balanced and satisfying it is the reason why I order it every time I come to Durty Nelly’s.
The service was professional, friendly and welcoming (Thanks Rachael!!)
Authentic Irish décor
Neat and clean (especially the washrooms)
Consistent and flavourful pub food, you have to try the lamb, bottom line!!
I am not sure I would call it a low point but when I go to a Irish pub I like to hear traditional music, even if it is mixed in with some contemporary tunes.
Price Point for lunch: $$$ out of $$$$$
Well worth the money!
Points for a lunch experience: 4 out of 5
If visiting Halifax , you will not go wrong by visiting Durty Nelly’s.