Don’t you think the word portmanteau sounds like a town on a Caribbean island? Instead portmaneau is the linguistic blend of words with Brunch being a perfect example – combining the words Breakfast and Lunch.
Unfortunately I wasn’t heading to a tropical island on this occasion but instead sampling the breakfast/brunch menu from Element located on Rose Street. Rose Street is always busy with tourists and residents alike, but step inside Element and its’s a calm oasis.
The bar area decor is warm greys and blues with a mixture of seating but head through the back towards their dining area and you are transported to a highland hideaway with large tartan covered armchairs, leather couches, stag heads and pots filled with heather.
We were shown to our table. A solid wooden table with two big lovely armchairs with a view across the entire dining room and down to the bar.
The brunch menu is served from 10am to 5pm and I love the fact that you can mix and match as you go. The menu is uncomplicated with some fabulous choices from full Scottish Breakfasts to the Vegan Breakfast; from Eggs Benedict with optional added extras to just about anything you want on toast like hummus and halloumi to smashed avocado and chipotle flakes. They also have a complete Gluten Free menu.
With Element being a bar too, the drinks menu is extensive but they do all the classic day time drinks too. Teas like Chamomile and Rooibos, coffees such as Flat Whites and Mochas, as well as a nice range of fruit juices too including tomato juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.
I always like to do a tea test so ordered the Breakfast Tea and my partner an Americano. Lovely large open cups with a rather large cookie to the side.
You’ll be happy to know that the teapots met my standard. Great pourers!
However tempting all the dishes were, we both opted for the Full Scottish Breakfasts with some additions. The Full Scottish Breakfast includes Crombie’s of Edinburgh Farmer Pork Sausage, Grilled Flat Mushroom, Haggis, Ramsay of Carluke Ayrshire Bacon & Black Pudding, Slow Roast Tomato, Potato Scone, Toast, Free Range Egg (the way you like).
I had mine without the tattie scone, but with a fried egg and additional toast. My dining partner went for no eggs but additional sausage.
Using some great local Scottish ingredients really gives this breakfast a great big thumbs up in my book. The sausages are from Crombies Butchers on Broughton Street, the black pudding and bacon is from Ramsays of Carluke, and the bread for the toast is made fresh every day from a local bakery. The tomatoes are sweet, the mushrooms large and well seasoned, the haggis was cooked well with a nice crispy crust.
The egg was cooked just how I wanted it with a runny yolk (these are free range eggs, but I think that using organic eggs would just take this to the next level).
Overall, a lovely breakfast that left us very full. The staff are fantastic, very friendly and helpful.
Element, Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JF. Tel : 0131 2253297 www.elementedinburgh.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Gold 9/10