MONTPELIERS

Bruntsfield Edinburgh

Breakfast said to be the most important meal of the day. What could be finer than that first cup of coffee, or biting into freshly buttered toast? Even better than staying at home in your pj’s, munching a bowl of cereal is the joy of a social brunch.

Back in the nineties, when nights out meant drinking and dancing till dawn and not a concert at the children’s school, North London, and Crouch End in particular, was my manor. Whole weekends could be lost to hedonist pursuits.

An important ritual was a Sunday catch up at our local greasy spoon. It provided the cure to the worst hangovers and a place to regroup for the coming week of work. It was also a way to check everyone was safe, and discover if there was any gossip. In search of the ultimate Edinburgh petit déjeuner, we are visiting a Bruntsfield institution.

Montpeliers, which has been around for coming up to 30 years, is a European-style cafe-bar, busy and bustling. #food #breakfast #brunch #stelleruk #review #restaurant #Edinburgh #Bruntsfield #cafe #scotland

My companion lucked out with French toast and crisp Ayrshire bacon with a mini bowl of maple syrup.

I’m driving so it’s the non-alcoholic version of a classic, which has been humorously titled  “Bloody shame” for me. Alternatively, try gin-fuelled Bloody Bull, or Spicy Bloody Scotsman, Bloody Hogger, Bloody B’s Sadly I think I need to be hungover to fully enjoy.

A light lunch choice of chargrilled courgette and Buffalo mozzarella fettucine.

Mexican breakfast tortilla stuffed with beans, tomato-based sauce and two fried eggs and topped with cheese.

Then we go stateside for pancakes with bananas, creme fraiche and maple syrup. On this messy plateful, everything is cooked but all the constituent parts are cold. “Underside of a slug” is how a slice of my fruit was described, although weirdly the entire plate was demolished.

We have rediscovered upmarket Bruntsfield, Edinburgh in search of the ultimate breakfast platter, but in the words of Bono, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. Montpeliers (159 -161 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DG) Tel: 0131-229 3115

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