I’m always searching for cozy nooks where I can get a little work done. I just love sneaking away from my own desk and home for some added inspiration. With this in mind, I was pleased to discover The Nook on Gottingen Street, a recently opened café and lounge that provides a welcoming atmosphere and a lot more than just coffee.
By day, The Nook strikes me as an ideal space to get my caffeine fix. On my recent visit, I am immediately drawn to one of the three semi-private nooks complete with comfy cushions and slightly transparent curtains. After ordering a cochin masala chai and homemade hemp almond bar, I snap up one of the nooks and make myself at home. The Nook feels modern, simple and spacious (even with the use of darker hues on the walls). Owners Mark Pavlovski and Katie Roux opened The Nook on November 28 and hope to bring something to the area that may have been lacking previously.
“Both of us had always dreamed of designing something from scratch that was a mix of rustic and modern,” says Pavlovski. “We were inspired by our travels through Europe and Iceland and wanted to provide a place where our customers can share a drink, be it good coffee or beer or wine, no matter what time of day.”
The décor is a juxtaposition of new and old. Modern white furniture is paired with reused wood and repurposed print press drawers that now serve as tables but originally belonged to Roux’s grandmother.
The menu looks intriguing as well. With a huge emphasis on local, The Nook sources out natural and organic ingredients and Roux makes everything from scratch. Next time, I would be tempted to try the smooth salmon open-faced sandwich with Ratinaud’s smoked salmon, dill and garlic goat cheese on whole-wheat sour dough. The figgy piggy also sounds tantalizing with prosciutto, cracked pepper fig cream cheese and sun-dried tomato bruschetta (oh my!). I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the menu covers a variety of cravings from breakfast to snacks (think gourmet cheese boards and charcuterie). Customers feeling under the weather can try a feel better potion such as the hangover helper or lemon ginger immunity.
The Nook provides more than I expected and I’m planning to return in the evening to try one of their speciality cocktails, such as the cheeky tea (spiced rum and home-made sweet tea), perhaps on their Sunday evening blues night. The contemporary fusion of café and lounge with a European vibe is something different for Halifax and may just be the recipe for success.