We built this city on Mortons Rolls. Glasgow takes breakfast seriously. Sausage, eggs, bacon and potato scones sizzling on the grill in neighbourhood cafes. Black pudding. Tomato sauce. Pots of tea and mugs of coffee. Fixing weekend hangovers or kicking off a day of activity.
It’s not like we were unfamiliar with the idea of extending breakfast beyond the morning. But, when the brunch thing became fashionable, it added another layer.
Now, weekends are for avocado on toast and eggs Benedict. Bagels and smoked salmon. Waffles with bacon. French toast. Bloody Marys and prosecco. Lots of prosecco.
Cafe Strange Brew on Pollokshaws Road serve a brunch to be savoured. Fylkir of Copenhagen on Newlands Road have a quirky menu. Pot Luck on Nithsdale Road is a weekend sensation.
Our favourite is Singl-End, the self-professed community café and bakehouse. Their menu is a mix of the unusual and the familiar, spiked with superfood ingredients like Camargue rice and quinoa, nuts, citrus fruits and spices.
Book a table with friends and family. Walk up Garnethill and enter the open dining room, full of chat and positive vibes.
We like the tables, decorated with old postcards, photographs and coupons.
The menu has influences and flavours from here and other places. There’s a bit of an Italian influence. You’ll find excellent vegan and vegetarian options, like the cooked breakfast of roast sweet potato, grilled portobello mushroom, roast cherry tomatoes, home-baked beans, spinach avocado and chilli smash (£10).
We order the meaty baked eggs with eggs, oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli (£10). It’s morning comfort food as an art form, to be excavated from a warm skillet.
The Cure Yer Heid smoothie of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana and ginger mixed with orange juice (£4.95) is good for what ails you.
As is a bottle of crisp, dry Rosato rosé wine (£15.25).
When you’ve cleaned your plate, you’re not done yet.
Go to the cake table and pick out a slice from the selection. Linger a bit longer in this oasis of calm and conversation before you rejoin the fray. Finish telling that story. Order another glass of something. The rest of the weekend can wait.
265 Renfrew Street
T: 0141 353 1277