Hubby’s friend C was recently in town from London, UK and we had brunch with him to catch up. It is not easy looking for a kid friendly place to dine at on a Sunday afternoon. A lot of the places that we go to are either not open for lunch or they don’t take reservations for brunch. And, doesn’t it seem like everyone in Calgary is out for brunch on Sundays? It sure seems that way when we’re left waiting for table. That’s when Big Fish came to mind – one of the bonuses is that they take reservations and the food is good.
I went with the Wild mushroom, truffle, basil and white cheddar scramble on Noble duck confit hash ($15). I’ve had it before, really enjoyed it and wanted to have it again. It was still as good as I remember although I found the portion to be a bit smaller than before – not as much duck I think. I still enjoyed it though and love the flavor combination of mushrooms and duck together.
I tried some of their homemade strawberry jam with my slice of bread and really enjoyed the intense strawberry flavor. I love their homemade jams because they’re always packed full of fruit and not cloyingly sweet.
The Citizen Sidewalk brioche French toast with orange curd and maple syrup ($13) was my toddler’s order since they don’t have a kids menu. Although on the pricier side, the French toast was indeed really good. The toast was crispy yet soft, buttery and custardy. The orange curd was to die for…I could seriously smear that on everything and eat it!
Hubby had the Arugula, oven dried tomato and Sheppards Dairy sheep feta omelette ($12) with a side of bison chorizo ($4). He really enjoyed the omelette and sausage but was super stuffed after. The chorizo was huge and he couldn’t believe the portion size. I didn’t try his dish so can’t comment on the flavors but he polished off the entire thing so that must be a good sign.
C decided to try the Soft shell crab club sandwich with wild boar bacon and organic tomatoes with a side salad ($17). The server was kind enough to explain what it the crab was like so he wouldn’t be surprised. He enjoyed the soft shell crab but got tired of eating the bread with it halfway through. I suspect because it was too hard and crunchy overall – in other words too much jaw work. The buttery crusty bread with the deep fried crab can give your jaw a bit of a workout. I think this sandwich would almost pair better with a soft bun instead.
Service was pretty average – the server got us what we needed and refilled our waters when they ran low. We really liked the laid back atmosphere of the place and didn’t feel rushed to finish our meal and leave so that waiting patrons could get their table. I would definitely return for brunch and try their other offerings. I have my eyes set on their Maple Fried Oatmeal next time.
1112 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E 0Z2