65 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is the most important meal of the week.
We already decided at the start of the week that we'd be brunching at Toast in Leith on the weekend. Never before have eggs been so eagerly anticipated.
On a previous visit, we enjoyed a spot of wine and charcuterie at Toast - it's an undeniably cool café which is well and truly at home in Leith. The huge windows are perfect for people-watching, or simply to admire the iconic view of The Shore.
We'd heard glowing reports of Toast's brunch offering, which seemed like the perfect excuse to plan a revisit.
On a sunny Saturday morning, we made our way to The Shore and suddenly realised we should have booked a table. Toast was packed, it seemed everybody in Leith had the same idea.
We were in luck, there was a table for two with our name on it. We barely sat down before our brunch autopilot was activated - "one flat white, one breakfast tea, and two Bloody Marys whilst we peruse the menu. Please, and thank you".
We didn't even know if Bloody Marys were on the menu. Thank god they were, we brought a couple of minor hangovers with us - these Bloody Marys were essential and everything we could have hoped for. Perfectly spiced with a lovely splash of wine if I'm not mistaken.
Onto the main event. Toast Benedict (with bacon) and Avocado Toast (with poached eggs).
What can I say? Both brunches were absolutely braw! Perfectly cooked eggs, avocado served just how we would at home (with a touch of lime and chilli), good quality bacon and some delightful popped capers on the Toast Benedict, adding a crunchy zing to the dish.
Our only minor quibble was with the service, although welcoming and friendly it took three requests for water before we were able to quench our thirst (a Bloody Mary can only go so far).
If you agree that brunch is the most important meal of the week, make sure it's a good one - Toast's offering is £8 and under, lives up to the hype and was worth the five-day wait.
We'll be back soon and we won't be able to resist a couple more Bloody Marys.