A couple Sunday’s ago we had brunch at Bad Egg in Moorgate. Bad egg is available for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at Little Smoke restaurant. The restaurant is a short walk from the station and as its in the city, the area was rather empty on Sunday. For me, the location was odd and it was the only place open at 2:30pm. When we arrived to the restaurant there was a rather long queue, which we thought were for people who did not book. So, we walked past the queue into the restaurant to tell the lady at the door that we have a reservation for 2:30pm, and then she smoothly let us that everyone in the queue has the same reservation and we all had to wait in the queue. This was really strange as it didn’t make sense for the long queue and everyone else thought the same as others walked up to the front and asked the same question then walked away with the same puzzled look.
Once inside, the staff are all very friendly and we were seated at our table with the menu. Amen, already knew what he wanted but I still wanted to have a look. There are two options – A la Carte or a Boozy Brunch, which is bottomless prosecco and 3 dishes priced at £35 or a virgin brunch with soft drinks or tea and 3 dishes priced at £23.50. We chose the A la Carte for more food options but I think everyone in the restaurant had the Boozy Brunch with prosecco. The restaurant was loud, too loud with people talking, actually shouting so they could hear each other.
So the food, as the name of the restaurant suggests, eggs dominate the menu. I had the ‘Cheeseburger Hash’ and Amen had the ‘Huevos Rancheros’. When I was looking at everybody else’s food from the boozy brunch option I thought the portions were tiny, more tapas style and even though you get 3 I still think its not enough. I was hoping ours wont be that small. When our food came, they made a mistake with my order; they brought me ‘Badass Nachos’ which was corn chips, salsa, guacamole, cheese and a fried egg. We got the attention of a waiter and pointed out this wasn’t what I had ordered and he was very apologetic giving it to us on the house and he went to rectify my order which came shortly after. To be fair, the nachos were tasty and we were happy to pay for it. However, my cheeseburger hash was not nice at all and I was even more grateful for the nachos. The beef was tasteless and the dish just had nothing special to it. Amen on the other hand loved his food; he thought it was tasty and perfectly spiced. So with my food not being the best I was certainly hungry so I went for the pancake with blueberry jam, vanilla cream and maple syrup. Now, we asked for this to share but when it came it was literally just one pancake. My face was a picture and I just wanted to laugh. I was slightly pissed off that the waitress didn’t tell us it was only one pancake especially since we asked to share, which would’ve made sense to tell us. On top of all that it wasn’t even that nice, it was drenched in blueberry jam, which made it soggy. The blueberry jam was tasty though, just too much.
Is it worth it? For non-drinkers or foodies, I would say no. But if you like to drink, with a group of friends and want to have a bite as well then it’s okay for you. Also, for the drinkers around our table the waiters were generous on the refills of drinks but for us the food was not great and we will give this one a miss.
Dress Code: Casual
Amen Star Dish: Huevos Rancheros
Shiima’s Star Dish: Badass Nachos
Price: £35 (excluding alcohol) A La Carte option.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5