Katie has lived in Canonmills for 2 years now, so we’ve visited the Blue Bear Café a few times, but last weekend she moved out of her flat. This meant that, over the past few weeks, we’ve had to make the most of her proximity to this fantastic café, by having numerous brunches. It’s always busy here, but we’ve never had to wait long to get a table.
One of my favourite things about the Blue Bear is that you can visit frequently, but try new things because they have such an extensive and varied menu. A range of Eggs Benedict, waffles, bagels and nachos are just a taster of what you can enjoy here. On my first visit I struggled to order, but I finally went for the croque monsieur, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a big portion with crisps and salad on the side and the sandwich itself was delicious.
More recently, my dish of choice has been the Eggs Hector. This consists of a toasted muffin, served with haggis (you have the option of meat or veg), poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. Eggs Benedict or different variations of it, is a common brunch choice for me, but the Blue Bear version really stuck in my mind. Sometimes the bread can be quite thick and there isn’t enough topping, but at the Blue Bear the ratio was perfect for me. The muffin was toasted well and sliced quite thin, with a good helping of haggis and 2 perfectly poached eggs; I did once have 2 not so perfectly poached eggs, but luckily that’s been a one off!
As well as serving a great selection of fantastic food the Blue Bear is a great place to relax at the weekend and catch up with friends. The people are lovely and friendly, so it’s a very inviting place and it never feels like you’re being rushed out the door. There are a number of board games available for customer’s to enjoy, which adds to the casual feel. I would recommend the Blue Bear Café to everyone because it’s suitable for all ages and has something on offer for everyone.
Atmosphere – 5
Food – 4
Price – 3.5
Service – 4
Total – 16.5/20