By Sadie Lee
Stoke Newington has always been one of my fave parts of London, so much so, I’m moving there in February and it can’t come quick enough! Church St is filled with cute antiques and vintage stores. The restaurants and wine shops are equally as wonderful, a particular tapas restaurant I visited years ago and fail to remember the name really stuck with my lasting impression of good ol Stokey.
So a friend and I caught dinner in the familiar area at new opening The Good Egg. Now being perfectly honest, I’d visited one of their pop-ups a while ago and hadn’t had the best experience, the food was very bland. I’m glad to say their now permanent residency in the North London borough has come on leaps and bounds.
The menu spans from New York to the Middle East in flavour and is so colourful! We opted for a Beet & Dill salad and a Burnt Aubergine dish to start, both incredibly flavoursome and full of vibrancy. Also, how could I forget, they bring out the cutest candied lemon and feta entrees which pair magically with a couple of sips on a dry white.
For main, we both went to complete opposite ends of the menu spectrum. Mine, The Good Egg burger. Hers, the most tantalizing fish dish I’ve laid eyes on. Let’s start with the burger, a beef and bone marrow patty sounds awesome right? Unfortunately a little dry, but when the yolk in that egg popped and seeped into the bun it created a marriage of gooey success. Overall a tasty burger, the Zoo Fries that accompanied it were slightly alarming, drenched in pesto they became overpowering. Now moving on to that fish… Whole roast sea bream with a crust of cumin, za’tar and paprika with blistered tomatoes and crushed potatoes was melt in the mouth perfection (aside from the odd bone here and there). As you can tell I sampled a little too much of my friends dish.
We opted out of desert as we were so full from its glorious predecessors. The wine selection was concise. We shared a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc recommended by our waitress. I’m no expert but it sure did hit the spot. Hailing a cab at the end of the night was the only solution for our protruding stomachs ready to dream of eating ALL that food over again. The Good Egg was a great spot for dinner and scouring their insta page it looks pretty neat for breakfast too. Definitely made it to the top of my list.