I remember back to the last time Scotland hosted the Commonwealth Games with considerable nostagia. I was nine years old in 1986. It was the games on Cram, Ovett, McColgan (or Liz Lynch as she was back then) and an injured Sebastian Coe sitting two rows behind us at Meadowbank stadium.

Glasgow has enjoyed that buzz this year with Murdoch, Miley, Renicks sisters et al replacing the heroes of my youth.

French toast and bacon

French toast and bacon

On opening ceremony day, I popped through for a visit and breakfasted at Cafe Milano on West Campbell Street.

With a new-place feel and smell still about it, I was surprised to hear it had been open for four months. They’ve clearly been keeping it in tip-top shape as it still feels very fresh.

Notionally serving Italian food on the go, their menu extends a little beyond those bounds not least in providing a full sit-in selection. I ordered French toast and bacon accompanied by an espresso.

The espresso was another new Italian roast for me to consider. I’m finding this an interesting challenge as this style of espresso definitely seems much more subtle in its flavours. I still prefer the boldness of the third wave stuff, but I’m starting to get a better appreciation of the continental approach.



My food soon arrived. It was essentially a chunky bacon French toast sandwich. I swithered about whether it was a knife and forker eventually deciding that it was just a bit too hot to shove faceward.

Daintily attacking with cutlery, I was richly rewarded with a tasty and filling treat. The bacon was well-cooked and plentiful and the bread replete with eggy goodness.

So overall, I thought Cafe Milano was really rather good. Eventually, it will lose its patina of newness and feel a little more settled, but on the food front it seems on a firm footing. With wonderfully friendly and attentive service, I’d be happy to visit again, perhaps to try their Italian food options.

Blythe scores Cafe Milano
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: French toast and bacon

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: purple stripes

Total bill: £5.70

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Written by BKR