After the success of their first site in Stoke Newington, The Good Egg crowd-funded to their second site in Soho’s Kingly Court. This café-cum-restaurant, inspired by the Jewish café-culture of Montreal, serves all-day brunch Monday to Sunday. Take a seat on one of the dark-teal wooden chairs and watch chefs at work behind the metal counter. Walls are covered in jars of pickles and bottles of wine and blackboards list names of the meat, fish and veg producers that feature on the menu.
The menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury choices. Choose between a kanafeh croissant filled with pistachio and rose, cardamom buns and rugelach (a light, flaky pastry) for a sweet baked treat. The rich, buttery brioche-like babka is a must, with a thick chocolate spread running through the layers of dough and a crisp crust. If you’re there in December, grab a slice of the Christmas babka, flavoured with marzipan, currants and spiced butter and get a piece to take home, too.
If you fancy something savoury and want a small taste of everything, try out the Jerusalem breakfast plates, small dishes that range from spicy merguez hogget sausage with preserved-lemon yogurt and sweet marinated aubergine with tahini and smoked paprika to crispy fried eggs with chilli and vinegary beets and dill.
For a more traditional breakfast, order granola with seasonal fruit and house labneh, bagels and banana cake. Make sure to get a smooth flat white made with beans from South London roaster Volcano Coffee Works to wake yourself up.
Bullseye: The Good Egg’s cornbread French toast is crisp on the outside with a dense cake-like texture, served with whipped sour cream, spicy pumpkin purée, crunchy pecan brittle and sweet, juicy poached cranberries. Order with bacon for a salty balance.
The Good Egg, Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW