Coffee Therapy

Coffee Therapy

After walking the central city looking for somewhere to eat breakfast, I stumbled across Coffee Therapy (or just Therapy as they call themselves different things on different mediums).

There were a handful of people dining there, and the food they were eating looked ok, so I thought I’d try out their eggs benedict.

It took around 3 minutes flat for my meal to be delivered to my table, which automatically raised a big red flag.

As the plate was placed in front of me the pungent bitter stench of warm alfalfa sprouts hit me like a freight train. They tasted horribly bitter too and overpowered the whole meal. I mean, I have nothing against sprouts, but stick them on the side. Any cook should know that when alfalfa is warmed, the bitterness factor is greatly increased.

In the short time it took to make, they managed to get one egg rock hard and crumbly, and the other egg slightly underdone. How someone can manage that cooking the eggs together, I don’t know. I can only assume that one egg was already made or they were microwaved.

The bacon also seemed too uniformly cooked to have been near a hotplate or frypan – again, I’m putting my money on the microwave.

At least there was an English Muffin on the bottom, but this had barely been waved past a toaster or hotplate and wasn’t toasted enough to hold up any moisture whatsoever.

The hollandaise was nice enough but a very sparse helping. I recognised the taste and texture as one straight out of the jar. I can appreciate some places not making their own, and that’s fine – it can be a fickle sauce to make properly for a small cafe.

There was also a splattering of balsamic reduction on the plate, purely for visual effect as it was impossible to get enough to influence any of the food.

Overall, even for the relatively low price bracket, I walked away extremely disappointed and wouldn’t recommend Coffee Therapy’s eggs benedict to anyone.

Cost: Eggs Benedict with bacon $16.50

 

COFFEE THERAPY

77 Hereford Street, Christchurch

Café Kudos

Café Kudos

Due to its industrial/business park location, Café Kudos is always busy with everything from people grabbing coffees on the run to staff meetings and everything in-between.

Café Kudos serves three versions of Eggs Benedict – Bacon, Salmon and Mushroom, but predictably it was the bacon variation I chose to order.

When it arrived I was surprised to see a couple of unexpected elements. Firstly was the wilted spinach on top of the English muffin (which wasn’t in the menu description) and the inclusion of wholegrain mustard in the hollandaise, something I am yet to encounter anywhere else.

Even though the mustard gave the hollandaise an almost unappetising, slightly browny hue, I must admit that it did ad an extra dimension to the hollandaise that worked surprisingly well. However if wholegrain mustard isn’t your thing, then you’re probably not going to like this at all.

The two free range eggs were of a good medium-large size, but had been cooked to death. The yolks were hard to the point of crumbling away when cut into – never a pleasant thing to see in any egg dish. Four rashers of bacon sat beneath the eggs and while not exactly crispy, were cooked to a standard matching most examples around town.

The wilted spinach was more like a sodden drowned spinach as it hadn’t been dumped on the muffin in a tight lump, retaining a lot of water. It hadn’t been drained properly, or had the excess water patted or fried off. The horrible consequence of this was an English muffin which had taken on so much water that it had turned to a stodgy dough. The spinach also had a distinct bitter/metallic taste.

Had it not been for the inclusion of the sopping spinach, Café Kudos’ Eggs Benedict would have been a fine example of an average dish despite the overcooked eggs, but unfortunately it ended up being genuinely unpleasant.

Costs:

Eggs Bene with Bacon $19

with Salmon $21

with Mushrooms $19

 

CAFE KUDOS

235 Annex Rd, Middleton, Christchurch

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