Yolk: home to some of the best takeaway brunch in London


Yolk is home to some of the sexiest eggs in London.

Founder Nick Philpot first decided to set up shop after becoming fed up with overcooked eggs and foul-tasting hollandaise sauces.

And, having made a name for himself as a guest chef in kitchens City-wide, and attracted a loyal following at his stall in Broadgate Square, he now has his very own bricks and mortar brunch joint in New Street Square.

Yolk focuses on creating brunch and lunchtime meals that are easy to take away and scoff down at the desk – making everyone else in the office green with envy in the process – but there are still a handful of seats for those wanting to eat in and take their time devouring eggy delights.

The eggs Benedict with pulled ham hock has been a favourite of those who have stalked Yolk from pop-up to pop-up down the years, and is still a huge hit. You’ve likely never tasted a hollandaise sauce quite like this – they should sell it by the bucket.

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Meanwhile, the Clarence Court eggs are plated up with a sexy deep orange hue; watching the yolk slowly ooze on to the plate is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.

The smashed avo dish with poached eggs, chilli, lime and coriander is another classic, but we recommend you ask for added chorizo for that extra touch of saltiness and spice.

The breakfast baps are also popular among the morning rush crowd who need that energy hit on the run. The haloumi-mushroom is perfect for vegetarians and the spicy sausage is a carnivore’s dream; stuffed full of Franconian sausage meat, chorizo, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, parsley and red and brown sauce.

But one of the most-beloved meals comes in the form of an opulent steak sandwich, filled with premium bavette steak, bone marrow, a homemade béarnaise sauce, caramelised balsamic onions and rocket – prepare to meet your new favourite lunchtime treat. They’ve also got salads, soups and hot pots but you come to Yolk for the eggs.

It’s a far cry from the bland staples hungry diners oft pick up at run-of-the-mill health food chains; these grab-&-go options certainly don’t compromise on excitement.

As if they needed to outdo themselves, Yolk even pours a damn good coffee, too, making it a one-stop shop for a cracking brunch experience.

We’ve followed Yolk around for a few years (yes, we are among the stalkers) and have come to love all of their creations, our only gripe was not having enough time to tick off more of the menu.

Despite our wishes for even more Yolky goodness, we can’t turn our noses up at one of the best places in the City to get takeaway breakfast and lunch.

3a New Street Square EC4A 3BF