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No longer just for breakfast, eggs are a cracking choice morning, noon and night. With London’s brunch obsession seeing no sign of waning, oeufs, in all their iterations, are popping up in dishes all over the capital.

From the sluttiest of egg sandwiches (we’re referring to LA’s Eggslut that opened here in London last year) to hearty shakshuka and authentic Sri Lankan hoppers, theses are the capitals top egg dishes that you should be making your way through…

 

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Turkish Eggs at Brew

Neighbours to The Handbook offices, Brew in Wandsworth, make such good Turkish eggs that I haven’t ordered anything but them every time I go, whether it be for breakfast or lunch.

Creamy, thick hung yoghurt is layered with two perfectly cooked poached eggs, hot chilli butter, served with the best bread ever – pillowy soft, slightly charred Turkish pide.

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Brew, 342 Old York Rd, Wandsworth, London SW18 1SS

www.brew-cafe.com

 

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Sabich Egg Benedict at Eggbreak

New to Eggbreak’s menu just last week, this bharat grilled aubergine and cream cheese on a toasted bagel is topped with a silky poached egg and tasty tahini hollandaise, pickled cabbage and onion salad.

The name gives it away but these guys are masters in all things egg, from the decadent burrata and truffle scrambled eggs to the comforting green shakshuka.

30 Uxbridge Street, Notting Hill W8 7TA

www.eggbreak.com

 

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Bourekas at The Good Egg

Given that they’ve named themselves after the things, it’s clear that theses guys love their eggs. Practically every dish comes with them, each one is seriously Instagrammable and it’s no surprise given that the restaurant hails from NYC and Tel Aviv – two of the most exciting food scenes right now.

Inspired by the Tel Avivian breakfast dish, The Good Egg’s Bourekas are so good it should be criminal. The little parcels of flaky pastry (a bit like a croissant) are filled with tahini, egg and pickles and then baked in the oven. Delicious.

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Soho and Stoke Newington

www.thegoodegg.co

 

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Egg Sandwiches at Eggslut

If you thought eggs were at the simple scale of cooking, you’ve not tried Eggslut. Hailing from LA, they’ve opened a restaurant in London’s Notting Hill and are dedicated to adding a cheffy twist to the humble oeuf, taking it from breakfast staple to gastronomic all-dayer.

While their sandwiches might look simple, they are rich, packed with flavour and probably the best egg sarnie we’ve ever tried. Oh, and there’s no escaping them on our Instagram feed either.

Eggslut, 185 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED

www.eggslut.com

 

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Baked Eggs at M1lk

There are queues outside Balham’s M1lk café every single weekend – mainly because it falls into London’s obsession with no-book restaurants category, but also because the brunch is damn good and their dishes are the perfect way to nurse the hungover heads of Balham’s twenty-somethings.

Eggs are their thing, so choose from classic poached on toast with crispy bacon to hangover-curing baked eggs sprinkled with salty feta and served with chargrilled soughdough.

18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9RG

www.milk.london

 

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Hoppers at Hoppers

If you’ve been to Sri Lanka you’ll be familiar with the country’s signature breakfast of hoppers, the bowl-shaped pancakes made from rice flour and coconut milk, filled with curry, served with sambols full of condiments and topped off with a fried egg, cooked into the pancake.

Hoppers is without a doubt London’s most popular Sri Lankan restaurant and their hoppers are as authentic as those that you might eat beachside in Galle itself.

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Soho, Marylebone & King’s Cross

www.hopperslondon.com

 

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Breakfast in Bread at The Barge House

Take a sourdough loaf, hollow it out pack it full of breakfast’s finest favourites and you’ve got yourself an Instagram sensation. Choose from the likes of Chapel & Swan Smokehouse salmon with crème fraiche, spinach, slow-roasted tomatoes and leeks or a spicy mixture of chorizo, hot beans, red peppers, chilli mushrooms, spinach and cheese. All topped off with a glistening fried egg.

The Barge House in Haggerston serves these up Tuesday through to Sunday for brunch 10am – 4pm.

The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London, N1 5RY

www.bargehouse.co.uk

 

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Shakshuka at Ottolenghi

London’s gotten over the mass hysteria of shakshuka – remember the time when every Tom, Dick and Harry were making it come Saturday brunch and what seemed like every café was serving up mediocre plates of the stuff? Well, in vogue it might not be but we’re still obsessed with Nopi’s version.

As part of the Ottolenghi kingdom, the Israeli-inspired restaurant know what they’re doing when it comes to flavour, bringing together braised eggs, piquante tomato sauce and smoked labneh with chargrilled bread made for bursting those silken egg yolks.

Nopi, 21-22 Warwick St, Soho, London W1B 5NE

www.ottolenghi.co.uk

 

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All the Eggs at Caravan

It’s near impossible to choose one of our favourite egg dishes at Caravan but we’ll highlight the slow roast pork belly, kimchi pancake, gochujang ketchup and a fried egg from the brunch menu, for an Asian twist on classic British brunch. Or the hearty, warming baked eggs with spiced tomato, pepper and chickpea ragout, rose harissa, Greek yogurt and flatbreads.

Plus, they do some of the best coffee you’ll find in the capital.

King’s Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, City and Fitzrovia

www.caravanrestaurants.co.uk

 

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Poached Eggs with Avocado & Quinoa at the Ivy Brasserie

Forget avo on toast and opt for the Ivy Brasserie’s warm avocado with sesame sauce, pomegranate and rocket, topped with two of the most perfect poached eggs we’ve ever seen.

The Ivy Soho Brasserie, 26-28 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8JB

www.theivysohobrasserie.com

 

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Marmite Crumpets at 45 Jermyn St

It might not look like much but boy does 45 Jermyn Street’s Marmite crumpets and fried eggs taste good – if you like Marmite, obvs.

The restaurant uses duck eggs to ensure the yolks are super rich, glossy and match the colour of the 45 Jermyn street orange.

45 Jermyn St. St. James’s, London, SW1 6DN

www.45jermynst.com

 

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Squid Ink Flatbreads at Black Axe Mangal

A modern Turkish restaurant with a heavy metel-heavy playlist? Black Axe Mangal is niche to say the least, but the creative menu is genius.

Order the squid ink flatbreads with smoked cod’s roe, an egg yolk, and wait for it, edible glitter.

The Highbury restaurant might be small in size but it’s huge in flavour and chef Lee Tiernan is cooking up some of the most innovative but affordable food in the capital right now.

Black Axe Mangal, 156 CANONBURY ROAD, LONDON N1 2UP

www.blackaxemangal.com

 

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Black Sea Pide at Oklava

Head to Oklava Turkish bakery for the black sea pide, a gloriously cheese, freshly baked kind of pizza layered with egg yolk, black garlic and za’atar.

Not only satisfyingly photogenic for your Insta feed, but it’s moreish taste will have you dreaming of the decadent brunch dish long after you’ve eaten it.

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Oklava Bakery & Wine, 64 GRAFTON WAY, FITZROVIA, LONDON W1T 5DP

www.oklava.co.uk