Admittedly omelettes are not a dish you often hear people craving. Neither is it a meal you heartedly look forward to at the end of a busy day. But maybe that’s because this simple dish is rarely cooked to perfection nor enjoyed in the right settings. Luckily, London has some wonderfully unique places to learn to appreciate this long over-looked dish. Marie Teather tries five out.
1 The Wolseley
As expected The Wolseley is tipped as serving the best omelets in London. Here you’ll find celebrities, fashion, media types and retail workers tucking into a pre-work chow down including regular omelets, Omelets gruyère or even the Caviar Omelet. The Wolseley can be found inside an impressive Grade II Listed Building. A café-restaurant in the grand European tradition expect a monumental dining area—marble-topped tables, imposing black pillars, polished brass rails, and huge chandeliers.
160 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EB
020 7499 6996
2 Fox and Anchor
Perhaps it’s the green light to enjoy a pint of Guinness before work that makes The Fox and Anchor such a jovial place for breakfast. This beautifully restored pub has been serving traders from the nearby Smithfield Meat Market since 1898. Grab a seat with some of the night shift workers finishing for the night or bankers on their way in and tuck into a herb omelet to start the day.
3 The Modern Pantry
For an altogether more elegant and laid back breakfast head to The Modern Pantry for modern, casual dining at its best. With two elegant, light filled dining rooms overlooking St John’s Square this Grade II-listed Georgian building is the perfect backdrop to savor the sugar cured new caledonian prawn omelet, with spring onions, coriander, smoked chili, sambal, and toast. The selection of fruit and smoothies are delicious too.
Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ
020 7553 9210
4 1 Lombard Street Brasserie
Very much a City staple, 1 Lombard Street Brasserie is open from 7:30am and the perfect venue for doing business over your morning omelet. Set in the former banking hall of a Grade II listed building this neo classical dining space is flooded with the morning light through its impressive central dome and large windows running the length of the room. The updated Edwardian trappings provide a smartly theatrical backdrop for meeting clients while enjoying your classic omelet with ham, cheese, bacon, or mushroom.
1 Lombard Street, London EC3V 9AA
0844 858 0680
At Cecconi’s expect something timelessly glamorous and stopping by for an omelet anytime of the day. Owned by the Soho House Group this Mayfair restaurant is set between the Ralph Lauren and Jill Sander stores providing unbeatable well-heeled, people-watching opportunities. There’s no better place to sit back in the La Dolce Vita–inspired interior of marble and green leather seating, forgot about time, and enjoy a perfectly cooked wild mushroom omelet with ham and cheese while watching the world go by.
5a Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
020 7434 1500