Middle Eastern Brunch at The Good Egg


The Good Egg
The Good Egg is a fantastic all-day restaurant serving up Middle-Eastern breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. There original outpost is in Stoke Newington and I am so happy that they have hatched a cracking new restaurant in Kingly Court. Their Soho location takes inspiration from the Jewish cafe culture of Montreal and Tel Aviv’s vibrant street food scene, and I for sure was not disappointed! I visited with my dear friend and fellow foodie Ayushi from the Foodie Diaries for brunch a few weeks ago and greatly enjoyed the dishes we tried.

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Where We Ate in NYC

New York Dining Guide Our trip to NYC for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago was a whirlwind! Every time we visit, it goes by in the blink of an eye. There is always so much to do and see and a plethora of amazing restaurants and bars to enjoy. Our trip was filled with a lot of friends and family time, eating, drinking and being merry in the spirit of Thanksgiving and all of us being together! Needless to say, New York City is a culinary mecca and we visited some awesome restaurants that I wanted to share with you to add to your foodie bucket lists.

Empellón Taqueria – West Village 

Our first night in NYC, Ciaran and I met up with my best friend from high school and her boyfriend for dinner and drinks. We kicked off our reunion with champagne at Wilfie & Nell, a cosy neighbourhood bar right next to Empellón. The music was great and it had a really fun atmosphere. It was the perfect place to grab drinks before our dinner! Empellón was AMAZING. We were blown away at the incredible tacos. There isn’t a huge Mexican food scene in London, so whenever we go back to the USA, I try to eat as much Mexican as I can. We ordered up nearly the entire taco menu and none of it disappointed! Delicacies such as lobster with sweet corn and epazote tacos, fish tempura with cabbage and lime mayo tacos, duck carnitas with habanero honey and skirt steak with onion tacos are all highlights on the menu – the duck being the star of the show. If you love Mexican food (and in particular tacos) I highly recommend Empellón – in fact, I loved it so much, I tried to work in a trip back there before our visit was over.

Octopus tacos with celery and salsa verde. @wanderingeater #empellon #tacos

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Miss Lily’s, Soho 

The next morning, we met up with our British friends who recently moved to NYC (check out Roxanne’s fitness blog here!) for brunch at Miss Lily’s in Soho. This lively Jamaican style diner was so much fun. Before we went, both my sister and our friends we were with the previous evening said how fun it was and how great the food is and they were right! The menu includes renditions of Caribbean island specialties including jerk chicken, escovitche fish, oxtail, curried goat, all seasoned with fiery jerk spices. It was so colourful and bright inside, with island music playing – I felt like I was transplanted to Jamaica. Definitely a fun one for brunch with a group of friends!

Good Enough to Eat, Upper West Side 

On Sunday, my sister and I took my dad to Good Enough to Eat near her apartment for brunch. This farmhouse-style casual American restaurant felt like home to me. It was so nice and cosy in there and reminded me of how much I miss traditional American food from time to time. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with all dishes made from scratch. You can tell how much care goes into each dish and so can the rest of NYC because there was a queue around the block! Be sure to book ahead – rest assured, it is worth the wait! I was delighted to see that they had pumpkin French toast on the menu, so of course I went for that while my dad and sister ordered an omelette and a traditional American breakfast (toast, eggs, bacon). I would definitely make a return visit to Good Enough to Eat next time we’re in NYC.

Sahadi’s, Brooklyn 

Sahadi’s isn’t a restaurant, but I feel that it needs to be on the list purely for its awesomeness. It is a Middle Eastern market in Brooklyn with the BEST bubba ganoush and hummus I’ve ever had! Middle Eastern food is one my sister and mine’s favourites so she took me here to explore and buy a few things for Thanksgiving. As we stepped in, it definitely had an old-world feeling to it. It was bustling with people getting their last-minute shopping done and we had to grab a ticket and wait for our number to be called to order. The family who started Sahadi’s is originally from Lebanon and opened the market in 1948 – selling all sorts of delicacies you won’t find in a regular grocery store including cheese, olive oils, ethnic items, more than 30 speciality dishes, a variety of olives, spices, candy, etc. It was a truly incredible experience that it’s no wonder Sahadi’s attracts people from all boroughs of New York. I am now on a mission to find the equivalent of Sahadi’s in London – if you have any ideas, please leave a comment below!

Westville, Chelsea 

My mom and I had a whole day together during our trip, which was so nice to be able to spend some real quality time with her. We jumped in a cab over to Chelsea and ate a really cute restaurant called Westville before walking the High Line. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Westville has all sorts of delicious American dishes on the menu from salads, sandwiches and burgers to bigger plates of steak and fish – there’s truly something for everyone. If you are with a really picky eater, I would recommend Westville because there really is an option for anyone! I was feeling quite large after all the food at this point, so I opted for a healthy kale salad 😉

Kale-ing us softly 😋🍴#kalesalad #westvillenyc #yummy 📸@madesimplebysarah

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Carragher’s Pub & Restaurant, Times Square 

Ciaran is an avid Liverpool fan, so of course we had to make a pit stop to Carragher’s Pub & Restaurant, a Liverpool pub owned by Jamie Carragher himself. The pub had so much character  with an awesome atmosphere – it was decorated for Christmas and looked super festive. They stream all of the soccer games so if you are a British expat living in NYC, this bar is for you! They have a great happy hour with $5 pints too and a huge beer selection. We loved it so much, we took my mom and dad back for a second visit to grab a few drinks after walking around all day. As for the food, it’s pretty good as far as pub grub goes! Think burgers, appetisers, wings, chips, Mac n Cheese. There’s also some traditional British dishes on there too like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash and Fish & Chips, so you’ll no doubt feel right at home if you are a British expat 🙂

BAGELS, BAGELS, BAGELS 

You can’t go to NYC and not have a New York bagel! Rise and shine and walk into any bagel shop you can find to get your carb fix. It’s one of the things I enjoy the most when I go to NYC – there’s nothing better than starting your day with a delicious bagel, fresh cream cheese and a coffee.

New York City has the best bagels in the world #HeavensHotBagel #LES #NYC #HappySunday

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A Fun Weekend + A Visit to Farm Girl

This past weekend was great. It was pretty non-stop but I got to catch up with so many friends and it felt good to reconnect after not seeing some of them for so long! My weekends, admittedly, usually aren’t this eventful and I am oftentimes so tired by the time Saturday rolls around that I love nothing more than a relaxing day at home but this weekend was different and although I am pretty flat out writing this, I am so glad that I took advantage of my time off and spent time with friends.

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The Test Kitchen, Soho

One of my favourite foodie areas of London is Soho. It is home to some of the most eclectic restaurants in the city with every type of cuisine you can imagine – Chinese, Japanese, Peruvian, German, the list goes on and on. It’s also home to some fantastic pop-up restaurants, one of which Ciaran and I had the pleasure of visiting a few weeks ago called The Test Kitchen by talented chef, Adam Simmonds.

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London Supperclub Review: Kebab and Roti with Guest Chef Saurav Nath at Chakra Notting Hill

I am a huge fan of supperclubs and we’re lucky to live in a city where there is an abundance of them! Supperclubs are awesome for a multitude of reasons. For one,  it’s a great opportunity to meet talented up and coming chefs and try what is usually pretty stellar food for a fraction of the price before they start working in a restaurant. Supperclubs are also pretty great because they force you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new that you wouldn’t normally go for.

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Basque Cuisine at Eneko at One Aldwych

I first tried Basque cuisine at Taste of London circa 2013. A restaurant from Spain’s Basque Country was there demoing and I distinctly remember how delicious the pork tasted. After a bit of research, I discovered that Spain’s Basque Country is the ultimate destination for epicureans, with an array of Michelin-starred gastronomic legends, like Azurmendi Restaurante  – renowned Chef Eneko Atxa’s three Michelin-starred restaurant and the #16 restaurant in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

When the opportunity came up to try out Eneko’s London offshoot – Eneko at One Aldwych – I was thrilled to say the least! I had heard such lovely reviews from other bloggers and friends that have dined there before, that I was bursting with excitement to finally visit myself.

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Vivek Singh’s Guest Chef Series

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like few on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore

The last few months have been hectic but great. Between work, events and wedding planning, it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind but fantastic nonetheless. I have been fortunate enough to attend some really cool events, one of which was Vivek Singh’s Guest Chef Series kick off collaboration dinner with Adam Handling of the critically acclaimed, The Frog E1.

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English Wine Week at Ormer Mayfair

Last week, I had the pleasure of popping along to Ormer Mayfair, Shaun Rankin’s London outpost of the highly acclaimed, Michelin-starred Ormer in Jersey. I have heard several fantastic words and rave reviews about both restaurants and have long wanted to try it out for myself. When I was asked to accompany one of my colleagues to preview Ormer’s English Wine Week tasting menu with wine pairings, needless to say I was both thrilled and thankful for the lovely opportunity.

Shaun and Ormer Mayfair’s Head sommelier Andreas Rosendal have created a stunning five-course tasting menu bursting with fresh, seasonal dishes inspired by the Jersey shores paired with some of the best wines England has to offer.

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Waddle Over to Duck and Waffle Local

Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower is a restaurant that is near and dear to my heart. Ciaran and I went on our first date to Duck and Waffle and go back annually for special occasions, you can read all about my 25th birthday celebration at D&W here. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am a sucker for a good view! Well, Dan Doherty and the D&W crew have come back down to earth and have opened Duck and Waffle Local, a fantastic offspring to my favourite 24-hour sky-high eatery.

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