The humble egg has become a rather fashionable food in London. Low in calories, high in protein, rich in iron and containing all nine amino acids, it’s no surprise that the delicate oval now has several restaurants dedicated to cooking it in all manner of ways. Personally I love a good egg and I was excited (that’s right not egg-cited, this will not be a post full of egg puns!) to try Egg Break, the brand new cafe celebrating this simple ingredient.
Ok, from the outside it’s more greasy spoon than silver spoon, but I like the humour in the sign. Egg Break is a fun place that doesn’t take itself too seriously and despite being owned by the super cool Soho House Group, it’s not trying to be anything slick and exclusive. Located off the main road in a more residential area of Notting Hill, the cafe is a bit of a hidden gem and it’s not being heavily advertised either…it’s somewhere you could easily miss.
The interior has a shabby chic vibe including a bar to mix up your best bloody Mary hangover cures, and an smaller seating area upstairs…
And a bigger basement below, apparently the whole place is packed on the weekend with people seeking out the best brunches to start their day…
I was meeting Pooja, Head of Marketing for Soho House in the UK for what promised to be a rather
cracking delicious lunch…what is it about eggs and puns? I promise to try not to use any more in this post though it’s sooooo tempting to make a few yolks jokes. Anyway…Soho House Group is made up of a collection of private members clubs both in the UK and internationally, they also own several restaurants and hotels that are open to the public. I’ve been a member myself for five years and I love the vibe at the houses, when I’ve visited the New York, Miami and LA clubs there’s a feeling of being in a home away from home. All have a similar type of casual yet cool decor but with an individual style that suits the location.
The main menu at Egg Break is broken down into basics, buns, bigger plates and salads with so many tempting choices such as spaghetti carbonara with poached egg, broken eggs with chorizo and classics such as avocado on toast. There’s also a selection of hot drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, juices and cocktails so you’re covered for every time of day…
After so much indulgence on holiday (I mean did you read my reviews of Tippling Club and Restaurant Andre?), I’m afraid I’m sticking to salads at the moment. My three-way salad came with quinoa, sprouting lentils, carrots and sprouted wheat bread and of course, a perfectly poached egg.
Poached is my favourite form of egg preparation and just look at that beautifully runny yolk total #eggporn! The salad was beautifully seasoned and as eggs and quinoa are high in satiety, the dish was very filling. It was so healthy, the kind of food that makes you feel good. Having said that, I couldn’t help but have a *little* food envy for Pooja’s choice.
Fried chicken, egg, green tomatoes, red onion and mayo on brioche, it’s her favourite dish at the restaurant and it’s such a simple dish but perfectly prepared.
She also ordered a side dish of crisp hash browns, which by the way are amazing value at £2 for a plate! As we went to work on our eggs, Pooja filled me in on the latest happenings at Soho House such as the recent opening of their rustic hotel in Oxford, Soho Farmhouse, and Farm Shop, a restaurant in Bicester Village. There are so many exciting up coming plans including new club houses, pop-up restaurants and hotels and I can’t wait to visit some of these delicious sounding places. We also chatted away to the staff and manager of Egg Break who were so fun and lovely and made the café even more cosy and inviting.
We also had to order a dessert, for the photos you understand, and Pooja informed me that the pancakes were certainly the most instagrammable dish 😉
Dutch baby pancakes, raspberries, almonds and powered sugar on a kitchy china plate certainly fit the bill.
At the moment Egg Break is open Wednesday to Sunday from 7am to 6pm but from 14th September they will be open 7 days a week from 8am – 10pm. I must say it was a truly eggs-cellent lunch, where I was given the Royale treatment, plus it’s really rather cheep.
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
30 Uxbridge Street
020 3535 8300
My eggs were complimentary for the review