We stepped in from the rain by chance as the café we were planning to visit was closed following the new year holiday - and I'm really glad we did as the late breakfast we enjoyed at Cafe Gandolfi was one of the best I've had for a long time. Despite being almost too late for breakfast service we were happily welcomed by the owner and quickly seated in the attractive wood-panelled dining room, packed with interesting furniture and decoration. Service was quick and friendly throughout.
I was immediately pleased to spot copies of the owner's Stornoway Black Pudding recipe book on the counter - I've often complained that black pudding is often on breakfast menus, but isn't available to order as it's not a universally popular item and tends to be allowed to run out of stock. Here however, the unique and excellent stornoway black pudding is a central part of a number of the breakfast dishes. My wife selected the Eggs Hebridean - a black pudding based take on Eggs Benedict which she loved. I opted for the full breakfast which included a generous helping of black pudding too, but also a really excellent beef sausage and well-cooked scrambled eggs.
A good, strong Italian coffee and a Mimosa accompanied the meal, linking the Cafe back to its venerable roots as a Glasgow restaurant and part of Merchant City for many years. There is now a bar, fish restaurant, take away and this cafe as part of the Gandolfi empire, and we're really eager to try other meals here in future. A friendly haunt which serves wonderful food in a relaxed setting.