February 20 2012
This Shrove Tuesday, when your sights may well be set on pancakes, how about a more luxurious egg-based dish? Glazed lobster omelette thermidor, perhaps? Or Eggs Royale – toasted English muffin with Scottish smoked salmon, poached eggs in blood-orange hollandaise sauce with salmon roe?
You’ll feel doubly good about consuming them if you’re at London’s five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower (for the lobster) or its similarly starred sister, the Lowndes (Eggs Royale), since both hotels’ special Eggs menus have been created to support the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’s associated charities. A £1 donation from the price of each dish sold will be made to both Action for Children and Elephant Family.
Starting on February 21, the Big Egg Hunt sees 200 two-and-a-half-feet fibreglass eggs, each decorated by a different fashion house, designer, artist or architect, spring up all over London. Interior designer, cook and writer Sophie Conran’s stunning butterfly-and-bluebell-embellished egg encapsulates the beauty of rural England, and will be placed in front of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, overlooking the gardens of Cadogan Place.
Inside, both The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant and The Chinoiserie have egg specials, including one for vegetarians (one-hour cooked hen’s egg with baby leeks and wild mushrooms in The Rib Room) and one for the sweet of tooth (snow eggs with caramel sauce, pistachios and vanilla anglaise at The Chinoiserie).
Meanwhile, the young, very “now” and super-talented set designer Rhea Thierstein’s egg (pictured) will be situated at the Lowndes Hotel. It’s a gorgeous, surreal and thoughtful design – at first glance simply covered by a world map with a blue tit atop and a nest below, but the map is made of torn, mismatched pieces and represents the destruction of the environment, while the blue tit provides optimism.
Once you’ve appreciated this artwork, venture into the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen for the egg specials, which include LBK Crêpes filled with scrambled eggs and covered in hollandaise sauce with melted parmesan and fresh parsley. So you can have gourmet pancakes after all.