Despite the name telling you otherwise, Bad Egg is meant to be the place to go for good food. It is one of the many London venues that offers a boozy bottomless brunch, so I decided to make it my next stop for the Battle of the Brunches series.
The menu lives up to Bad Egg’s diner styling but with a Mexican twist. There is plenty of variety on the menu, which is made up of small plates, so choosing three dishes is surprisingly tricky – everything just sounds so tasty! My housemate and I agreed to share Breakfast Tacos and Buffalo Rib Tips so we could try both. We also both ordered Macancini (mac ‘n’ cheese balls), Holls ordered French Toast and I had the Pancake (yes, singular). The dishes looked too small when they first arrived but they were packed with flavour and surprisingly filling.
The Tacos were a bit too soggy for me due to the combination of slightly runny scrambled egg, guacamole, salsa and goat’s curd but still very tasty. Be warned: the spicy Buffalo sauce on the rib tips is SPICY! The Macancini was my fave. I don’t know what Bad Egg’s secret is but they manage to take one of the stodgiest dishes, cover it in breadcrumbs, fry it and come out with a gorgeously tasty yet light ball of goodness. You have got to try it! I didn’t try the French Toast but it received top marks from Holls, who ordered it with bacon and maple syrup. My single pancake with blueberry jam and vanilla cream was rich and fluffy, and I was actually thankful that there was only one by the end of it as that was the perfect portion size. Overall, the food was flavoursome and packed a punch – it did not disappoint.
The bottomless choices are Bloody Mary, Frizzante (Prosecco) or Mimosa. We went for Mimosas which originally came with concentrated orange juice. When we asked for fresh juice instead, our waitress was very accommodating and brought us our own jug of fresh juice to top up the prosecco. The staff at Bad Egg are really friendly and super attentive – our glasses were never empty. In fact, by the time we left, we were pretty much ready to hit the bars…!
Bad Egg is in the City, near Moorgate station, which is usually like a ghost town on weekends. You’d never guess this from your table at Bad Egg – it’s a fairly small venue and is packed to the brim with happy brunchers from open to close. Despite being so busy, the tables are spacious enough and you never feel neglected by the staff. Though we had to leave our table after two hours, we were able to have one last drink at the bar, which is not a luxury that many bottomless brunch places afford you.
The Fine Print
Bad Egg is a short walk from Moorgate station. The bottomless brunch is available on weekends only and is £35 for 3 plates and unlimited alcoholic drinks or £23.50 for the same with soft drinks. The brunch is extremely popular so booking a few weeks in advance is strongly advised.
This has to be one of the best value bottomless brunches in London. For the quality of food, the level of service and the fact that bottomless really means bottomless, Bad Egg scores top marks and is more than just a one off kind of venue. I’m planning to go back and try the regular food menu and I will certainly be back for brunch in the near future.
The scores are in!
You can read the other reviews in the Battle of the Brunches series here. Have you tried Bad Egg or any other amazing brunches? Let me know in the comments!