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Feb 7, 2009 05:02 PM

Cafe de Ville - Edmonton - brunch


Looking for opinions on Cafe de Ville's Sunday brunch. Is it worth the money? I've never been to this restaurant, even though it's been around for a while. Does the room feel dated?

Any other brunch alternatives, either in Strathcona area or downtown.

Thanks Hounds!

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  1. this is one of our favorite places for brunch. have never been disappointed with food or service, especially the fresh baked mini pastries served before your meal. I don't feel that the room is dated, it suits the style of the food. Is it modern? no not at all, but not gaudy either.

    Other options:
    Culina (Saturday only)
    Manor cafe (not sure of their winter hours for brunch)
    wildflower grill (have not been there myself, but the menu looks really great)
    Hotel Mac buffet (expensive but huge fancy buffet)

    For more casual:
    High level diner or sugarbowl are enjoyable, but not reservable. Also New York Bagel Company and Cafe Mosaic (vegetarian only), Blue Plate diner (have had good and bad meals and service there) Urban Diner (again mixed reviews)

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    1. re: cleopatra999

      When I reflect on our one time Mac Donald Hotel brunch experience ( we received gift certificates) it was almost obscene in terms of the number of offerings and the emphasis on quantity. A high brow through.

      It's been a while but La Boheme used to have a good brunch table and some of the best croissants in Edmonton ( I am dating myself)

    2. I quite enjoy Cafe de Ville and think it is one of the better places for brunch in the city. They are fairly consistent, although I have had a couple lacklustre experiences in the dozen or so times I've been there. Despite this I definitely think it's worth the money, and it would be my first choice for brunch. Reservations are necessary.

      The only other brunch I can recommend is New York Bagel Cafe, but you should get there early. It's very popular and they don't take reservations as far as I know. You could try calling as I might be wrong about that. They have excellent coffee, and their home fries are delectable.

      I like Culina for dinner but have only been there for brunch once. They probably have a nicer room than Cafe de Ville or NYBC, so if that's important try it out and let us know what you think.

      I recommend against High Level Diner, Blue Plate Diner, Urban Diner, and Manor Cafe. I have had more than one bad meal at all of them, and they are all batting under .500 in my experience. Thus I no longer even try them, and hope you don't either.

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      1. re: itwillmakeaturd

        Manor cafe is awful, but I've never had a bad meal/service at the high level.

        1. re: Bryn

          I haven't had bad meals or service at Urban Diner either.

      2. I tried the River Cree Sunday brunch yesterday. It was very good. They had rack of lamb, salmon wellington, roast beef, osso bucco, risotto, scallops, beef carpaccio, on top of the usual breakfast stuff, good coffee and fresh squeezed juice. It was $24.95 I think.

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        1. re: rob1234

          That sounds like quite the spread. Does that mean that this was a buffet? I've been to Sage, but I didn't notice any other restaurants there (but I didn't really look either...)

          1. re: MrsCris

            Yeah, it was a buffet. Service was excellent as well except it took a while to bring the bill. It filled up right when it opens at 11 and there was a line to get the food but around 11:30 it died down and there was no line.

            To add, they also had 2 omelet stations, maybe 10 different cakes and a chocolate fountain for dessert, grilled halibut, vegtables, and the usual waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, cereal, and breads and muffins. There is kind of an appetizer section of already plated food that had scallops with pesto, shrimp with sauce in a shot glass, beef carpaccio, a sort of spring role with asparagus, bell pepper and cream cheese on reduced balsamic, and some kind of beet dish I didn't get to try. The fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice and coffee was included with the buffet.

            I think it's every Sunday after 11. It's located in the hotel right before you enter the casino.

            1. re: rob1234

              Thanks Rob. That sounds pretty tempting - I must admit I like a buffet once in a while - especially when I'm in a casino. Makes me think I'm in Vegas.

              1. re: rob1234

                That does sound yummy. Where is this casino located? I'm just moving to Edmonton, and am unfamiliar with it.

                1. re: KayceeK

                  It's in Enoch, just west of the city. To get there just get on Whitemud drive and head west. Turn right at the next set of lights after the Safeway - I think they're the third after the freeway ends. You really can't miss it, as it's the only large building in its area. It's about a 10 minute drive from west edmonton mall.

                  1. re: itwillmakeaturd

                    When I said "turn right" I meant "turn left". Hope you didn't get lost.

                    1. re: itwillmakeaturd

                      Is it smoky in the restaurant? My son has hockey practices in the arena, and I can smell the casino smoke from there! For me, any whiff of smoke would ruin my dining experience.

                      1. re: Sonic Monkey

                        I am not sure about where the buffet is, but for the resto sage, it depends on how far from the doors you are.

                        1. re: Sonic Monkey

                          It's a lot more closed off from the casino than sage. It's a fairly long narrow restaurant so you could ask to sit at the far side from the entrance.