Review: CafeZique

When it comes to the search for the perfect brunch, CaféZique is always at the top of my list – honestly, you can see my list of favourite Glasgow brunch spots here, and CaféZique holds the top spot!  The small, west end café is somewhat of an institution in Partick, serving delicious breakfasts all day long, as well as an extensive lunch and dinner menu.

Although a small space, the layout of the café is perfect for filling as many seats as possible, with an upstairs balcony providing extra seating.  The place is tastefully and simply decorated, with red leather seating and black and white artwork on the walls.

IMG_0571When we arrived at 12.30pm, the place was naturally heaving, so we took a seat at the bar to wait for a table.  We ordered drinks and looked over the menu, keeping an eye on the delicious dishes we could see coming out of the kitchen.  After a short wait of around 15 minutes or so, we were escorted to our table, where I ordered the Big Breakfast, and my friend Sarah went for the French Toast.

It was a bit of a wait for our food – although it’s possible it felt longer because we were so hungry – but the number of customers needing served and the constant arrival of new patrons meant we couldn’t really begrudge waiting an extra 5 minutes.  When the food did arrive, it was definitely worth the wait.  Sarah’s French Toast was made from huge slices of artisan bread, with two rashers of bacon and a pot of maple syrup.  The bread was lovely and soft, well soaked and perfect drizzled with the sweet maple syrup and salty bacon.

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For my Big Breakfast, I had asked for it without beans or toast, and with poached eggs.  I don’t like baked beans and I didn’t want to fill myself up on a massive hunk of bread!  The potato scone is one of my favourite things about the breakfasts here.  It’s a really generous size, clearly handmade and fried to perfection.  The black pudding was deliciously crumbly, the sausages full of flavour, and my eggs perfectly poached with a rich, runny yolk.  I even enjoyed the mushroom and tomato, which I don’t usually bother with.  It was exactly what I wanted.

Despite how busy the place was, the service was still impeccable, with staff regularly checking in to make sure we had everything we wanted and we were happy with our food, and we never felt rushed.

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For my Big Breakfast and a glass of really fresh-tasting orange juice, it was a total of £13.50, which I was more than happy to pay.  The quality of the ingredients here is what keeps me, and most likely others, coming back.  The locally sourced sausages and bacon, the organic free-range eggs, the homemade potato scones – each of these small details make a difference to the quality and taste of the food at CaféZique.

If you do decide to visit CaféZique for breakfast, as I believe anyone living in the vicinity should, it will be busy and you will have to wait, but I guarantee it will be worth it.  And if you’re not completely stuffed after all that delicious breakfast food, you can nip next door to DeliZique and grab some of their freshly baked bread and cakes to go!

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