On My Plate: 4 Edinburgh Brunch Recommendations

Sunday, 1 September 2019

There's never a shortage of places to go for a good brunch in Edinburgh. With the Fringe winding down and the city getting quiet again, I thought it was the perfect time to share some great brunch spots for those looking for a lazy, autumn weekend treat. I may have moved to Cambridge but whilst I get myself sorted out down here (and by that I mean scouting out the local eateries) I'm going to be working through a backlog of Edinburgh restaurants I've got mouth-watering photos from. 

Just when you thought Edinburgh couldn't get more Edinburgh... then you find out it has an artisan porridge place. I will be the first to admit I was a little judgemental at first - but the more I heard the more I wanted to try it out. Brochan, named after the Gaelic word for porridge, is located in the middle of Marchmont - the perfect location for a lazy weekend breakfast and walk around the meadows. I visited on a Sunday around 12 before the Fringe madness took over the city and whilst it was busy, tables move quite quickly. All the porridge is made with coconut milk so is suitable for vegans too. 

My friend ordered the black forest porridge - topped with chocolate almond brownie, oat creme fraiche, cherry almond compote, cacao nibs and toasted flaked almonds. I went for the daily special which was topped with roasted peaches, raspberries, berry coulis and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Both were absolutely delicious. It was by far the smoothest porridge I have ever eaten and not too heavy or stodgy either. I never would have thought of myself as the sort of person who would order porridge off a breakfast menu but I've been totally proven wrong. The portion size was also very generous - but I pushed myself to finish it because it was just so good. If you want a filling, delicious breakfast in Edinburgh - this is the place to go! 

See the menu online here

This classic London franchise of Indian restaurants launched in Edinburgh almost two years ago now and it's all everyone has been talking about. But the glowing reviews are coming from the breakfast menu even more so than the evening. And that was what intrigued me. Have you ever heard of an Indian restaurant doing breakfast before? I hadn't. Located in St Andrews Square, the in place to be for restaurants at the moment, breakfast at Dishoom is perfect for a pre-shopping feast.

I went with my friend Imogen, who was easily convinced to come along after having been to a London Dishoom for breakfast before, around 10am on a weekday so it wasn't busy. I'd recommend booking if you can on the weekend.  We both opted for their breakfast naans which some with cream cheese, chilli jam and fresh herbs. I had the sausage and egg one which was delicious. The sausages were really well seasoned and the egg had the perfect runny yolk. And what an absolute breakfast of champions. Not only that, Dishoom have a breakfast loyalty scheme where if you have 5 breakfasts you get a breakfast naan and a chai tea for free. If that doesn't tempt you, I don't know what will! 

See the menu online here

Castello Coffee
On the morning of my birthday, I headed out for brunch with some of my friends. We had originally planned on going to The Treehouse Cafe which is famous for doing big, sexy American pancakes. I was disappointed but we wandered around to find somewhere else and ended up at Castello Coffee. Their brunch menu was seriously impressive. Everything was a little unusual which is always fun. 

I ordered the potato latkes: fried rosti-style potato cakes with smoked salmon, avocado and poached egg. Except I asked for my egg to be a fried one instead, this was not a problem at all. The meal was delicious! I also shared a portion of sticky toffee pudding pancakes with my friend Rebecca as a sweet treat. They were unreal. You know how sometimes sticky toffee pudding can be dry and unexciting? That certainly wasn't the case here, the pancakes were syrupy, sweet and delicious. I could have eaten a whole plate to myself. 

And a few months later I did go to The Treehouse Cafe and was unimpressed. I watched them microwave the precooked-out-a-box-bacon for my pancakes before they served them up. Skip that one and go here instead, it's just around the corner. 

Castello Coffee doesn't have a website but you can find out more info on their Facebook page

Montpeliers is an Edinburgh classic. Nestled in Bruntsfield, this bar/restaurant has a reputation for being one of the best date spots in the city. It's easy to see why, when at night their fairy lights give off the most romantic glow. However, I went for brunch with my friend Ella. Who may be grand company but isn't quite my type. The brunch menu at Montpeliers is big without compromising on quality. As tempted as I was by the banana pancakes, my slight hangover had me craving fried food and so I settled on the potato stack. 

Potato scones, haggis, black pudding, bacon and a fried egg in a gorgeous little stack. Not for the faint-hearted, not for vegetarians. Despite having the potential to be really greasy, it wasn't at all. The potato scones were thick, crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the middle. Beautiful. The haggis, black pudding were all high quality and are locally sourced. Ella went for the poached eggs on toast and added avocado and mushrooms. We both really enjoyed our brunch and it wasn't expensive either. We would both recommend! 

See the menu online here

If you've got any recommendations for brunch places in Edinburgh let me know and I will check it out when I'm next back in town!

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