Breakfast in Byres Road, wow where to start, the choice is fantastic. Which means you need then be quite good at it if you want to survive the competition.
It also means for indecisive folk like me, when made to choose somewhere, it can be a struggle. I would much rather someone else just tell me where I'm eating. Sometimes, when I'm out with Barney for example, it's even easier. He picks the venue and orders the food, a lazy gluttons best friend!
After walking around what felt like most of the West End looking in windows, reading menu boards and muttering comments about how expensive things are these days, I was on the verge of giving up. Then I remembered the perfect place, right next door to the magical Demijohn at the top of Byres Road. You guessed it (ok you didn't guess it at all, Social Media would have pointed this review out, or you would have followed a Zomato Spoonback, or just googled Matilda's reviews. Whatever way, you know full well this is a review of Matilda's thus rendering the whole suggested guessing game pointless, I mean after-all this is a food blog not a Conan-Doyle-esque who-done-it (Ooooh look lots of hyphens (oh gee it's an internal monologue within an internal monologue, if this were on screen, Deadpool and Frank Underwood would be so jealous of the fourth wall breaking)))
Matilda's has plenty of places to grab a seat at, but the best table in the house isn't a table. If you don't mind perching on a stool at a counter then head up to the mezzanine at the back and eat breakfast whilst looking down on the hustle and bustle of everyone else coming and going, possibly the best people watching spot on Byres Road.
Breakfast favourites litter the menu, we chose Eggs Stornoway (a black pudding-ed Benedict) and French Toast and Bacon along with tea and a Mocha. We tried to make our way back down to the counter to order, but one of the friendly staff saw us moving and shouted up for us to sit tight and came up and took our order. Cutlery and our drinks arrived quickly and we didn't get much time watching the world go by before our plates arrived.
The addition of really good quality Black Pudding added an extra dimension to the classic Benedict. That extra pepper hit works great with the smooth creaminess of the Hollandaise. The French Toast was crisp outside and the bread was well soaked with egg without becoming soggy or greasy. A couple of rashers of bacon were the perfect accompaniment.
Whilst breakfast cost us just under £20 with drinks the opportunity to watch the world go by from our little balcony is priceless. Cheerful service and good quality food mean that we would definitely head back to Matildas. Oh and the cakes, we'll be back for the cakes….