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.
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.