Poach your eggs, stack them with traditional ham on an English muffin, and smother them in glossy, rich Hollandaise sauce and hey presto! You have one of our favourite breakfasts, the eggs Benedict. These days you’ll also see variations with salmon, bacon or veggie-friendly spinach, but however you like it, it truly is the breakfast of champions. Here are five great places to get your eggs Benny fix around Durban.
Freedom has become known for its Benedict menu that features five different variations from which to choose. The Classic is served with crispy pancetta, the Royal with smoked salmon, and the Mzansi-inspired option with chakalaka. All are topped with a luxurious Hollandaise and served with bâtard bread. Wash your breakfast down with a robot juice made with beetroot, ginger and orange.
Locals flock to this suburban bakery gem for breakfast feasts. On Saturdays and Sundays only, you can order the popular eggs Benedict served with the bakery’s popular artisanal ciabatta or wholemeal sourdough, salty coppa ham and a generous topping of silky Hollandaise and a sprinkle of chives.
You can look forward to Italian café-style breakfasts at this buzzing eatery. Cousin to the Benedict, the il bosco rosso comprises two free-range poached eggs, streaky bacon, Hollandaise sauce and artisanal toasted bread. To add a bit of freshness, the dish is served with buttery seasoned avo. If you’re not in the mood for meat, the il bosco verde is topped with glorious creamed mushrooms and sautéed spinach.
This relaxed Durban favourite serves the Not So Benedict. Perfectly poached eggs are placed atop potato-and-rosemary bread (from The Glenwood Bakery, next door) and streaky bacon, before being covered in one of the most perfect lemon Hollandaise sauces. Finally, it’s finished off with a salty zing of finely chopped capers that ingeniously counter the richness of sauce.
Breakfasts are a must at this sunny seaside spot. After a long walk on the promenade, patrons can tuck into their eggs Benedict, with two poached-to-perfection eggs, ham and a homemade Surf Riders bun with a rich Hollandaise sauce. If pork isn’t your thing, the avo Benedict is equally satisfying, with smoked salmon and creamy avocado slices. Pro tip: If you’re exceptionally hungry (or hungover), pair your eggs with a portion of addictive cheese fries. You won’t be sorry.