Ryan’s, on Queensferry Street, is a place that I’ve visited many times over the years, usually just for drinks. It’s part bar, part cafe, with a downstairs restaurant, too. Today’s visit was at breakfast time, so I took a seat in the glass-fronted cafe area.
The cafe affords stunning views over the city, with St John’s, the castle and the Caley hotel my wonderful architectural dining companions for the day.
Service was also good, with the friendly and attentive waitress soon approaching to take my order. I opted for a classic eggs Florentine. I added a pot of Darjeeling tea.
The eggs soon arrived looking pretty underwhelming. I immediately stuck a knife in the yolks of the eggs, to check if they were appropriately runny. On this dish they were half right, with one well prepared but the other rather too solid.
Other elements of the dish were poorly executed. The muffin wasn’t toasted at all and the spinach was just raw leaves. The hollandaise was completely characterless.
It was a very poor effort. I ate it because I was hungry, but derived little beyond the basic nourishment.
So overall, I was not pleased with what was on offer from the breakfast at Ryan’s. I ate a shoddy and slapdash version of a dish I routinely enjoy, which is never a good thing to experience.
By all means pop in for a cuppa and take in the enjoyable view over the city, but I couldn’t recommend eating here on the basis of today’s visit.
Blythe scores Ryan’s
1.5/5 for food
2/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 11/20
I ate: eggs florentine
I drank: Darjeeling tea
I wore: brown
Total bill: £7.10