It’s meteoric rise in recent times as the champion of breakfast is warranted – Eggs Benedict is a glorious way to start the day. The union of poached eggs and hollandaise with ham (alternatively salmon, bacon, spinach or even crayfish as you’ll see later) on top of a toasted muffin or scone is definitely something to look forward to in the morning.
Lovers of the liquid gold, hollandaise hounds and poached egg partisans – here is where to find the best eggs benny in Cape Town.
A slightly different take on the traditional eggs benedict blasts New York-style deli Kleinsky’s to the top of this list. Latke, (potato pancakes) is used as a base instead of a muffin and once you’ve tried this variation, it’s hard to ever go back. You have been warned.
Where 95 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact +27 21 433 2871, www.kleinskys.co.za
The translated word for heaven is not in the title for nothing, Hemelhuijs does a superb eggs benedict, complete with artichoke, in that same signature style you would expect from one of the best eateries in the city.
Where 71 Waterkant Street, CBD
Contact +27 21 418 2042, www.hemelhuijs.co.za
FOUR & TWENTY CAFE
This charming spot in Wynberg is famed for all of its breakfast offerings, but a standout performer for me is their eggs benedict, or eggs belicious as it is known there.
Where 23 Wolfe Street, Wynberg
Contact +27 21 762 0975, www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za
This all-day brasserie and pantry in the CBD. For a twist, try the eggs benedict with free range pork neck. If you have enough space after that, try Dear Me’s Turkish Eggs – poached eggs, yoghurt and chilli aoili on ciabatta. Not strictly eggs benny, but deserving of a mention.
Where 165 Longmarket Street, CBD
Contact +27 21 422 4920, www.dearme.co.za
THE DECKHOUSE CRAB SHACK
Two words: crayfish benedict. The Deckhouse is the only place in Cape Town (that I know of) to offer this epic seafood spin on a classic, other than salmon.