Much as I love going for brunch in the Holy City, (see earlier post here), nothing compares to a visit to Benedict. With 2 branches in Tel Aviv and a 3rd on the sea-front in Herzliya, Benedict serves every kind of breakfast you can wish for and is open 24 hours a day. As nice as the Tel Aviv branches are, the one in Herzliya Pituach is much bigger, a great location and has a more diverse menu. I am pretty much a creature of habit and when I find something I like, I stick with it and re-order it again and again and again. My dish of choice,from which the restaurant is named, is Eggs Benedict Royal – 2 poached eggs served on toasted brioche with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce (68₪) which includes a green salad and a choice of fruit juice, hot drink, champagne cocktail or ice coffee. It is the best Eggs Benedict I have had in Israel and is pretty authentic; my only criticism is that the poached eggs are sometimes a bit watery.
One of the best things about Benedict is their homemade bread served with soft butter, homemade jam and nutella and you can request more of which ever rolls you prefer, so be sure to turn up hungry! They also offer free refills of coffee before 10am and their “cold coffee” is really strong!
The Eggs Benedict can also be ordered with various other toppings. If I didn’t only eat meat in kosher restaurants, I would definitely try the Benedict Joe topped with sweet ground meat or the Philadelphia style topped with sliced sirloin and asparagus.
If you prefer to indulge in a sweeter breakfast, the Pancakes take while to prepare but are more than worth the wait. You can chose from original, blueberry, chocolate and white chocolate with espresso. They are served with fresh fruit salad, maple syrup and confectioner’s sugar and are light and fluffy. I was slightly disappointed that the blueberries were not mixed into the batter but simply served as a jam layered in-between the pancakes and I could definitely not get through a whole portion of the white chocolate and espresso by myself, they are very sweet sickly but delicious.
Here is thel full menu to salivate over, I still want to try the Eggs “En Cocotte” and the Egg Balls.
They don’t take reservations on a Friday and there is always a line, but the service is amazing and they are very efficient at getting the line moving. I recommend sitting at the bar if you are just 2 people, it is fun and you will get seated faster.