Where? Loudons Cafe and Bakery, 94B Fountainbridge, Edinburgh.
I love breakfast. It is undoubtedly my favourite meal of the day, and sometimes I do eat it for all three meals. Going out for breakfast or brunch is one of the things that has become more difficult with not being able to eat a whole load of stuff. So, I was very excited to hear that Loudons in Fountainbridge has plenty of gluten free options, and a couple even looked fodmap friendly too. Hooray!
Something to add about eating out on a low fodmap diet: I’ve found some conflicting advice about wheat and gluten. I’m pretty sure that I’m wheat intolerant as opposed to gluten intolerant, because I seem to be fine with oats. Gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean wheat free, but I’ve not found any problems so far eating gluten free food when I’m out.
Anyway, back to Loudons, brunch was absolutely delicious and 100% would recommend. I had poached eggs and avocado on gluten free toast. Craig had the same but with brown bread. It came with a tomato compote so I was expecting to just have to go without, but when I explained about my no garlic thing they assured it would be no problem to make the compote without it. That was very kind!
And since I had something savoury for breakfast, I managed to save space for cake…there was a good selection of GF ones, and I went for a delicious gluten free and dairy free orange and chocolate cake. Craig went for carrot cake, and assured me that it was very tasty too.
There were a couple of things on the menu I’m keen to try so I think I’ll definitely be back! It wasn’t cheap, but the portions were big so it’s probably actually pretty good value. It’s lovely and light and airy inside. There are lots of tables but we had to queue for about 15 minutes when we arrived at 11am on a Saturday morning, so I’d recommend giving yourself more time than you need.
Basically, I can’t praise it enough.
The last thing I loved, which is totally not related to the food, were the staff t-shirts which had some brilliant quotes on them. One of my favourites was from a favourite French playwright of mine (thanks French 2), Molière: “I live on good soup, not fine words.” Me too, Molière.