Saturday, April 14, 2007

Woodstock, Armadale

When the director of Bad Eggs sat down at the next table, I started to worry that it was an omen for the food to come. Was Tony Martin trying to jinx my breakfast at Woodstock, 1150 High Street, Armadale, Tel +61 3 9500 1483? Or was I being paranoid? The latter, as it turned out.


The eggs benedict weren't bad at all. In fact, they were good. Nicely poached, with fresh hollandaise, OK ham, a generous side of sauteed spinach and decent toast (although it was a stretch to call it toasted corn bread). The only weak link was the hash brown, which was a frozen specimen, not very well fried (ie, quite greasy).

The pumpkin poached eggs weren't bad either. Two soft poached eggs on rye, with honey roasted pumpkin, marinated fetta, spinach (raw, unfortunately) and a sun dried tomato dressing. A very pretty dish.

Speaking of pretty things, Woodstock seems to have a policy of hiring very pretty staff. Not that there's anything wrong with that. They were all very friendly and efficient, with no hint of back-chat or eye-rolling as The Fussy One made her various special requests.

The venue sits on a corner with some street-side tables, some inside tables, and some upstairs tables (in a sort-of roof-top deck area). Much buzzier than I expected to find in suburban Armadale. They even have what appear to be vintage Eames fibreglass shell chairs, which adds some designer cred to the place.

15/20 "pretty"


Eggs & Bacon $12.00 BB100 +20%

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Blogger i am the diva said...

that eggs benny is the most beautiful thing i have ever seen.

17/4/07 04:54  
Blogger catalyst0527 said...

It's too beautiful to eat!

20/4/07 02:26  
Blogger Katy said...

Having recently been introduced to the wonder that is eggs benedict (so many Sundays wasted) I was so excited to find your site. I too have been on a slightly similar quest to you - to find Australia's best eggs benedict. In absolute, no questions asked, 1st place is The Turtle Cafe, in Elwood. I haven't had a big look around your site to see if you have eaten there yet, but I strongly urge you to go there directly and order 1 eggs benedict. It beats all other places, from Bondi to Brisbane.

20/4/07 20:00  
Blogger Katy said...

Well. In much embarrasment I now admit I should have looked around a little before posting my excitable post. In all fairness to me, I didn't drink the coffee... But gee that eggs benedict was good.
I am in a little bit of shock that I have found such a quest - so similar to mine. I am still a beginner however, so Turtle still rates for me!
If you ever venture up to the Central Coast, NSW, check out Indulganze Cafe at Terrigal - they do a mean benedict/florentine mix.

20/4/07 20:10  
Blogger Samuel James Brent said...

I'm so glad you took up my advice to take a look at Woodstock.

Just as a side note on one of your remarks, I'm not entirely sure why, but sometimes they make the hash browns by hand and sometimes they fry up frozen ones. The former is to die for.

Also, and whilst I have this soapbox, you're not wrong about the staff in the old "looks" category, but I couldn't disagree with you more about their attentiveness - it's my one complaint about Woodstock every time I go.

Still, glad to hear you enjoyed! :D

20/4/07 23:31  
Blogger Amiene Rev said...

i wonder what bacon taste like?

it look like a beacon.

29/4/07 03:49  
Blogger mat said...

my goodness that looks good.

30/4/07 17:03  
Blogger KM said...

This is utter food porn. God bless you, lol.

Your pictures are gorgeous; cheers! :-)

7/5/07 07:37  

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