A Review of Breakfast at The Waldorf Astoria, the Caledonian

Breakfast is meant to be the most important meal of the day but I mostly tend to ignore it except on a Sunday when I have a little more time to enjoy cooking it. But thanks to the Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian, I have fallen in love with breakfast! But unfortunately for breakfasts elsewhere the bar has now been set high. Very high!

Sunday was the chosen day for the Caley’s new Quintessential Scottish Breakfast launch to a group of hungry bloggers. 10am on the clock and we were ready for breakfast/brunch but we had no idea what was coming…

Hosted in the private dining room of The Pompadour restaurant with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle, I sat down in a luxurious chair that gives you a great big morning hug, at a table laid with a pristine white table cloth and crockery, cutlery and condiments beautifully arranged.

This ultimate breakfast, which celebrates the best of Scottish produce, is an indulgent experience that takes guests on a journey of discovery expertly brought together by Musselburgh-born Executive Chef, Ryan McFarlane. 

To get us in the mood and to delight our tastebuds we were presented with a wee berry smoothie. An ideal amount to welcome you to a lazy Sunday morning breakfast.

First to the table came the three tier ‘cake stands’ laden with raspberry and blueberry birchers and a selection of fresh breads; a selection of mostly Scottish fruits and a platter of continental cheeses and meats with an option of grilled vegetables for vegetarians.

I tried a piece of everything. The yoghurt and the raspberries in the birchers were slightly sweet and creamy and the bread was fresh.

The fruit soft and sweet and I loved the Scottish brie with the salami.

There were also homemade buttery pastries to choose from too. 

As if these trays of colourful jewels weren’t enough for my eyes to feast on, a silver service trolley was brought in featuring three types of salmon. A special orange, ginger and star anise home-cure, gravalax with lemon & dill and traditional smoked salmon.

Beautifully plated, the orange and ginger home cured salmon was simply outstanding. The orange and ginger were powerful but the salmon quite easily handled these big bold flavours.

Prior to us starting breakfast, we were asked to peruse the menu and choose from one of the four locally sourced breakfast experiences, which have been themed into the four regions of Scotland – Lowlands, Highlands, Islands and Speyside.

Lowlands – Full Scottish breakfast to include Macsweens haggis, potato scone, Lorne sausage
and white pudding

Highlands – Scottish smoked salmon with Eggs Benedict

Speyside – Drop scones served with Scottish strawberries infused in Glenfiddich 18yo whisky

Islands – Stornaway black pudding, apple chutney, poached egg on toasted bread. This was my choice. If you follow my blog, you will know I love a good runny egg yolk and this provided the perfect Instagram moment (I almost said Kodak moment!)

From all the sounds from around the large table, I could tell that every blogger was in foodie heaven and I was too. My main breakfast of Stornoway blackpudding was thick, indulgent and smothered over the cripsy breadroll underneath. The apple chutney provided the right amount of tang and the yolk… perfect! Soft. Goo-ey. Runny.

This has to be one of the most amazing utterly divine breakfasts I have ever had. I love the fact that they have converted ‘afternoon tea’ into morning brunch with the sharing ‘cake stands’. It is the ultimate in sharing breakfasts and is perfect for a group of friends or family wanting to share a special occasion. Every part of this breakfast experience is luxurious and I think an unforgettable way to start your day. I can’t recommend it enough!

The Quintessential Scottish Continental Breakfast includes a basket of freshly
baked bread and pastries, your choice of specialty coffee or tea, a variety of fruit
juices, a continental selection of Scottish cheeses as well as meats, fruits and
yogurts, followed by our exquisite salmon selection.
Quintessential Scottish Continental Breakfast for £25.00pp.

The full Quintessential Scottish Breakfast Experience including all of the above, with the addition of one of the regional experiences is £35.00pp.

The Waldorf Astoria, Princes St, EH1 2AB                                                                                             Tel : 0131 222 8888 www.waldorfastoriaedinburgh.com

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