Brunch is my favourite meal – not only does it offer the best things to eat (breakfast foods, in my opinion), but at a time that accommodates sleeping in. I typically prefer my brunches casual, but sometimes, an elegant version is a nice change.
I met May at Wildflower Grill (10009 107 Street) on Sunday for brunch last weekend, and we were both interested to see if their afternoon service would rise to the same level as their superb evening standard. I made a reservation on Open Table, so wasn’t expecting a follow-up call to confirm my reservation, but I received one anyway. As such, I anticipated a busy restaurant.
I entered, greeted by the host, and led to what may be my favourite table in the restaurant – windowside. I was, however, seated directly next to a party of six in a nearly-empty restaurant. Thankfully, the group had already paid their bill, and were on their way out, so May and I would have a relatively quiet corner to catch up.
I put in an order for coffee ($5, unlisted on the menu), with milk and sugar on the side, a little before May arrived. While my server brought me a mug and a French press filled with coffee right away, I had to wait a little for the accompaniments. It turned out they steam the milk on order – a small but thoughtful action that definitely elevated the coffee service above a pedestrian level.
After May arrived, we perused the menu together. Because of my love of their brioche bread, I had to give their Brioche Bread Pudding French Toast ($13) a try. May, a lover of eggs benedict, decided to order their Eggs Benedict Two Ways ($14) – one a red wine poached egg with maple-glazed back bacon and bernaise, and the other a saffron poached egg with chicken breast and roasted red pepper charon.
We didn’t expect bread service at this hour, so were surprised when our server delivered corn bread muffins to start. Naturally sweetened with dried fruit, it was a nice (albeit unnecessary) way to start off our meal. We found though that the muffin negatively impacted our way to finish off our entree.
When our server reappeared with our dishes, he made a joke about having to play “Bob the Builder” – his effort to try to juggle the plate placements to ensure everything fit comfortably on the small tabletop. The plates, as always at Wildflower, were gorgeously assembled, and mine in particular was lovingly garnished with bursts of mango, pineapple, lychee and strawberries. May and I also each had a tiny pot of potato risotto to enjoy – a savoury mixture of perfectly cooked potato and parmesan. The French Toast wasn’t overly sweet, though as someone accustomed to drizzling too much maple syrup over my toast, I did wish for a dash more liquid sugar to add. May enjoyed her dish as well, though preferred the red wine poached egg benedict over the saffron version.
Brioche Bread Pudding French Toast
Eggs Benedict Two Ways
We were both wholly satisfied with our meal at Wildflower – they consistently deliver good food and exceptional service in a refined atmosphere. They have rapidly become my current favourite in Edmonton’s restaurant scene.
10009 107 Street
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11am-2pm; Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5-9pm, Friday – Saturday 5-10pm; Brunch: Sunday 11am-2pm