It’s all in the name.
A relaxed neighbourhood spot in Notting Hill, Egg Break is the latest venture by the uber trendy Soho House Group, serving up all things deliciously eggy!
Keen to check it out, the girls and I headed over for a lazy brunch on an idyllic summer’s afternoon, nabbing the table outside.
I hadn’t seen Talia in far too long, as she’s been hard at work designing her gorgeous new jewellery line – Talia Naomi – and so we had much to catch up on, side-tracking from eggsploring the menu to admire her delicate creations first!
Back to the menu. From the basics – eggs any way you like ’em – to eggy bun, soups and salads, the choice is pretty eggscellent (okay, okay. I’ll stop). The baps have developed a bit of a cult following already, but very much feeling a “ladies who lunch” vibe, we went for the lighter options with salads and plates, creatively textured with an egg to top off – the flourishing touch binding together different flavours.
The others had a fried hispi cabbage, poached egg, anchovy aoili, lemon and parmesan…
And a tuna salad with jalapeño, chicory & shaved fennel.
While I opted for fresh farro with radish, avocado, green chillies, parmesan (it usually comes with feta but they subbed it out for me on request) & sorrel pesto topped with an egg slow poached to precisely 63 degrees – the temperature at which the egg yolk and white have exactly the same consistency! Simply heavenly.
George, the wonderfully charismatic Manager didn’t let us off the hook for dessert though, and just as well. The lemon bar is a treat for those (like me) who like their desserts on the citrusy-side – a tart dense lemon filling sitting tight atop a firm brown-butter shortbready crust.
While the baked salted caramel custard is a seriously sweet affair, with a generous dollop of crème fraîche for good measure. It’s the Hob Nob biscuit quirkily dunked in that makes this though – just begging you to break off chunks to scoop out the custard.
We had a quick twirl around the cafe before we left, loving the simple but cosy interiors – whitewashed walls and little nooks and corners, with cushy pillows propped against the booths. With its laid back and cheerful ambience not to mention incredibly friendly staff, it might be all too easy for the hours to slip by in this offbeat egg-clave tucked away close to Notting Hill Gate. Only wish that it was open past 6pm – sometimes nothing beats eggs done right for supper.
Egg Break, 30 Uxbridge Street, London W8 7TA
The whitewashing of the walls that you so admire extends to vandalising what was a most beautiful ceiling, which had survived the previous two incarnations of this site.