10109 125 Street NW, Edmonton
A couple weeks ago, I went to The Manor Bistro for brunch. Brunch is one of my favourite meals. People sleep in, are well rested, and generally everyone around you is in a good mood. Plus, the food! There are so many options at brunch!
The Manor Bistro is located just off 124th street in a large house. There’s a fair amount of parking and street parking around. Since it’s a house, there are multiple dining areas, both upstairs and downstairs. It’s actually pretty quaint and very easy to plan small events here and have a separate area.
We started our brunch by sharing banana bread. This came out with pecan maple butter. A fair portion for only 4 dollars. Moist, but I found it to be a bit bland. It could have used some more bananas. The pecan maple butter was good and a necessary addition to the dish. Not bad to start your meal off with, but I’ve had some better banana bread.
I usually go with eggs benedict as my brunch go-to but decided to be a bit adventurous and got the spatzle. Spatzle is a dough usually consisting of eggs flour and salt. This one is served with duck confit, smoked bacon onion jam, mushrooms, caramelized onions, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. This was my favourite dish by far. It was a generous size and was filled with everything! The duck confit was really good, and went well with the spatzle. Everything went well together. I’d come back for this again!
Alyssa got the french Toast. It comes with french bread and a poppy seed vanilla wash, poached pears, strawberries, candied pecans, maple and whipped cream. This was also very good. It came with a generous slice of french bread. The poached pears added a good amount of sweetness to the overall dish. The candied pecans were my favourite and a really nice addition. It gave a nice texture and crunch. Although it was pretty good, there was not enough protein in this dish for me, so I’d probably opt for a different dish, but to each his own.
And Jamie got the Salmon Benedict. This comes with two poached eggs, smoked salmon, a spinach fennel spread on top of a toasted english muffin, topped with hollandaise and served with some hashbrowns, fresh fruit, and a small couscous salad. I usually prefer a traditional Eggs benedict, but this was not bad. There’s a generous amount of smoke salmon, and the hollandaise was very good. The hashbrowns were pretty standard, but the couscous salad was a nice touch. It was really fragrant and the cucumber accent was really strong and gave it a very light flavour.
I also got a side of their homemade sausage just to try. Overall, this was kind of a disappointment. 4 dollars for a mediocre and dry, poorly seasoned sausage. Not much that I can say about this other than I don’t really recommend getting it. I think you would be better off getting the banana bread, or a different side.
In general, I enjoyed my experience at The Manor Bistro. The service was good, but that may have been because Alyssa used to work here and knew our server and had a good rapport. I’ve seen some recent reviews at the Manor and it seems to be a hit and miss type of thing. People seem to either love it or hate it. I have to say that I must have gone on one of their good days because I had a pretty good experience here, aside from our one side. I haven’t been here for lunch or dinner, but I’d recommend giving their Sunday Brunch a try!