One dish and ingredient-inspired restaurants have taken London by storm the last couple of years. It all started with the burger but since we’ve seen meatball, roast potato, hot dog and kebab dedicated restaurants appear. Most recently, the humble egg is proving popular, with a spate of egg-themed restaurants hatching all over the capital. We’ve rounded up our five favourites:
What: Breakfast eggs
Why: The latest restaurant concept from hospitality empire Soho House Group, Eggbreak is an egg-inspired restaurant in Notting Hill. On the menu – you guessed it – eggs take center stage. Serving breakfast from 8am, you can enjoy inventive egg dishes including Folded egg bun with corn salsa, red cabbage and sour cream, Pork belly bun with fried egg, Sriracha mayo and rocket, and Broken eggs with chorizo, tomato, scamorza and spring onion. The dessert menu even features egg-centric dishes, such as the Baked salted caramel custard served with crème fraiche – The Handbook strongly recommends!
Where: 30 Uxbridge Street, Kensington, W8 7TA
The Good Egg
What: All day eggs
Why: Over in Stoke Newington, The Good Egg started out flipping eggs at street markets. This is their first permanent outpost and it serves simple dishes from the team’s childhoods and travels, with influence from trips to Tel Aviv to Montreal and London. The staple dish is The Good Egg Burger: an aged beef and bone marrow patty topped with pickled onion, Russian dressing and a runny egg in a challah roll, while the restaurant’s Jerusalem Breakfast option is more of a sharing-style feast: shakshuka, homemade bagels with smoked black cod and salmon, eggs Rothko and challah French toast with date syrup…
Where: 93 Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 0AS
What: Naughty eggs
Why: From Smokehouse head chef Neil Rankin, Bad Egg is an egg-based bar and diner in the City; not to mention one of The Handbook’s favourite weekend brunch haunts. Open from 10am on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a lazy brunch. Oh, and did we mention bottomless booze to go with that? At only £35 per person, it’s a steal, and includes seriously scrummy egg dishes, including Chilaquiles – fried corn tacos, green salsa, chipotle, guacamole, peppers, goat’s curd, chillies and a fried egg; Breakfast Tacos and Nduja cheese & fried egg fries.
Where: City Point 1, Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW
What: Eggs to drool over
Why: Yolk say they pop-up and ‘serve food we want to eat – food that gets us excited and makes us drool’. And looking at their sample menu, it sure sounds drool-worthy: Slow-scramble duck eggs with mushroom, truffle oil, pecorino and parsley on toasted sourdough being one of many yummy-sounding egg plates. And if savoury isn’t your thing, Yolk’s homemade ice cream will seriously tick your box, in flavours like maple chocolate, lemon meringue and French toast. Yep – French toast ice cream!
Where: KERB markets, various locations
Chicken and Egg Shop
What: …came first?
Why: Another egg dedicated number from Soho House, but this time alongside their staple Chicken Shop set-up in Balham. This time, the ‘egg’ in the name nods to weekend breakfast dishes and three signature egg-based mains throughout the week: Grits with spinach and fried egg; Chicken sandwich with fried egg; and Chicken and chopped egg salad. For pudding, dive into the infamous deep-filled apple pie, which the team serve to you straight from the piping hot baking dish… Take our word on it – SO GOOD.
Where: 7A Chestnut Grove, Balham, SW12 8JA