‘More like Eggs Benidorm’: Outraged Tesco customer hits out after being served ‘monstrosity’ of an eggs benedict at supermarket cafe
- Thomas Hesketh, 20, ordered the £5 eggs benedict at a Tesco Cafe in Wigan
- His picture of the poorly-presented breakfast has gone viral with 17,000 likes
- Mr Hesketh, from Westhoughton, ate it because his father’s meal had arrived
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More than 17,000 people have sympathised with a Tesco customer who ordered eggs benedict but was served a dish he described as a ‘monstrosity’.
Thomas Hesketh’s Tweet has gone viral after he posted a picture of the limp breakfast from a Tesco cafe in Wigan on Saturday.
The popular brunch dish, often lovingly presented, looked less than appetising when it arrived: two watery eggs on reformed ham.
Several Twitter wags dubbed the disappointing dish ‘Eggs Benidorm’.
Thomas Hesketh’s Tweet has gone viral after he posted a picture of the disappointing breakfast served by a Tesco cafe in Wigan on Saturday
… and how the dish is supposed to look. (Stock image)
He captioned the Tweet: ‘Ordered eggs Benedict in your Wigan cafe and received this monstrosity.’
The image shows two limp pieces of cold ham with what looks like dollops of salad cream and custard on a small piece of bread.
Traditionally the American recipe consists of an English muffin topped with thick slices of ham and two poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce to top it all off.
The 20 year-old said that he finished the dish despite how it looked because his father’s breakfast had arrived and they ‘didn’t have time to wait for another.’
According to Mr Hesketh, from Westhoughton in Wigan, the Hollandaise sauce came straight out of the fridge.
He said: ‘I could see as it was an open kitchen. The Hollandaise sauce was straight out of a small tub from the fridge.’
Twitter users joined in the mockery with Mikey labelling the dish ‘eggs benidorm’
Mr Hesketh, 20, said the cafe offered to cook him another but warned it would come out looking the same
The retailer replied to the tweet, which has now been liked 17,000 times, to apologise
The unappetising picture has gone viral with around 17,000 likes and 3,000 retweets.
Plenty of people made tongue-in-cheek comments about the dish with more than one questioning the appearance of the eggs.
Ross wrote: ‘Did they use white Cadbury Creme Eggs?’
Helen Wood asked ‘who orders eggs Benedict in Tesco?’
Cherry Morello said: ‘I hear Homer Simpson’s asking for his eyes back.’
Tesco replied to Thomas’ tweet saying: ‘I’m very sorry about this happening. Did you tell the cafe staff?’
But Thomas was sure to let them know that it wasn’t the staff that were the issue but the food itself.
He replied: ‘Yes, they said they would cook me up another one but it would be the same!’
In a statement, Tesco said: ‘Our Café team are really passionate about serving our customers great quality breakfasts and we’re sorry this Eggs Benedict didn’t meet our usual high standards.
‘We’ve offered Thomas a gesture of goodwill and would welcome him back into store soon so we can put this right.’
RECIPE: The perfect Eggs Benedict
This classic dish is said to have been created at Delmonico’s restaurant in Manhattan for a Mr Benedict, a stockbroker.
- 4 large eggs
- 1tsp olive oil
- 2 English muffins, halved
- 200g (7oz) spinach, washed
- 8 slices of ham or cooked back bacon
For the hollandaise
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1tsp white wine vinegar
- 300g (10½oz) clarified butter (ghee, from supermarkets)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fill a bowl with water and a handful of ice cubes. Then bring a large pan of water to the boil, use a whisk to create a fast whirl and crack an egg into the hot water. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon, drop into the iced water to cool and drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the other eggs.
To make the hollandaise, whisk the yolk and vinegar in a heatproof bowl. Place over the pan of boiling water you cooked the eggs in, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Add the butter slowly, whisking until thick. Season and keep warm.
Keep the pan of hot water to one side. Heat a frying pan, add the oil and toast the muffins, then set aside. Add the spinach to the same pan and wilt. Lower each egg into the hot water for 30 seconds to warm through.
Pop a muffin half on each plate, top with spinach, bacon or ham and an egg, then the sauce and chives.
SOURCE: James Martin’s American Adventure, published by Quadrille, £25.