Mallard Cottage, St. John’s, NL, Canada, 6/27/19

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Mallard Cottage was built around 1830 as a one and half story home for the Mallard family in the Quidi Vidi area (rows of brightly colored houses); a house typical of the immigrants coming in from southeast Ireland.  We got to sit in one of the original rooms with the low ceiling but they’ve added on a larger high ceiling room that could seat way more people.  The old wood floors are set with new bare wood pedestal tables, wood uncushioned chairs and large paper napkins. In the larger room, that also housed a bar and stools, the music was quite loud whereas in the older rooms it was quieter.  Lots of quaint decorations give the place character.  Service was friendly but pacing was super quick and portions good sized.  The menu is small but they also offer a ‘family style’ option where they pick the appetizers and main courses for your table.  Wine pairings are available.  We chose the family style option but ordered our own wine.  

building
building
sign outside
sign outside
entrance
entrance
enter at service area
enter at the service area
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into bigger room
bigger room
bigger room
interior
interior
inteior
interior
Frankie didn't find a fire
Frankie didn’t find a fire
smaller room
smaller room (older portion)
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior empty
bigger table room empty
menu cover page
menu cover page
menu
menu
cocktails
cocktails
cocktails 2
cocktails 2
wine list
wine list
wine list 2
wine list 2
wine list 3
wine list 3
wall specials
wall specials
Frankie looked out the window
Frankie looked out the window

 

An amuse bouche was a pork roulette with apple cider mustard on a crostini.  The pork was super tasty as was the sauce.  It had lots of fun flavors.  Bread service was included with our meal.  It was a soft white bread with soft crust and a fresh moist interior.  It was served with a caramelized onion butter that was very good.

bread and butter, amuse
bread and butter, amuse bouche
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pork roulette with apple cider mustard on a crostini closer
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bread and butter
bread and caramelized onion butter
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closer bread
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another angle
Frankie posed with the water bottle
Frankie posed with the water bottle

 

Blue mussels were served with onion, garlic and white wine.   They were good sized mussels in a tasty, fresh onion broth.  Very good.

mussels
Blue mussels
Frnakie looked them over
Frankie looked them over

 

Pastrami halibut was topped with roast garlic, basil and pickled mustard seed.  The raw fish was served cold and heavily covered with tasty mustard seeds.  It had good flavor and was a very nice dish.  The fun textural contrasts paired nicely with the dry aged halibut that was later brined.  Excellent.

pastrami halibut
pastrami halibut
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Pork loin, potato, mushrooms, parsnip purée, braised shallot and chives was one of our main courses.  The pork was unfortunately a tad dry.  It was tasty but hard to eat too much of.  The mushrooms were good as were the onions.  A mustard sauce on the edge was helpful but overall this would only rate okay, not great.

pork
pork loin, potato, mushrooms, parsnip purée, braised shallot and chives
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Frankie found a duck on the wine glass
Frankie found a duck on the wine glass

 

The skin-on cod was served with confit potato, pork belly, tomato, roasted garlic and swiss chard.  It was a nice piece of cod and the tomato and potato side made a good accompaniment.  It was the better of the two main courses.

fish
skin-on cod, confit potato, pork belly, tomato, roasted garlic and swiss chard
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wall sign
wall sign
Frankie liked the soap holder
Frankie liked the soap holder

 

Dessert was a collection of items on a plate.  It included rhubarb marshmallows, spanish toffee (like a coconut meringue), pecan pie (very good), dark chocolate with seeds (salty), blueberry sponge cake (cold and only mildly flavored), and stuffed cookie that I could get down.

dessert plate
dessert plate
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another angle
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They sent us home with 2 pieces of white chocolate fudge that were individually wrapped.  They were not very good.

parting candies
parting candies
Frankie posed with the sign
Frankie posed with the sign

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