The Good Egg

Restaurants, Middle Eastern Stoke Newington
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This one-time pop-up has found a permanent home for its all-day breakfasts, burgers and bakes that mix trans-atlantic trends 'from LA to Tel Aviv via London'

Last year a trendy brunch spot called Bad Egg opened in the City. This one is no relation and doesn’t have much to do with eggs – but it is good, very good.

From the slatted bench that runs round one wall, it’s interesting to sit and contemplate what an efficient job the owners have done with a small space – it’s compact but not packed, stylish but not slavishly so, with an open kitchen, bar, high stools and central service stations all fitted in.

A bit of uncertain service was forgiven on this early-days visit, especially once the food started arriving. ‘Plates’ are Middle Eastern-influenced, a real trend at the moment, but it’s convincing. Preserved lemon and feta came on cocktail sticks in a tapas dish, sprinkled with fiery flaked chilli, an update of that ’70s party-nibble favourite cheddar and pineapple. An Iraqi pita had fried aubergine, chopped egg and mango pickle inside airy bread; best of all was za’atar fried chicken – spicy, crunchy and practically competition for your local Chicken Cottage at £5.50. (Everything’s good value – two of us left full after a couple of drinks each for less than £50.) There are bigger dishes like Persian smoked brisket or whole roast cauliflower with tahini and pomegranate.

It’s open all day, with tempting-looking breakfasts ensuring this little space will before long be full morning to night. In a city where too often a new restaurant opening leaves us scratching our heads wondering ‘What were they thinking?’, Good Egg seems to have cracked it.

By: Euan Ferguson

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Venue name: The Good Egg
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Address: 93 Stoke Newington Church St
London
N16 0AS
Transport: Stoke Newington rail
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Nataliya P
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Great place to go for brunch especially on a sunny day as there is a little courtyard in the back. Shakshuka reminded me of being back in Israel. The cocktails were a bit strong but tasty. Definitely coming back here again!

Alexandra L
Tastemaker

Hotter & healthier than Ryan Gosling spread on avocado toast. That would be the holy grail of breakfasting in London so when it comes time to chow down that first meal of the day, head to Stoke Newington and stake your place at The Good Egg.

Nonchalantly confident with an understatedly cool exterior, this spot on Stoke Newington Church Street is having a bit of a moment and deservedly so. The former pop up is currently one of the tastiest tickets in town and within thirty minutes of a 9am Tuesday morning arrival, every table was full.


Whitewashed walls are shelved and heavy with preserved lemons, sacks of grain and jars of amba mango pickle while a slate-grey breakfast bar has platters of freshly baked apple & custard pastries piled next to babka loaves, thick with ribbons of chocolate & cinnamon.


I’m a little bit in love with the menu’s Jewish-Israeli, traditional-modern take on everything in it; croissants are sweetly flavoured with halva and pitas are packed with aubergine, chilli’s & pickle.


The Jerusalem Plate with silky, flaky Middle Eastern bourekas, creamy tahini, gorgeously sour pickles and deeply rich boiled eggs is utterly scrumptious but hands down, the Bacon & Date Pita with bacon, marbleized egg, date jam and amba mango pickle is my new favourite breakfast in London. Cloud light and dusty with flour, the pita is light years away from dry, creaky supermarket renditions, the chutney is sweet, sticky and satisfying and the amba mango pickle is sharp, tangy & smooth, banishing forever the cloying perfumed mango chutneys of your Friday night takeaway.


My advice is get to the Good Egg soon and get there early. Be prepared to queue at the weekend but do so in the knowledge that it’s totally worth it…in a sea of overpriced and oversized breakfast plates that leave you staggering out in search of a bench and in need of a nap, Egg’s fresh & personal take on starting the day in Middle Eastern style is a breath of fresh air.

Jennifer S
Tastemaker

The review is just for brunch. I am dying to come back for dinner. 

I got this: Iraqi Aubergine Pita £7
Sabih, a Tel Aviv-style pita stuffed with egg, fried aubergine,
zhoug, mango amba, tahini and house pickles

It was delicious and messy. The tahini, egg and aubergine blended so well in the two pitas you are given. The bread does fall apart though so expect a lot of napkins. My friend got this:
Shakshuka £9
Baked eggs with with tomato and peppers, with preserved
lemon yoghurt & sumac and a challah roll. With rare-breed
merguez sausage or halloumi

She said it was a bit of pepper overload (not spicy, just the amount) but I loved it! The halloumi was particularly flavourful in the sauce.

Dinking a star for typical mediocre London service.

Amy L
Tastemaker

A 40 minute wait to get seated on a Sunday, but well worth it for a tasty brunch in this lovely cafe. On trendy Church Street in Stoke Newington, the Good Egg serves delicious Middle eastern style food and great coffee. Shakshuka was to die for, and with so many scrumptious looking options on the menu, I'm going to be coming back regularly.

Daisy H

This place is super tasty. Had to wait 40 minutes to get in but was worth it. The pork belly breakfast was extravagant but really really good, and nice to have something a little different to the usual brunch options. Friends had the eggs/chorizo which apparently looked better than it tasted. Place has a nice vibe though if your happy to wait to get in!

Dee
Tastemaker

It is a lovely, relaxed cafe, a little off the beaten path for me, for which i wouldn't mind the occasional commute to have that delicious chocolate babka.