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.
As soon as we walked in, I loved the interiors! Light pink walls with light blue accents, white subway tiles and an open-plan kitchen and bar. I love that you can post up at the bar to enjoy a lovely cardamom-spiced espresso martini whilst sampling a few sharing plates or you can grab a slice of Babka from their on-site bakery. I’ve always really enjoyed open-plan kitchens in a restaurant because it’s nice to see the action behind the scenes and makes the whole experience a bit more personal.
We ordered Bon Soy lattes (my favourite) and perused the menu. We visited in the very early days of their opening and some of the menu items weren’t available like the cornbread French Toast. We were also told that they had run out of Babka, a sweet yeasty cake, only to turn around and see an entire cake in the bakery. The service does need a bit of fine tuning, but to be honest this is to be expected in the beginning. I was with very easy-going company and didn’t mind at all, as I really enjoyed all of the dishes we got to try and it gives me a reason to go back to try the ones we missed out on!
The brunch menu is divided into sections – breads from their clay oven like Israeli pita, Montreal bagels, and flatbreads, Jerusalem breakfast plates where you can try a bit of everything like marinated aubergine, whipped green feta, and house labneh, brunch mains, lunch specials like short-rib shwarama and a selection of delicious sounding sandwiches.
Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favourites and if its one of yours too you are in for a real treat.
We started off with the Jerusalem breakfast to share, which includes a taster of all the little plates from the breakfast section of the menu. You could order this just for yourself and it’d be perfect. It comes with a selection of dips including the labneh, feta whipped with dill (amazing) crispy halloumi, and a creamy hummus topped with aubergine that we all devoured instantly and decided to order another.
We also ordered The Good Egg’s famous shakshuka, which was divine. Baked eggs bathed in a hot pool of rich tomato sauce with chunks of crispy halloumi and dollops of lemon yoghurt that added just the right amount of sweetness to a zesty dish. It was incredibly moreish and heartwarming. We mopped it all up with fresh crusty bread. I ordered the Sabih – an Iraqi aubergine pita with dollops of tahini, mango amba, dak dak, pickles, zhouk, aubergine and runny eggs all sandwiched between two warm and fluffy pita pockets. It’s safe to say I could eat these satisfying pita pockets for lunch every day.
No brunch (or any meal for that matter) with Ayushi would be complete without dessert and we couldn’t leave without trying the Babka! This was my first taste of the sweet cake and I thought it was delicious, albeit a little bit dry in some places but I thought it tasted lovely with our coffees. I’d definitely have it again the next time we go back.
Overall, I loved the Good Egg and I am already on planning to make a return with my older sister the next time she’s in London. We both have a penchant for Middle-Eastern cuisine and I know she’ll love it as much as I do. I’m also really intrigued by their dinner menu, which sounds just as great as their brunch offering.
The Good Egg, G9, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, Soho, London W1B 5PW