Cafe Plus traded for many years on Bread Street, bucking the trend that has seen change as the only constant in terms of the eateries on the street. It finally succumbed and has recently been replaced by Fatty Owls.
I visited shortly after it opened and had a pretty good bowl of soup. I made a note to come back for breakfast as that looked a potential strength. With the rosy-fingered dawn bathing the world in a welcoming glow, I popped in to try it.
The interior relies on two main themes: owls and mirrors. You can have quite a fun time trying to capture yourself in infinity mirror photos as you sit in their comfortable armchairs. Well, it kept me amused.
I kept my order simple choosing their full breakfast. This came with tea or coffee included in the price. I opted for the former. It arrived in bright crockery and did the job nicely.
The breakfast was cooked to order and arrived promptly accompanied by intriguing looking toast. It proved to be a little triangular multi-seed rye roll from Breadwinner. It was delicious.
Much the same can be said for the other items. The tattie scone was beautifully puffed, the bacon and lorne sausage were smartly prepared, the mushrooms packed good flavour, the egg was excellent, the tomato was well grilled, the Stornoway black pudding was suitably crumbly and the beans were beans. I was impressed.
So overall, Fatty Owls is starting life from a very good standard with both their breakfast and lunch offerings delivering really good quality. It’s a warmly friendly spot and shows all the signs of establishing itself well in this challenging location. I look forward to many future visits.
Blythe scores Fatty Owls
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/ for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: full breakfast
I drank: tea
I wore: grey suit jacket
Total bill: £6.50
Address: Bread Street