EGGS soft opening
Written by: Ashley Alleluya
We were invited to the soft opening of the new breakfast place in town, Eggs, on a cloudy Friday morning. This got me pretty excited; there are very few breakfast dishes I’ve met and rejected, and eggs are very likeable. An egg is that friend you have who’ll be the hit of any social group. You can dress her up with sauces and fillings or you can keep it simple around her – just some salt and pepper. She’s good with hollandaise, she’s good with mayonnaise and she stays fresh for days. My point is, there are few foods as universally-appealing as eggs. No matter how they’re prepared, they’ll find a way to stand out. Almost everybody likes them and you’ll always secretly judge those who don’t. Eggs are the Emma Stone of food and we were eager to spend the morning trying out a host of Emmas.
Eggs, conceived and owned by Rugayah Al-Humoud and Jenan Dashti, is located in newly-fashionable food, fitness and art section of Shuwaikh Market. Once you’re on the right street, it’s easy to spot. Bright yellow exteriors with outdoor tables outside, Eggs sits as the comfortable yolk-colored bright spot in its alley. There are tables inside as well, if that’s what you prefer. With cozy interiors, Edison bulbs and a delightful coffee bar, Eggs gets it setting right by virtue of being highly Instagrammable. We fell in love with the seats outside that had little tray tables you could pull out from under the benches. I also fell in love with the tall vases filled with eggs lining the counters, although it strangely made me want to throw one just for the splat-effect.
Their menu, at least for the opening days is simple with no more than ten items, with eggs and muffins featuring heavily in nearly all of them. It was one of those mornings that demanded coffee and we asked for lots of it to start. It’s a good roast they have at Eggs, potent and rich, but for now, there aren’t many variations to choose from. If you’re satisfied with a standard cup of hot coffee, or will take the joe any way you can, Eggs makes a pretty mean version. Other drinks up for offer are tea, served black, green or with milk and fresh orange juice.
It was then time to get down to business. We decided to order the Sunny Side Up Muffins, a Sausage Muffin, Crispy Halloumi sandwiches, a helping of the English Muffin French Toast and the house specialty, Crispy Benedict. Despite this just being a testing phase for Eggs with a steady stream of customers walking in, breakfast arrived fairly quickly. The food definitely passed the visual test – beautifully plated in square paper plates, their breakfast dishes are also easy to handle if you’re taking your order to-go.
The Sunny Side Up Muffins were a hit – loaded with three cheeses, the yolks were the right balance between runny and firm, paired together beautifully with their bread and disappeared from sight in less than two minutes! The Sausage Muffins were also well-received at the table and demolished in no time. The dish I was most looking forward to was the English Muffin French Toast served with berries and pots of caramel and Nutella on the side. This was a slightly tricky dish to review. The English Muffin French Toast were quite delicious – not too sweet, not heavy and definitely not greasy or soggy. They could have done with just a little more flavor, though – without the caramel sauce drizzled over the muffins, they were a touch on the bland side. We also expected that the muffins would come loaded with berries, but were given toast that had a strawberry garnish. A few more juicy berries and this breakfast dish could easily become a menu favorite.
Two other dishes that got very polarizing views from our table were the Crispy offerings, the Halloumi sandwich and the eggs Benedict. The Crispy Benedict was a real surprise to some at our table – “it is crisp!” one of my friends exclaimed, surprised by this variation. She thought it was perfect and that she’d order it again if she stopped by. Another friend also like his Benedict but felt like the hollandaise sauce could be tweaked slightly to reach that level of velvety perfection.
The Crispy Halloumi came with rocca and sun-dried tomato sauce, which sounded absolutely divine on paper. Some at our table enjoyed it thoroughly, while the others felt like it was this item that was the weakest link in an otherwise solid array of dishes. We also missed having something fresh or uncooked to bite into – some fruit or veggies, perhaps. Their staff then informed us that they’d be introducing some more items to the menu soon, with healthy raw food as a main feature – a very smart move, considering its location right opposite a fitness center, and the growing health craze around Kuwait.
A huge plus for the Eggs team is the quality of service. Friendly, efficient and informative, they made sure they gave each person their complete attention, even when swamped with orders and queries. I also credit the team at Eggs for their smart portions – they’re not the monstrous plates of food we’ve come to expect in restaurants around Kuwait. Their food is compactly plated and served, and can be finished in a few quick yet filling bites. Eggs has also chosen to go easy on the grease, so when you’re done with breakfast, you don’t feel like you need to lie down. You’re either ready to get up and move on with your day or stay and sample another one of their offerings.
For the most part, Eggs make a pretty strong first impression and is a place to visit for a quiet weekend breakfast or a quick bite. With a few minor tweaks to some dishes and a couple of additions to their food and drinks menu, Eggs could quickly become a very dependable and fail-safe option for breakfast in Kuwait – just like Emma.