209 10 St NW, Calgary
This post is long overdue, but when I was in Calgary last, I went out for brunch with my brother, my sister, and my cousin. We opted to go to Vero Bistro Moderne, having all craving some tasty eggs benedict. I had read some reviews of this place and we went right as it opened. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and often organic. Some of their producers are suppliers are Poplar Bluff Organics, Driview Farms, Spring Creek, Hotchkiss Herbs & Produce, Sunworks Farm, and Noble Farms.
Interior is nicely decorated, with booths and tables throughout. We were seated near the window. Their brunch menu is fairly comprehensive, with many different options. Eggs Benedict are always my go-to though, so that’s what I opted to get. All of the Egg Benny’s Are Served with; 1 Poached Organic Vita Egg, Hand Whipped Hollandaise, Fresh Baked Pastry, Hotchkiss Pea Shoots, with a second benny being an additional $2.50 (which is worth it, in my opinion).
My cousin, Thomas, got the Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon benny, and I got the Wild Boar bacon benny. Both comes with Jumbo prawns, which were a nice added bonus. We shared one each. The Hollandaise was perfectly buttery, and went really well with the delicious yolk. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with getting one of their bennies. Great flavours, portions, and execution.
My sister being vegetarian, opted to get the Ratatouille and poached eggs. This comes with Slow cooked red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, caremalized onions, and a delicious croissant on the side. This was also very packed with flavours. All of the produce comes locally, and the tomatoes had such a depth of flavour and texture. Really good!
My brother opted to get a more lunch-oriented dish for brunch, and went with Vero’s Signature Hand Rolled Noodles ‘Bolognese’. This comes with 12 hours slow cooked berkshire pork ragu, and topped with aged pecorino. Overall, this was pretty good, but I found it to be very single-noted, as did my brother. I offered him some of the eggs benedict, as he was eyeing over to my dish, but for good reason. There was a generous amount of food, and everything was quite easy to share.
And on top of our mains, we opted to get some local bison sausage to share for the table. This was nice and salty, and always a nice addition. If there is one side that I prefer to get during brunch, it’s a side of sausage. Be it breakfast sausage, or any other kind, it’s always a welcomed addition to the table.
Overall, I really enjoyed the brunch at Vero. Everything was well prepared, and all of the flavours worked well together. The prices here are a bit on the higher end of things, but that’s because everything is organic or locally sourced, or both. They buy high quality ingredients, and it comes out through the flavours of the dishes. Definitely give this place a try!