Treves & Hyde has been my pit stop for whenever I go to get my hair blow dried for about 3 years now. It’s less than a minute away from Aldgate East station and their coffees are banging. The thing is, I’m always in a rush and I’ve honestly never thought to visit them for brunch until someone recently told me a very well known and well kept secret in the brunching circles of East London: Treves & Hyde do the best Shakshouka this side of the river.
I mean, let’s face it, that’s a bold claim. So bold that I had to go and see for myself just how great it is.
P.S. those brunching circles are totally a real thing.
The one thing I love about Treves & Hyde isn’t the fact that they’ve nailed their interior (more on that in a minute). It’s actually the staff and service that I love. They’re friendly, really helpful and just so welcoming. It’s like nothing is too much trouble for them at all.
There is no doubt in my mind that if I say Treves & Hyde a lot of people will be like huh? What? Then I’ll show you a photo of the interior and you’ll say ohhhh I’ve seen this place on Instagram! With marble tables, chic furniture/prints and that pink staircase, it’s really hard not to fall in love with it. It was actually a working lunch so I didn’t stand about taking pics of the interior I’m afraid but if you do a quick google search you’ll know straight away!
Menu wise (brunch menu) it’s pretty small. I was slightly disappointed to see that there wasn’t very much available for vegetarians or an option to turn a dish into a veggie alternative either. To be fair, they’re so lovely that if I did request it I’m sure they would be able to cook something up without any fuss.
My friend and I both opted for the Shakshouka (obvz) and a side of paprika fries.
The food came in good time and you guys, it was SO good. It was unbelievably flavoursome with the tang of the feta and preserved lemon coming through. I loved the touch of pomegranates too.
The paprika fries were also really really nice – very moreish!
I always have a standard price in mind when it comes to brunch (£10). There’s only so much you can do with eggs and charging an extortionate amount it just unnecessary. To my surprise the bill was less than £15 each because the Shakshouka was actually just £9.50. Very reasonable.
I was too stuffed after all that but one thing I definitely want to go back for is the chocolate delice, lime & salted caramel ice cream (drooling!)
Do I recommend Treves & Hyde? A million percent YES! I’m still dreaming about the food a whole 48 hours later.