Brunch remains, in my opinion, possibly the best meal of the day and the expanding list of restaurants offering a brunch menu suggests most of you agree! As one of the first to truly embrace the idea of a free-flowing bottomless brunch affair Bad Egg in Moorgate frequently appears in listings for one of London’s best and therefore I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit for a friend’s birthday!
Originally a pop up, Bad Egg is now open 7 days a week serving up lots of guilty pleasure on their all day diner menu, a new Friday ‘Frunch’ and one of London’s highly sought after boozy brunches on weekends. Although this part of London is eerily quiet on weekends, reservations are definitely needed to get into the eclectic Bad Egg brunch that energises the whole area!
The design is American diner complete with classic booths which are the perfect place for a catch up with friends whilst enjoying the soundtrack of old school hip-hop & reggae! The menu is a mixture of Tex-mex inspired dishes (spice is not something that is lacking through the use of chipotle & jalapeños!), indulgent & quirky burgers and more modern trendy bowl dishes.
Diners can select from three alcoholic beverages for your boozy brunch (the whole table must have the same); prosecco, mimosa or bloody Mary’s. We opted for mimosas and these were constantly topped up by attentive waiting staff so you are never left with an empty glass! Although it does make keeping on top of how many you’ve had tricky, should you care!
For the Virgin brunch options you can enjoy unlimited fresh orange juice, homemade lemonade, coke/7up, ginger beer, San Pellegrino soft drinks, apple or cranberry juice, tea or coffee. Plenty of choice!
Each diner can select two dishes from the brunch menu which contains a large range of savoury plates & a few sweet treats. Several dishes are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free (or can be made to fit with dietary needs) and the team were very accommodating in changing regular dishes to fit in with requests and substitution options.
For my first dish I couldn’t resist the chance to try the Bad Egg burger hash, a brunch twist on their signature main menu classic. All the components of the burger are included (except the bun!) smashed with crispy potatoes & topped with a fried egg! This was a great start to the meal & I really enjoyed the chance to have a dish that was different than the standard brunch fare. It had lots of flavour & was more substantial than it first appeared, a great asset when you have unlimited mimosas to soak up!
Friends opted for Eggs Benedict & the kitchen were happy to adapt this to be a vegetarian dish no problem. They also enjoyed a delicious looking vegan ‘Guac & Black’ taco plate of corn tortillas with black beans, guacamole, jalapeño salsa, chipotle and crispy corn. These packed a good punch of heat & are another fantastic option!
Pleasantly full from our first dishes there was thankfully a small break before our second plates arrived which gave us a chance to chat over some more mimosas! I had chosen to satisfy my sweet tooth for my second course as there is always room for a sweet treat (it’s a separate stomach, right!?) The great thing is you aren’t restricted to 1 savoury & 1 sweet, so everyone’s tastes can be catered for.
To satisfy your sugar craving you can opt for pancakes or French toast topped with either jam & cream, bacon & maple syrup or fried chicken, banana & maple syrup! I decided to go with the standard blueberry & cream option, but the fried chicken plates going past the table looked mouthwatering as well!
As one of the oldest bottomless brunches in London, Bad Egg does not disappoint with a fab atmosphere, attentive staff topping up the bottomless booze & a substantial choice for your two dishes. The menu may not be ideal for those looking for a classic brunch affair, but if you enjoy spiced up, unique and some naughtily indulgent options it’s one not to be missed!
Cost: £35 per person for 2 hour bottomless weekend brunch (whole table must participate) Virgin brunch also available at £23.50 per person.
Time: 2 hours. Only available Saturday 10am – 7.30pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm or their new Friday Frunch!
Nearest Tube Station: Moorgate/Liverpool Street/Barbican
Website: Bad Egg Weekend Brunch
Date: December 2019