Eggbreak is the kind of place I wish I had across the street. It’s easy, delicious, and the type of hangover cure you want to crawl into on a Sunday morning.
At first I was nervous, showing up on a weekend at 11:00 to a brunch place that doesn’t take reservations, but the place is surprisingly large. Located just behind Notting Hill Gate, it’s deceiving size is due to a large lower level that twists and turns into additional seating. Sometimes basement dining can feel dark and dingy, but not at Eggbreak! It was light, pretty, and lively! My only problem with the seating was the temperature. It was definitely too warm down there–nothing that can’t be solved. Everything else was top-notch! Soft napkins, pretty serving dishes, a cool mix of old rolling pins and cutting boards for wall decor. I really liked everything about the place.
The service was pretty good too. Everyone was really friendly and even though we stumped the server on a couple menu questions, she positively assured us that she would come right back with an answer, and then actually did.
Now for the menu! I was in heaven. Mainly because I’m American and nothing hits the spot like a Bacon, Egg and Cheese with actual American Cheese! No it wasn’t American “streaky” bacon, but at least I was part-way there. The sandwich was delicious. I didn’t really understand the whole concept of adding shredded lettuce to it, but that was easy enough to scrape off. It kind of reminded me of how in Asian restaurants you’ll sometimes get a maraschino cherry on your otherwise savory dish. It just doesnt make sense! Cold lettuce on a hot sandwich, I don’t know. They also did not melt the cheese on the fried egg. It was added to the sandwich after-the-fact, instead of onto the egg as it sizzled on the griddle. And for my last criticism, what’s up with a one-egg sandwich?! Eggs are definitely affordable enough to add two…especially when eggs are your thing. But despite my little grievances, the meal hit the spot, the bun was amazingly fresh, and was still the best of its kind in the neighborhood. My husband had the cornmeal waffle/Sriracha/egg concoction and he was satisfied, as well. We both gave Eggbreak a gold star and will surely go back.
While, in my opinion, the fairly-new place still has a few kinks to work out, it’s definitely worth a trip to Eggbreak for some reasonably priced, quality food, in a nice, happy atmosphere. Head to Eggbreak and enjoy!
30 Uxbridge Street
London W8 7TA
Are you looking for an inexpensive activity that does not eat up your entire day? If so, head to West London’s new Design Museum. A visit to the architecturally stunning museum, which relocated this year from the east, is a perfect afternoon stop. While the crowds can be a little more than the building can handle in its first couple weeks, it’s still nice to wander around a space that you can actually cover in one go.
The building’s size is much grander than the content. At first, it seems like you would never be able to visit such a monstrosity in just a couple of hours, but once inside, you see that the building is comprised mainly of open space, and is really an exhibit in itself. The minimalist, raw vaulted ceiling, soft lighting and clean lines makes for one of the most beautiful modern designs in London. You can take it all in from the mezzanine level, then wander through the three or four free exhibits, have lunch in the cafe, or pay to visit one of their two featured attractions.
The content is all design–fashion, architecture, furniture, graphic, and more! It’s fun, loud, and colorful, making it a family-friendly environment, complete with a creative drawing station for people of all ages to channel their inner designer.
At the end of the experience, you can stop in both of the property’s gift shops–just in time for Christmas–to find fun, unusual gifts for all.
I highly recommend a visit to London’s Design Museum to get in from the cold and explore the best of past and modern design.
224-238 Kensington High Street
London W8 6AG
Everything about The Cross Keys is outstanding. If you haven’t been to the bustling Chelsea pub, get there, ASAP. The Cross Keys really defines the pub culture, welcoming all–the young, the old, families, dogs, your average joe, and even Prince Harry! It’s a pub for all with a menu everyone can get behind.
The place is much larger than you would expect from the outside. You walk in to a cozy and crammed eating and drinking space, which at first can be intimidating, but once through the initial craziness, you make your way to a relaxed bar and a spacious dining room. The dining area is beautiful and very large in open compared to most London pubs. We arrived a little early and had to stand by the bar while they set up our table. And we were totally in the way. The poor servers and drink runners had to weave around our small group for a good ten minutes, yet they never showed a sign of irritation towards our group. Each time they walked by, they smiled and apologized. We were clearly in their service area, but that was just fine with them. They definitely get an A+ for great attitudes and “the customer is always right” mentalities.
Once seated, we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine and amazing entrees. We were coming from the Battersea Fireworks where we stuffed our faces with donuts, so we didn’t have room for appetizers or desserts, but in hindsight I wish I had saved myself for The Cross Keys’ fare. Everything was really and truly outstanding. I had the chicken entree and it was probably the most moist and flavorful piece of poultry I had ever devoured. The skin was perfectly crisp and the sides complimented the dish wonderfully. Our entire party was happy with the food and wine, making our night out a huge success.
Friendly staff and quality food in a cozy, beautiful atmosphere makes The Cross Keys and absolute must-do! Can’t wait to go back!