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Eggs Florentine @ Willow Wood (Graton)

Melanie Wong | Apr 27, 200404:51 PM

When I posted recently about Willow Wood Market Café, I realized that I was in somewhat of a rut, having tried but three things in my many visits to this country market. The plump and creamy polenta in its many iterations, pork loin sandwich, and egg salad sandwich have been so deeply satisfying, I’d not strayed. Yet I thought the renowned Monte Cristo sandwich on the brunch menu might tempt me next.

Sadly, arriving after 2pm this Sunday, the challah for making the Monte Cristo was depleted. Deeply disappointed by this turn of events, I had a hard time picking something else and reluctantly ordered the Eggs Florentine, $10.75. However, once the bountiful plate was presented, my misgivings were immediately disspelled.

Napped with light and lemony hollandaise sprinkled with snipped chives, two perfectly poached eggs were perched on a layer of tender and pristinely fresh steamed spinach and grilled pain levain. I loved the country bread’s lightness and how well the voids absorbed the runny yolks and silky hollandaise. Guess I’ll never be satisfied with run-of-the-mill English muffins again. I also noticed that the plate was dry with no watery excess or sogginess so common to eggs Florentine to dilute the flavors.

The home fries were less browned and crusty than I would like, yet the firm waxiness and extra sweetness of these freshly dug small red potatoes more than made up for it. Some fresh herbs, carmelized red onions, and a bit of scallion seasoned the spud nuggets. The housemade ketchup, actually more of a piquant roasted vegetable salsa, was terrific with the home fries. A few pieces of fresh pineapple added a welcome tart-sweet note to the breakfast plate.

It was too warm a day for a latte, one of the best in the county. Instead a Mimosa, $5, with a couple floating fresh blueberries hit the spot.



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