Bad Egg

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Sat in the brutalist shadow of the Barbican, Bad Egg’s an idiosyncratic little brunch spot. Run by London ‘barbecue king’ Neil Rankin – his CV a where’s where of ace meat joints, Pitt Cue, Temper and Smokehouse among ’em – it’s a ‘permanent pop-up’ (their words) turned actually permanent. Long occupying the premises of the suity Little Smoke restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s now taken over proper. It’s maniacally popular: waiting lists are weeks long despite the location, this part of the City an eerie dead zone on the weekends. That’s all for good reason, though, as the food is fabulous. A mash-up of Tex-Mex diner-style grub (nachos, tacos, buffalo rib tips, sandwiches et al) and more modish plates (guacamole, pulled pork and kimchi on toast, ‘macanchini’ balls and so on) the menu is a relentless parade of fiery, funky hits. Clean eating this is not.

Famished/hungover types should hit the bottomless brunch: endless booze or softies (no mimosas for me, but the coffee was fine) plus three plates per person. Eggs abound. As do head-sweltering chipotle-infused bits and synthetic cheese. A bowl of ‘Bad Ass nachos’, slathered in green salsa and topped with a fried egg, was a cobweb-blasting treat; as was the little pot of crusty, chewy buffalo rib tips, coolly tempered with a blue cheese mayo. A deconstructed cheeseburger hash was a mess of meat and melt, with all the humming unctuousness you’d expect from a Rankin dish. ’Nduja cheese covered fries? A no-brainer. The scrambled egg and guacamole breakfast tacos seemed positively restrained in comparison. This is unrepentantly filthy stuff. Make the schlep and wallow away: being bad never tasted so good.

 

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Bad Egg
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Address: Unit 1B, City Point
1 Ropemaker Street
London
EC2Y 9AW
Transport: Tube: Moorgate
Price: Brunch for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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tastemaker

My revelation of the London Burger Battle! I had heard of Bad Egg but never had the chance to go to their famous brunch. When I heard that they were coming to the London Burger Battle, I got intrigued. Don't those guys just make... egg dishes? Well, it seems not as their Korean Burger with beef brisket and korean sauce was the clear winner of the night: juicy, full of flavour and with just the right amount of spiciness. Will definitely visit the restaurant very soon!

tastemaker

Bad Egg – the most hyped breakfast place with the most counterintuitive name – was where I found myself on Saturday for bottomless brunch! In a quiet location, it was easily the most awake place! 6 of us came in expecting bottomless prosecco and good food for two hours and we weren't disappointed. 


The service was great – friendly, fast, and always topping up our glasses.The menu is exciting and the food itself was good. I went for the sausage, egg and hash brown muffin, which did just look like a taller McMuffin, but was really tasty. It could've been a bit bigger for a main plate though, and it lacked in the promised cheese fondue. Luckily I chose the blueberry American pancakes with vanilla cream next, and that was delicious – the pancakes were thick, soft and fluffy!

For £32, I think Bottomless Brunch here was maybe a bit steep, but it was a fun experience. Arrive after 12pm for the best atmosphere!

tastemaker

Quite possibly one of the most sinful brunches I've had in London but totally worth it! 


My boyfriend and I came here for his celebratory birthday brunch, and truly indulged in their all-day breakfast items. I liked that they had an all-day breakfast menu because we got to enjoy a weekday brunch. Although we were horribly late for our reservation, our hostess was more than happy to seat us immediately and had saved our table, as we called to let them know we were going to be late. The atmosphere of the place is truly buzzing and I liked that I could see part of the kitchen - this gave it a more open feel along with their glass window walls. 


Naturally, I wanted everything on the menu but settled on the Huevos Rancheros. This came as a generous serving of creamy scrambled eggs topped with chorizo, guacamole, and a heap of melted fondue cheese. It also came with a serving of fried tortilla chips on the side to dip into the lovely mix. It was packed with flavour, different textures, and a good spicy kick from the chorizo and its natural chili oil that was poured over the entire dish. Everything was delicious and blended well together! I would say that some of the tortilla chips were over-seasoned while others were under-seasoned but they were super crunchy.


Since this was a celebratory brunch, we shared an order of the Pancakes with Maple Syrup as 'dessert'. But who are we kidding, we'd both order a second dish normally anyway ;) These were pretty average - not as thick and fluffy as American-styled pancakes are meant to be. They were also topped with pancake syrup rather than maple syrup, as we could tell it wasn't as fragrant as maple syrup. I probably wouldn't order the pancakes again when I come back, as the savoury options were delicious and there were so many to try! 


The service was great, as our waiter was cheerful and helpful! When I asked about alternative milks for my coffee (as I'm lactose intolerant), he made sure to let me know that they did have almond milk as a substitute but that it doesn't foam up well in a coffee. So I went for a Single Espresso instead. However, I found the coffee too acidic and it had quite a sour taste - I much prefer bitter coffee. The service was quick, it didn't take too long for our food to arrive, and it wasn't hard to get their attention when we wanted to order or to pay. The bathrooms were also quite nice - spacious and clean!


Overall, a great experience and definitely a café I'd come back to to try their proper weekend brunch (with booze!). 


I booked the Christmas Crunch at Bad Egg weeks in advance as it sounded like a fun and novelty xmas experience. However, the evening was a bit overpriced (for the food) and flat all round. With a cool vibe when you walk through the door, I had high expectations but they didn’t quite seem to follow through. The food was a bit blah with my burger sticking to the bottom of the dish as if it had been microwaved in cheese sauce. The salad side tasted weird and we had to constantly bargain with the staff for bottomless top ups while they were focusing on the larger Xmas party tables. Without sounding like a Granny, we eventually got moved to a sit down table after being on bar stools because it was so noisy I couldn’t hear my friend speak. This was just OK but not the best service or food and wouldn’t think about returning when there are so many better organised bottomless options in the city.

tastemaker

Christmas "Crunch" at Bad Egg


Christmas Crunch (Christmas and brunch thrown together) is a main meal and a side with unlimited prosecco, kir royales, mimosas or Christmas slushies for £35 which lasts for 2 hours. I have to say, I think it was executed very well. There were about 8 mains you could choose from and I went for the Sausage, Bacon and Egg hash. It was absolutely delicious, sausage meat thrown together with potato rostis with crispy bacon, lashings of cheese fondue topped with a fried egg. It sounds a bit of a mess but it really worked. The only criticism about it is that there could've been more, the egg was slightly underdone for me and the choice of sides you get to choose from was a little bit limited, (fries, a side salad and coleslaw) especially if you choose the hash which comes with potatoes anyway.

In regards to service and drinks, the service was friendly, efficient and quick and our glasses were never empty. Before we knew it, our 2 hours was up. Overall, I think I would return to Bad Egg in the future. If you are thinking of going booking ahead is essential as it gets so busy for their brunch.

tastemaker

Bad by name and bad by nature. You won't find the food at Bad Egg on any clean eating plans, think 'mexican' fused breakfast foods - tacos, tortillas, jalapeño and guacamole. Served over several courses, it is certainly useful as you indulge in bottomless prosecco, mimosas or bloody Mary's. Despite the restaurant being full (on a weekend you will need to book well in advance) staff were prompt at refilling drinks and incredibly helpful at explaining the menu, and ensuring all dietary requirments were fulfilled (gluten free and vegetarian options are easily available). Your two hours will fly by at Bad Egg! 

tastemaker

Bad Egg, the name says it all. I visited with my husband recently and we were both fairly unimpressed by the experience. Each of our dishes were delivered with no exciting surprises or panache for example, the nachos were basic tortilla chips with gloopy american cheese and a bit of guac. Nothing to excite the senses. Equally, I ordered the fried chicken in a bun with PB & J, excited to try something new and a bit unusual, I was deflated to see some heavily fried chicken with peanut butter on one side of the bread and jam on the other. I know I should be glad it came as described but it was really dull and to be honest, the bread, peanut butter and dried out chicken made it incredibly hard to eat. Disappointed and won't be returning anytime soon.

Tastemaker

This was the first bottomless brunch I've been to, so i had very high expectations! It was for a friend's birthday, so a special occasion!


Firstly, we really struggled to actually find it - there was minimal signage and if you didn't know where you were going, even Google maps couldn't help!


Inside, the atmosphere was bustling. There were so many young people about to get very, very drunk! Once all our party had arrived, the drinks commenced. There was a choice between mimosas, prosecco or bloody marys. Most of the table chose mimosas/prosecco. One chose a bloody mary, which was superbly made - with a perfect blend of tobasco and pepper. The prosecco and orange juice were very regularly topped up, by our very friendly waiter. There was never a time were we were empty.


After a while, the food arrived. Unfortunately, I don't feel the food justified the £35 price tag. I had pancakes, chicken and maple syrup for my first dish and for second, hamburger hash. Especially whilst being inebriated, the food just wasn't great. The hamburger has consisted of sauted potatoes, burgers, sliced cheese and mustard. The pancakes were rubbery and didn't taste of much.


Overall, if the food was improved, this would be great. 

tastemaker

I had high hopes for bad egg, but unfortunately it lived up to its name a little bit too well. There has always been so much hype around the bottomless brunches there, and its practically impossible to get a table. Even booking a few weeks in advance, the only table we could get was at 10.00am. 


The concept is pretty simple - you can either go bottomless for £35 or virgin for £23.50. For this, you can have unlimited prosecco, mimosas or bloody Mary's. Alongside that, you get to choose two dishes from the brunch menu so you shouldn't leave feeling hungry. 


However, the food wasn't quite what I expected. As there were three of us, we decided to get six dishes and share them between us, that way we didn't have to get the dreaded food envy. 


The breakfast tacos arrived looking very sad indeed. The tacos were thick and tough, the eggs runny and the chipotle salsa barley there. Not a great start. 


The cheese burger hash hardly had any burger in in, and the cheese was plastic and tasteless. The potatoes were on the cold side and chewy - not the crunchy outside and fluffy middle you would hope for. 


Nduja cheese and fried egg fries were bland. The nduja was non non existent and the fried egg was overcooked - no runny yolk porn here. 


When you order pancakes and get French toast, it's not ideal. However, at least the bacon was crisp and the maple syrup plentiful. 


The only dish I really enjoyed was macanchini - crispy balls of fried mac n cheese served with a spicy chipotle aioli that really packed a punch. However, they weren't quite rich and cheesy enough. There is nothing better than biting into a mac n cheese ball and an oozing string of cheese trailing behind - sadly this wasn't the case. 


I was let down by Bad Egg. Maybe I've lived in London for too long, but I don't think £35 is outrageous for bottomless brunch. However, in this instance, it under delivered and didn't live up to all the chat. 

tastemaker

Bad Egg had been on my to-try list for a long time, especially since I've read really good reviews about it's food. When I finally managed to go there for a weekday brunch though I was really disappointed with the food. 


I ordered Huevos Rancheros (described as creamy scrambled eggs, jalapenos, cheese fondue, chorizo, salsa & guacamole) that come with fried tacos on the side. I don't even really like fried tacos but the only thing I actually ate was the fried tacos with guacamole. I really disliked the rest of the dish, as everything just seemed to have been tossed in to a skillet and topped with an overwhelming amount of cheese. Because of the amount of melted cheese (that didn't even taste good) you couldn't taste any other flavours really. The eggs where definitely not creamy but instead very compact and hard and the chorizo very oily. Overall the dish was very oily and fatty and I couldn't even try to eat more that a couple of bites.


My boyfriend ordered the Chicken Burger (fried chicken, guacamole, sriracha, chipotle & a fried egg). He had to send the first one they served him back, as the egg was raw - he specifically asked for the egg to be cooked well done! The raw egg was over everything else on the dish, which made the whole thing inedible. They replaced it with another one, which was fine but not really tasty. 


Given that we were there on a weekday and we and another table of 2 people were the only ones there, the service was unbelievably slow! We waited 40 minutes for the above mentioned dishes (before we sent one back and had to wait another 15 minutes), which really makes me wonder how they manage on busy weekends. The staff was very friendly and smiley though. 


I would never recommend it or go back, but hate to leave bad reviews so would like to end this review by mentioning the few good things about Bad Egg: their coffee was nice, the guacamole was decent, the staff was very friendly and I really liked the warm, industrial, diner-style interiors.

tastemaker

Amazing brunch, very busy place, book in before going. We ended up getting a walk in, but they said we would need to leave the table45 minutes before the bottomless was up - but did offer us to stand/sit at the front bar to finish our bottomless prosecco. The food was quick and really tasty - and the top up of glasses was very efficent. Highly recommend.

tastemaker

was a very long wait to get here!!! the service wasn't good, and they kept forgetting things!! but the food was excellent!


I booked bad egg for my birthday after reading excellent reviews of it in timeout magazine. I did some research and 3 courses for £35 seemed like very good value. I paid an £130 deposit on the understanding that this was the deal I was getting. However, when we arrived we saw that it was now only 2 courses for 35, suddenly not such good value for money. I had several conversations with the resturant prior to coming, confirmed twice and at no point did they mention this change.

The service wasnt particularly good, they repeatedly messed up our orders and made mistakes. One of my friends wanted the a la carte menu and was told she couldn't have that on a table that was doing the Bottomless brunch, despite me ringing up the day before and being told she would be able to.

We felt pressured into paying a large service charge despite not being happy with the service. Although the food we had was nice I felt making us pay more for less was poor form.

Tastemaker

We booked a table for our Easter brunch and were really excited to go. As expected it was really busy on the day and the were slightly behind schedule, which is totally fine.

What we did not know was that the portion sizes are more like tapas, than an actual meal - even being able to order three did not help and some of us ended up ordering additional food from their regular menu.

We, as a group, had a lovely time, the food was nice and our waitress excellent, but I don't think that we will back anytime soon.


Service was excellent, booze was excellent, food tasted good but there was BARELY ANY OF IT! Tiny portions! I've been to ALOT of bottomless brunches, and had way more food of the same quality for less money than Bad Egg offers! A had a lovely time, but would choose an alternative place for my future brunching needs!


What a lovely restaurant, good food and service and atmosphere, definately hope to go back.  The roasties were YUMMY!!!

Tastemaker

If you're looking for a truly bottomless brunch, look no further!


Bad Egg is an American-style diner that very much feels like a pop-up on the weekend, given their brunch menu comes and goes on a weekend-ly basis. That is, although it doesn't change (and it really doesn't need to), it is only available for hungry weekenders. Bad Egg is your friend if you are looking for the perfect post-hangover meal, or for a great spot to talk about last night's mischief. But also if you're looking for some healthy daytime boozing - to be honest, the party begins here!


Having visited for brunch at 2.30 on a Sunday, Bad Egg provided everything I dreamt of. I didn't go out on Saturday - this was my party - and it was pretty wild. They don't kid around about 'bottomless'. Go for the Mimosa (orange juice and prosecco), and watch as the waiters appear minute after minute to refill your barely touched glass of deliciously acceptable daytime cocktail. Within half an hour, our cheeks were red as the booth we were sitting in.


I disagree with the theory that the three dishes you get for £35 are small - altogether, they make up a perfectly filling meal, and leave you more than content in your alcohol haze. Having devoured a deconstructed cheese burger, fried chicken on maple syrup toast and banana and breakfast tacos, I was more than content. And, needless to say, the Mimosas kept on coming.


I'm not going to lie - the food won't knock you on your back or make you gasp. The cheese burger was dry, the chicken barely recognisable and the tacos I probably could have done better myself (not to mention they were at best tepid). But all that really isn't a bother when you have a full glass at any given minute, having a great time out with friends and getting unreasonably drunk at 3 PM on a Sunday.


Like I said - look no further. Don't expect culinary wizardry (or food you would enjoy were you sober). Just enjoy the vibe, and your unlimited booze.

Tastemaker

I went to Bad Egg on a Friday morning with colleagues, I had read about it earlier on timeout and I was looking forward to try it. This place is well known for the eggs so I had to chose something with eggs! Avocado on toast is one of my favourites when I go for breakfast/brunch (with any possible twist each restaurant might offer) so when I saw the guacamole on sourdough toast with poached eggs I thought "why not?". Turns out it was a great choice which I definitely recommend. The pancakes looked good as well. The service was great and the atmosphere was good but gives you the sensation of a fast food place - I mean I have been to "nicer" places for breakfast. Last but not least, it is very reasonably priced! I do recommend this place for a casual breakfast/brunch/lunch, but not if you are looking for something more "special".


Went to Bad Egg with a group of friends for bottomless brunch. 


It's fairy good value for 35 pounds, but I thought the three dishes were very small and not that exciting. The granola was nothing special and the pancake with maple syrup tasted like something I could have made at home. The mac and cheese arancini were by far my best plate. The service was great and we definitely drank enough prosecco to make the whole thing worth it. I would go back again, but be aware the three plates are very small.

Tastemaker

Now this review is based on a free breakfast so has to get a high rating however the breakfast was great!

Bad Egg has been open for a few months now but after one or 2 months they did a stunt (spotted in timeout) where they offered a free breakfast bun to the first 100 customers each day for a week
Bf and I work nearby so went for it. We arrived at 7.50 thinking there'd be a massive queue however it was empty! We were 5thish in the queue however just past 8 it got pretty hectic
The service was quick and they were so friendly even tho it was all free
We both got pbj and fried chicken bun which was sooo good! 
I've been dying to go back for dinner and plan to in the next month and then also on my list for a brunch as well!
Menu looks great!
tastemaker

The Bad Egg is good for one thing and one thing only. Loud, rowdy boozy brunches with a good group of mates. Unlimited Bellini's and Bloody Mary's (you can jump between both which is a huge plus) as well as a choice of 3 of their small plates mean you aren't spoilt for choice at all.


The waiting staff are attentive enough and with a bit of cajoling you will ensure you get your money's worth for the booze. It isn't overly priced, it's in a great location and the food & booze are to a great standard. 


Mark this down for your next birthday and impress your mates with your excellent choice of pre-afternoon boozing venue.

Tastemaker
 I had the pulled pork and kimchi hash - There's a big pool of oil at the bottom of the bowl and everything except the egg must have been tumbling around in a bucket of salt before making it to the dish. I must have had my monthly allowance of salt in this dish. Both kimchi and pulled pork was scarce but there's enough oily potato to fill the hole. It was so bad I could only eat around half of it. In contrast, the pickles on the other hand had barely had any flavour and was rather limp. The staff were nice but the menu needs a lot more work.
Tastemaker

Bad Egg is one of those places all your friends will rave on about. With the perfect combination of greasy breakfast inspired food and an awesome array of drinks you can’t really go wrong with anything you order. I headed here with a couple of friends, even though the dim lighting wasn’t too inviting we still walked in, plonked ourselves down at a table and devoured a feast. 


The chilled out music makes you feel a little nostalgic for the endless summers of our youths. But you soon stop your daydreaming by the friendly staff whom happen to give out the right amount of ordering advice. Happily distracted by sipping on our beers the dishes were soon placed in front of us. Having ordered the Cheeseburger Hash, I was faced with an inviting large skillet type plate. The explosion of flavour happening in my mouth seconds after reminded me that I made the right choice. My friends were pleasantly surprised by their burgers and we all finished off our food without room for dessert. 


My biggest recommendation for Bad Egg, is to turn down the music, and turn up the lights, we definitely missed out on our Instagram opportunities there.

Tastemaker

What could be better than an unlimited brunch in the morning accompanied by cocktails and champagne?! There are definitely no "bad eggs" here, and you can have them any way you should fancy.. Boiled, fried, scrambled, with chilli or with bacon. You name it, they can do it! Top marks to Neil Rankin, now one of my favourite chefs!

tastemaker

We went to Bad Egg for their unlimited bubbles brunch and it did not disappoint. Their tapas style plates made for an amazing sharing feast and the bubbles kept flowing. Food was amazing and the staff were superb. Big thumbs up.

Tastemaker

Took a friend to Bag Egg's Bottomless Brunch for her birthday. At the time we went it was £30 for 3 dishes and bottomless mimosas or bloody mary's (I think the price has gone up to £35).


We chose the place, quite honestly, because it was affordable and it was bottomless. That was basically our 2 criteria. 


I would absolutely go back the bottomless brunch - for the food. In the bottomless brunch they let you choose 3 of their breakfast dishes, all of which I loved. It was fun to be able to have different dishes and not just commit to one. 


I got the breakfast tacos, cheeseburger hash and cheese & fried egg fries. All were really good, but the cheeseburger hash was heavenly! Like the perfect fusion of cheese burger, hash browns and a perfectly fried egg. Then the yolk of the egg combined with the cheese and the meat of the burger to be soaked up by crunchy hash brown... delicious, just absolutely delicious.


The bottomless drinks were good as well, but definitely not the highlight. At times it was difficult to wave down the servers to get a refill and sometimes the mimosas were too strong or too weak. 


But all in all, going back for that cheeseburger hash. 

Tastemaker

Came here for lunch. Had the potato hash with black pudding and pork belly. Good spices on the potato hash and good amount for meat for the price. Oh and of course an over easy egg on top really ties it all together. Hot sauce on the table also adds a nice kick!


My friend had the vegetarian tacos and they looked pretty lovely (she also wouldn't share, which says something). Reasonably priced for its location in the city. 

Tastemaker

Is there anything better than a bottomless brunch? Yes, a bottomless brunch with a price tag of £35 for 3 plates and unlimited bloody mary, mimosa or firezza (prosecco). Compared to other places, this is quite the bargain. Not only that but the food, service and drinks are on point. I went with my housemate and we had macancini (mac and cheese deep fried balls of gooey goodness), breakfast tacos (egg was a little too runny for me but flavours were still amazing), rib tips (spicy but super tasty), pancakes (but actually just one pancake, still very tasty) and french toast (I didn't try it but I'm told it was great). We also had more mimosas than I've probably had in my whole life and a bloody mary to try (as we'd never had one before). By the end of our two hour sitting, we were stuffed and very merry indeed. My favourite brunch in London so far!

Tastemaker

If you’re looking for a bottomless brunch then this definitely qualifies a bottomless. By the time I got home I already had a hangover. I can’t fault the staff for not refilling my drink or being attentive. Problem for me lies in the food – a choice of 3 small dishes from a menu of about twelve. The food wasn’t bad but one large plate would have been better particularly accompanied with so much alcohol. Some were more substantial than others with one of my choices being quite small. Also, there was nothing very healthy on the menu. And the noise level. The music was way too loud raising the chatter of diners to an almost unbearable level. I know with a bottomless brunch you’re not opting in for a quiet and leisurely meal but nobody wants to go out and shout across a table.

Staff Writer

Bad Egg is a big hit with twenty-somethings, some of them making their way to this corporate bit of EC2 for the first time – lured by the promise of a dirty food/diner experience. And for them it works – the weekend brunch is particularly popular – but be warned: even the caesar salad comes with fried chicken.

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Went there yesterday with friends. The service leaves a lot to be desired as does the food which I found quite bland. You're essentially paying £30 for 3 starters and cheap plonk which is fine if you stay the two hours and get your money's worth. Got very annoying when the waiters have to be called every time you're ready to order your next round. They just don't bother to check on the tables they're waiting on. Not even a 'goodbye, thanks for coming'. Not sure I'll bother to go back again.

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