If you’ve never been to Under The High Wheel, it’s located in the same building as Da Capo and Blush Lane Organic Market. There’s a patio on the west side of the entrance, an enticing spot to people-watch the morning away while basking in a few rays.
A friend and I met up for brunch Saturday morning. Under the High Wheel was obviously busy but we got lucky and didn’t have to wait too long to snag a table. Unfortunately for us, the waitress informed us that the kitchen was understaffed, meaning a longer wait time for our meal and only having the first page of the menu (breakfast options) to choose from.
The atmosphere is relaxed and has a bit of a bohemian vibe to it. I liked the decor, with one wall of exposed brick (very Montreal’esque) and a mini bicycle hanging along one of the poles. Service was friendly but a bit spotty.
Traditional Breakfast ($14.00)
Two fried free-range eggs, fried tomato (subbed instead of cranberry maple sausage/bacon), herb roasted potatoes and toast. Choose your style of eggs, my friend requested scrambled. A bit weird that they only offer fried tomato or spinach as a substitute for the meat. And that you could only pick one. No turkey sausage? Really? She still enjoyed her meal but some meat protein would have been ideal.
Savoury belgian waffle ($18.00)
Choice of smoked salmon or bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise. The choice was easy, smoked salmon. The result = deliciousness. The waffle was fluffy with a crispy bite. The egg was cooked perfectly and the yolk oozed out after being poked. The combo of thinly sliced smoked salmon and hollandaise, well, I’m beginning to see why people love brunch so much. Tantalizing flavours of sweet and savoury.
Cute spot to grab brunch or dinner but more so on the pricey side. Be prepared to wait for your food but everything is made from scratch, so you know you’re getting quality. I would come back to try a few of their other dishes that caught my eye (croque monsieur, pork belly and duck confit sandwiches).
Under The High Wheel
8135 – 102 Street