Little Pom’s is a small cafĂ© latched onto the side of Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn on Kilmore Street. After having it recommended by several friends I decided it was time to check out their much lauded Eggs Benedict.

The description on the menu certainly paints a mouthwatering premise – Little Pom’s Benny, smoked bacon, poached eggs, cheddar buttermilk biscuits, corn, avocado, chipotle lime hollandaise. The drool certainly ebbs from the corner of your mouth when you lay eyes on the subsequent price – at $25, this is likely the most expensive Eggs Benedict in town. It had better walk the talk!

Thankfully, it’s very good, but not everyone’s cup of tea.

Let’s start from the bottom up.

Note to all cafe’s – Eggs Benedict always looks stunning on a black plate, and this was no exception. The “cheddar buttermilk biscuits” were intriguing in that they very much had the texture of a home-made English muffin with a hint of cheddar cheese. I’m not sure what I expected, maybe something cracker-like, but I guess it follows the American way of pretty much calling anything a biscuit (except biscuits – which are of course cookies). Nevertheless, they were perfect.

Sitting on them was a salsa of smashed avocado and corn, not your traditional Eggs Benedict fare, but it works. The creamy texture of the avocado matched the velvety eggs and hollandaise, and the noticeable sweetness of the corn played well against the tangy sauce.

Two perfectly grilled rashers of bacon followed, smoked, but not smoky and sitting on top were a couple of nicely sized, textbook poached eggs.

The hollandaise is amazing, but here is where the dish will polarise some people. The chipotle lime sauce certainly carries a kick with it – nothing serious or anything, but it does build up to be a dominating feature. It compliments the rest of the dish perfectly but if you don’t like a bit of heat in your food then this is going to be an expensive lesson.

I asked the waiter if they offered the option of a standard hollandaise to which I received a resounding “no”. Likewise too with the ability to switch out bacon for salmon – but to be fair, salmon just wouldn’t work in this dish.

So with that in mind – I cannot recommend Little Pom’s Eggs Benny to anyone who can’t handle their spice, but to everyone else it should be high on your list of brunches to check out.

Cost:

Little Pom’s Eggs Benny $25

 

LITTLE POM’S

294 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

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