After a hideously early morning train journey to Dundee, I had time for a breakfast stop before the work of the day commenced. A spot of internetting suggested that The Bach might be home to good coffee so I decided to seek it out.
The location is quite spectacular with the cafe on the top floor of an old mill building accessed via an external metal staircase. Upon entry, I found an extremely smart interior set up in stylish, bartley cafe style.
Coffee is by local roastery Sacred Grounds. I’d tried their wares from Linton & Co previously and been impressed. Today’s espresso was delivered to an excellent standard by the friendly owner/barista.
Their menu packs a good range of breakfast choices. My eye was immediately caught by talk of mince on toast. There was an option to add a poached egg and hollandaise so that sounded good to me.
The item arrived looking highly tempting. It proved very good eating with the mince warmly spiced and the yolk of the egg beautifully runny. The hollandaise worked really well with the meat, in a similar way to how Turkish yoghurt goes superbly with skewer-cooked lamb.
By the way, the name is not an attempt to definitively state that Johann Sebastian is THE Bach to the exclusion of the likes of Carl Phillip Emmanuel, but rather pronounced “batch” and relates to the kiwi word for a sort of bothy/bolthole of which this is a very elegant version.
So overall, The Bach is an outstanding place and Dundee is very lucky to have. Their coffee and breakfast were both delivered to a highly pleasing standard and the location is rather special. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in Dundee which is thankfully only a couple of weeks from now.
Blythe scores The Bach
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: mince on toast topped with a poached egg
I drank: espresso
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £11.20
Address: 20 Exchange Court, off Exchange Street, Dundee DD1 3DE