Top Five: Egg-based Dishes in London
How do you like your eggs? Fried, scrambled, poached, baked? Whichever way you take your eggs; we guarantee we have found an egg-ceptional dish that will whet your appetite! So, especially for Easter, we’ve brought you a list of our favourite egg dishes being served in the best (and some of the more unknown!) restaurants and cafes around London.
Image: Duck and Waffle Instagram
Duck and Waffle
110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Overlooking the London skyline, on the 40th floor of the famous Heron Tower, is the 24/7 dining experience that is Duck and Waffle. A fantastic 360 view with a vibrant ambience, the restaurant showcases traditional British cooking with broad European influences. At Duck and Waffle there is a large selection of egg dishes, be it served with sourdough toast, on waffles or in a Shakshouka (that’s poached eggs in a tomato sauce). There is duck egg en cocotte and Colombian eggs; served with smoked salmon or ox cheek. But, of all the tasty dishes on offer, you can’t dine at Duck and Waffle without tasting the very dish it was named after! Take it upon yourself to try the house favourite; fried duck egg and crispy leg confit served on top of a waffle with the most delicious mustard maple syrup. You will not be disappointed! Be sure to make a reservation in advance because this restaurant gets booked up very quickly.
Image: Dishoom Instagram
Egg Naan Roll at Dishoom
7 Boundary Street, London, E2 7JE
This Bombay café can be found in Shoreditch, decorated with tiled flooring and bentwood chairs, inspired by the Irani cafés of late twentieth-century Bombay. The Parsi bodybuilders, whose portraits you will see hanging on the walls of the café, were known to consume several eggs a day to accomplish their muscular physiques. We recommend their Egg Naan roll (always freshly baked) encasing two fried free-range eggs with saffron-yellow, runny yolks – warm and most gratifying. You can even add bacon or sausage to your naan roll if you have a bigger appetite.
If this doesn’t quite float your boat, they have several other egg dishes with a spicy twist on their breakfast menu. Try the favourite Kejriwal – two fried eggs on chilli toast – or you might fancy the fiery dishes of Bombay Omelette, Akuri or Keema Per Eedu. Check out the rest of the menu here.
Image: Hoppers London Instagram
49 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SG
Introducing the Egg Hopper; a fermented bowl-shaped pancake made from ground rice and coconut milk. The egg hopper has a soft-middled yolk at its base, but crunchy batter at the top, and comes with a side of dips; Pol Sambol – a Sri Lankan relish made with fresh ground coconut – Maldive fish, onion & red chilli, Seeni Sambol – a Sri Lankan caramelised onion relish – and a coriander chutney.
And where can you get this unusual breakfast bowl? At Hoppers, a Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho which is quickly becoming one of the most popular restaurants in London right now. It’s small but trendy, inspired by Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. It mixes old and new styles where exposed brick meets wood panelling, and the popular patterned tiles meet the decorative carved-wooden masks. We recommend going with a small group and sharing a few dishes.
Image: Embassy East Instagram
285 Hoxton Street, London, N1 5JX
Who doesn’t love a poached egg? Especially when cutting into the centre and seeing a sunny yolk run down onto a crisp slice of toast. Poached eggs are the much-loved choice for many but where to get the perfect poached egg, and what to have it with, is where we all differ! Don’t fear as, at Embassy East, they have a great selection of poached egg dishes.
Good old egg on toast is available for the fussy ones and, for the meat lover in your life, get your eggs with bacon, sausage, haggis and tomato. Alternatively, for the animal lover, there is another great veggie option of Eastern Eggs; poached eggs served with braised aubergine, spinach, goats cheese, tahini yoghurt, dukkah and herbs. Our favourite dish has to be the classic eggs and salmon which comes with greens, rocket, mustard dressing and furikake.
Poco Café & Bar
129A Pritchards Road, London, E2 9AP
If you want something a little bit more homely, Poco Café and Bar serves up a hearty brunch of organic eggs on locally-baked sourdough. You can pick how you like them and what extras you want on your plate. Based in a bicycle repair shop on Hackney’s Broadway Market, this place draws in plenty of hipsters for its cool and easy going atmosphere and equally relaxed menu, which you can glide through with ease, mixing and matching your favourite tapas dishes.
Since its birth in 2004, Poco has made a point of ethical and sustainable sourcing, living by their motto of food that is vibrant, flavourful, bountiful and organic – and they were named sustainable restaurant of the year by SRA because of it! This is fast becoming one of London’s must-visit destinations for Moroccan eggs, shakshouka and their legendary Bloody Mary menu. Get yourself there!
Do any of these dishes get you egg-cited? Let us know in the comments below!
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