8135 102 Street NW, Edmonton
BRUNCH. Who doesn’t love a good brunch? There are so many options! Sweet foods, savoury foods, coffee; It has it all. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Under the High Wheel for brunch. It shares the same space as Da Capo and is right off Whyte. Parking-wise, there is some 2 hour parking in the area, and of course meter parking up and down Whyte avenue.
Under the High wheel features seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced from farms, businesses, and producers. Because of this, their menu changes seasonally due to availability, so you can always get something a little bit different. On this occasion, I went with their Bangers n’ Mash, and Harlem Chicken waffles.
The Bangers n’ Mash come with cranberry maple sausages, mashed potatoes, and two fried eggs. It also comes with some sautéed onions and a rich gravy. This was my favourite dish out of the two. The sausages were really flavourful, and the potatoes went great with the gravy. Overall a pleasant dish.
Because their ingredients are locally sourced, their menu items carry a relatively hefty price. I had the option of getting a single egg with my Chicken and Waffles and it brought the price to a whopping $25. Given the price-tag, I was disappointed by my dish. The breading on my chicken was less-than crispy, and was borderline soggy. The flavours weren’t quite right, and for the price that they charge, I was just expecting it to wow me.
Overall, I had only a medium experience at Under The High Wheel. A popular item that I saw people getting was the Traditional breakfast which comes with bacon, potatoes, and eggs. The price for this dish is $16.50 and the amount of food is quite substantial. If I were to come back, I’d probably go for the traditional breakfast or something else because the chicken and waffles aren’t really worth it in my opinion. Service was just okay. Wish I got black coffee because it seemed unlimited, and given my food took 50 minutes to come, I could have used a few cups. I’m not really dying to go back, but given that it’s been an Edmonton staple for numbers of years, maybe give it a try for yourself. I hope I went on an off day.