Reviewed by FiFi, May 2019
There is plenty of indoor seating and loads outdoors too. Luckily as the weather was sweltering and the soft sea breeze was very much welcomed. There is a wee bit of cabinet food to chose from, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, free-range eggs, and a large blackboard menu. There are four Bene options to chose from. The Benedict (with double smoked ham or you could substitute this with bacon); the Florentine (with wilted spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon) or the Savoury (with Garlic and green pea mince). Sides ranged from $2 to $6. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing.
The staff were very welcoming and friendly. My coffee came out fast and my meal followed quickly behind.
There was definite thought gone into maximising the appeal of the dish. The blue pottery plate gave a great backdrop and added a rustic look. The ingredients were layered well allowing some of the rich colours to peek through. The parsley added some great depth in colour on top. The vast amount of hollandaise swirled across the eggs and plate was complete overkill and cheapened the overall look.
- The Benedict – the serving size was massive which I thought was trying to compensate for the overall ‘meh’ ness of the dish.
- The Eggs – the free-range eggs were slightly overdone. Without reading the menu properly I did not realise that the meal was 3 eggs which I thought was excessive.
- The Salmon – you could barely see it let alone taste it. What I could taste was yummy and salty.
- The Potato cakes – was crispy and crunchy.
- The Spinach – the raw spinach slight hints of bitterness coupled with sweetness.
- The Hollandaise – was lavishly swirled atop the eggs. Although the menu boasts that the hollandaise is made fresh every morning I thought it lacked flavour and had a lacklustre look and taste about it.
- The bread– the focaccia bread was okay but due to the size of my meal I only ate a smidgeon of it.
Would We Go Again?
I would give this place another go just to try the savoury Benedict option (Garlic and green pea mince).
Style: 5/10 – Classic.
Taste: 5/10 – it was pretty average.
Originality: 8/10 – the savoury Benedict option (Garlic and green pea mince) is something I have not come across before.
Value: 6/10 – The Benes were pretty steep really. The Benedict (ham or you could substitute with bacon) was $18, the Florentine (spinach) was $17 and the Montreal (salmon) was $21. The sides range from $2 to $6.
Overall score: 5/10 – this bene was just average.