Spending a morning at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria seems as good a way as any to start your Sunday – so when the team at The Caledonian announced the launch of the Quintessential Scottish Breakfast and invited us to try it, we couldn’t resist.Served in The Pompadour dining room, the restaurant provides the perfect setting for the ultimate breakfast, complete with salmon trolley, afternoon tea style continental selection, choice of hot Scottish breakfast and a view of Edinburgh.
Luxe breakfast offering at Edinburgh’s Walforf Astoria
The breakfast celebrates the best of Scottish produce, showcasing seasonal ingredients, sourced locally (where possible). The indulgent experience takes guests on a journey of discovery, expertly designed by the hotel’s Musselburgh-born Executive Chef, Ryan McFarlane.
Start your day like Edinburgh royalty
Beginning with a continental selection, served at the table on silver afternoon tea style stands, the breakfast certainly got off to a stellar start. Tiers included fresh fruit, cold meats and Scottish cheeses and a mix of Bircher mueslis, yoghurts and compotes. After indulging heavily in all three tiers, a salmon trolley was wheeled into the room.
A selection of Scottish salmon included an orange, ginger, and star anise home-cure, gravlax with lemon & dill and traditional smoked salmon. While all three were delicious, the cured salmon was, quite simply, outstanding. In fact, I am confident that I could enjoy it every weekend for the rest of my days – happily! (Although affording a Caley breakfast every weekend may prove troublesome.) While the experience was outstanding, the cured salmon is firmly fixed in my mind as the most delicious I have ever tasted, and a reason for a visit alone.
Four regions of Scotland
While at this point, all of us there (a group of bloggers and food fiends) were flagging due to the sheer amount of food we had consumed, there was one course left. Following our cold feast, we were given four locally-sourced hot breakfast dishes to choose from. Themed by the four regions of Scotland – Lowlands, Highlands, Islands and Speyside – these dishes included drop scones with Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old soaked strawberries, and Stornoway black pudding with apple chutney and a poached egg.
I chose the ‘Islands’ breakfast; Stornoway black pudding, apple chutney, poached egg and toasted bread. The spicy black pudding was a perfect match for the sweet chutney, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like an egg poached to perfection? The only slight let down was the bread. While I had hoped for some fluffy homemade toast, the toasted baguette-style bread served was too heavy and crisp for the delicate breakfast.
The quintessential breakfast
The Waldorf’s quintessential Edinburgh breakfast truly did tick all the breakfast boxes, and starting at £25 per person, it is a wonderful alternative to a celebratory lunch with friends and family or alternative venue for a mid-week breakfast meeting.
Available Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10am and on Sundays from 9am to 12pm, I’m sure that this indulgent start to the day will bring many a smile, and full belly, to food lovers across the city.
To book or to find out more, please call 0131 222 8888.