Fika – Hot Chick Fried Egg Sandwich Review

Fika Hot Chick Fried Egg Sandwich

About Fika

1 Norton Rd, Hove BN3 3BE

I ran and swam this morning in the hope of counterbalancing the filthy fried egg sandwich that I was desperately craving. I’ve known about Fika for ages, from when I used to live close by, but I’ve only recently started going. Fika is a tiny place in the middle of Hove, situated across from the Town Hall. An open kitchen churns out food and coffee and there’s more space outside than in. The tables outside get bathed in sunlight and remind me of the coffee shops I used to frequent on Brunswick Street in Melbourne.

I was in Fika this Friday for a double espresso and the coffee there is the best I’ve had in Hove. I made sure to tell the friendly staff and I picked up some beans for the percolator at home.

Fika double espresso

On Friday, I’d read through the menu and vowed to return to try the food. The Hot Chick sandwich looked particularly appealing, consisting of grilled farmhouse, fried egg, spicy ‘Nduja sausage, Chimichurri and chilli cheese. A fried egg sandwich is one of life’s great pleasures and the one I ate this morning was indulgent in the extreme, the kind of thing that once tasted is hard to forget.

After ordering, the food was delivered to our table in about 10minutes. The Hot Chick cost £8, which felt like a lot for a sandwich but every element was excellent. The bread was oiled and lightly grilled, the egg was rich and runny, the ‘Nduja added body and the chilli cheese had creaminess and heat. I especially liked the Chimichurri, which gave the sandwich a punchy freshness and balanced out the oiliness of the sausage.

Despite the big flavours, the sandwich wasn’t greasy or stodgy and I didn’t feel like dying immediately afterwards. What I did need was a walk and so I pushed my son around the streets of Hove as my wife went to try on a dress. As is the case after eating something delicious, I felt a rush of excitement and tried to steer the pram with one hand, whilst writing my reflections into the notes on my phone with the other.

I was thinking this week that as my son gets older, I may rent a desk space outside of the flat. I’d seen that Hove Town Hall have a work space but as convenient as the location would be, being that close to Fika would lead to a sharp increase in my coffee and fried egg sandwich intake.