If you read my blog regularly, you know I have a thing for eggs. Put a runny egg on top of just about anything, and it gets better. So of course I was instantly intrigued when I heard about Eggshell Bistro, where just about every item on the menu features eggs. When I couldn’t get one of my male friends to meet me there because it was, ahem, “too girly,” I convinced my parents to join me.
The interior is quite cute, and I have to say, possibly a little girly (think “shabby chic”). Lots of antiques and cute little wrought iron tables (my one gripe being that in our particular case, the chairs seemed too short for the table and you felt like you needed a cushion to sit on). The tables for two can also be quite small, but as it turns out, the dishes are on the petite side as well, so it probably all works out.
I ordered the truffled egg brioche which was a fairly thick slice of brioche bread (a slightly more eggy, buttery bread) with a slice of Fontina cheese melted across the top, a very soft poached egg, sprinkles of asparagus and a bit of truffle salt I believe (could have been truffle oil). It was a nice light lunch, not for someone looking for a large meal, but the type of midday meal that I quite enjoy. The egg was certainly not overcooked, which I appreciated, although it actually may have been just a little undercooked even for me—the white was still just a wee bit too runny (not that I didn’t eat every bite, being a woman who will eat a raw egg without blinking an eye). But still, when you want a poached egg, you have a certain expectation. The flavor of the dish was very good though, all the flavors complimenting each other. The asparagus gave it a little crunch and earthy flavor.
I also had a side of Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon with my dish though, and I have to say, it really made my meal. Alone the egg dish was nice, but with the bacon, I was very happy. That bacon is superb, and they cooked it perfectly. My Mom said something like, “how do they make this bacon taste like bacon used to taste?” It was so good. You must get some of this (or one of the other Smoking Goose meats—I have heard the lamb bacon is amazing too, although I have yet to have it) alongside whatever you order. Just make sure you get enough, my parents kept trying to eat mine.
The menu is somewhat small—a few egg dishes, salads and sandwiches, but I have no problem with that. They are focusing on what they want to do and doing it pretty well. I also like that they are utilizing very fresh, and often local, ingredients. My only other complaint is that it took quite awhile to get our food after we had ordered. I would be a little worried if the place was really full that there might be quite a long delay.
So is it a manly place? Um, probably not. Were there men in there? Yep, at just about every table. If you want a giant, greasy, hangover-curing breakfast, this isn’t your place. If you want a lighter, thoughtful breakfast or lunch with some wonderful ingredients, give it a try. And tell me what you think.
51 West Carmel City Drive
Carmel, IN 46032