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Five of our Fave Eggs Benedict

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Mr HerCanberra is a creature of habit. Invariably, whenever we are out for breakfast he will order Eggs Benedict, and it’s become our informal measure of an establishment’s menu. Now, Eggs Benny is one of those dishes that causes much debate…what exactly is the traditional dish? Should the eggs be served on toast or English muffins? Should it be served with ham or bacon or smoked salmon? Does adding spinach make it Eggs Florentine, or just Eggs Benny with a side of greens?


Urbanfood’s Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

When in doubt, turn to Wikipedia. It reveals “there are conflicting accounts as to the origin of Eggs Benedict, including: In an interview recorded in the “Talk of the Town” column of The New Yorker in 1942, the year before his death, Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, claimed that he had wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 and, hoping to find a cure for his morning hangover, ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a hooker of Hollandaise.” Oscar Tschirky, the famed maître d’hôtel, was so impressed with the dish that he put it on the breakfast and luncheon menus but substituted ham for the bacon and a toasted English muffin for the toast.”


Xchange on London’s Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon 

Now, I’m no purist, but I know what I like. For me, the perfect Eggs Benny is served on English muffins, the ham double smoked off the bone, and the hollandaise spiked with a nice punch of lemon. But others may think differently…so I asked the HerCanberra Team for their nominations for the Capital’s best Eggs Benedict. Here’s our fave five. What’s yours?


Angela Mason says “Urbanfood Store + Cafe in New Acton do a great version – not too creamy, not too dry – just right! And the gluten-free options are really good.

Their Urban Benedict is served on herbed flat bread with bacon, poached egg and a decadent hollandaise (below). Yum.



Our resident foodie, Michelle Brotohusodo is somewhat of an Eggs Benny connoisseur, and Beess & Co. in Yarralumla gets her vote.

“Everything is just right! Actually, any of Beess & Co’s egg dishes are delicious,” she says. “The Eggs Benny at Ellacure and 39 Steps (below) are also great. Do I really have to pick just one?”



Eggs Benedict at Bean & Grain at Fyshwick Markets (below) is Trish Smith’s pick, after 20+ years of what she calls ‘girth-widening research’!

“I love that all of Bean & Grain’s cooked breakfasts come with a potato croquette topped with crème fraiche & chives and smoothie shot on the side,” she says. “Very classy.”



Mr HerCanberra, aka Drew, fell for Tim Geelan’s Eggs Benedict when he owned Idelic in Kingston. When Tim moved to his newest venture, BitterSweet in Green Square, a couple of years ago, Drew moved his affections around the corner. Although he does still love Idelic’s Egg and Bacon Roll (but that’s another post!)

BitterSweet’s version (below) features double-smoked ham off the bone from Longpark Meats on toasted sourdough from Autolyse.



Sarah Bowman reckons that Brew Bar (Reed Street North) in Tuggeranong has the creamiest hollandaise sauce she’s ever tasted.

“And just putting it out there that their barista, John Binos, is the best in town.” Good eggs AND good coffee. Win.


Who do YOU think does Canberra’s best Eggs Benedict? Are you a ham or smoked salmon girl? Should they be served on toast or muffins? Is spinach EVER ok? Over to you…

Most pics by Michelle Brotohusodo…we are considering staging an intervention for her EB addiction.

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8 Responses to Five of our Fave Eggs Benedict

Charly Smith says: 13 September, 2013 at 10:28 am

I feel left out, don’t do poached eggs 🙁 although I was able to convince a chef in Sydney recently to make me a florentine with scramble – much to my husband’s horror!

Heather says: 14 September, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I don’t do poached eggs either, but I love hollandaise sauce and wherever I go for breakfast I just get them to throw some hollandaise on my scrambled eggs for me. Delicious!

Leoni says: 14 September, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for this article. It is my favorite breakie, but since falling pregnant I have refused to have it to avoid having to put up with over cooked poached eggs (it’s just not right!). I am on the countdown now. Only 10 weeks to go and now I know where to go to get the best so I won’t be disappointed.

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