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One can safely get spoilt for choices when it comes to breakfast options in South Kolkata. Within a radius of 2 - 3 km, it has various options from English breakfast to healthy calorie counted diet to South Indian - the quintessential Indian breakfast option to the old Calcutta charm Tiretti Bazaar. It is all here and most importantly, one does not need to travel length and breadth of the city to enjoy these.
Southern Avenue and the vicinity is silently evolving as another food pocket in Kolkata. The otherwise quaint residential neighbourhood of Kolkata has these small gems tucked in its by lanes and the quiet surroundings give a perfect ambience to go for a breakfast date too.
The Protein Bistro - If you are health conscious yet do not want to miss out on tickling your taste buds, then drop into this place. Each dish has the amount of protein mentioned on the menu. The eggs are to die for and is available in different forms with a side of your choice, like bacon, grilled chicken, leeks and mushrooms. There is a whole breakfast meal option with fruits, oats and sausages and the likes for a reasonable pricing. If you want something different, you could go for the Honey Quinoa Salad, Tofu Ice Berg or even Masala Oats. Wrap up the breakfast with a Protein Shake, Fruit Smoothies or Detox Drinks. Located in Lake road this is very popular with health freaks.
Banana Leaf – What is the most popular Indian breakfast staple? South Indian dishes and Dosa will be perhaps a unanimous choice. Crispy Dosa or Idli Vada dipped in sambar and a dose of filter Kaapi is what gets the morning rolling. Varied options of Dosas, Idlis on the offering here and the place is buzzing as most of the south Indian joints are. In case you want to get little adventurous, then try your hand in juggling the filter Kaapi.
Wise Owl - Situated in Hindustan Park, this place is known for serving some of the best Omelettes and one can get some beautiful fluffy pancakes too. Take your pick from the cheese omelettes with toppings of bacon, ham or chicken. There is an impressive spread of sandwiches too and do not miss out on the Frittata.
TIRETTI by Tak Heng - One of the main tourist attraction for the food lovers visiting the city is the Chinese breakfast in Tiretti Bazaar, Central Kolkata. With time, the place might have lost its shine but the crowd on Sunday mornings in this by lane of Poddar Court will be contradictory. TIRETTI now comes to South Kolkata with TIRETTI by Tak Heng. The wide variety of vegetarian, chicken, pork Dimsums both steamed and fried, the Baos and breakfast soups, is what a feel good happy sinful breakfast is all about. There are some staples like Char Sui Fan which is roasted pork on rice congee and of course the usual bread, etc. If you want to experience your Chinese breakfast in a clean and healthy atmosphere, then this is the place.
Mrs. Magpie - This place needs no introduction - you want a cupcake and hot chocolate, you go to Mrs. Magpie. But did you know that they do breakfast too? You get the full English breakfast with the whole deal of eggs to order, grilled tomatoes, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms, juice, toast and bacon. There is an assortment of choice for omelettes with interesting stuffing like spinach mushroom and gruyere cheese, mushroom bell pepper with Emmental cheese, ham mushroom and gruyere cheese and so on. For some freshness, you could go for some Yoghurt Pots with Homemade Granolas and for some indulgence, the Cinnamon Roll is a great choice.
While this list comprises of some of the most popular cuisines of Indian breakfast scenario, yet there are few more like a Chole Bhature or Puri Sabji from North India or a Poha and Pao Bhaji from the western part of the country can still find a place here. Anyone listening?
A true blue Kolkata foodie, Anindya loves cooking and eating his Kosha Mangsho. Anindya weaves stories around food as he believes exceptional food is an emotional experience. Previously a restauranter, now a passionate photographer and traveller, he runs a successful blog called Pikturenama and contributes to other publications.