A day Fringe Festival-ing has to commence with a good breakfast and we chose to start the morning right at the Roseleaf in Leith.
The Roseleaf has to be one of the quirkier bar/cafes in Leith and is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. It’s compact, always busy and has a really lovely family feel about it. Their menu’s come in the middle of a National Geographic booklet, the cocktails come in teapots and you can host a Mad Hatters Tea Party here complete with hats which line the walls.
We ordered our teas and coffees. The Scottish Breakfast Tea that we were ordered on the back of our waitresses recommendation, with a hint of heather was quite nice. You could taste a subtle difference between the normal English Breakfast tea and this one; an ever so slight floral taste. A love a good cuppa, a great pouring teapot and a great china cup and this is what was delivered.
Brunch is served from 10am to 5pm and you’ll find dishes here suitable for vegetarians such as the Fancy Fungi which is assorted wild mushrooms sautéed in a garlic & parsley olive oil served on toasted homemade bread & topped with a pair ‘o’ poached happy eggs or the Pearrific a vibrant green garden pea smash with crumbled goats cheese, pea shoots & pair ‘o’ poached happy eggs served on a slice of toasted homemade bread. (menu does change).
They cater for vegans, gluten freebies, pescetarians and dairy freebies! You just need to ask and make them aware.
We ordered the Benny Barry Eggs Benedict which was a pair ‘o’ poached happy eggs on a slice of toasted homemade bread with freshly whipped hollandaise and served with smoked streaky bacon.
The bacon was crispy and the happy eggs poached perfectly to our liking (medium so no runny yolk) but the hollandaise looked like it was just about to split and the entire dish was luke warm. Hollandaise sauce luke warm doesn’t make for a great eggs benedict.
Two of us ordered the smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs, bacon and tomatoes.
These dishes looked so pretty and delicious but unfortunately they weren’t and that was so disappointing. One arrived at the table stone cold and the other just slightly warmer. I refused to eat my brunch cold and my bacon was rubbery so sent it back whereas my other two guests were so hungry they ate theirs whilst grumbling under their breath.
My second brunch was tasty. The avocado was smashed and layered thickly on the toast. The eggs were steaming hot and poached well. The overall taste of this dish was good, I’d just maybe cook the tomatoes too!
To be fair my brunch was whisked away and another one delivered back to my table in record time. The dish was steaming hot and probably how it should have arrived first time around. I’d like to give Roseleaf the benefit of the doubt as I have been here on many occasions and their food and drink is always great especially their French Toast; and they have consistent good reviews on Tripadvisor and their social media.
I hope that this was just a blip in their busy day but I might leave it a while before I return.
Roseleaf, 23/24 Sandport Place, Leith, Edinburgh Tel: 0131 476 5268 www.roseleaf.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Wooden 6/10