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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?
URBANFOOD STORE & CAFE
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.
BEESS & CO
Our resident foodie, Michelle Brotohusodo is somewhat of an Eggs Benny connoisseur, and Beess & Co. in Yarralumla gets her vote.
BEAN & GRAIN
“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!)
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.