Glasgow has really upped it’s brunch game over the last year. Just a couple of years ago, the options were mainly fry ups and boring French toast made with white bread. Now, there is lemon curd and pistachio frangipane babka French toast at KAF, Pulled Pork and fried egg Breakfast Bao at Gnom, courgette fritters with beetroot hummus at Potluck, baked eggs with mushroom, taleggio and truffle at Cafe Strange Brew, and crab, avocado and poached duck eggs on sourdough at Partick Duck Club. Heavenly!
I have put a lot of time and effort into trying out as many brunches as I can in Glasgow and put together a round-up of some of my favourites…
Located on Hyndland Street in Partick, Partick Duck Club serves brunch all day, every day. Their brunch menu boasts everything from Shakshuka; 24hr Beef Short Rib & Duck Egg Benedict and Duck Leg & Nduja hash, with fried duck egg, sour cream & Freedom Bakery sourdough, to the incredible Orkney Crab & poached duck egg on toast with avocado and crème fraîche (above).
There is something for everyone, just check out their menu here. Haven eaten here a LOT I’ve never had a dish I didn’t love. The service is always friendly and welcoming, and just a word to the wise…even though they aren’t very ‘brunchy’, order the chips on the side. Their chips are awesome.
Brunch is served Monday – Friday, 8am – 9.30pm and Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 9.30pm.
Heading back to Hyndland Street in Partick, you’ll find KAF, a small but perfectly formed coffee shop which serves incredible brunch plates and cakes. Their Scandi plates are a firm favourite with customers but their menu is always evolving so there’s always reason to go back. Their Babka French Toast is all over instagram right now, and rightly so…its so pretty! As KAF is pretty small (just two tables and a shelf with stools inside and a table outside), you will no doubt have a wait on your hands, but that just gives you time to enjoy and appreciate their coffee making skills.
KAF is open Monday -Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm | Insta: @kafcoffee
The Southside of Glasgow has some fab brunch spots, and Potluck is right up there with the best of them. Located on Nithsdale Road in Strathbungo, you have to get there early to avoid the inevitable queues. But my God, their food is worth the wait.
With a menu full of inticing options, Iits hard to pick just one dish per person. Pictured above is their Fennel Sausage Hash with crispy new potatoes, topped a fried egg, and their courgette and feta fritters with beetroot hummus. Oh and make sure you order their incredible hot cakes to get that sweet hit.
Potluck serve brunch Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm & 9am – 3pm on a Sunday.
Head just round the corner onto Pollokshaws Road, by Queen’s Park and you’ll fine Gnom. It took me a few attempts to actually get a table here. Every time I turned up it was heaving inside, with a queue outside. Southsiders have definitely leapt on this one. Turns out, if you can get there before 10am, you’re more likely to get a table. Turn up after that and be prepared to queue.
From the team at street food favourites, Chompsky, Gnom is knocking it out the park with its exciting menu and bold flavours. Its difficult to decide what to eat when you have the choice of Ham Hock with potato rösti, poached egg & piccalilli; Crab, buttered samphire and avocado on toasted brioche with capers, lemon alioli and a poached egg, Stuffed Roti (lamb or spiced paneer options) and Breakfast Bao’s (pork belly or mushrooms) amongst many other incredible dishes. And that’s just the savoury dishes. They are known for their French toast ice-cream sandwiches which you can get with cherry ripple ice-cream, peanut butter mousse, poached cherries & caramelised peanuts or with mango ice-cream, passionfruit mascarpone with white chocolate and ginger crunch.
Above is a picture of their Turkish Eggs with garlic mint yoghurt, smoked chilli browned butter and pomegranates, served with wedges of buttered toasted sourdough to scoop it all up with. This is the best I’ve tasted, and I’ve had a LOT of Turkish eggs. The chilli wasn’t too harsh, it was soft and sweet and smoky and utterly divine with the garlicky yoghurt.
They also make a cracking selection of cakes and doughnuts in house. This place is a winner.
Gnom is open Mon – Sat, 9am – 4pm, Sun, 9am – 3pm and closed on Thurdays | Insta: @gnomfood
Travel a little further South into Shawlands, and you will find the gorgeous Cafe Strange Brew. Again, you need to get there early to avoid the queues but good things come to those who wait. Take your pick from Ham Hock Hash, Eggs baked in a skillet with wild mushrooms, cream, Taleggio cheese and truffle (above) and American style pancakes with cardamom-poached pear, lemon ricotta and saffron syrup amongst others.
The service is super friendly and fast, there’s a lovely buzzy atmosphere, the food tastes fantastic and its clear that the whole place is run with love and passion.
Cafe Strange Brew serve brunch Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm & 9am – 4pm on a Sunday.
Head much further South to Giffnock and you will find a gorgeous little cafe called Bramble on Fenwick Road. Get there early though, it fills up fast! Brunch options include an entire hollandaise section – BBQ Benedict, Stornoway, Royale and classic – as well as Huevos Rancheros, Nasi Goreng, Shakshuka, Chilli Eggs and Spiced Tempura Chicken with Waffles as well as many others. This menu is one for chilli lovers as 90% of the brunch dishes contain chilli!
Pictured above is the Veggie Breakfast…spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms,cheesy hash browns, poached egg and toast. I added halloumi and avocado and it was delicious!
They also have a cracking selection of cakes and doughnuts every day which change daily.
Back West, Five March is located on Elderslie Street near Kelvingrove Park. Their brunch menu features Boston beans, poached eggs, pork crackling and charred bread (pictured above left), corn fritters, charred corn salsa bloody mary ketchup and puffed rice (pictured above right), black rice and mixed grain porridge with poached fruit, maple and coconut, a veg bowl of hummus, pumpkin, crrot, sweet potatoes, pickled cabbage, nuts and seeds and smoked bacon and egg rolls with kimchi, aioli ad apple slaw.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am | Insta: @five_march