Poached, scrambled, sunny side up, in a cup with soldiers – eggs are just brilliant aren’t they?
Personally I’m a poached fan and love to combine mine with a good dollop of mashed avocado and balsamic vinegar. But I have been known to put them in a cup with a good pile of buttery dippy soldiers. Ooh, the variety of things you can do with an egg excites me a bit too much.
So in honour of a good British breakfast, here are 8 places in London where you have a good chance of finding some pretty good eggs. Some of them I have eaten in, some of them I haven’t. Look out for the stars for my personal recommendations.
Brew Cafe, Battersea, Wandsworth & Wimbledon
Brew Café is a brunchy-type hangout that has cafes on both sides of the pond. Apparently they have them in New York (Grand St in Soho if you want to check it out), as well as branches in San Fran, LA and Melbourne in the Land Down Under.
If you’re a South Londoner, you’ll be pleased to hear the UK brekkie hotspot is on Northcote Road, Battersea with two more shops on Wimbledon High Street and (I believe) in Wandsworth too.
Eggy creations range from Turkish Eggs (poached and served with hung yoghurt, hot chilli butter and toasted pide) to chorizo scrambled eggs and a signature Turkish Pide Melt with ham, gruyere, vine tomato, poached eggs and pesto – interesting, huh?
They use free-range Buford Browns eggs and for those who like me, appreciate the humble boiled eggs and soldiers, you can get that too. Dip to your heart’s content.
If you’re looking for a no-frills place with character, really friendly staff (and I mean friendly) and good wholesome value-for-money food, The Duck Egg Cafe on Coldharbour Lane is 100% worth checking out.
A teeny little shop on the outskirts of Brixton Village, you can’t really dilly dally in here for long because tables are limited. But if you’ve never had duck egg before, this is the place to try it.
I’ve eaten here a few times but failed to get a picture of the food for you. You’ll have to trust me in that it’s good generous portions, reasonable prices (less than £10 for a breakfast option plus tea or coffee) and genuinely cheery service.
You won’t go in here to have a big heart to heart on your deepest darkest secrets (you’re inches away from the person next to you) but for an honest plate of eggs benedict, eggs royale, scrambled or an egg and bacon sandwich you can’t go wrong. Then you can pop into Brixton Market for a weekend mooch.
I Love this place with a capital L. And I would go more often if I could. It’s probably more about the chic interiors that make this place so cool. But they do pretty amazing brunches too.
A basic poached egg on toast only sets you back £5 and the further down the menu you go, the more elaborate the eggy creations get. Eggs hussard (ox heart tomato, ham, spinach, bordelaise and hollandaise), steak and eggs (honestly), salmon and scrambled on sourdough and Omelette Arnold Bennett (a smoked haddock and gruyere concoction) make this a drool-inducing, hard menu to tackle.
But the pièce de résistance and number one must-try on my eggy list is the Lobster Benedict. And throw in its wonderful juices and smoothies that served in glass milk bottles plus the uber cool brasserie feel. Oh my word, this could be my breakfast heaven.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ ridinghousecafe.co.uk
The Breakfast Club, London-wide
When I used to live in Angel I’d scoff at the people who’d queue for hours out of the door of The Breakfast Club along the cobbled Camden Passage. But then I tasted their BLTs and started to understand the hype.
With cafes in Angel, Hoxton, Spitalfields, London Bridge and Battersea Rise, there are now five different locations for you to while away half a day queuing (ok I’m still a little bit bitter about the queueing). But once you’re through the door you’re in for a treat. Eggs (whichever way you like them cooked), Huevos Rancheros (you know, fried Mexican-stylee with refried beans, cheese, sour cream and guacamole) and Benedict/Florentine/Royale are all for the taking. They do my fave avocado and poached and here’s a different one: ‘Huevos al Benny’ – poached, with peppers, chillies (ouch), avocado, spicy hollandaise and fried potatoes on an English muffin. That’ll clear the cold then.
If you’re not a member of the hipster crowd, you’re not allowed in.
Ok, so this isn’t technically breakfast but I couldn’t write a post about eggs and not mention Whyte & Brown – a fabulous restaurant I blogged about last year. Based on the simple theme of chicken and eggs, this restaurant is as imaginative with these two ingredients than I think anyone could be.
In the beautiful twinkly-lit setting of Kingly Court off Soho’s Carnaby Street, feast your eyes on a menu of to-die-for reinventions of the widely eaten Scotch egg.
The dinner menu features a Caesar scotch egg and at the time I visited they were serving up wonderful Asian-inspired Bangkok scotch eggs like the one pictured. Hop over to the brunch menu and you have free-range eggs cooked how you like, scrambled egg with smoked salmon and grilled asparagus with bacon and poached egg – mmmmmm.
I think menus evolve from time to time here so it’s worth popping by and checking out what their latest egg-creation. A simple nosey at the food porn photography on their website comes up with some delicious looking club sandwiches with perfectly soft boiled eggs on top. Oh god, just talking about it is getting me egg-cited.
Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PW WhyteandBrown.com, @WhyteAndBrown
I stayed at Cannizaro House back in July last year (read the hotel review here, the afternoon tea review here and the restaurant review here) and it’s a beautiful period house set within the stunning oasis of Cannizaro Park.
It’s a very popular wedding venue and if you go there you’ll see why. Breakfast here (I believe) is for guests staying in the hotel only, but I had to mention this venue as it truly is beautiful if you are looking for a stylish weekend away in Wimbledon. And just look at the Eggs Florentine I had, freshly cooked and served in the delightful conservatory they have at the hotel. Rich and creamy hollandaise and a steaming hot cup of tea with views over their rose gardens. What more could you ask for in the morning?
The question is, how do you eat your eggs?
Until next time x