How do you like your eggs in the morning? Scrambled? Poached? Maybe with spiced rice, or a stack of pancakes and maple syrup…or on top of a prime cut of steak?
Whether you’re an eggs benedict devotee or in the mood for something more exotic, Glasgow’s got this, weekend eaters.
We’ve covered blow-out breakfasts – the kind of fry ups you can get down and dirty with come Sunday morning – but these are the dishes you want to bring home to mum and dad; the sophisticated brunch you can savour, hangover or none.
In short; these are the breakfasts dreams are made of, and the dream keeps on going right past lunchtime. You’re welcome.
You weren’t expecting to see that, were you? That is, unless you’ve read our guide to Glasgow’s signature dishes, because it turns out we, as a city, know our way around a nasi goreng. And if we’re getting acquainted at 10am…well, all the better. The national dish of Indonesia is a firm favourite at the Stravaigin breakfast table, topped with bacon, king prawns and a poached egg – but it’s just one of many delectable dishes on the weekend brunch rundown. Kick ass eggs benedict with chilli hollandaise? You’re talking our language here.
28 Gibson St, G12 8NX, stravaigin.co.uk
How to make eggs better, lesson one: add brioche, home fries and a thick cut of rump steak. That right there is your posh roll, a new addition to the Hutchesons menu. Beats a limp bacon sarnie, right? And, since the drool-worthy picture of avocado toast lingering at the top of this page is from the same place, we’re sold on the healthy options too. Oh, and three more words: eggs with soldiers. That’s right.
158 Ingram St, G1 1EJ, hutchesonsglasgow.com
Eastenders and anyone who has woken up in Dennistoun with a need for full on food, stat, will know all about Coia’s. A Glasgow institution, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – and that’s before you get to the chip shop or the deli. But it’s brunch we’re after here, and with the brekkie menu running until 3pm, there’s a long lie in the offing too. Eggs benny and smoked haddock deserve a special mention – and then there’s eggs in purgatory; two of them, poached in Napoli sauce and served with Italian bread. We need this, and we need it now.
473 Duke St, G31 1RD, coiascafe.co.uk
We know. Pancake porn at its most extreme, right? The go-big-or-go-home American eatery proved so popular that it expanded east to Edinburgh earlier this year – but we had it first, so there. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with a side of Snow Blizzard are where it’s at here, and you can top them with syrup, fruit, Nutella, bacon…all of the above. We’re not here to judge – we’re just in it for a good, long stare at that photo.
102 Dumbarton Rd, G11 6NX, 1 Fenwick Rd, G46 6AU and 144 Park Rd, G4 9HB, tribecabarandgrill.com
No one likes a watery hollandaise – so kudos, Cafezique, on that thick, creamy ooze enveloping those eggs like they’re still warm in the nest. This trendy Partick establishment looks cool from the outside, all faded ghost signage and hipster sheen. But a menu including Eggs Sobrasada (that’s a type of chorizo, don’t you know) and Eggs Orkney (with white crab meat) speaks for itself. Throw your hair in a man bun and order up some Puddledub bacon – this is brunch at expert level.
66 Hyndland St, G11 5PT, delizique.com
Oh hi, multicultural breakfasting. Whether you’re a French toast with no extra please kind of eater or an all-out food adventurer, this southside bar and kitchen has the goods. Devilled Eggs Mornay with chilli oil. Truffle oil dished out willy nilly. A warm ciabatta loaded with everything needed for a good fry up. And then, there’s the stunning culinary composition above; Lebanese breakfast complete with chickpea ragout and harissa halloumi. Plus, daily breakfast and brunch until 4pm. Can we move in please?
17-21 Nithsdale Rd, G41 2AL, thebungo.co.uk
The 13th Note
— The AyeMan Ⓥ (@TheAyeMan) April 5, 2015
We did it…we slipped in a fry up. But only because you lot are clearly too busy eating your huevos mexicanos (scrambled tofu with beans, tomatoes, chilli and coriander and scoopable flatbread) to take pictures and hashtag the hell out of them. Us too. This vegan hangout is as famous for its gigging credentials as its food – but take a gander at the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu and even the meatiest of eaters will be begging for a little dhal and raita tali action.
50-60 King St, G1 5QT, 13thnote.co.uk
The best breakfast ever, eggs Florentine at cafe Gandolfi.Glasgow. #breakfaststory#breakfast#glasgow pic.twitter.com/2xm1hBVM7y
— Foodonomist (@foodonomist) July 19, 2015
So good, we named it twice. No, really. Gandolfi breakfasts are legendary around these parts, pairing greasy spoon flavours with high quality produce and fancy pants restaurant know-how. What? That’s a thing. Put aside the (excellent) fry up options and you’re faced with a brunch dilemma; omelette with smoked salmon? Or maybe Eggs Hebridean with Stornoway black pudding? Eggs en cocotte? Or Aberdeen smoked haddie? Savour it, brunchers – you’re eating a big slice of Glasgow right there.
64 Albion St, G1 1NY, cafegandolfi.com
Not content with eggs served with smoked Finnan haddie and baby potatoes, or with spinach, black pudding and hollandaise, another Glasgow instituation goes it alone and says why focus on the breakfast when lunch is just around the corner? The Ubi Chip’s brasserie brunch menu is a what’s what of flavour sensations without confining the leisurely weekend diner to eggs with whatever. Mussels, pork loin with pear and blue cheese – the world is your oyster (or seafood platter, at least) from 11am to 5pm on weekends. Clear the schedule – this could be a long one.
12 Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ, ubiquitouschip.co.uk
Last up, liquid brunch. This Hillhead watering hole happens to boast a full Sunday brunch menu. There’s huevos rancheros, a salmon and goats cheese frittata, French toast with bacon. But let’s face it; we’re all here for the bloody marys. Booly Mardy’s boasts a menu of them – and they’re just the hair of the dog that you’ll be needing on a late-start Sunday morning.
28 Vinicombe St, G12 8BE, boolymardys.com
Main image: Hutchesons