After about 2 years of trying to make it to the Blue Bear Cafe, I eventually made it in for brunch a couple of weeks ago.
This wee place is in Canonmills and what an absolute gem of a cafe. It is only open during the day (early mornings until 4pm) serving up really good breakfasts, brunches and lunches.
Here you’ll find wonderful things that they can do with eggs from the classic scrambled, poached and fried eggs on toast to Benedict, Florentine and Royale, to omelets, french toast, waffles and burritos. On the pastry front you’ll find croissants, rolls and bagels with lunch time additions of croques (both monsieur and madame making an appearance), nachos and pittas filled with hummus.
You’ll find all the great breakfast fillings including bacon, sausages (pork or veg), black pudding, haggis (meat or veg), mushrooms, tattie scones, hash browns, baked beans, peppers, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, avocado …. and so the list goes on.
They cater for vegetarians, those on a little bit of a health kick with granola, fruit salad and porridge on the menu; they cater for children with a small kiddies menu including eggs and soldiers and they love dogs.
The cafe is very busy and every time I drive passed it always is. I managed to grab one of the last few tables just before the lunchtime rush. It seems to be a very popular hangout with students and locals alike.
It was just myself having some brunch and they quickly found me a table. As they were so busy they informed me that it would be about 15 minutes before I could order food but that they would bring me something to drink asap, which they did. I really appreciate it when restaurant staff keep you informed. It doesn’t take much effort and you keep your customer happy. The staff are approachable, warm and friendly and genuinely come across as wanting to make sure you are enjoying your whole dining experience.
I ordered the American French Toast with bacon and maple syrup using brioche bread.
The brioche slices were massive and light and fluffy. The bacon was layered throughout the stack and the syrup was poured over the top dripping off the eggy bread slices creating a puddle of sticky yumminess on the plate. The bacon was nice and crispy and I loved that some of the toast came with the gnarly bits at the edges.
I ordered a Latte too and this is provided by one of my favourite coffee roasters Steampunk from North Berwick, East Lothian. The Blue Bear Cafe are big on using local and their suppliers are some of my other favourites too – Breadwinner Bakery, Stoats Porridge, Fife Creamery and Grahams Family Dairy.
The Blue Bear gets a massive thumbs up from me and I highly recommend it to everyone. They do takeaways and also have some outdoor seating.
The Blue Bear Cafe, Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh Tel : 0131 629 0229
My Spoon Award : Silver