Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturday Brunch @ The Good Egg Pop-Up
John and I had the most egg-cellent brunch at The Good Egg pop-up on Saturday, hosted by Cortado. A little bored by our usual brunch options, I signed up to Grub Club on Friday, which alerts you to all the pop-ups happening in your local area. I only needed to see the words, "breakfast burrito", before clicking on the "purchase" button, which, along with reserving my place at the pop-up, also pre-paid for our breakfasts (at £8 each).
It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and knowing that John was still jet-lagged from his week of bi-coastal travel in the US, I intentionally picked a location that was less than a 7-minute walk away from our flat. When we arrived to the restaurant, we were greeted by the super friendly staff and shown to our table. Though our seating was booked for 11 a.m., I avoided eating anything for breakfast so I could save space for their incredible-sounding menu - and I'm so glad I did.
John ordered the "Shakshuka": Cotswold Legbar eggs (with the sunniest, most bright orange yolk you could imagine!) baked in a smoky, spiced tomato and pepper sauce, topped with lemon yoghurt and toasted za'atar sourdough with British rare-breed Merguez sausages. If that sounds complicated, you only need to look at the dish pictured above, which screams perfection. The smoky stew was an absolute delight to dip the toasted sourdough bread into - I even stole John's plate at the end to mop up the remaining sauce!
For me, I chose the "Eggs Rothko", which consisted of challah bread (my favorite) with a hole cut for a runny egg, topped with a slice of honey-mustard ham and their secret recipe cheese sauce, all served with a side salad of dressed rocket and slow roasted tomatoes. It was rich, indulgent, but a total taste sensation.
After sampling each other's dishes and marvelling at how good they tasted, we asked for the bill and were presented with this adorable check, complete with two Haribo eggs, naturally:
At the moment The Good Egg has taken up residencies at Cortado in N1 and The Hangover Club in Hackney Wick. You can book via The Grub Club, or rock up on the day - booking ahead is recommended though.