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The Good Egg Soho

Restaurants, Middle Eastern Soho
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The second branch of Stoke Newington’s hit Israeli restaurant, this time in Soho

Twenty-four. That’s how many outdoor seats there are at the new branch of this popular Israeli joint, which has a plum spot in Soho’s Kingly Court. In winter, they also have covers and the heaters are ‘intense’ (their words). The next best thing? A £4 dessert of dark chocolate shards, thin and angular, like broken glass. Attached to it were barnacles of dusty dehydrated tahini (surprisingly un-sesame-ish, but deliciously salty), plus shrivelled sour cherries. Divine.

Two other dishes passed muster: a sweet, soft aubergine piled high with creamy labneh, crunchy chickpea and zhoug (a verdant herb paste) and tentacles of soft charred octopus, again with labneh but also with crushed pistachio and orange.

But too much of the meal, though fine, lacked oomph. The whole roasted cauliflower was a little soggy. The hot flatbread a little doughy. And when I looked around, it made sense. This second site looks – and feels – like a chain restaurant. A nice one: the kind you’d go to with a pal, for a long overdue catch-up. It’s all very pleasant: shades of teal and dusky rose, funky-but-not-too-loud music, polite middle-class youngsters waiting the tables. But hey, sometimes ‘fine’ can be, well, fine. Especially if it’s a nice day.

Details

Address: Unit G9
Kingly Court
Soho
London
W1B 5PW
Cross street: Carnaby Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £85.
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Users say (8)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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tastemaker

This place looked very inviting in the heart of kingly court, however my friends and I were really disappointed. We waited for over twenty minutes just to be acknowledged by a waiter, after which we were told the wait was approx 30-45mins. Theres limited seating indoor and outside, and its quite busy on weekends so I would definitely try and book in advance as theres not much space to wait to be honest. As soon as we were seated we ordered some coffees, which in my opinion was more like three sips; the cups are tiny and the coffee was super strong! Quite disgusting taste actually and would have thought they would have a bit more of a range seeing as they serve brunch etc. After this we didnt see our waiter for another 30mins by which point we decided to go elsewhere. I'm hoping this was just a bad day and hopefully next time the service is better as the menu looked quite good and plenty of options for vegetarians. The decor inside is also quite modern and funky. Hopefully the service is better on another visit.

tastemaker

I was really looking forward to trying Good Egg, as I had heard good things, but I found myself a bit disappointed. I didn't like the coffee and left most of that unfinished. I thought the food on the menu sounded great and ordered the marinated feta hash. However, the potatoes were really under cooked and the while there was a little spice, there wasn't really any flavour. A real shame! 

Tastemaker

Nicely located Israeli restaurant in the Kingly Court yard, in Carnaby Street. Visited for brunch - arrive early to secure your space. Nice food but overly spicy and saucy for my taste. Not  typical brunch dishes!

tastemaker

So happy when a branch closer than Stoke Newington finally opened! And it's super roomy, which means no queuing out the door (hurray)! We had dinner and the cauliflower dish was excellent, as well as the chocolate bark for dessert- simple but good quality chocolate! The brunch will always be better however and the Babka just isn't as good as the original branch. Looks like I'll be trekking to Stokey if I get a craving. 

Tastemaker

My husband and I visited last Sunday afternoon around 3pm, just in time before brunch ended. I decided with the veg Jerusalem breakfast and my husband the brisket hash. I was a bit annoyed you can’t swap the fudgy (terrible name!) eggs out for another version/ preparation because you CAN do so if you don’t get the Jerusalem breakfast. It seems an arbitrary decision that doesn’t appeal to customer service- no surprise in London I guess! Anyway the aubergine in tahini is simply phenomenal; I would have that alone next time. It’s incredibly rich and savoury. I also loved the creamy beetroot dip and the labneh. Complex flavours were only enhanced by the herbs sprinkled atop. The whipped feta oddly was not my favorite although a waiter raved about it. The halloumi was just fine. My husband loved his brisket; the portion was huge and he said the meat didn’t have much fat which he appreciated.

Service was spotty. One waiter with a small black ponytail brought my husband his coffee and didn’t bother responding/acknowledging when my husband said thank you and barely glanced in his direction. But the waitress who took our orders (which took forever to arrive and the restaurant wasn’t even that crowded) was very cheery.

I think I might return for dinner but possibly early or late in the evening when it’s less crowded.

tastemaker

I was very excited to hear The Good Egg had opened in Soho! It is located in the extremely convenient Kingly Court  which makes this a spot I can easily visit.


The food was good - I was especially happy with the pickle plate. I would say be careful of what your order as my friends ordered the mixed grilled chicken dish and it was 90% chicken livers which isn't to everyone's taste.


I will be returning for brunch soon! 

tastemaker

After hearing so much about the original café in Stoke Newington, I finally got the chance to try The Good Egg at their new branch in Kingly Court. What a way to spend my Christmas Eve lunch as well! My brother and I came here for lunch and I was pleased with what I ordered. However, I'm not sure it was up to all the hype I'd heard about it on social media and from friends. I admit, the food is definitely aesthetically pleasing and my order was delicious, as the dish usually is. 


I knew immediately that I wanted the Shakshouka because it's something I haven't mastered at home (yet!). This was a generous serving with 2 eggs, a delicious spicy tomato sauce, 2 slices of sourdough toast, a good dollop of natural yogurt on top, and the chipolata sausages I added.


As much I liked the addition of the natural yogurt to give the dish a touch of creaminess, I had to remove most of it because of my lactose intolerance. But the little bit that I did get to try with the tomato sauce was delicious. My favourite part had to be the chipolato sausages because they were really tasty! I hadn't had them in a long time as well, so that really added to my liking of the dish. The spicy tomato sauce was flavourful and not overly spicy, making it very enjoyable on its own and to dip the sourdough toast in. Overall, I was very happy with my choice of dish and I liked that chipolata sausages were used instead of the usual chorizo at other cafés. 


My brother and I also shared a Christmas Special Babka as a starter before our mains arrived because I was quite hungry (and greedy!). This was pretty flavourful too but probably not as nice as the normal chocolate one looks. It had similar flavours to a Panetonne (an Italian Christmas dessert) - lots of dried citrus fruit flavours. I liked the addition of the alcoholic bit in the middle along with what I thought was frangipane, which again, was really yummy! However, the slice we got didn't have much of the centre, which I thought was the best part. The exterior layers were harder and crisp due to caramelisation and not to my liking.


In terms of the atmosphere, I liked the interior decor as it was well lit and it felt quite spacious. I especially liked how they had the café's name in block letters on two sides of the café - they were simple but attracted attention. The café also had an exterior section, under the fairylights of Kingly Court, which is beautiful! The service was average, as we had to wait a while to be seated even though there was no queue, it wasn't busy, and there were staff available to seat us. However, the food arrived pretty quickly after we ordered, which made up for it.


Overall, it was a decent experience, which I'm glad I got to have before the end of 2017! I'd definitely want to come back for another visit to try out some of their other flavours of Babka!

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