Middle Eastern x N.American
Brunch | NR | £
This neighbourhood spot popular for its somewhat alternative brunch offering (Middle Eastern x N.American vibes) pulls in crowds from way beyond the Stoke Newington border. I thought some things were truly delightful like the cornbread whilst other things left me feeling indifferent. It’s a cool space though with a good vibe, so I’ll definitely return. Reservations available at dinner only.
BASIC OR BOUGIE? Basic
SERVICE IS Sleek, Casual, Friendly
GROUPS Up to 6ppl
THE FULL SHEBANG
The Good Egg is on Stoke Newington Church Street. Gentrified AF. There’s a Whole Foods and everything.
It’s quite a small space which is why there’s always a queue when you come for breakfast or brunch.
Apparently the design was inspired by central European railway architecture, New York delis x Tel-Aviv cafes.
A long narrow room, there’s a bar on one side and bench that stretches across the length of the room, sectioned by individual tables. Globe lights hang from metal beams. Shelves house a mix of books and a variety of condiments.
It’s a simple, casual good looking space that doesn’t try too hard.
FOOD & SERVICE
Having tried unsuccessfully many times to eat at The Good Egg, we finally got a table after a Pilates class that I was forced to go to by my super keen San Fran based friend – yes I’m looking at you Military Marg – the Sun of the August bank holiday, around midday.
Yep, it’s taken me 6 months to post this, my bad.
The Good Egg is best known for its breakfast / brunch. There’s Middle Eastern & N.American influences to the dishes.
To kick things off, we got corn bread for the table which was delicious – really top notch stuff. It came with wee pots of butter and a spinach paste thingy.
Then, I ordered a cocktail because what’s brunch without a cocktail right? Had a pomegranate Paloma which was refreshing and real tasty. The perfect summer drink.
For my main dish, I ordered the the spinach shakshuka which came with bread – way too much of the green stuff and the yolk in the egg was solid which made me a little sad. To be honest, I don’t think I’d order this again. Should have def just gone for the normal shakshuka, dammit.
I had a small bite of my friends pita which was stuffed with eggs, aubergine, tahini and a salad with pickles. Pretty good but the pita was a little too weak to carry all those bits, so can be somewhat tricky to keep it all together and eat in a dignified manner!
Service was casual, friendly and professional and I had major clothes envy of my waitress, who had the coolest clobber on.
There wasn’t a shortage of local yummy mummies (one had a fresh new bambino with her, couldn’t have been more than a few weeks old) and there was a good smattering of 20/30 something year old trendy folks. Super chilled vibes. Liked it.
Dishes for the table to share are around the £5 mark. Large plates start at £6.50 and cocktails are £7-8.
THE TAKE OUT
When a place is so hyped, you can’t help but have high expectations. The food didn’t blow me away but overall it’s a really good spot for brunch and I would certainly revisit. I liked that they have slightly alternative brunch dishes that you won’t find everywhere and the space is lovely, with a great, low key, chilled vibe.