15 January 2015

For The Love Of Eggs

I think eggs are awesome. Scrambled, poached, fried...I love them all. Recently I've changed quite a few of my eating habits in the wake of my new and improved diet but if someone suggested that I give up on eggs, I'd swiftly show them the door. And that's no yolk!

Eggs are packed with protein (half in the white, half in the yolk) and pastured eggs provide more than a dozen essential nutrients including vitamins A, B12, D and E, brain-healthy choline, omega-3 fatty acids and eye-healthy lutein. All these are found in the yolk (as is the deliciousness).

In view of this love, I had to get myself along to try Neil Rankin's new restaurant Bad Egg as soon as I could. 

Located in City Point near Moorgate station, Bad Egg has something of a modern American diner atmosphere. There is a no reservation policy and it was very busy when we arrived but the ultra-friendly staff managed to get us a table in just a couple of minutes.

They have a nice selection of drinks including wine, craft beer and mezcal cocktails. We decided upon their rather delightful prosecco.

As one would imagine, eggs play a prominent part in the menu. It's set out in sections; With Eggs, Fried Pork Belly Ribs, Tacos, Burgers and Slaws & Salads.

As we so often do, Mary and I chose a few plates to share.

We had the goat's cheese tacos (fried cheese, salsa, chipotle and my new favourite thing, guacamole), huevos rancheros (scrambled eggs, masa harina, chilli, chorizo, peppers, salsa & guacamole served with tacos), the Peking fried pork belly ribs and a plate of three different salads and slaws - shiitake & kale, fennel & apple slaw, cucumber, avocado & grapefruit salad.

The goat's cheese tacos were very pleasant and I can't deny how creamy and soft the scrambled eggs were. However, I was left a little disappointed. The flavours in the huevos rancheros that I expected to jump out and slap me in the tastebuds weren't quite there and I found the salads a little uninspiring. In hindsight, perhaps I should have eaten each dish one by one instead of together on my plate because I just didn't think the tastes and textures all came together as well as I'd hoped. We also thought the portion sizes were a little on the small size.

Having said that, I loved the Peking fried pork ribs. The meat was delicious and the coating brilliantly crisp. 

Bad Egg don't do desserts yet so our pudding was another nice crisp glass of prosecco! And who's complaining?  The service we received was excellent and the restaurant had a buzzy, lively feel. Yes we were a little underwhelmed with our food and the location is a little unusual but we still had a lovely time. I will definitely keep it in mind next time I'm on the hunt for breakfast or brunch!

My egg chat doesn't stop there.

After lunch we headed over to the Queen Of Hoxton pub to hang out on their pretty, fairy-light adorned rooftop - Woodlandia. 

Up there you'll also find a rather fine wigwam - reminiscent of a Glastonbury drinking spot - warmed by heaters and a huge crackling barbecue in the centre. 

Their festive cocktails include hot buttered rum, Bloody Mary, hot toddy and - the drink I'd been wanting to try all over Christmas - the egg nog!

Ah, my first ever egg nog. It's made with eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and Monkey Shoulder whisky. I thought it was quite delicious.

In fact, you could say it was eggs-cellent!

I'm so sorry...


  1. I'm a bit 'funny' about how my eggs are cooked but I do love them! They're such a quick and easy dinner for me too. My friend doesn't eat eggs and I think it's positively scandalous!

    Loving your outfit too btw.

    Victoria x

  2. Haha love the egg-jokes. Gorgeous post, shame the food at the restaurant wasn't quite what you were hoping for!

    I've never had egg nog before, sounds lovely but maybe a bit creamy for me!

    I could eat those goats cheese parcels right now!

    The blog is looking gorgeous by the way!

    Katie <3

    1. This was my first egg nog! I had a feeling I'd like it and I did though you could never drink more than one.

      Thank you re my blog makeover! Serena did an excellent job! I wouldn't have known where to start


  3. Love the sound of those tacos! Must pay Bad Egg a visit soon. Totally agree with Victoria - love your outfit!

    Sarah x

  4. Lovely photos, and those boots are just dreamy!!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    1. Thank you! The boots are my pride and joy! :)

  5. Ooh hello snazzy new blog design!! Love it! Such a shame Bad Egg food wasn't as good as it should've been, though deep fried goats cheese - yum. I bought the boy a bottle of Monkey Shoulder whisky in duty free last year and it disappeared in days!! He said it's one of the best he's tried, and I call him monkey so I thought it was apt!!

    Rosie xx

  6. I've read other people say not so great things about the food at Bad Egg...I love eggs but think I might give it a miss! Blog is looking great, as are you :)
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  7. Eggs are eggceptional! ;) They are one of my favourite things and I haven't come across a way of cooking eggs I don't love.
    The Queen of Hoxton is a fab place, especially in the summer when they host their rooftop movie nights!

    Michelle Louise Love

  8. That rooftop looks amazingly fun and perfect for a night out!! I'm right there with you on eggs, love them!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

  9. I've never tried eggnog yet and really curious to give it a go. Does the Queen of Hoxton still offer this drink on their menu or only during the Holidays Season?

    Love you blog!


  10. Delicious, I love how versatile eggs are! I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo



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