Toast is a charming bistro/brasserie located on Edinburgh’s Marchmont Road. A number of the Edinburgh Blog readers have recommended Toast and many have suggested it should replace the King’s Wark as our choice for Edinburgh’s best breakfast. Despite the name, it would be unfair to think of Toast as a place just for breakfast, although the first meal of the day was the reason for my visit. A quick glance at Toast’s lunch and dinner menus show a varied and accomplished range of offerings such as coq au vin, crab cakes, salmon and duck’s leg.
My full breakfast (Â£6.95) was delivered in good time. The two criticisms would be the toast was ironically only lukewarm and there was no haggis, although it is included with Toast’s vegetarian option. Other than these two fairly minor points my breakfast was terrific, especially the superb scrambled eggs, homemade beans, crispy bacon and meat packed sausages. My dining partner’s croissant with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (Â£4.45) received a resounding thumbs up. I gather using quality local suppliers is one of Toast’s hallmarks. This approach pays huge dividends and it’s clearly evident the raw ingredients Toast use are of the highest order. The menu at Toast has a broad appeal and next time we visit Toast it will be to try their French toast, perhaps with caramel bananas.
Toast is, by design, an informal dining option; a genuine place to relax, have a chat and read the newspapers. Toast is a place you never feel rushed, which is in large due to the friendly and welcoming staff. Toast really is a lovely place and a fine example of neighbourhood dining done well. Highly recommended.
And now for the comparison with the King’s Wark. Toast’s full breakfast isn’t as large as the King’s Wark’s equivalent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I certainly didn’t feel overly full or completely overloaded with unhealthiness at Toast, as I sometimes do at the King’s Wark. The failure to include haggis at Toast is an area where the King’s Wark triumphs. The quality of ingredients at Toast is slightly higher than the King’s Wark, but the King’s Wark excels on choice. I also prefer the location of the King’s Wark by the Shore, as it’s nice to have a Sunday morning stroll around that area of Leith. If I were regularly eating out for breakfast I’d choose Toast, but for a one off treat I’d probably still pick the over indulgence of the King’s Wark. Hence my reason for leaving the King’s Wark as Edinburgh’s best breakfast.
Toast is located at 146 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ.
Telephone: 0131 446 9873