"Meet me at the Balmoral Café,
If you have that sort of a sort of an all over hungry feeling,
Go to the Balmoral Café
Your friends will be there if they feel the same."
(From an ad in The Yorkton Enterprise of January 27, 1909)
All meals were served with soups and vegetables, and gravy, free of charge as was bread and butter, tea and coffee.
Some samples from the menu:
T Bone 50¢
Oysters & Fish in season
Oyster stew - half 25¢
Oyster stew -whole 40¢
Lobster - no price listed
White fish, smoked or fried 25¢
Fresh herring, Boiled or fried
No price listed
Sandwiches - There was a variety:
Club House, Denver, Ham & Egg, Cold Beef, Chicken, Turkey & Salmon
Price from 10¢ to 25¢
A Caviar Sandwich was .25¢
Also on the menu: Fried pork, mutton & veal chops for .25¢ to 35¢
Salt pork, sausage, ham, liver, and bacon for .25¢
Cold meats for that price also.
The Café served cereals and egg dishes, the regular ones as we know them today, but some were different, such as an Onion Omelet. Harry Bronfman owned the Balmoral Hotel in 1909. He specified that there was to be no loud talking, and profane language in the Café. There was a special invitation for the ladies: "If feeling fatigued, come and enjoy a delicious cup of tea." Also for young men: "If you had your best girl out, you can have a quiet lunch until 2:00 a.m."
Copy of the page from The Yorkton Enterprise is from the Mitch Wlock Collection
Contact Terri Lefebvre Prince,
City of Yorkton, Box 400, 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, Sask. S3N 2W3