Restaurant Review: The Good Egg, Stoke Newington

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There’s not many places we’d travel for an hour to get to but we’re pleased to say The Good Egg is most definitely one of them.

The Good Egg is a casual neighbourhood spot on Stoke Newington Church Street serving up Middle Eastern dishes with a touch of American influence. The room is light and airy with a scattering of tables and high-chairs overlooking the kitchen counter. On weekends, the queue is inevitable and even during the week this place has everyone’s attention. The Good Egg is an all-day café serving brunch, lunch and dinner and it was our turn to find out what the hype was all about for brunch.

First to arrive was the House Granola. Now we’re not usually ones to rave about granola, but this one was absolutely exceptional. Filled heartily with nuts, seeds, cinnamon, cloves, granola, yogurt, date syrup and topped with beautiful in-season rhubarb. Equally delicious (but less of a surprise as we were practically drooling at just the sound of the dish) was the Bacon & Date Pitta: pitta stuffed with streaked bacon, marbelized egg, date jam and amba mango pickle. The delicious blend of sweet and savoury made this an instant crowd pleaser. And finally, the Shakshuka for the table. Delicious baked eggs in a rich, flavoursome sauce of tomatoes, peppers, preserved lemon yogurt and sumac. We had the option to add some chopped up merguez sausage and took it – we recommend you do the same! We finished every last bit of sauce with the help of the challah roll which soaked up the juices wonderfully.

The only way to complete the brunch was with a batch of fresh mint tea and satisfied belly rubs. Welcome to the good (egg) life!

The Good Egg – 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AS

The Bloggers Breakfast at The Orangery

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This week, we hosted a bloggers breakfast at The Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens.

The stunning venue – which dates back to the 1700’s – provided the perfect start to the day and was eagerly awaited by a select few hungry bloggers.

The table was all set with The Orangery’s finest china and it wasn’t long before the menu was being poured over and the difficult decisions were being made. Collectively we all went for the classics and dishes were instantly being cooed at when they arrived and it wasn’t long before the cameras were out – busily snapping away before the food went cold!

The table was filled with breakfast dishes from the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale with chervil hollandaise to the Full English with streaky bacon, field mushroom, vine tomatoes, Cumberland sausage, black pudding and scrambled free-range eggs. But it was the Hot Waffles with caramel apples and cinnamon cream that really got the highest praise. Indulgent? Completely.

And totally worth it.

Breakfast is served from 10 – 12pm. The Orangery is also open for lunch and Afternoon Tea. 

www.orangerykensingtonpalace.co.uk

Drink News: New menus by Rich Woods for Easter and April

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We *might* be a little biased but our favourite bartender Rich Woods (Duck & Waffle’s Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development) has created TWO special menus which we guarantee you will NOT want to miss out on!

First to launch is his three unique Easter cocktails starting from Good Friday March 25th for one week only.

His Easter menu inspires a whole new layer of indulgence, guests can choose from:

  • Easter Eggs (pictured above) Rich’s twist on the holiday’s favourite treat made of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle
  • Beetroot & Chocolate Royale – Beet & Cacao Liqueur with Champagne
  • And finally, back by popular demand will be the Nutella Negroni  Bombay Sapphire gin, Vermouth blend, Campari and a Nutella infusion with limited edition personalised versions available.

His second menu, launching 2nd April is ‘Drink Your Greens’; Duck & Waffle’s newest collection of highly creative, vegetable-inspired cocktails. These fresh and fun drinks are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Drink Your Greens Cocktail List

Essence of Mary – IOW Yellow Tomato Consommé, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Tomato Vine

Artichoke Negroni – Daffy’s Gin, Vermouth blend, amaro, artichoke infusion

Mind Your Peas & Q’s (non-alcoholic) – Seedlip, sugar snap, tonic

Eden – Bombay Sapphire Gin, bay leaf, IPA Reduction, beetroot paint

Garden Spritz (non-alcoholic) – roasted red pepper, wild elderflower, verjus – lightly carbonated

Manhattan Roast – Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Vermouth, parsnip, burnt honey, walnut

Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé – beet & cacao liqueur, Champagne

Celeriac & Bee Pollen Bellini – celeriac purée, bee pollen cordial, Prosecco

Pina-Kale-Ada – coconut washed Bacardi Superior, distilled pineapple, kale, citrus

Carrot Cocktail – Patrón Tequila, buttered carrot, date, caramel

They count as one of our five a day, right?

www.duckandwaffle.com

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Who’s Cooking Dinner? 2016

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Last Monday (7th March) we were at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane for the annual charity fundraising event, Who’s Cooking Dinner? which raises money to fund vital research into the causes and treatments of Leukaemia and blood cancer.

The evening saw 20 world-class names from the culinary world come together and take over the kitchens of the hotel for one night only, cooking for 200 lucky diners. Chefs that took part in the 17th annual dinner included: Angela Hartnett (Murano), Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Bruce Poole (Chez Bruce), Chris & Jeff Galvin (Galvin Restaurants), Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay), Claude Bosi (Hibiscus), Dan Doherty (Duck & Waffle), Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Gary Lee (The Ivy), Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli), Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana), Mark Hix (HIX), Nathan Outlaw (Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel), Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Barrafina), Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Sally Clarke with Michele Lombardi (Clarke’s), Tim Hughes (Scott’s) and Tong Chee Hwee (HKK).

The dinner raised over a staggering £500,000 with the top three auction lots collectively going for £91,000 – this included dinner cooked by Brett Graham going for £31,000, a combined dinner cooked by Angela Hartnett & Mark Hix selling for £30,000 and dinner by Rainer Becker going for £30,000. Additionally, the Godfather of English Pop Art Sir Peter Blake created a bespoke Who’s Cooking Dinner? piece of artwork exclusively for the auction.

It was a thoroughly wonderful evening for a truly amazing cause – bring on Who’s Cooking Dinner? 2017!

http://www.whoscookingdinner.com/

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Happy First Birthday Jar Kitchen!

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This week, the wonderful Jar Kitchen celebrated their first birthday and did so in true JK style… with a big ol’ party!

We went along to join in the celebrations – and of course, sample their delicious party nibbles and drinks! We couldn’t get enough of their Ox Cheek & Cheddar Croquettes and Walter Rose Pork Belly Bites so much so we may have started stalking the waiters for them…! There were also plenty of meats and cheeses from JK suppliers Cannon & Cannon and Neals Yard respectively to help line our stomachs as we sipped on their Mescaloma cocktail (a feisty concoction of Mezcal & Grapefruit) and delicious G&Ts.

By the time we left, the party was still in full swing – filled to the brim with those that love Jar Kitchen as much as we do.

A huge congratulations to Lucy, Jenny and the whole JK team – here’s to many more years ahead!

www.jarkitchen.com

176 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QF