There's a new kid in town. Well, not really. It's an old kid made new again. Boondocks Restaurant in Eastern Passage has had a few owners over the years and they've reopened again this past weekend. Located in Fisherman's Cove the restaurant has had a bit of a 'reputation'. To be honest I don't really know what the restaurant was like before since I had never been so I'm only going to talk about the NEW Boondocks restaurant.
The new owners are Jamie and Fran Rouse, also the owners of Ma Belle's Cafe in Dartmouth with Peter Boudreau as the chef. Boudreau was most recently the owner of The Fish Shop at the Halifax Seaport Market.
In my opinion despite the large number of residents living in Eastern Passage there isn't much here, especially if you're looking for a place to eat. Emma's is awesome, but is only open for breakfast and lunch so a nice dinner place has been much-needed.
The grand opening was a really big deal and from what I heard they were busy, busy, busy and ended up turning people away at the door. I did not make an attempt to check them out opening night. I had a feeling...
Although we didn't go on Friday night, we went the very next day for lunch. As I expected it was quiet and there were lots of tables to choose from. The downside? Turns out they weren't offering 'lunch', just brunch, except for the children's menu because there isn't a kids brunch menu, just lunch. Confused? Ha! Luckily the only brunch option was just for the opening weekend and that a lunch menu will be available going forward.
My husband didn't care. He wanted brunch from the get-go. He was very excited to see that they had what he calls a 'real' English breakfast. On his business trips he often went to England and this is what he always ate while there - baked beans, mushrooms, tomato, sausage, bacon, egg and toast. He wouldn't stop talking about it...
The kid had fish and chips.
For me I had originally wanted a mediterranean salad and a side of mussels (it would have been my first time eating mussels). Instead, I ended up with fishcakes, baked beans, and homefries. I omitted the toast from my meal. I would have liked to see 'healthier' options available for the breakfast but I'm sure that will come with time. It was still just the 2nd day open after all.
Overall we had a nice meal. I was expecting lunch and ended up with brunch but I did get a good look at the rest of the menu and there were quite a few options that I hope to try next time, like those mussels! The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, although I couldn't tell you if it looks the same as before or not. Either way, the decor works. Being able to sit outside on the patio on the water with a cold drink in hand will be really nice during the summer months.
Thank you for opening a decent new restaurant in the area! Now, can we please get a hardware store and a decent grocery store?