Brunch: the only reason to get out of bed before midday on a Sunday. A couple of weekends ago, I set my alarm nice and early (okay, not that early) to head out for brunch with Louise and Lauren. We had been invited along by All Bar One to try out their brunch menu, so we rendezvoused at their George Street branch for a Sunday morning catch-up.
What We Ate at All Bar One
There were lots of options to choose from on the brunch menu, but eventually I settled for the Eggs Benedict with avocado. The eggs were perfectly cooked and there was plenty of delicious lemony hollandaise sauce. It also came served with a sprinkling of seeds which was a nice touch as it added a little bit of crunch. Louise opted for the bacon and potato hash with spinach which looked pretty tasty, and Lauren went for the “Boost Breakfast” with grilled portobello mushroom, poached egg, plum tomato and avocado served on toast with houmous and sweet chilli sauce. We all agreed that the food was excellent and very reasonably priced too.
We also had some pastries – just because brunch is a morning meal doesn’t mean you can’t have more than one course, am I right?! We enjoyed some croissants and pain au chocolats along with tea, coffee and orange juice.
All Bar One Edinburgh
I had been in the George Street All Bar One for drinks a couple of times before, but this was the first time I’d had food there. It had a really nice atmosphere and, although it was quite quiet when we first arrived, the restaurant soon filled up with brunch fans and people grabbing lunch. The restaurant has nice high ceilings and original period features, giving it plenty of character.
My only complaint with the whole experience was the service. Our waiter was less than helpful and tried to blame his errors on us, and he was actually quite rude to a number of the tables around us. This definitely put a dampener on the whole experience – I’m sure the vast majority of All Bar One staff are lovely, but it would have been nice if a manager had noticed the situation and stepped in, or if the waiter had just had the appropriate customer service training in the first place. The fact that a couple of people just walked out because the service was so bad and the waiter didn’t seem to care at all just reaffirmed why I usually prefer local, independent restaurants to chains.
Worth a Visit?
Overall, I would definitely recommend All Bar One if you’re looking for a tasty, reasonably priced brunch in the city centre. The food was delicious – better than I had been expecting, actually! – and there’s plenty of variety on the menu to suit everyone. Unfortunately the bad service did put a slight negative on the brunch, but this wouldn’t put me off from visiting All Bar One again.
EDIT: After another terrible experience at All Bar One (read more about it in Louise’s post here) coupled with the disappointing service on this visit, I would now be very reluctant to recommend All Bar One and will not be visiting there again. It’s a shame as their food is pretty good, but service is just as important and I certainly won’t be supporting All Bar One when they put such little effort into improving their service.
Have you had brunch at All Bar One before?