Serving breakfasts all day, this buzzing modern café with a certain rustic charm, has an unmistakeable décor. Kitchen utensils and items of crockery cling to the pastel painted walls alongside a bold ‘B’ for Benedict, an indication that it is definitely for the food, that attracts the people to Benedict.
The menu is an all day breakfast menu predominantly of eggs, pancakes and muesli with a variety of toppings and flavours for each and of course coffee.
Warm white and seeded rolls are put on the table in a basket, together with individual pots of butter, chocolate spread and date honey, a sweet, sticky honey with the distinct taste of medjool dates.
The eggs Benedict arrive; perfectly formed with a bright yellow round yolk poking out under a thick glaze of hollandaise with snips of chives for decoration, the base is toasted brioche with a layer of smoked salmon, all complimenting each other rather than fighting for pole position, that’s Benedict Royale….
The shakshouka arrives in a shiny skillet, piping hot with a waft of spice surrounding the table as it is set down, waiting for the fork to break into the yolks which in turn will run through the rich red sauce creating a rainbow of colours within the pan.
As for the chocolate pancakes, a tower of plump pancake rounds stand tall on the plate, smothered in chocolate sauce and oozing out from the middle, even the ardent chocolate lover couldn’t finish this plate of indulgence!
As we left the queues were forming outside to sit, relax and enjoy the food, the atmosphere of Shabbat in Tel Aviv. Breakfast is long and lazy…..there is no rush to move you on for the next customers, as brunch is a culture in Israel, and one to enjoy……we did just that in BENEDICT