Eggs Benedict at Madame Frou Frou, Glebe
The history of Eggs Benedict is conflicted. As it stands, there are two different stories historians accept – both as feasible and fairytale-esque as the other.
The first starts with Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, an original lady-who-lunched who nibbled weekly at America’s first ever restaurant, Delmonico’s. It was a habit most could only dream of, but eventually she grew bored of her split-pea soup and sardines toasties and insisted she be made something new and exciting. The chef complied and Eggs Benedict was born.
The second centres around a Wall Street broker with a hangover. Lemuel Benedict not only had financial finesse, but knew his belly too. He pulled up a chair at the Waldorf Hotel and ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon and a hooker of hollandaise.” The chef complied and Eggs Benedict was born.
Whichever story you believe (I think I like Lemuel’s!), the dish has continued to satisfy luxurious ladies and dusty saturday-morning-ers for the past 150 years. The best bit is, it’s been interpreted and re-interpreted a thousand times over – meaning anyone who likes bread and hollandaise (and that’s pretty much everyone, right?) can find a version to suit their finite tastes.
Madame Frou Frou’s Benedict is one for smoked salmon lovers. If you, like me, grew up in a household where smoked salmon was for “Christmas and birthdays only” and served in tongued-sized slivers, you’ll probably giggle at the sight of it. It’s the whole family’s ration on one plate AND comes with poached eggs, toast, spinach and hollandaise.
I’m can’t help but wonder how it would look next to Lemuel’s Waldorf mid-morning cure or Mrs. LeGrand’s special lunch, but it satisfies my tastebuds, clears my head and makes me feel glamourous all at once. Win win win!
Madame Frou Frou
The bill: Eggs Benedict – $13.50 (regular blackboard menu item)
The service: Table service
Also on the menu: Homemade baked beans, paninis, Lentil and Haloumi Salad
381 Glebe Point Rd