A pile of fluffy soft cubes of bread has a light crisp batter nestled amidst little soft peaks of whipped cream, and is sprinkled liberally with enough brown sugar and cinnamon to make any kid (or inner child) grin with glee. Having the french toast cubed, it was sorely tempting to sneak a piece of the sticky sweets off my friend's plate.. or two.. or five.. heehee!
A large portion (shown) is enough to share between two, but if you order the the smaller half sized portion, you end up craving more.
The paninni gets quite compressed in the panini grill, so though it looks small, there is a surprising amount of meat compacted into the sandwich. The duck meat is so tender Vendome should rename it a pulled duck panini. Loosen it up a little bit with a fork as you eat it so you can fully taste all that delicious duck in all its yummy glory. Nom!
Lump Crab Eggs Benedict
Lump crab - a classic ingredient in the Southern states of the good old US of A, I was surprised to see it up on Vendome's blackboard menu.Only available in the mornings on weekends (and while they last, so head there earlier rather than later), it shows up as two good sized crabcakes encrusted with a crunchy layer of cornmeal, with the eggs benny siting atop of them. The crabcakes are more crab than breadcrumbs (yah!), seasoned well and have a mild spicy kick to them - linked well with a touch of paprika on top of the eggs benny. The eggs were poached to a semi-solid, but not quite runny, topped with a rich, heavy hollandaise sauce that was a bit lacking in tarragon or lemon. However, the crabcake was seasoned well enough that as a whole, one didn't miss the under seasoning of the hollandaise sauce too much.
Overall, a great (if squishy.. err.. cozy) place to grab a satisfying brekkie/brunch with creative spins on breakfast classics without breaking the bank. That said, if you start eying Teatro's artfully made desserts in the dessert display, you may be spending far more. But Teatro's tiramisu is soooo worth it. Mmmmm.
Address 940 2 Avenue Northwest, Calgary, AB
Phone (403) 453-1140
Hours Open daily for breakfast and lunch
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