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.
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