What do you get when you combine a beautiful old cottage with a menu featuring fresh local products and deliver that with beautiful and professional service? Well, you get Mallard Cottage. Located in an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland cottage – originally home to the Mallards, a fishing family – the cottage was an antiques shop from around 1985 and onwards, then bought and converted by the current owners in 2010.
Every brunch and dinner menu is a fresh sheet; it is different every day based on the availability of local ingredients and pickings from their on-premise garden. The menu below was the brunch menu on the day we visited.
Every day there is a fresh table of baked goods. The costs is $7 for cake or $10 for cake & coffee and how it works is: you can visit the cake table once and take as much cake (or cookies) as you can fit on your cake plate. It’s an amazingly appetizing offer and the baked goods really are delicious.
I managed to control my desire for cake long enough to order my brunch main dish which was porchetta with eggs and chimichurri.
It was absolutely delicious and if you love pork (like I do) you will love this dish. It will satisfy your need for the sweet greasy meat for some time to come.
My wonderful companion (Mom) had the frittata which was full of local lamb – curried – and veggies. The edible flower garnish came straight from the garden. Brunch dishes can also be ordered with a side salad made with their fresh ingredients, or a side of fresh local potatoes – pan fried. We didn’t’ order sides. I think we were subconsciously trying to save room for cake.
Then there was CAKE. Clockwise from the left: Orange Cake, Coconut Cake, Cranberry Bread Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce.
I’m so thrilled with what has been done with this cottage. It’s a pleasure to come here and enjoy the surroundings, consume some delicious comestibles, and comfort in the friendly and hospitable service. Highly recommended!
8 Barrows Rd
St John’s, NL A1A
I’m currently GaddingAbout Eating in Newfoundland where I am visiting friends and family. It would be hard to avoid the ocean and its wonderful bounty when visiting (or talking about) Newfoundland.
Newfoundland’s history is firmly rooted in the Cod Fishery. Europeans were recorded to be visiting here to fish as far back as 1501 and settlements started springing up soon after. Reportedly, fishing at that time was as easy as dipping a basket into the ocean.
Things have changed over the years and for a period of time the question has been: “Will the Cod Fishery be part of Newfoundland’s future?”. A moratorium was put in place in 1992 in response to the collapse of the North Atlantic cod stocks. A study in 2010 did show that the stocks are recovering but at that point had only returned to 10% of original biomass, having fallen to 1% at the time of the moratorium.
Starting in 2013, a recreational (food) fishery was opened allowing people to catch up to 5 fish per day (maximum 15 per boat) including cod, during selected weeks of the summer. The fishery is on currently and my host this week went out with his neighbour. Like ya would! 😉
If you’re super lucky, you’ll also know someone who knows someone who has a commercial licence for things like crab or lobster. Or you’ll know someone who knows someone… also given is that Newfoundlanders love to share with their neighbours. So when the neighbours hear that someone has guests from ‘The Mainland’ then you might even get yourself a lovely feed of delicious crab legs.
Crab eating is dirty work, so don’t wear your best shirt. Expect to take a bath in crab water at some point. If at all possible, eat outside; on a deck next to the water; drinking some yummy beverages; and close to a garden hose.
I plan on writing more about my food adventures on The Rock including some recipes, restaurant reviews, and photos.
But for now, one more food porn teaser. A photo of some amazing Smoked Jerked Chicken. enJOY