LONDON | The Good Egg in Stoke Newington is the culmination of an adventure that saw two friends popping up at street markets around London serving up shakshuka and stuffed pitas. After building a bit of a reputation for themselves, and a successful round of crowdfunding, the permanent Stoke Newington location of The Good Egg opened. The food here follows the recent trend of ‘modern’ Middle Eastern food designed to share, and is inspired by the owners’ childhoods and travels from Tel Aviv to Montreal. It’s in the mould of Ottolenghi, Berber & Q, Honey & Co and the like.
The space is simple, with soft lighting and a generous use of wood providing for a welcoming, almost Scandinavian/Japanese atmosphere. Cook books can be found on one of the shelves and fresh produce, bread and the like is dotted around. Indeed, one of the focuses at The Good Egg is on the quality of the produce, which is sourced locally, from places that engage in ethical, sustainable practices. Hansen and Lydersen, Dusty Knuckle, Borough Wines and Minor Figures are just a few of the suppliers that The Good Egg uses.
To start, the pita with tahini and olive oil is a must. Its an example of how the simplest things are often the best, with the light and fluffy flatbread dipped in tahini providing little moments of happiness. Moving onto the more substantial dishes. and one of the best is another exercise in simplicity. The za’atar fried chicken thighs with chilli honey feature succulent meat coated with a deliciously spiced and crispy coating. Another highlight is the smoky roast cauliflower with green tahini, toasted almonds and goji berries – you know a place is doing something right when one of the dishes of the meal is vegetarian.
The wine list features natural and bio dynamic wines, sourced from small producers across Europe. It might only be a one page wine list, but it spans a wide range of styles and is very well thought out. Beer lovers have a few local craft drops to choose from, and the cocktail menu is simple and on point. We love the Citrus Elderflower Fizz, which features St Germain liqueur, lemon juice, soda and Dominio de Tharsys cava. Also worth trying is the Cardamom Coffee – Absolut vodka and double espresso mixed with house-made cardamom syrup and milk, served over ice.
We haven’t visited for brunch yet, but have heard great things about the Shakshuka and Oded’s babka. It’s something we’re hoping to rectify the next time we visit to experience the Good Egg’s friendly service, fun atmosphere and fantastic food.
The Good Egg
93 Church Street
London N16 0AS
Mon: 9:00pm to 4:00pm
Tue – Fri: 9:00am to 11:00pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00am to 11:00pm