About Time: You Tried London’s Best ShakshukaBy Angelica Malin
Looking for the best Shakshuka in London? The search ends here. For those that don’t know, Shakshuka is a dish of eggs, tomato sauce, chilli peppers and onions. It’s also exceptionally good news. This baked egg dish is perfect for the cold months ahead – served simply, with a side of sourdough, and a whack of spice, there’s nothing better. We ate our way through London’s offerings to find the best breakfast in London for the Shakshuka lover. Here are the delicious findings:
What: Braised eggs, piquante tomato sauce, smoked labneh (£11.50)
Where: 21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE
Why: Nopi is cool on so many levels; the decor, the white walls, the low-lighting. They do fantastic juices and some of the best breakfast in London – you have to try the carrot and ginger juice for a morning boost, and the homemade granola if you’re in a sweet mood.
Egg Points: The Shakshuka here is given a special kick with the smoked labneh – a traditional Lebanese soft cheese, with a slightly sour tang, that highlights the smoky flavours of the tomato sauce. Just brilliant.
What: Baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, Greek yoghurt, toast (£7.50) with Chorizo sausage (£9.50)
Where: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Why: You’ll want to entire breakfast menu at Caravan. Really. Their coconut bread with lemon curd, mascarpone and strawberries is criminally, as is the Jalapeño corn bread, which is a fantastic marriage of chilli and cakey goodness at breakfast time. The best things in life are free, or involve corn bread.
Egg Points: The Shaksuka here uses Greek yogurt, rather than labneh, which is slightly sweeter and more rich, and balanced perfectly with the additional of the smokey Chorizo sausage. The sprinkling of fresh coriander and the touch of chilli flakes is everything on this dish. Perfect.
What: Turkish Eggs from Changa restaurant in Istanbul – 2 poached eggs with whipped yoghurt, hot chilli butter & 2 slices of toast (£9.50)
Where: 32-34 Monmouth St, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HA
Why: We’re not sure if it counts as Shakshuka, as there’s none of the usual tomato sauce involved, but this dish is everything. Peter Gordon’s fantastic, wacky cooking is the stuff of legends and he makes some the best breakfast in London (you can also get this dish at The Providores, which you can read more about here). The menu at Kopapa is Asian-inspired fun, shareable and highly creative – think sweet potato, spinach and pine nut dumplings with chilli pickle dressing and Peanut butter parfait with salted caramel sauce & chocolate crumble.
Egg Points: Taking inspiration from Turkish baked eggs, the chilli butter elevates this dish greatly, and whipping the yogurt makes it super light and fluffy. Perfect for expelling the winter blues with a serious chilli kick.
What: Shakshuka with 2 Legbar eggs baked in a tomato sauce served with milk bun (£7.80)
Where: 25a Warren St, London W1T 5LZ
Why: If you’re going to do this properly, you need to go straight to the source. Honey & Co is one of the most delicious and inviting Middle Eastern restaurants in London; the husband and wife owners serve incredible, flavoursome Israeli dishes in their tiny restaurant, a stone’s throw from the bustle of Oxford Circus. If you come at dinner time, you’ll find the place packed with hungry diners sampling the small plates and sharing courses of dips, spreads and fresh salads.
Egg Points: This Shakshuka is wonderfully done – simple, and effective. The tomato sauce has a slight chilli kick, and is rich with onions and garlic. The accompanying milk bun is light and sweet, similar to a traditional Jewish challah, and additional green chilli dip makes this one of the finest in London.
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What: Shakshuka – eggs baked in a warmly spiced sauce of tomatoes and red and yellow peppers, served with toasted focaccia fingers (£7.50)
Where: 587 Green Lanes, London, N8 0RG
Why: Blend is the ultimate local cafe with a lovely homely feel; all their cakes are homemade, and everything is cooked to order. Try their homemade chocolate and beetroot cake while you’re there, or the fantastic sandwiches. They only use organic, free-range eggs, and all the beef is from grass-fed cows in Somerset. Happy days.
Egg Points: The dish is baked to order, and takes at least 15 minutes to arrive, which you know is a good thing. The use of yellow peppers in the sauce makes it more substantial, and the addition of focaccia is a great thing, with its salty, oily goodness. Get it with a pot of English Breakfast and you’ll consider yourself the luckiest person on earth.