I love eggs benedict. As breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I would have to say that I’m truly impressed with the creative direction chefs have taken this classic dish, eliminating the difficulty in deciding my restaurant orders.
History has suggested various origins of this dish. The most credible of all theories, in my opinion, involved a Wall Street executive in New York City who visited the Waldorf Astoria hotel in search for a hangover cure. The servers presented him a plate with eggs, English muffins, two pieces of ham and a side of hollandaise sauce. Sound familiar? To me, this theory seems most accurate considering the Waldorf Astoria was responsible for bringing numerous recipes to the worldwide dinner table (Waldorf Salad and Thousand Islands salad dressing are just two examples).
For almost 75 years, the world has embraced the classic eggs benedict which has become a staple for weekend brunch. The traditional recipe uses ham upon the English muffins, topped with hollandaise sauce; however, chefs have experimented over the years with various ingredients, bringing numerous variations to the worldwide menu. While travelling abroad, I came across everything from smoked salmon benedict, spinach and feta, brie and mushroom, and pemeal bacon. The possibilities are endless.
Below are some of Fill My Passport’s recommendations for delicious eggs benedict experienced abroad:
The Ritz London –
Luxury at its finest, The Ritz serves up a delicious classic eggs benedict for an early breakfast or weekend brunch. It does come with a hefty price point of £40 per person, but the service, bone china presentation, included breakfast buffet, and feeling of sheer luxury, make the cost easier to swallow.
The Savoy– Limerick, Ireland
Another luxurious venue, The Savoy offers a delicious eggs benedict accompanied by a plentiful brunch buffet. If you wish a healthier alternative, The Savoy offers an egg-white benedict, omitting the yolks, served with parma ham.
M Cafe – Various Locations across California
This cafe offers a vegan alternative to the classic dish. Enjoy a sublime plant-based benedict of scrambled tofu, kale, sliced tomatoes, traditional hollandaise sauce and a sprinkling of tempeh.
Chez Cora’s– Various Locations across Canada
A favourite Canadian family chain, Chez Cora’s serves up breakfast and lunch daily with several benedict options on the menu. If you wish to divert from the classic, why not try the asparagus with Swiss cheese, the smoked salmon, or the tomato, bacon and green onion options? All are served with fresh fruit, a Cora’s staple, and breakfast potatoes. Delightful!
With the numerous options available, it is hard to fathom someone disliking eggs benedict. If you haven’t experienced this delectable fare for yourself, give one of our aforementioned favourites a try; alternatively,if you have found a gem of an experience, we would love to hear about it!