Anyone who knows me really well knows I LOVE eggs benedict. I almost always ALWAYS order the eggs benedict when I’m at brunch. There’s just something about perfectly poached eggs with the runny yolk that gets me every time. So as you can probably imagine, I’ve had a lot of eggs benedicts in my day. From the crappy ones at IHOP to the restaurants of San Francisco, New York, Europe and Asia, I have literally had eggs benedict all around the world. And I dare say that Bar Tartine may have served the best benedict I have ever had. Yes, I said it. The best one I’ve had. EVER.
I know that’s a bold statement. But let me explain why one bite of this benedict shot it straight to the top of my list. First of all, the poached egg was absolutely perfect. Solid egg whites with just a bit of runny-ness. Then there’s the yolk itself. Perfectly warm, oozes out as you cut into it. It was absolutely glorious. And as I sat there eating, I peeked into the kitchen and saw they had a full waterbath of poached eggs. They definitely know what they are doing.
But perhaps what really made the benedict so great was the brioche they used. A brioche is a highly enriched French bread, whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb. The brioche was perfectly baked and toasted and provided a great contrast that helped soak up the egg yolk. And I loved that Bar Tartine used brioche instead of the typical english muffin that eggs benedict tend to come with. It actually made all the difference in the world. The whole base of the dish is the carbs and grounds everything together, and the brioche was magnificent. Just a perfectly composed dish.
I can honestly say I am lucky to have tried this eggs benedict, especially before the chef of Bar Tartine is set to move on with his career to another restaurant in the near future. Next, I will need to try the burger at Bar Tartine since its on the 7×7 100 things to try in SF before you die list. Plus, I really liked hanging out in the Mission. It was such a different pace than what I’m used to in the financial district and there are characters in the area. I love it!