…John Gunther had it right! Here at Cult HQ, we’ve been celebrating National Breakfast Week. Starting last Sunday, Shake Up Your Wake Up launched to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, support producers and encourage consideration of the sources of all those delicious breakfast items.
In true foodie spirit, there are few greater pleasures than sharing the places, dishes and sometimes faces which succeed in feeding our creative appetites. Our team, seemingly a stronghold of 4 egg aficionados, have shared their go-to London hotspots and the dishes which are always on point.
Hugo – Trendy Turkish Fare
Hugo rates Cafe Z in Stoke Newington as a firm favourite. Expect low-key vibes and good British food with an authentic Turkish twist. The egg dishes are delicious and the carrot and ginger juice served fresh. Although you’ll have to sip your vits out of a trendy milk bottle (anything’s better than a jam jar, right?), it’s relatively stripped of pretence and hits the spot every time. It won’t break the bank either, coming in at around £25 between two.
Cath – No Place Like Home
Cath’s weekend breakfast of choice is a mega monster fry up, and nothing beats self-service at home. For eating out she recommends you head to Chambers by Victoria Park for massive portions, great service and free shots of Amaretto to finish. Scrambled eggs and salmon has always been her go-to – the picture speaks volumes!
If you’re after lighter fare hit up Spence Bakery for what is, undoubtedly, the best Almond Croissant you’ll find in London. It may be flaky, but it won’t let you down.
Tamsyn and Ian – One Crackin’ Choice
Singing its praises so widely they’re close to becoming unofficial brand ambassadors, both Tamsyn and Ian rate the Good Egg on Stoke Newington’s burgeoning Church St as the best breakfast spot in London. Rightly so, considering since opening in October it has gained so much popularity it’s almost impossible to book a table for weekend brunch, and the wait list is 1-2 hours (although they will take your number and call you when seats become available).
With a menu inspired by the foodie scenes in Montreal and the Middle East, it’s worth heading down with a mate and facing the wait. Sharing at least 2 (maybe 3) mains, it’s impossible not to leave with a huge grin and a deliciously full stomach. Expect great veggie options, fantastic coffee and ridiculously strong cocktails to finish.
Tamsyn keeps it meat-free – she’s a lover of the Iraqi Aubergine Pita. Served Tel Aviv style, this flat bread is bursting with rich yolk, plump aubergine, mango amba, tahini, house pickles and a dollop of zhoug – a herby hot sauce hailing from Yemen.
Ian on the other hand loves his eggs draped in home-made pastrami. Again, zhoug keeps it kickin’, and if you’re not begging for extra challah to tear apart and mop up with, you’re doing it wrong.
An eggscellent outcome, the Cult team are always on the hunt for a dish with a twist. Of course, Stokie – old faithful – has delivered. Breakfast, brunch, brinner… You name it, we love it.
(Image cred – The Womens Room)
If all this talk of breakfast has made you hungry, fear not as Cult are here to provide. It’s the Boozy Bill Murray Brunch in less than two weeks! We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so hang with us at The Wall SE1 and feast on a sharing menu of pancakes, waffles, crispy bacon and huevos rancheros, accompanied by jugs of Bloody Mary to get your Sunday going with a buzz.
Then head to the cosy House of Vans cinema where we’ll be screening back-to-back Bill Murray films. All this for £20, but act fast as the tickets are flying out faster than Cupid in a game of kiss chase. #AntiValentines? Nailed it.
Got a breakfast spot you think deserves to be shouted about? Tweet us @Cult_Events or @TheWall_SE1 and let us know! In the meantime, check out @eggpuns for some proper bad yolks. If they don’t make you chuckle, you’re too hard boiled.