Hubby and I were downtown one Sunday and looking for a place to have lunch at. Unfortunately for us, many places are not open for lunch on Sundays so as we were wandering around Briggs Restaurant and Bar came to mind so we made our way over there. Sadly, when we arrived we were informed that they were only serving their brunch menu. Bummer. But, since we walked all the way there we decided to stay. Brigg’s brunch menu is small and since I already had eggs for breakfast that morning I wasn’t in the mood for anymore even though their eggs Benedict sounded really good. The only eggless savory choice that appealed to me was the Breakfast Potato Gratin ($14.25) and it sounded pretty good so I went with that. Hubby couldn’t decide on what he wanted either but eventually settled for AAA Sirloin Steak ($18.25).
It was very quiet that afternoon with only one other table occupied in the restaurant while we were there while most of the small patio was full. I was admiring the space while waiting for our food and I could already tell that this place must be pretty busy and lively in the evenings. The place is filled with banquette seats, bar seating by the window and a bar situated in the middle of it all. There are several flat screen TVs on the wall airing sports which is sure to attract a crowd and perhaps make it easier for ladies to drag their man out for a meal.
The food took longer than expected to arrive and when the server placed our meals down she explained why. It turns out the kitchen had to re-cook hubby’s steak twice because it was not cooked to his liking; he had asked for it to be rare. The dish itself was quite stunning to look at with the crispy potato pancake on the bottom and then layered with the steak, eggs and hollandaise sauce. However, when he had cut into his steak it was still not cooked to his liking. It was more medium to medium-rare. The star of this dish was the potato pancake though – gloriously crispy and so good! I had a taste of it and seriously – they should just put the potato pancake on the menu by itself. It is that good.
My dish was not quite what I had expected. The potatoes were roasted well but there was a huge pool of oil at the bottom of the cast iron dish. Perhaps because they had roasted the potatoes in it but it was a bit off-putting and too greasy for my liking. The pork belly was crispy but there were only a few pieces of it and there were quite small. The kale was slightly charred and I probably enjoyed it more just because it helped to cut the greasy potatoes. Overall, I found this dish to be disappointing and underwhelming. I really expected a lot more from this dish.
We opted for dessert just because I needed something to rid the grease. Their dessert menu is quite small with only 3 items to choose from. I settled for the Lemon Pie ($8) since I’m a huge lemon fan and the meringue topping set it apart from other lemon pies that I’ve had. Although the concept of it was unique I did find the pie itself underwhelming. The pastry was slightly soggy and the curd was dry – to me that’s a sign of a pie that was made a while ago and has been sitting in the fridge. Eating all three components together did make for a very interesting mouth feel and it really does taste best if you eat all three components together.
Service was pretty attentive and the servers actually do their job rather than chit-chat with each other. I noticed many of them were restocking/cleaning since it was a quiet day. I’m still interested in trying their regular menu so I’ll be back to do that but I would pass on the brunch menu.
317 10 Ave Southwest
Calgary, AB T2R 0A5