The weekends are made for brunchin’ and what better way to do it than with a plate of Eggs Benedict and glass of bubbles. This eggscelent comfort food is found on many a brunch menu but London has stepped it up a gear. Here are some of the quirkiest, most delicious looking takes on the classic dish we could find. Caution: do not read when hungry.
1. Ben’s Canteen
Fried chicken? In an Eggs Benedict? You’ve heard us correctly. Forget ham because the geniuses at Ben’s Canteen have paired their crispy fried chicken pieces with beautifully poached eggs and hollandaise. Get in our bellies.
140 St John’s Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1SL
2. The Riding House Café
Introducing the mother of all indulgent brunch dishes: the lobster eggs benedict. Lobster pieces and creamy hollandaise are topped with caviar to round off this plate of decadence. So freakin’ fancy.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PQ
3. Balan’s Soho Society
Some serious brunch goals, this High Society eggs benedict comes adorned with avocado, lobster, bacon and hollandaise. All of your favourite breakfast bits rolled into one! With new branches popping up around London, you’re sure to find a branch close enough to fulfil all your breakfast cravings.
Find your nearest restaurant here.
4. Friends of Ours Hoxton
The good ole’ slice of ham has been replaced in this Eggs Bennie with Shaoxing glazed ham hock. Anything glazed sounds good to us but this Benedict comes topped with apple cider hollandaise, wasabi pea puree and crispy peas.
61 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, London, N1 6BU
5. Eggs Bunnidict
Just in time for Easter, this is enough to satisfy all of those Easter weekend sweet cravings. This playful twist features a fluffy hot cross bun topped with gooey marshmallow, vanilla and coconut panna cotta “eggs” filled with a mango “yolk” and finished off with crème anglaise and lemon balm. Available from Monday 10th April to Monday 17th April at the following venues:
Available at The Botanist (Sloane Square & Broadgate Circle), Aviary (Finsbury Square), Burdock (Finsbury Square), The Jugged Hare (Barbican), Greenwood (Victoria) and Ealing Park Tavern (South Ealing).
6. Tried and True
This Eggs Benedict is so special, it’s even won an award. Instead of the traditional English muffin, this Bennie favours a homemade jalapeno cheddar cornbread. Spice rubbed 15-hour roasted pork shoulder that’s been tossed in hickory hoisin sauce is topped with poached eggs, chilli butter and spring onions and we are salivating.
279 Upper Richmond Rd, London SW15 6SP
Okaaaaay maybe not exactly an Eggs Benedict but this bad boy is so big, you’d have to take it apart and eat it with cutlery anyway. The Bojangles is a buttermilk biscuit topped with 2 poached eggs, fried chicken, cheese sauce and hot sauce. One for the egg-streme eaters in all of us.
205 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN
8. Dirty Bones
We all love a good teatime crumpet but this Shoreditch crumpet forms the base for this Eggs Benedict. The humble combo of eggs and hollandaise is elevated with 14 hour slow-cooked short rib and finished with shallots and mustard seeds.
Find your nearest restaurant here.
9. Artisan of Clerkenwell
If Eggs Benedict was served to the Queen, we could only hope it would look as luxurious as this. An entire soft shell crab joins this Eggs Benedict along with a Bloody Mary hollandaise – cocktails and brunch all in one.
53 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JL