Nothing beats a hearty breakfast. It helps to start your day, keeping you fuelled till lunch. For a city that never sleeps, looking for a good breakfast joint early in the morning in Mumbai can be a bit of an uphill task. The Irani cafes and Udupi eateries always come to one’s rescue but of late, some of the restaurants too are open for breakfast and cater to Mumbai’s ever-changing palate. They have great fare on offer for those who want to eat healthy and the gourmands who want to indulge. From eggs benedict to savoury pancakes and sinful waffles to bircher muesli, there is something for everyone.
Kitchen Garden by Suzette, Bandra
Undoubtedly one of the most talked about breakfast hotspots in Mumbai, this place gets packed from the morning. Grab a seat indoors or relax outdoors as you enjoy your breakfast. The Buckwheat Pancakes With Honey, Butter, Mango or Berries Coulis or Home-Made Almond Butter are worth starving for, the night before. The menu also offers dishes which are low on guilt and high on flavour. The Overnight Turmeric And Almond Milk Oats, which provides you with a lot of fibre, as well as satiate your taste buds, is worth trying. The array of egg dishes are equally delightful.
La Folie Lab, Lower Parel
This cute little café has sumptuous options for breakfast. Sit by the window and relish your breakfast at a leisurely pace. Start with Fruit Compote And Granola Yogurt, as the light vanilla Greek yoghurt melts in your mouth and the nut crumble and dry fruit granola give the right bite. The Liege Belgian Waffle With Nutella Chocolate Ganache, both crisp and pillowy soft, is a treat you must not miss. Egg lovers must try the Chicken Chipotle Benedict. Finish off with a cold pressed juice or a hot coffee.
It Happened in New York, Bandra
Every dish here boasts of exciting flavours and is bursting with fresh ingredients. The NYC Pancake Stack is robust and filling, even though it spells a bit of indulgence. If variety is what you are seeking, try the Breakfast Bruschetta with an array of toppings like cream cheese, cucumber and arugula, or scrambled eggs and brown butter. Satiated there is a bounce in your step as you head out to face the day.
Kala Ghoda Café, Kala Ghoda
This stylish and relaxed café is the perfect place to star your day. The Parsi Pora or Parsi style spicy omelette is a must have here although the menu abounds with choices. What is more, you can opt for the breakfast combo too which is easy-on-the-wallet and comes with a hot beverage or juice. Do not miss the Waffle With Dark Chocolate Sauce, which simply melts in the mouth and gives you your sugar fix.
The Bandra Project by PizzaExpress, Bandra
This latest entrant to Bandra lures you for breakfast with its eclectic menu. The casual and relaxed ambience adds to the experience. The Not So French Toast filled with caramelised apples and cream cheese is decadent but something you can’t miss. The classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish Shakshuka here is well-made and the tangy flavours tantalise your palate. The Frittered Pumpkin Pancakes with layers of soy and doused with maple syrup, honey and mascarpone are a gourmet’s dream come true.
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Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.