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“Yay! Ridiculously Charming With Great Food”
Review of Mallard Cottage

Mallard Cottage
Ranked #2 of 374 Restaurants in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Yay! Ridiculously Charming With Great Food”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Growing up in St. John's, I'd only been to Mallard Cottage when it was a teeny antiques shop, so
after following chef Todd Perrin on Top Chef Canada, and being based now in Calgary, I was more than eager to try his food at Mallard Cottage on a recent trip back home.
My elderly mother took me out for a mid-week brunch and from the moment we walked in until we left, we were charmed by the decor, the solicitous service and the food.
Simply executed with luscious ingredients, the breakfast sandwich we each chose was gorgeous (the biscuits were impossibly airy) served on rustic pottery plates and period cutlery. We arrived at the tail- end of service, therefore the cakes & desserts table set up in the middle of the dining area was understandably a tad short on selection, so if these yummy offerings are what you're primarily going for, reserve your table for earlier in the day :)
The atmosphere is cosy and there is an undeniable cheerful vibe everywhere, lit up by Chef Perrin's megawatt smile seen from the open kitchen.
Too many ingenious up-cycled decorating concepts to mention so keep your eyes peeled.
Will make a point to come back here each time I make a trip home.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Brantford, Canada
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to eat”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The Mallard Cottage is in the small village of Quidi Vidi and it is a quaint little place to eat. The service was wonderful and the food delicious. It is decorated in wood and country charm. Reservations are needed if you want to go for brunch but I would recommend the experience.

Visited July 2014
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boca raton
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Atmosphere Takes you back...but food is modern day twist”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Lunch is brunch in this quaint restaurant that offers mainly brunch items, but the fish sandwich on homemade biscuit is not to be missed. Fresh desserts are the centerpiece on the island where you serve yourself. Great wine list, teas and comfort food that changes daily. Open kitchen and pickled items are neatly placed on the rafters for that down home feel!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank caryn p
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St. John's, Canada
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great brunch”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

I would highly recommend Mallard Cottage. The food was very good. I had sausage, egg & Jarlsberg on a biscuit. The biscuit was the lightest & fluffiest ever. My friend had eggs with porchetta which she really enjoyed. Our server was super friendly and helpful. We sat with a view of their kitchen garden, at least this time of the year the produce is fresh. Great coffee.
The premises are not air conditioned, so you might want to think about this on a hot day. I have one suggestion for the menu, i.e. include a little fresh fruit, either as a side or a menu option with brunch.
Neither of us had their tea & cake option, but the baked goods on display looked divine.

  • Visited August 2014
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Conception Bay South, Canada
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sunday Public House experience”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We went to Mallard Cottage this past Sunday afternoon for a late lunch. The layout of the restaurant and its ambiance provided a pleasant and welcoming feeling. Live music was excellent and added greatly to the overall atmosphere. Our server was very friendly and provided excellent service. However, we were disappointed with the meal. The burgers were too salty, as well, the frites came to our table pre salted (way too much salt). The kasha and quinoa salads were great. We will go back again and give them a second chance. This place is too nice to give up on because of one lunch.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Bob R
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