One of the reasons we chose to stay at Eastward House is that it won the Best Breakfast in Orkney award last year. Dinner last night at the Eastward House restaurant, Mission Bell was truly exceptional and we are hoping breakfast will be just as good. Patrick & Keiko can provide a range of gourmet breakfasts but most are based on the principle of one course to provide vitamins, another to provide fibre and a third to provide protein.
Our first course is their extraordinary fresh fruit salad. Very fresh fruit, perfectly ready to eat – the combination includes strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, melon, pineapple, grapefruit, blackberries, orange and papaya. Better than any other vitamin supplement known to man!
Next is the fibre course….the gourmet porridge. The porridge is served with cinnamon, honey and an intense fresh apricot & nutmeg compote. The porridge is good but the apricot compote is simply fabulous – highly flavoured and spiced to perfection.
Breakfast protein comes in many forms but does not usually involve fish cooked in wine. Today I am having haddock poached in Sancerre and French tarragon, while Rock is having Orkney hot smoked salmon steamed in Chardonnay. Both are served on fresh spinach leaves, with a poached egg, oven roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and asparagus. Wow!
No wonder this breakfast has won awards…