I caught up with a couple of friends a week or so ago in Bruntsfield. The sun was shining, it was still fairly early in the day so it seemed like a good idea to enjoy a spot of breakfast in Montpeliers – one of the most popular bar/restaurants in the area.
My pals are super-organised and booked us a table in advance. Just as well, as the place was super-packed and we probably wouldn’t have got in if we hadn’t called them beforehand. From what I gather that is the case most weekends, especially around the peak late-breakfast/ lunchtime rush!
The interiors of Montpeliers are lovely – this is clearly a well looked after establishment and this is relflected in the nice, fresh and thoughtful decor. There are plenty of interesting pictures framed on the wall and there is a grey and white tiling on the floor, making for a quirky yet stylish look.
But of course my friends and I weren’t there to look at the walls, we wanted fed! Montpeliers have a cracking breakfast menu, which they run at the weekends up until 5pm. We also arrived at the right time so the kitchen were just getting fired up for the day menu, served from 12pm – best of both worlds!
I had “The Monty” breakfast, which is Montpelier’s equivalent to the full Scottish, with potato scone, bacon, grilled tomato, sausage, haggis, mushrooms, black pudding, scrambled egg, mushrooms and beans. It was a fair big serving and plenty for me – everything on the plate was absolutely delicious, but I particularly enjoyed the Ayrshire bacon and pork and herb sausage, which weren’t too salty like you sometimes find in dishes like these.
If you have a bigger appetite than I, you can always go for the “Full Monty”, which is the same as above but also with grilled chicken AND steak! That would be a bit too much for me, I reckon, but happy to hear reports from those who have took on the challenge 😉
One of my friends also decided to go for breakfast, but went for a tamer selection of scrambled eggs, toast and avocado. Again she absolutely loved her meal, and if her scrambled eggs were anything like mine, they were lovely and creamy, seasoned to perfection.
My other pal took advantage of the day menu, with a pulled pork sandwich served with chunky chips. I was still in a breakfast mood so it was a bit early in the day for me, but still I must admit I had a teeny tiny bit of food envy!
My “Monty” breakfast also came with a tea or coffee included, so I asked for a flat white. I think it slipped the waiting staff’s mind (and who can blame them – it was affa busy that day) so I had to remind them to bring it to me. However, once I got it, all was forgiven – it was lovely and creamy and dare I say… probably one of the best flat whites I’ve ever had.
Montpeliers is, in a word, lovely. Lovely interiors, lovely coffee, lovely food… just lovely lovely lovely. It doesn’t surprise me that it is such an institution and that so many people love it. With a solid food and drink offering and a nice cosy setting, there are few nicer places to enjoy a traditional breakfast in Bruntsfield.
Montpeliers (website) is at 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG. You can get there from the city centre on the 11, 15, 16, 23, 36 or 45 buses.