Chef Luis Gaspar and partner Victoria Dunham Gaspar are longtime veterans of Halifax’s dining scene and they made waves when …
Out in frontBy Trevor J. Adams | Mar 15, 2010
Halifax’s dining scene has dramatically transformed in the past few years—with a variety of new restaurants offering flavours from around the globe. It might be hard to imagine how a new restaurant can possibly stake out any new turf, but chef Luis Gaspar and partner Victoria Dunham Gaspar managed when they opened Pipa Restaurant & Bar on Argyle Street.
Specializing in Portuguese cuisine, Pipa is the only restaurant of its type in Halifax, offering Old World and Brazilian dishes such as Moqueca (fish stew) and Feijoada (a stew of meats and black beans). And diners have responded, as Pipa’s popularity continues to grow. That’s why Where Halifax magazine (a sister publication to Halifax Magazine) recently awarded Pipa as Halifax’s Top New Restaurant, as part of a national awards program from the chain of Where magazines nationwide.
“This year’s best new restaurant is truly something exciting and special,” says Where Halifax publisher Sheila Blair-Reid. “Downtown diners are buzzing about this spot. It’s a completely new dining experience for Halifax.”
For the team at Pipa, the award validates the hard work that goes with building a new restaurant. “We really didn’t know this was coming,” Dunham Gaspar said, accepting the award at the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia’s AGM. “It’s great for the whole team because you work so hard starting a restaurant, and it’s great to know people are noticing and it’s making a