In a nutshell
The people behind Soho House and The Hoxton Hotel Group together have opened a cute egg-based café on a residential street in Notting Hill (7am-6pm, Wednesday to Sunday)
Menu know how
Split into basics (eggs on toast, egg benedict etc), buns, plates, salads and sides, the most dishes at this daytime café come with an egg of some sort, be it poached, fried or – surely the most fashionable egg of the moment – 63 degrees: cooked slowly in a waterbath at, you guessed it 63 degrees. There are cocktails, wines and excellent coffee, too.
The buns. Oh my goodness – the buns. Seeded or brioche, they’re terrific value at between £5 and £7. Fillings range from pork belly, fried egg and sriracha to fried chicken, green tomato, red onion and mayo. Each one is enough on its own for a satisfying brunch or lunch but we also split a side of fried hispi cabbage with a rich umami dressing of anchovy aïoli and parmesan, and a plate of faro dressed with sorrel pesto which came with avocado, feta and beetroot topped with a quivery, slow-cooked egg.
What we’re going back for
If it’s half as good as the carbonara eggs served at Soho House group’s Pizza East, next time we’ve got to try the spaghetti carbonara with a poached egg and pork belly. Desserts sound ace, too – baked salted caramel custard with crème fraîche and chocolate tart with charred marshmallows.
What’s the room like
Cream tongue-and-groove walls, scuffed tile flooring, filament light bulbs and chipped painted metal chairs give Egg Break a homely, lived-in feel. Cocktails come in tumblers, there’s ketchup and brown sauce on the table and plenty of newspapers knocking around. The ground floor is light, airy and dominated by a wooden coffee and cocktail bar, and the basement has more space and bigger tables for groups.
What we loved
Cheerful waiters and an expertly made Clover Club cocktail – gin, lemon and homemade raspberry syrup made deliciously frothy with egg white.
The space used to be a Thai restaurant, and the awning outside still shows its name, Thai Break, with the first word scored through and Egg scribbled over it.
Price range: affordable – from £4 for eggs on toast to £14 for a rib-eye with jalapeno fries. Wine from £5 a glass, cocktails £7.
http://www.eggbreak.com; written July 2015
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