Milieu

Milieu

Milieu is situated in the heart of Addington, an area somewhat starved of quality eateries. It’s surrounded by bustling offices and sees a constant flow of patronage whether they are eating or just grabbing a coffee on the go.

Their Eggs Benedict with bacon is a no-frills meal, but proves simplicity, when done well, can be a pleasure.

The biggest positive is their use of a first-rate English Muffin (sourced from local bakers Breads of Europe), which trumps sliced bread or your supermarket variety muffin every day of the week.

On top were nicely crisped rashers of bacon and a couple of perfectly poached free range eggs. The generous serving of hollandaise was a good colour and fairly standard in terms of taste.

There were a couple of hash-brown triangles on the side, which can sometimes bring the dish down, but these happened to be nice and crisp, texturally complimenting the rest of the meal.

The café was probably half full, but that didn’t hinder their Eggs Benedict being delivered within 5-10 minutes of sitting down. They also do a salmon/spinach and mushroom/spinach version.

Cost:

Eggs Benedict with Bacon $18.50

 

MILIEU

112 Wrights Rd, Addington, Christchurch 8024

Fava Café

Fava Café

About 12 months ago I visited Fava Café for Eggs Benedict and remember enjoying it – so I thought it was due time to go back and write it up for Eggs Benediction.

Due to the fact my default go-to Eggs Benedict is the bacon variety, for a change I decided to try the correctly named Eggs Florentine (or Eggs Benedict with salmon in most other places).

The meal was delivered within 10 minutes, during which time I sipped on my latte and freshly squeezed OJ (around $11 for those two alone – OUCH!), and at face value the plate of food put in front of me looked inviting.

Looks can be deceiving.

As I broke open the two eggs (always a good idea straight away to stop them cooking), one of them was so hard-boiled I could have broken a window with it, while the other was slightly under done, but fine. I struggle to comprehend how someone can cook two eggs and get each one at opposite ends of the cooked spectrum. Baffling and highly disappointing.

The Akaroa salmon was delicious. It wasn’t some sliced supermarket product, but a tasty flaked meaty salmon that made me wonder why I don’t have Florentine more often, which I will.

The “English muffin” was a conundrum. It had the look and texture of a burger bun – even having sesame seeds on one side, but tasted like a muffin. However when it’s all soaked in hollandaise and the yolk from the one runny egg – it’s all about the texture – which wasn’t great.

I have come to accept that the inclusion of cracked pepper mixed in the hollandaise is the norm around Christchurch, but Fava’s hollandaise didn’t. Instead it was pre-cracked on top, which I personally feel should be up to the diner. Bring a pepper mill over with the meal and ask of they want it on – it’s not that hard and takes no time for that little bit of personal service. That rant aside, Fava’s hollandaise was tasty and thick, but still runny enough to get throughout the elements on the plate.

The meal came with wilted baby spinach under the eggs and some micro herbs to garnish, as well as a couple of lemon slices – an essential accompaniment with a Florentine and the citrus lifted the whole dish.

As disappointing as Fava’s Florentine was this particular day, I have to admit that as a mouthful with a bit of everything – it was tasty. I hope, for Fava’s sake, that the chef just dropped the ball this time around.

Costs:

Eggs Benedict (bacon) $17.90

Eggs Florentine (salmon) $18.90

 

FAVA CAFE

236 Centaurus Rd, St Martins

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