No yolk, no eggcuses, you’ve got to try these places out.
When you’re as slutty for eggs as we are, it’s a sin not to have the best egg dishes in London picked out. So we at Secret London hatched an idea, and we think we’ve cracked it with our guide to the best egg-loving restaurants in London.
I mean, I said we were slutty for eggs, but we don’t really compare to this place. Immensely popular out in Los Angeles, where it transformed from cult food truck into beloved restaurant chain, they opened their first UK spot in Notting Hill this month. Top dishes here include The Fairfax (named for the street on which the original truck parked up) – a brioche bun filled with cheesy scrambled eggs – and The Slut, a glass jar in which a coddled egg sits atop smooth potato puree, meekly awaiting the dunking of toasted baguette slices. Early hype is very, very positive. Read all about it here.
185 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED.
I foresee quite the battle brewing in Notting Hill, as Eggslut vies with nearby antecedent egg-lovers Eggbreak for The Scrambled Throne. As the name would suggest, Eggbreak are equally batty about eggs, with everything from omelettes to shakshukas and benedicts to toasties on the menu. (They’re also very good at Instagram if you’re looking for some undeniable egg porn.) Less egg-focused, but equally swoonworthy, are the Nutella and banana pinwheels and baklava crossaints. Is it heresy to speak of them in an egg roundup? Don’t care, they’re too good.
30 Uxbridge Street, Notting Hill, W8 7TA.
3. Barge House
Frankly, if you haven’t been to the Haggerston Riviera for Barge House’s excellent breakfast in bread, you’re living your life all wrong. Sorry to tell you that, but it’s true. Chic interior and patio-style dining play second fiddle to one of London’s most iconic dishes – an entire full English breakfast (classic, vegan, salmon-led, and spicy variations are available), served inside a hollowed-out loaf of sourdough. It’s big, it’s naughty, it’s all kinds of delicious. Read all about it here.
46a De Beauvoir Cres, Haggerston, N1 5RY.
More known for their cheesy creations than egg wizardry, Angel’s Beara Beara Cafe nonetheless marry the two in one magnificent dish, staggering in both conception and beauty. It’s the Macaroni Cheese Scotch Egg – one soft boiled egg, encased in macaroni cheese, and then coated in panko breadcrumbs. G l o r i o u s, am I right? See more about it here.
330 Upper Street, Angel, N1 2XQ
Chickens have had quite the hegemony over this list so far, and it’s high time we shattered that. Step forward Florentine Cafe, who’ve got quite the heavyweight offering: an enormous, ostrich egg breakfast. Rumoured to be the equivalent of twenty-two chicken eggs, you’ll need to register your interest in advance (the ostriches are quite particular about their laying habits) and probably bring along some pals to take down what is, undoubtedly, the Godzilla of this roundup. More info available here.
6 Hercules Rd, Lambeth, SE1 7DU.
Sri Lankan food is starting to get the widespread recognition it’s long deserved, and leading the charge is trendy spot Hoppers. This delicious family style Sri Lankan and Tamil influenced restaurant specialises in hoppers, dosas and roti. For the sanctity of this list, we’d recommend the egg hopper – a savoury, bowl shaped pancake with a tasty gooey egg in the middle, and served with sambals and chutneys of your choice – but we’ll forgive you for straying from the church of Our Lady of the Egg, just this once.
49 Frith St, Soho, W1D 4SG, and 77 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 1QE.
Mention Caravan to your average Londoner, and chances are they’ll start raving about the baked eggs. Stuck in the oven and baked slowly, they don’t lack for company with tomato pepper ragout, rose harissa, chickpeas, Greek yoghurt, optional merguez sausage (do it) and served with flatbread. It’s hands-down one of the best brunches in the city, and a firm favourite of the Secret London team – and if that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is…
Multiple locations – find them here.
8. Bad Egg
Given the nature of this article, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that eggs are the star at this hip casual eatery. Plenty of standouts on the Bad Egg menu, but the huevos rancheros and the burger hash (essentially a bunless burger smashed up with crispy potato and fried egg) win my favour. Don’t skip the egg-heavy bottomless brunch, which comes with your choice of Bloody Marys, prosecco, or mimosas. Thank heavens you’ll have eggs to soak up the booze…
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW.
9. The Good Egg
Did I do that just for the symmetry? Maybe. But The Good Egg earns a spot on this list for their house-smoked meats, inventive dips, and Israeli-inspired mains. You can have your eggs in a shawarma hash, with bacon in a pita, or even in a healthful grain bowl. Of course, if you pair it with a cardamom and pistachio-infused espresso martini, it’s unlikely to stay healthy for long.
Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW, and 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS.
Who said your eggs had to be savoury? The smart cookie behind Yolkin, frustrated at having so many leftover egg yolks from macaroon-making, elected to turn them into an ice cream – and thus, one of London’s best desserts was born. Flavours such as matcha Oreo, red velvet, and Hong Kong french toast mean that whilst you’ll be spoiled for choice with the macaroon ice cream sandwiches, you can never choose wrongly. Read all about it here.
24 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DQ.
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