For me, enjoyment of a meal is as much about the setting as it is about the food, and May’s Dish of the Month is an example of an occasion when both of these were pretty much perfect!
On the Bank Holiday weekend, we had some lovely weather, and as Mr W and I were up early (for me to go and test drive a car, which, incidentally, I ended up buying!) we decided to do something we rarely get the opportunity to do: go out for breakfast. Our destination of choice was Pier 64 in Penarth, and we’d hoped to sit out on the decked area that overlooks the Marina, but unfortunately it was quite chilly out there, as it falls in the shade during the morning. Instead, we sat out on the smaller area at the front (or the back, depending on which way you look at it) of the restaurant and had our breakfast there. It’s a wonderful little sun trap, and it felt like we were somewhere in the Med.
Our breakfast, however, was decidedly British. I love Eggs Benedict, but Pier 64 don’t actually have this on the menu. Their poached eggs, however, are served with spinach and hollandaise, on a toasted muffin (which I think is sometimes described as Eggs Florentine, but here was simply ‘Poached Eggs’) and we asked if we could replace the spinach with ham or bacon. Our waiter suggested we had bacon as an extra – he said that people often do this, and find that the spinach is a good addition anyway. We went with his suggestion and were glad we did!
It was an excellent, luxurious dish: crispy, salty bacon, a crisply toasted muffin, perfectly poached eggs and buttery, glossy hollandaise, with the spinach adding an extra dimension. The proportion of hollandaise was just right – sometimes, with a runny egg yolk, it can be too much, but this was quite thick and creamy so it worked really well.
A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice washed down a perfect breakfast. We’ll definitely be going back when we want another decadent morning treat!