The Blue Bear aims to be Edinburgh’s best brunch venue, according to its enthusiastic manager.
It’s a bold statement, and situated in Canonmills, there’s some stiff competition to be had locally. But I won’t keep you in suspense - this place has hit the brunch home run. Actually, it’s hit the ball right out of the park.
This place is designed with the ‘breakfast connoisseur’ in mind- there’s everything from French toast and waffles to omelettes.
My vegetarian dining companion found herself, unusually, with a host of meat-free options, and eventually plumped for the veggie cooked breakfast (The Vegetarian Bear, £7.45).
Well seasoned, it included a choice of eggs, grilled vine tomatoes, veggie haggis and sausages, baked beans, portobello mushrooms and a potato scone.
Having taken a nibble in the name of research, I’ll second her - it was delicious.
Torn between the crunchy homemade granola with yogurt and fruit compote (£4.45) or poached eggs, I eventually settled on the brunch classic, Eggs Benedict (£6.95). Big enough to keep you going all day, the eggs were perfectly done and I tucked in greedily.
Completely stuffed, we left with a wonderfully moist apricot and white chocolate flapjack chosen from a wide range of home baking - a mouth-watering treat for later.
The food in itself makes this place worthy of a gold star in my book, but the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere really add to the experience, while the decor includes work by a selection of local artists. We sat among families with kids, couples with their canine companions and a token few nursing hangovers - all were catered for.
n The Blue Bear, 9 Brandon Terrace. 0131 629 0229. www.cafebluebear.co.uk