In Edinburgh lightly hungover on Sunday and looking for somewhere for breakfast type foods we wandered into Le Monde.
It was so quiet and laid back, with a couple of older gentlemen dressed in tweed reading the Sunday papers, that it was hard to believe it’s so packed with people looking to see and be seen at night. Although the intensely glitzy interior does hint at that other side, and by the time we were ready to leave it was starting to fill up with hungry and thirsty shoppers desperate to get off their impossibly tall heels.
The breakfast menu was pretty standard: full breakfast, veggie breakfast, Benedict type things. There was a continental option of fruit, bread, pastries and meats which sounded interesting, but given my condition I decided fry up was the way to go.
I think the only way to review a cooked full breakfast is to asses each of its parts individually, so that’s what I’m going to do:
Black pudding: only cooked on one side for some reason, but fine
Haggis: bit spicy, also only cooked on one side
Bacon: pretty anemic: fine, but there was no colour on it at all, I’m not sure if it was maybe poached or something? I’ve heard some people like it that way, but I’m not sure who
Potato scone: fried in too much fat and not for long enough, a bit soggy, possibly from sitting around
Beans: as you would expect
Poached egg: fine, but in no way runny. Sad face.
Mushroom: soggy, couldn’t eat (I’m not a mushroom fan anyway)
Tomato: didn’t touch because it was basically raw. This is standard with cooked breakfasts though, although I think you should start frying the tomato at the start so it’s really soft and caramelised by the end.
Hash brown: previously frozen
Sausage: really good, again, weirdly also only cooked on one side (grilled? salamander?), but a great quality sausage. A bit herby, really porky, nice texture.
Overall a completely average cooked breakfast. Which would be fine except it was £9.95. £9.95! In fairness though, that’s George Street. If you want to do anything on George Street you have to expect to pay a premium, regardless of quality.
Le Monde was comfortable and spacious and helped see us through our hangover, but the food was decidedly unspecial. The staff were very nice (in particular one lovely waitress who’d only been there a few days), but there were a couple of mix ups with our order and with the bill that took the shine off the service too. Altogether Le Monde will not be going on my Edinburgh essentials list.
Le Monde, 16 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF