Poached, fried, scrambled, boiled or even sous vide, at breakfast, lunch or dinner, it seems we just can't get enough oeuf. Below you'll find a round up of the best egg-based restaurants. There's one thing you won't be finding here though and that's egg-based puns — one trend we'd happily see the back of.
The Oldie But A Goodie
If we had to pick out favourite classic egg dish in London then the Turkish eggs at The Providores would surely be it. Two poached eggs come on top of fluffy whipped yoghurt, topped with melted butter which has been infused with chilli. This dish, inspired by the kitchens of Istanbul, is full of contrasts between cooling yoghurt, rich hot butter, silky textures and charred toast alongside. Breakfast doesn’t get much classier.
The Providores, 109 Marylebone High Street, London, England W1U 4RX
The Egg Focused Restaurants
Egg Break is a Soho House and Hoxton Hotel collaboration that offers a range of classic breakfast dishes, but we think the buns are the best on the menu. Try both seeded and brioche baps with pork belly or fried chicken, and of course, eggs. The double whack of protein makes them very filling though so be prepared to schedule in forty winks around 3pm.
Egg Break, 30 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TA
Bad Egg is a new project for Neil Rankin (ex Pitt Cue, now Smokehouse), a chef who is very good with big flavours and brunch dishes. The restaurant is basically an all-day diner serving egg dishes with global flavours, including pulled pork and kimchi hash, sambal telur (crispy deep fried eggs in a spicy Malaysian sambal, or hot sauce) and a Bad Egg burger topped with a soft egg yolk and ‘nduja cheese fondue. There’s also a range of dishes that don’t actually come with any eggs, just to keep you on your toes.
Bad Egg, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW
The guys at The Good Egg made the increasingly common move from street food stall to fully functioning restaurant with the help of crowd funding. The menu includes lots of home smoked and cured ingredients, and dishes take eggy inspiration from LA, to the Middle East, via London. We’ve already reported on their fantastic sabich in a previous edition of Scoff It Like It’s Hot so we can’t wait to see the full menu. We're most excited about the Good Egg Burger, with an aged beef and bone marrow patty topped with pickled onion, Russian dressing and a runny egg in plaited challah roll. It isn't all exclusively egg-based dishes, but there are plenty of yolks a runnin’.
The Good Egg, Stoke Newington Church Street, see website for further details.
The people behind Yolk describe themselves as “egg geeks”. Their brunch menu includes classics like eggs benedict (the pulled ham hock version is excellent) and French toast, plus a very welcome linguine carbonara, because it’s never too early for pasta. At dinner there’s a short, if slightly random menu of dishes divided into ‘egg’ and ‘the rest’ (without egg), including salad Lyonnaise, an egg topped ‘duck bun’ and for those feeling a little oeufed out, a tomato tarte tatin.
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The Single Method Restaurant
Guess what you can order lots of at this poached egg bar? Yup. This Dalston based restaurant serves eggs, which have been coaxed to almost-cooked at 63 degrees. They’re very wibbly and come with a variety of sauces, bases and other additions such as hollandaise, truffle oil and herb roasted mushrooms.
Foxcroft & Ginger @ Beyond Retro, 92-100 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB
The Most Photographed Yolk in London
Bao London serves some of the most photographed dishes in London full stop from their Taiwanese steamed buns, to fried chicken and Horlicks ice cream. Top of the list recently though is surely the blood cake, made with glutinous rice and crowned with a soy cured egg yolk. Make sure to pierce the surface with chopsticks before snapping for extra Instagram points.
Bao London, 53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS
The One We Waved Goodbye
We weren't sure about the two week scotch egg burger pop-up at Yeah! Burger. Scotch eggs replaced buns in creations such as 'The Scotch Ness Monster'. That's a whole lotta protein in one go, guys. Perhaps one to send to the bottom of the loch.
The New Egg Sandwich
Still hungry for eggs? Check out our article about sabich — the hottest eggy sandwich in town right now.