Quidi Vidi is a small neighborhood in St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador. When you drive down to old St. John's and go to Quidi Vidi, it is like stepping back into another time. It seems almost untouched by today's world. It is magical and beautiful, and I so envy anyone who lives there!!
We arrived without a reservation, but because it was quite early in the evening we were lucky enough to get seated at the fabulous rustic bar to eat. I don't know if I would ever want to sit anywhere else! We had a front row seat of the entire kitchen and the staff buzzing around as busy as bees.
As soon as we were settled , the bar attendant, Maggie, poured us icy water that is treated by a reverse-osmosis process right on site, and chatted with us as if we were old friends. Once we decided on our menu choice, we took the opportunity to "size up" our surroundings. The place is nothing short of phenomenal! The cottage could be used as a set for a medieval storyline movie. I could just imagine Robin Hood and his merry men sitting in an alcove, enjoying the rich hearty food listed on the menu....like Lamb Pot Pie, Newfoundland Cod or Seared Rabbit Loin with a local Vegetable Hash.
Only moments after we ordered, our drinks arrived, and then a special surprise...an amuse-bouche. It was a delightful appetizer of crab and shrimp combination with a light yogurt sauce, compliments of our chef, Jake!!
The atmosphere at Mallard Cottage feels like coming home. All the staff were very accommodating and friendly-they all smile at you and make you feel like they are truly happy to see you.
Jake was the chef who prepared our mouth-watering feast of fresh Pappardelle, smoked pork hock & bacon, in hock and bacon cream.
.......Need I say another word, it was outstanding. The flavors were distinct, yet very subtle and the creamy sauce was light and delicious. Jake was absolutely charming and he actually took the time to come over and chat with us. He asked if we were enjoying our meals and he even discussed the method of preparation---what a breath of fresh air he was!!!
After we enjoyed our meal, we sipped great coffee and soaked up the atmosphere some more. Every table was full, and the whole place was bustling with relaxed excitement. We were too full to order dessert, so we didn't even look at the dessert menu. Even though we were seated at the bar, we were not rushed at all. We asked for the bill and it came to us in the most charming way.........
Here is a shot of the scene that awaits you as you leave the cottage......breathtaking indeed.