with bacon and maple syrup, homemade muffins or exciting chocolate bar milkshakes. Portions don’t match that of the US inspirations, though this means you can actually finish without feeling bloated. (NW)
SPECIAL MENTION: Café Pop (657 Great Western Road, Glasgow) for the Jimi Hendrix Eggs Experience.
Reviews by Colette Magee and Natalya Wells. Times shown are when breakfast is served. Indicates breakfast served before 9am.
102 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, 576 0122. Mon–Fri 9am-4pm; Sat/Sun 10am–4pm Their name comes from New York, and so do their breakfasts, which are remarkably egg-based (some contain up to five). Unless you’re only looking for protein, go for one of many interesting varieties of eggs Benedict served on a toasted bagel. (CM)
HELLER’S KITCHEN See panel.
44 Leven Street, Edinburgh, 656 0513. Mon–Sat 8am-5pm; Sun STRAVAIGIN
9am–5pm A good spot for a stack of pancakes 28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, 334 2665. Sunday Brunch 11am–5pm
This Sunday brunch is in a league of its own. With full Scottish and vegetarian breakfasts for purists, the more adventurous can try spicy Indonesian nasi goreng or devilled kidneys, and chilli Hollandaise gives eggs Benedict a surprising twist. (CM)
GUSTO AND RELISH 729-731 Pollokshaws Road, Strathbungo, Glasgow, 424 1233. Mon–Fri 9–11.45am; Sat 10–11.45am; Sun 10.30am–12.15pm Owner Iain makes his own gourmet sausages and black pudding from rare breed pork, bakes the tattie scones and dry cures the bacon. And all the little piggies lived free-range, happy lives in the great outdoors. Beat that Jamie Oliver. (CM)
SCOTTISH CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, 226 6524.
Mon–Sat 8–11.45am; Sun 10–11.45am An Aberdeen butterie with a dollop of marmalade or Graham’s organic Porridge: perfect accompaniments to a cup of Scottish Blend tea. This is the place to start a day of culture, (the Gallery is just next door), or enjoy Wi- Fi and great views. (NW)
15 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, 667 4654. Mon–Fri 8–11.45am; Sat 9am–3pm; Sun 10am–3pm Go for the supremely fluffy pancakes with either bacon or berries and a pot of thick maple syrup. If you’re early, you’ll see freshly baked doughnuts being brought out to accompany the cupcakes in the window. (NW)
SPOON 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 557 4567. Mon–Sat 10am–7pm, Sunday brunch 12–6pm Uneven touches of vintage decoration make this large space overlooking Nicolson Street warm and attractive.
Porridge at the Scottish Café and Restaurant The fact that they home-bake their beans indicates the quality here – try lemony kippers on toast or ‘Scotch woodcock’ eggs with anchovies and capers. (NW)
STOATS PORRIDGE BARS
Farmers Market, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, Sat 9am–2pm; Farmers Market, Mansfield Park (Corner of Dumbarton Road and Hyndland Street), Glasgow, 2nd and 4th Sat of the month, 10am–2pm How much more Scottish can it get? These bowls of porridge-to-go taste deliciously homemade; customers can also buy oats to prepare themselves, and healthy-flapjack style porridge bars. You’ll have trouble deciding from the many imaginative options, including porridge with whisky or white chocolate. (NW)
KILIMANJARO COFFEE 104 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 662 0135. Mon–Fri 8am-8pm; Sat 8.30am–8pm; Sun 9am–8pm Fantastic full-Scottish which includes a good portion of peppery haggis, and even some marmalade to finish your toast. The Scots are not known for excellent coffee, but this proves to be an exception, with the owner being a champion barista. (NW)
SPECIAL MENTION: The Bakehouse co. (32c Broughton Street, Edinburgh) for their tea service. Negociants (45–47 Lothian St, Edinburgh) for pleasing the students.
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