Culina Highlands, Edmonton

For Mother’s Day, I treated my mom to a brunch at Culina Highlands. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while now, and unfortunately never did make it there when the location was a previous restaurant named Bacon. Having been to Culina Mill Creek before, however, I knew that I could expect some good quality food.

Like their sister Mill Creek location, Culina Highlands is a small venue. It’s quite warm and comfortable, and with the sun shining through the large windows the place was nicely lit up. Many people ate out back since it was such a nice day.

tea and water

tea and water

For drinks we were served water in a wine bottle, just like they do in Culina Mill Creek. I ordered a pineapple, coconut and rooibos tea from local store Cally’s Teas, and my mom was given a complimentary Prosecco mimosa. The mimosa was very tasty and had a good balance of wine and orange juice. The tea wasn’t bad; you could taste a hint of coconut and fruitiness but otherwise it didn’t stand out to me compared to other teas I’ve had in the past.

Prosecco mimosa

Prosecco mimosa

Mom had a very filling tofu scramble with spicy tomato sauce, mushrooms, quinoa, chickpeas and cashew cheese served with vegan toast. The quinoa gave the scramble a nice texture and the whole mix tasted vaguely of curry. The toast was slightly crisp and was very light.

tofu scramble

tofu scramble

I ordered the dill crepes with smoked salmon, poached eggs, spinach and spicy hollandaise. It was a great dish with lots of dill flavour. The menu description is a little misleading though as I was surprised to find the dill flavour was actually infused into the smoked salmon instead of being present in the crepe. The eggs were cooked perfectly; hard enough to be moved around the plate but soft enough that the yolk oozed when pierced.

dill crepes with smoked salmon

dill crepes with smoked salmon

I really enjoyed the salmon. Unlike most smoked salmon, each piece was cut thickly and yet was still very tender.

smoked salmon close-up

smoked salmon close-up

The menu had a few desserts listed but instead we decided to order the day’s special – an olive oil cake with strawberry and balsamic compote. The cake was a light sponge, the whipped cream was fresh and fluffy, and the star of the plate was the strawberry and balsamic compote. Sweet without being cloying, it was a lovely way to round out the meal.

olive oil cake with strawberry and balsamic compote

olive oil cake with strawberry and balsamic compote

And lastly, the bill came with a little dish of fennel candy served with an Alberta-shaped spoon. Generally I only see this in Indian restaurants and it was a pleasant and special way to freshen your breath. Some fennel candy can taste slightly soapy, but these had the perfect blend of candy and fennel/anise seed flavour.

fennel candy

fennel candy

There were a couple of problems with service, but once pointed out they were corrected right away. Most importantly, my mother enjoyed her meal and had a great Mother’s Day.

The menus at each Culina location are different, so I highly recommend you take the time to check out both restaurants if you can.

Culina Highlands
6509-112 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta
www.culinafamily.ca

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4 thoughts on “Culina Highlands, Edmonton

    • Do try it Maki!

      I’ve always been intrigued by the tofu scramble brulee. Thanks for the post, it looks like a great way to start Mother’s Day.

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