10732 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
Last week I went to Roosters to check out what the hype was all about. I went on Sunday at ~ 11 and it was completely packed! Luckily, we just snagged a couple of spots and got in right away. It’s located right on Whyte, so in terms of parking, there’s just the meter parking along Whyte, and the side streets. Parking is free on Sunday so the meters can be quite full!
When you first walk in, there’s a cafe side to the left where you can get coffee and their pastries, and the restaurant side to the right. We were hungry and there for brunch. It’s a relatively small space, and you’re seated quite close to your neighbour. For food, I was really intrigued by their bagel board so I went with that! and of course we got some eggs benedict, my go to brunch item! One thing about their bagels is that they are actually from Gryfes Bakery in Toronto. They are boiled and parbaked and then flash frozen and sent to Rooster’s where they are then rehydrated and finished off according to the bakery’s specifications.
We opted to get the Mensch. This comes with your choice of bagel (they change daily!), their house whipped cream cheese (plain, scallion, or lemon dill), and either sgambaro’s Atlantic Smoked Salmon, beetroot fennel cured gravlax, or lemon coriander cured gravlax, with tomatoes, red onions, and capers. We opted to go with their onion bialy bagel with caramelized onions on top, and their smoked salmon.
This was amazing! I really liked the bagels here. They were very light and fluffy and very different from a typical bagel. It wasn’t as dense as I was expecting, but very good. There was more than enough cream cheese, and the perfect amount of smoked salmon. Great board and for only $12!
The other food item we got was The Benny. This comes with 2 poached eggs, Irving’s Farm Back bacon, a House baked bagel, breakfast potatoes, and a brown butter hollandaise. This was also a very solid option! We opted to get the flax seed bagel for this, and also a side of Fuge fine meats maple sage pork. Everything was great about this dish. I really liked the hollandaise, it was very creamy and rich and went great with the bagel. The sausage was moist and cooked perfectly. Also a great dish for 15$ (plus 4$ for the sausage).
Overall, I had a great time at Rooster Cafe and Kitchen. Lively place for brunch and some great food. I’ll definitely have to come back and check out their cafe side because on the way out, their cinnamon buns caught my eye and they looked amazing! Great addtion to Whyte! Definitely go check them out.