How Eggs Mayonnaise became the ‘most ordered’ dish in France

After a year of prolonged restaurant closures, many French people turned to takeaway - with the bistro classic Eggs Mayonnaise listed as the most ordered dish. Here's a look at the impressive pedigree of this humble-sounding dish.

How Eggs Mayonnaise became the 'most ordered' dish in France
Eggs mayonnaise is a French classic. Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Food ordering giant Deliveroo has published its list of the most-ordered dishes in France for 2021.

The winner wasn’t a burger, pizza or noodles as many might expect, but a French bistro classic: les œufs mayonnaise (eggs mayonnaise) from the Bouillon restaurant chain in Paris.  

Many in the English-speaking world associate egg mayonnaise  with a mundane sandwich you might find in a supermarket meal deal.

But in France, eggs mayonnaise holds a treasured place in culinary tradition.

It is served as an hors d’oeuvres or starter and consists of a large chicken egg boiled only to a point where the yolk retains some level of liquidity. The eggs are chilled, peeled and sliced in half before being served with a mayonnaise and mustard sauce, typically thinned with water or lemon juice. It is often served with a lettuce or crudités on the side. 

There are many variations of eggs mayonnaise – 49 were included in a recent recipe book dedicated to the dish. 

There’s also a club dedicated to this dish – Association for the Saving of Egg Mayonnaise (ASOM) – an organisation whose motto reads: “Time goes on, the eggs get harder”.

As well as promoting the joys of a classic egg mayonnaise, ASOM also holds an annual competition to find the best version of the dish.

In 2019, the eggs mayonnaise dish prepared by the Bouillon Pigalle restaurant in Paris was named as the best in the world ASOM.

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The key ingredient of the Bouillon chain’s success is perhaps the delicious truffles that they add to the mayonnaise. Another obvious advantage is the price: this dish costs just €2 on Deliveroo (minus delivery fee). 

The prestigious title of Egg Mayonnaise World Champion has since been claimed by La Rôtisserie d’Argent – another restaurant in Paris. 

The dish ranks fifth globally for the most ordered meals on Deliveroo. 

The full list of France’s most ordered Deliveroo dishes is below:

1. Les œufs mayonnaise “champions du monde” de Bouillon Service, Paris

2. Pita Chawarma Poulet, Mezzencore, Paris

3. Gratin de Penne façon Livio, Livio Piu, Paris

4. The beast de Kokomo, Bordeaux

5. Menu “Le braisé”, Le Braisé, Lille

6. Classic cheeseburger, Dumbo, Paris

7. Poke bowl, Poke Lab, Toulouse

8. Formule doner kebab, Sürpriz Berliner Kebab, Paris

9. Menu korean fried chicken honey garlic de K-Town Street Food, Paris

10. Klassiker, Mont Berliner, Lyon

Member comments

  1. Some interesting sounding dishes there…the one I need to know more about is no. 4…The beast de Kokomo…

    1. It’s a cheese and bacon burger, Rob.
      The Beast
      12 €
      Bœuf Aubrac maturé, cheddar affiné 9 mois, onion ring maison, poitrine fumée, mayo sriracha maison

    1. Not quite, MJ! Deviled Eggs are made by mashing the hard yolk into the mayonnaise. In France, Œuf Mayo is simply a hard-boiled egg cut in half, with a dollop of mayo. SIMPLY DIVINE!

      1. Thanks for the clarification. It looked like a deviled egg, and perhaps I didn’t read carefully enough.

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France introduces stricter wine rules for restaurants, bars and cafés

The French government has introduced stricter wine rules for restaurants, bars and cafés, which must now display full information on the origins of all wines they serve.

France introduces stricter wine rules for restaurants, bars and cafés

If you’re ordering a bottle of wine it’s likely that the menu will state where the wine comes from, but previously this was not always the case for wines bought by the glass or carafe.

Most French cafés and restaurants offer wine by the glass as well as pitchers or carafes or various sizes, which are also sometimes referred to as un pot, particularly in the east of France.

Thanks to a new law that came into effect on July 24th, if you order any of these, the bar or restaurant is obliged to display full information on where the wine comes from, and its protected geographical origin (AOP) if it has one.

Any establishments that sell wine – whether for consumption on or off the premises – must display the information in full and in writing. Failure to do so makes them liable to a €1,500 fine. 

The law is a revision of the Loi relative à la transparence de l’information sur les produits agricoles et alimentaires, which came into force in 2020 and is intended to protect French farmers and producers.

French vocab

Une bouteille de vin rouge, s’il vous plaît –  a bottle of red wine, please

Une bouteille de vin blanc – a bottle of white wine

Un pichet de vin rosé – a pitcher of rosé wine

Une carafe de vin – a pitcher of wine

Pichet and carafe are just different words for the same thing, and if you want tap water (as opposed to mineral water) with your meal, ask for un pichet d’eau or une carafe d’eau. Carafes usually come in varying sizes, the most common being 50cl or 25cl.

Cinqante centilitres – 50cl, or two thirds of a bottle

Vingt-cinq centilitres – 25cl, or one third of a bottle

Un pot lyonnais – if you’re in or around Lyon, you might see wine listed on the menu as by the pot – this comes in a carafe that is shaped like a small bottle with a very thick glass bottom. The classic pot lyonnais holds exactly 46 centilitres, or just over half a bottle  

Un verre de vin rouge – a glass of red wine 

Encore de vin, s’il vous plaît – another wine, please (the ‘encore‘ lets your server know that you want another glass/bottle/pitcher of the same wine)

Vin bio – organic wine

Vin naturel – wine produced by ‘natural’ methods 

Bio, natural or biodynamic: 5 things to know about organic wine in France

Qui va goûter? – Who will taste? The standard question that your server will ask when they bring the bottle of wine to your table

Un pot-de-vin – a bribe. Not a wine term as such, but if you hear reference to un pot-de-vin it means a bribe. These days bribes are usually paid in cash, but the origins of the term are pretty clear.