Breakfast at the Waldorf, Edinburgh

There are some things in life that make you feel a little bit special, and on this occasion it was being invited to a private breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria with fellow bloggers.

We were sat in a beautiful dining room overlooking the staple of Edinburgh, the castle, and we chatted away excited for what was about to come.

Deliciously fresh orange juice was passed around which went down a treat and we all ordered coffee which for me personally was not up to the standard of Edinburgh’s independent coffee shops, they have set the bar very high.

Little did I know this would be the biggest breakfast I was ever to have, with more than one course -I think there was about four?

Brunch Tower Waldorf

Starting off with small pastries and a continental tower of meat, cheese, fruits and yoghurts. I knew from looking at the menu that this was simply the beginning so I paced myself on this course, however my neighbours assured me the yoghurts were divine.

The nibbles of the rest were lovely, and we were informed that the majority of it was Scottish apart from the obvious, pineapple and avocado. I kept a couple of pastries to the side – just in case I needed a little nibble later on.

Salmon Waldorf Edinburgh

Next up was the stunning salmon selection, for the life of me I can’t remember which one was which (apologies blogging world), so I have looked at the Edinburgh Foody’s review as I know Kerry was taking notes!

They arrived on a table ready for us all to dig into, (slash take our photographs of as it looked beautiful).

The salmon selection included orange, ginger and star anise home-cure, gravlax with lemon & dill and traditional smoked salmon. The one I was most unsure about, the orange & ginger, was my favourite in the end, full of flavour but not enough to take away the lovely taste of the salmon.

Eggs Benedict Waldorf

Next, we had to pick one of the four Scottish breakfasts, in my wee head I thought we were getting tasters of all of them – I am very thankful this didn’t happen as I was nearly filled to the brim.

The selection includes:

  • Lowlands – Full Scottish Breakfast with Macsween Haggis, potato scone, Lorne sausage and white pudding.
  • Highlands – Scottish smoked salmon with Eggs Benedict. 
  • Islands – Stornaway black pudding, apple chutney, poached egg on toasted bread.
  • Speyside – Drop scones served with Scottish strawberries infused in Glenfiddich 18yo whisky.

I went for the…..*drum roll* …. Islands!

Islands Waldorf

This was delicious, slightly hard to eat as soon as you dug in it fell apart (so take your picture beforehand), the egg was cooked perfectly with a beautiful yellow runny yolk and the black pudding was full of flavour. By this point, I had eaten so much that it was a little bit rich for me, but I know for a fact if I had just had this dish I would have scoffed the lot.

It was the end of breakfast and we were all given a beautiful glass of champagne to round our experience off.

Thank you Waldorf Astoria for a lovely breakfast!

Have you had brunch at the Waldorf? What did you think?

Food: 4/5

Decor: 5/5

Service: 4/5

Price: 4/5  – I received this for free, but the above would cost £35.

Overall: 17/20

Recommend: It’s that special persons birthday, and they just so happen to love brunch.

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