I visited the Portobello branch of Bross shortly after it opened and enjoyed what they were doing. Since then, the hype surrounding these prized Montreal-style bagels has grown even bigger ensuring their arrival at new premises on Leith Walk has been a queued-out-the-door success.
On the site previously occupied by Douglas’s Bakery, the baking arm of the Bross operation comes from local favourites Breadshare. It’s remarkable how many people don’t realise this when I mention it to them.
The refit of the compact premises allows you to see the bakers at work as you consider your selection.
I was joined on this early morning quest by Jani, who I feel has previously joined for a quest or two although I can’t track down where that might have been.
Given the early hour, we decided to fortify ourselves with coffees – again the Bross branded blend from Howdah – before working out what we might eat. These were to a very pleasing standard.
Jani opted for the Big Apple filling which brought together pastrami, jack cheese, pickles and mustard. I opted for the Reu-Bross which also featured pastrami (salt beef once it’s ready post 11am), kraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing.
We took up station at their outdoor bench table. Our bagels were soon with us delivered with a “breakfast is served” flourish by the friendly counter man.
They proved pretty good, with the bagels good and fresh and the filling suitably balanced. The pastrami was a notch or two below the impressive stuff I sampled at Carnivore recently, though.
So overall, Bross looks likely to build an appreciative audience for Breadshare’s impressively good baking in their new Leith branch. It’s a smart little spot for a good quality snack, so make sure to visit soon.
Blythe scores Bross
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Jani, Blythe
We ate: pastrami Reu-Bross, Big Apple
We drank: coffees
We wore: morning bibs
Total bill: £7 each
Address: 105 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NP