The Wilson St Pantry, Merchant City, Glasgow
I’m a little surprised this industrial-chic brunch venue doesn’t have more reviews and more hurrah. I mean on Zomato, there’s lots of good vibes on Tripadvisor, Facebook and Google. Our group of friends enjoyed our visit to The Wilson Street Pantry a lot. The food was simple, but effective and the service was positively smile-inducing.
The Wilson Street Pantry formed our first meal in the area and it reassured us we were going to be in a foodie part of town. Our Airbnb also turned out to be just around the corner. Merchant City is super nice. The cafe with the long name was plenty busy on our Saturday morning that’s for sure. The Wilson Street Pantry was originally opened in 2014 by a husband and wife team, designed for customers looking for a hideout from the rain. The rains are still here. Of course, this is Glasgow! And the cafe is still going strong three years later, likely off the back off friendly service, solid food and some tasty coffee (supplied from Papercup (who I also managed to visit, yass)).
The menu is a bit more basic than what I was anticipating, but the end result was above expectations. See above for the bacon and eggs on toast execution that my friends shared. I had the below chocolate and Oreos French Toast with mascarpone. The Oreos are integrated, they’re crumbled on. Nothing wrong with that but not 100% what I thought it would look like. I should highlight the mascarpone is a very excellent choice here. It doesn’t melt away like cream can and it feels much more richer on the dish. And this is a proper French Toast. Nice, straightforward slices of fresh bread.
Over the last year or so of brunching, I’ve had so many variations of French toast (i.e. with flowers, with coconut bread, with brioche) that it’s refreshing to have a “normal” one. Soft eggy, creamy, bread. And a touch of egg batter overflow is divine. Our gentlemanly server was also top notch, gave us some bonus travel advice and was lovely along the way, even with our painful questions. These little moments make dining out all the more worthwhile.