Mallard Cottage in St. John’s showcases the provinces’ vast array of wild game, seafood & produce, displayed alongside a vital piece of Newfoundlands built heritage. It’s an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, and is recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada, as being one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America. It is No. 22 in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants in 2016.
Top Chef Canada contestant, Todd Perrin, is the Executive Chef and one of the owners of Mallard Cottage, along his wife Kim Doyle and Sommelier Stephen Lee.
The interior is very cozy and maintains the cottage feel. I was pretty surprised how nice the inside was because the outside didn’t look renovated to me.
Their brunch service always features their house made breakfast meats, a wide selection of in-house baked pastries, pies and cakes and coffee roasted by Anchored Coffee, and supplied by our friends at Fixed Coffee & Baking.
1. Seafood Crepe ($21) – Herb crepe with lobster, mussels and mustard cream sauce, topped with seared scallops.
This was the BEST Seafood Crepe EVER! Five big pieces of seared scallops on top of an herb crepe. Inside the crepe are huge chunks of lobster and mussels. I was surprised that this was only $21 for all that seafood they put there. Such heaven for seafood lovers… and I’m a crepe lover too so everything about this was just perfect. One thing to note though was that there were still some lobster shells in some of the chunks I ate.
2. Family Style Brunch ($20) – a big platter including their house made breakfast meats, a bowl of beans and a bowl of salad
This Family Style Brunch dish is really fit for a family. This is just a “one person” order but can definitely shared by two. Good thing our server recommended we share one order instead. One thing I didn’t expect is it ended up feeling just like normal breakfast food. I initially thought it would be like a charcuterie board with various interesting meats. Therefore, for me, between this and the seafood crepe, I’ll always choose seafood crepe.
One thing that’s super popular at Mallard Cottage during brunch is their Cake Table which is a table lying in the middle of the cottage with a wide selection of in-house baked pastries, pies and cakes. When we went that day, there were: chocolate chunk cookies, white chocolate pecan cookies, cinnamon rolls, blondies, pecan squares, coffee cake, hello dollies, strawberry squares, and more!
I got to try one of each, and they were really good. The standouts for me were: pecan squares, hello dollies and blondies.
For $10, you will get a plate and you can get as much items from the Cake Table to pile in your plate. But you can only do this once, so you need to be good at stacking your food!
I recommend you do the take-out box instead. The box is bigger than the plate so you can stuff more food in it, and also it’s hard to finish all those cakes and pastries during that time.
8 Barrows Rd, St. John’s, NL A1A 1G8, Canada
Disclaimer: Although this was a sponsored tasting with Mallard Cottage, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the company’s.