About Time You Tried: London’s Best Steak and EggsBy Alicia Grimshaw
It’s National Breakfast Week which apparently is a thing. Why not celebrate in style with London’s best steak and eggs. Meat madness awaits:
Expect: Foxlow is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant that everyone wishes they had on their doorstep. They concentrate on three things; incredible meat, great cocktails and a wine list made up of wines by passionate producers.
Order: Steak, eggs and green harissa (£16)
Why: Come for a friendly atmosphere and a chilled out vibe. You know what you’re getting when you come to Foxlow’s – yummy food, good drinks, friendly staff and no prices that are going to break your bank. Their steaks are worth travelling across town for, all 35-55 day matured and cooked to absolute perfection. After a heavy night, you can’t beat their all day breakfast burger.
Where: Locations here
Expect: Balans Soho Society is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It’s a café, a restaurant, a bar and definitely a place where rules are made to be broken.
Order: Steak and Eggs – skirt steak, Balans potatoes and two eggs any way (£12)
Why: At Balans Soho Society it’s all about abandoning all plans and going with the flow. For the ultimate breakfast, feast on The Soho Full English or an eclectic assortment of egg dishes such as The High Society Eggs Benedict – an exquisite platter of poached eggs, lobster, avocado, bacon, English muffin and hollandaise
Where: Balans Soho Society, Soho restaurant, 60 – 62 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UG
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Expect: For meat madness, look no further than Hawksmoor. They use only the best British beef available from farms that use traditional rearing methods, ensuring their steaks are top quality. At Hawksmoor they mean business when it comes to meat, they have a dedicated steak menu with prime cuts that can bought by per 100 grams and have some serious sides to match (oh hello, lobster mac n’ cheese).
Why: Meat, meat and more meat. Their brekkies are legendary – the English fry-up for two people includes smoked bacon chop, sausages (made with pork, beef and mutton), black pudding, short-rib bubble and squeak and grilled bone marrow. It’s a breakfast fit for a king, and if you can’t handle all the meat, there’s always porridge or granola.
Where: 10 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5BQ
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Expect: Hubbard & Bell is a cafe, bar and grill in Holborn, Central London, open from early morning until late at night. The all-day restaurant has an open kitchen serving grilled meats, seafood and small plates, in addition to a wide choice of breakfast dishes and a weekend brunch menu.
Order: Steak and eggs fillet, 2 eggs and hollandaise (£15)
Why: The Hubbard & Bell cafe serves Origin Coffee from a bespoke La Marzocco machine, cold-pressed juices, and baked goods including buns, slices and loaf cakes. Seriously good brunch – come here for sourdough pancakes and this incredible steak and egg number.
Where: 199 – 206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW
Expect: Dirty Bones brings the taste of America to the city of London with their US inspired menu and diner decor. Their weekend brunch menu is indulgent, totally over the top, but totally worth it. Anywhere that sells deep fried mac n’ cheese balls gets a yes in our book.
Order: Steak and eggs – 30 day aged flat iron steak, chargrilled and served with two free range fried eggs and dirty bones smoked tomato ketchup (£10.50)
Where: Locations here
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Expect: Andina is by the mastermind that is Ceviche’s Martin Morales. A modern ‘picanteria’: an all-day, pioneering restaurant serving healthy food and drinks from the Peruvian Andes. The menu heavily features Peruvian superfoods, quinoa and avocado.
Order: Steak, Eggs and Avocado – a lean, grilled fillet steak with sweet potato, a poached egg and avocado (£8)
Why: This month they’ve created a special replenish menu running until the end of March. The menu includes a new selection of dishes created to nourish the body pre- or post-workout and help with that New Year health kick. Expect chia seed pudding with coconut and hazelnut milk, the Claras Claritas – a light egg white omelette with sweet potato, amarillo chilli and mozzarella, and the cracking steak and eggs.
Where: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DJ
Expect: The Big Easy is a place where anything goes. Their Canary Wharf branch opened last year and it’s a corker. It’s a place when you’ll come across people eating full lobsters at 11.30am and tables of the corporate crowds wearing bibs ready to tuck into some ribs, honestly it’s a sight to behold.
Order: The Big English Classic – 2 eggs your way, bacon, sausage, black pudding, pit beans, mushroom and roasted tomato with home fried potatoes and buttered Texas toast – with a side order of 6oz NY Steak
Why: It’s a place that can please everyone, with their breakfast menu offering an eclectic range of classic state-side dishes. Think, chicken fried steak, eggs and country gravy to buttermilk pancakes, and smoked brisket eggs Benedict. Steak and eggs isn’t technically on the menu, but there’s a side order of steak that goes perfectly with their big English classic. Just make sure you leave space for their Nutella Smores Cronuts. Dreamy.
Where: 1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14
Expect: Christopher’s is London’s first proper American restaurant and it still remains a classic; swanky as hell, this place will make you feel like a right Southern Belle. Their Nutella Martini with vanilla vodka, Crème de Cacao, cream, Nutella and shaved chocolate is traffic-haltingly good.
Order: Steak and eggs- 6oz prime USDA rump steak with fried eggs (£16)
Why: They’ve got amazing decadent brunch dishes, such as Eggs Benedict, lobster club sandwich and ‘that’ steak and eggs. If this isn’t your bag, Christopher’s is also offering a new superfood brunch menu with avocado toast, buckwheat pancakes and raw smoothies. Balance, right?
Expect: CAU pays homage to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires with their menu. The menu embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown, its beef.
Order: Steak and Eggs – tapa de cuadril steak flash grilled with 2 fried eggs (£9)
Why: It true Argentinian fashion, the steaks at CAU are fantastic, and not too pricey either. For a good steak to pair with your eggs, Cau delivers on quality and taste. Veggies are also catered for at CAU – crepes, pancakes and granola are knocked up on the weekends. And, their ducle de leche shake is also pretty special.
Where: Locations here
Expect: Elegant, refined and trendy, 108 Brasserie in Marylebone is the ultimate weekend spot for a lazy brunch on the terrace, in the Brasserie or with a cocktail in the bar. It’s a place your mum would approve of – if there was ever a time to look chic whilst dining over eggs Benedict, it’s at 108 Brasserie.
Order: Josper grilled rib eye steak, two fried eggs and HP sauce (£16)
Why: 108 Brasserie source the very best British produce – all of their beef is grass fed, with the overall taste of their Josper grilled rib eye steak not only tender, but moist, too. The weekend brunch menu features eggs Florentine and Royale, as well as soft boiled duck eggs with grilled Wye Valley asparagus, and smoked haddock potato cakes with spinach and lemon.
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QE