We had good intentions of going to the Highlands Street Festival yesterday, but in the cold and pouring rain Charles decided to head into Mandolin Books for warmth, while I perused Sabrina Butterfly Designs (finding a fab shirt for a warmer day). As soon as our excursions were done, we gave in and decided it would be best to head over to Culina Highlands for brunch.
Arriving around 12:30pm, we stepped through the door and were hit with a lovely aroma of bacon wafting through from the open kitchen immediately to the left. The smallish seating area was pretty full, except for a cozy table for two near the window. We were provided with menus and water, then left to think things over. I decided on a black tea (~$3) and bacon and eggs ($15), while Charles opted for a cup of coffee (~$3) with bacon and toast ($8).
Our food came out pretty quickly, but they had great tunes going - the Beatles and later disc 1 of Joel Plaskett's 'Three' - so I'm sure we could have lasted awhile with our coffee and tea alone.
The eggs portion of my meal was represented by a savoury and perfectly soft frittata, topped with a rich, peppery mushroom sauce that I probably could have eaten an entire bowl of. The potatoes were also well done - not entirely mashed, but still soft and fluffy, topped with a refreshing heap of green onion. Although it was slightly oily, Charles and I both enjoyed the flavour of the Applewood bacon, which is smoked in-house - with lots of rich, smoky flavour, it was a great addition to a rainy Saturday afternoon.
As soon as our server mentioned chocolate pot du creme ($9), we were hooked on dessert. Just as it should be, the custard was silky, rich and intensely chocolatey, and the blackberries sitting on top provided a necessary tang.
We were glad to finally make it over to Culina Highlands, as it had been on our 'list' for some time. Happily we found a great atmosphere with fun Ukrainian decor touches, friendly, casual service, and fantastic food - we will definitely be returning... hopefully to test out the pyrohy.
6509 112 Ave
Hours: Tues - F (11-2 for lunch; 5-10 for dinner), Sa (10-2 for brunch; 5-10 for dinner), Su (10-2 for brunch)