I couldn’t believe my eyes when about three weeks ago, I walked past Leon of Old Compton St in Soho, London and spotted the latest addition to their menu; egg cups. I had to try them. I am a huge fan of breakfast. Savoury of course. To me, every perfect breakfast should include eggs. I can’t comprehend those that don’t like them. What’s not to like? There are so many things you can do with them for breakfast. Poach, boil, scramble, fry, omelette – and bake, commonly known as cocotte. I first tried oeuf en cocotte off the back of Nigella Lawson’s recipe – and then realised you can add a lot of variations to your baked eggs and double cream. Bacon, spinach etc.
This is precisely what Leon have cleverly mastered with their egg cups. So, one Friday I woke up early with a plan to visit Leon before work. They had kindly offered to let me try their egg cups on the house. But which one? In my excitement of trying this new dish, I hadn’t decided in advance. So unlike me. I always choose what I want before going to restaurants, and a backup plan.
Asking the lovely assistant she helpfully suggested the ham hock which is a branch favourite and the one they promote in their board. She also told me that the chorizo is her personal fave. I like the concept of ham hock. It’s so American. So I chose that. It comes served with two slices of toast. Not just any toast. I’m not sure what type of bread it was. It was almost sour dough texture. Slightly on the heavy side. But very tasty. Especially with butter. Especially dipped in egg. Wow. Seriously good. Even better washed down with my coffee. The only thing was – I couldn’t taste the gruyere cheese. Not a hint.
Justin popped down to say hi and asked me what I thought. I also grilled him a bit. Lovely to see head management operating front of house and visible.
Finished my breakfast and still made it to work early. I have to say. I could get quite used to getting to central London early to treat myself to breakfast.Certainly a wonderful way to start my day. Nice window view too. Watching the world go by… God how I love Soho…
Thank you to Justin, Georgie and Soozi for your lovely hospitality and giving me the opportunity to have a wonderful pre work breakfast