Before we get started, let me just make something very clear. Bad Egg is not an ‘egg concept’ restaurant. It may have egg in its name and a section dedicated to eggs, but it’s a diner. And a very good one at that! The latest restaurant from chef Neil Rankin – he of Pitt Cue Co, John Salt and Princess of Shoreditch. I’ve been to all of those and loved them, so I knew Bad Egg would be a good ‘un.
Located at the foot of City Point near Moorgate, it seems an odd choice considering the cool locale of the other three restaurants. (Moorgate’s not cool!) But I’m not complaining, I work a mere 10 minute walk away. Very occasionally I have to work on a Saturday, I wanted to try Bad Egg, but didn’t want to be constrained by my lunch hour. So deciding where to go for lunch on this particular Saturday was a no-brainer.
The Better Half (TBH) and I arrived and were promptly seated in one of the booths. I tend to look at a menu and decide before I arrive what I and usually TBH will be eating and this lunch was no different. Although there are a number of other dishes I want to go back and try. But on this occasion I went for Nduja, Black Pudding & Pork Belly Hash – Crispy potato, spicy sausage, black pudding and a fried egg (£8.00). The potatoes were crispy but soft in the middle and the Nduja sausage offering a nice hint of spiciness. The large chunks of pork belly were perfectly succulent and tender and the black pudding adding an iron richness to it all. But the crowning glory for me was the fried egg perched on top of the hash. The silky yolk bringing the whole dish together. Really delicious, I think next time I would add another egg because I really enjoyed that element of the dish….and I really love eggs.
TBH ordered the Bad Egg burger – Beef patty, Nduja cheese fondue, soft egg yolk, pickles, onions and yellow mustard (£11.00). This is the kind of dish that the phrase #foodporn was made for! A perfectly pink patty in a glossy bun, with cheese oozing out of it and then the crack of the egg yolk flowing out like a volcanic eruption! To. Die. For. Major plate envy from my side of the table. Needless to say, he loved it and has added it to his top 3 burgers of all time! To go with his burger, he ordered the pulled pork fries with kimchi (£5.00) and we shared a side of Korean slaw (£3.00). Good, well seasoned fries with nice big pieces of pulled pork. The Korean slaw, made with kimchi was tasty and very spicy. Fortunately we both like a bit of heat.
It was at this point that I think I may have been converted to Bloody Mary’s! I’ve only had the drink once or twice before because I didn’t like the overly tomato’y taste of them. Chris the restaurant manager noticed that my drink was low, so suggested I try a version of Bloody Mary that he had been working on that day. Made in the classic way, but with added gochujang – a Korean chilli paste made from chilli and fermented soya beans – this version was absolutely fabulous.
Chris also suggested we try dessert and recommended the Rice Krispy sandwich with dulce de leche ice cream and salted caramel sauce. Initially not that easy to cut through with a spoon, the ‘sandwich’ had a nice chew to it and I really enjoyed the salted caramel sauce. It was a really well balanced dessert and a nice ending to our meal. Thanks Chris!
We received great service from the team. They were able to talk through the dishes with real enthusiasm and passion. Chris is a fantastic manager and we really enjoyed our interaction with him. Our total bill including service was £63.33.
I can imagine Bad Egg to be really busy during the week with all the nearby city workers, but for a relaxed brunch or lazy lunch then I would highly recommend a visit on Saturday as they’re not open on Sundays. I know I will definitely be back!
Until we eat again!