It was Natasha’s birthday! Ish. It was Natasha’s ish birthday. So we went to brunch!
By that I mean two things: 1) Natasha’s birthday was a week later but she was planning on being out of town so we celebrated before and 2) we are always looking for an excuse to brunch. Always.
Moreover, Natasha has been dying to go to Benedicts for some time now. And since it was her birthday, Leo, Francesca, Sid and Natasha’s friend joined us. Finally, because this is pretty busy place normally we went to brunch at an abnormal time. Benedicts is open 24 hours a day (new favorite 24 hour place, honestly better than any club could possibly be), so we went for a 17:00 brunch.
And it was surprisingly delightful.
Overall quality- We all got different varieties of eggs benedict (with one exception), and given that the restaurant is named “Benedict”, we had high expectations. They were not met. The overall plate was not well balanced, with the ratio of bread (too dry), hollandaise and eggs etc. very off. However, the taste overall was good.
And more importantly (and why the score is so high) was the dessert. And by dessert, I mean we ordered pancakes after we were done with our eggs benedict. Moreover, we mentioned it was Natasha’s birthday, so they put candles on our pancakes. Francesca, Natasha and I split the banana pancakes, which had coconut flakes and condensed milk on them (delish) and Leo and Sid split the chocolate pancakes. We were all enthusiastically pleased. It almost made up for the dodginess of the eggs benedict.
But the place is named Benedict, so we expected more from the eggs benedict.
Eggs- Perfectly cooked, both the scrambled eggs on the avocado bagel (as we know from Shakespeare and Sons, bagels are always better than toast, and so by extension, avocado bagels are always better than avocado toast), and the poached eggs in the benedict were perfectly cooked.
Hollandaise sauce- A little thicker than I would normally like. The flavor was good, but the texture was off. However, the biggest problem was the quantity. There was barely enough to cover the eggs, let alone the VERY dry bread. In general, I object to eggs benedict that are made on toast, but this was especially dry and a bit too much. If you go, plan on getting extra hollandaise on the side.
Beverages: 76.25 %
All the meals come with a free mimosa, which comes in a variety of flavors (lychee, orange, pineapple, peach and something with kir royale). They look lovely! However, a few small things: 1) they used sparkling riesling instead of champagne (lame) 2) the orange juice wasn’t orange juice, it was orange flavored water. Like koolaid, or tang.
However, they brought a free round because it was Natasha’s Birthday-ish. Not just a free drink for her, but for the whole table. Which was awesome, and made us like the mimosas more (it could be because the more you drink the less judgy you are about what you’re drinking. This is just a fact).
The latte was delicious, one of the best in town. And it looked delightful.
Presentation: 88.33 %
Ok, the meals all looked really cool. Great for instagramming, which could be why it has such a strong following.
Diversity: 95 %
Benedicts along with Rose Garden bring up the question of “how much choice is too much choice?” However, unlike the Rose Garden, all the options look really good. Although we were all drawn to the eggs benedict, after the pancake dessert, I want to come back and try the rest of the menu.
Ambiance: 80.83 %
The music was a bit loud and way weird. I was able to hear everyone, but if Ben would have been there, we wouldn’t have been able to have anything remotely resembling a conversation. The table was lovely and the lighting was sufficient. I am curious how this place is at 3am, and I hope to at some point find out.
Point of this story is that it was not the best, but arguably not the worst. And importantly, worth a second visit.
Overall Score: 84.22 %