Calgary, AB is well known for its amazing brunch locations.
During the wee hours of the morning, you will find people lining up for hours outside (or inside if there’s room), waiting to be seated and to be taken away by the delicious taste of what I like to call, “Breakfast Bliss”.
This was my second visit to The Brokin’ Yolk and I was hoping for this visit to be better than my first impression. It was… a little.
I’ll start off with expressing my utmost appreciation for their waitlist policy.
There are few brunch places that allow you to wait in line before you even get there. You can call The Brokin’ Yolk at least an hour ahead and ask to be put on the wait list. They will then send you a text message indicating you’re on the waitlist and there will be a link you can click on to see your place in line. Instant results as long as you have wi-fi or data.
Once your table is ready, they send you an automated text in which you need to reply with “1” to confirm, or “2” to cancel. I received this text 20 minutes before our anticipated arrival time and I even expressed that we wouldn’t arrive until a certain time… so out of concern I gave them a quick call. They reassured me that our notification was just to notify us that we’re good to go and they know that people are still waiting at home, so the notification is sent about 20 minutes early. Phew! I was so glad that they told me that. There are some brunch establishments that literally give you like one minute to get to your table after being notified… but yay, The Brokin’ Yolk was not one of them! It’s so convenient, especially if you’re thinking of going in a group of 3 or more.
So, how’s the food?
The last time I went here, I had a Salmon Benny and it was served to me somewhat cold… This time, the food wasn’t cold! 🙂
I was craving eggs that day so I decided to go with the Veggie Benny. It’s beautifully presented with balsamic vinegar drizzled on top and plenty of garnishes. The eggs were placed on top of a waffle, which gave it a very nice crunch. The taste was good, but not phenomenal. I thought it could use more flavour, but I do give kudos to the yolks being nice and runny! The duck fat hashbrowns were really salty, with a slight nutty flavour. I enjoyed the salt, however, I still needed some ketchup to tone the salty taste down. They were a bit dry too but I still enjoyed them.
We wanted dessert so we tried the waffle with white chocolate lavender sauce. Each of us had our own waffle, but we could have shared a single as I already had some waffles in my benny… oops! The waffle was crispy and went quite well with the white chocolate lavender sauce. There was definitely a lot of sauce given for only a single waffle (we both got sauce, so could have probably asked just for one) so I ended up putting the rest in my Lavender Latte…
This is the Lavender Latte I wanted to try since my previous visit. It has a very aromatic lavender scent, however I couldn’t really taste the lavender flavour that much, so I was rather disappointed. I was expecting the latte would be sweet with the lavender added, but that was not the case. Oh well, I’m glad that I tried it! After I put the rest of my white chocolate lavender sauce in it, it tasted much better.
The hype for this place must be in their other menu items of which I need to try… I recommend The Brokin’ Yolk if you’re in the area and for their unique waiting list policy. There waffles are pretty good too.
The Brokin’ Yolk is located at 12580 Symons Valley Rd NW #130, Calgary, AB
Rating: 3.5/5 waffles
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