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Your guide to best breakfast around the globe

We looked for breakfast items from different regions across the world and found them right here in Mumbai. In the first of a two-part series, we explore the best English, Continental and American options in the city.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2013 18:17 IST
Bhairavi Jhaveri

Owing to the influx of expatriates from around the world and foreign tourists in the city, Mumbai’s breakfast culture has changed dynamically in the past two years. Breakfast has become a very important meal — sometimes for conducting meetings, or for many, the only indulgent meal of the day until dinner. From what was a novelty offered by a few eateries such as Café Leopold or Café Mondegar, breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict and Hash Browns have become commonplace in city eateries.

Now you can find all popular morning meal items from different cultures from across the globe such as the Cinnamon Brûlée Oat Porridge or the Korvapuusti at your neighbourhood café. So how would you like your eggs this morning — Thai or Moroccan? Here’s a list that can help you pick.

English breakfast
Black pudding, fried bread, hash browns, tomatoes and mushrooms are also part of the full English breakfast, apart from the usual suspects. The executive breakfast at The Tea Centre The romantic, old-school vibe at the iconic Tea Centre is complete with a serving of the executive breakfast, which comes very close to the traditional full English breakfast. It includes a serving of eggs (scrambled, boiled, fried, poached or plain) with a side of ham/sausage/bacon and a cup of house tea. Throw in a serving of baked beans, or scones, cream and jam and you are in for a colonial hangover.
For:Rs 155 (executive breakfast); Rs 85 (scones)
At:Resham Bhavan, 78, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate
Timings:8.30 am to 11 pm
Call: 2281 9142

Cinnamon Brûlée Oat Porridge at The Pantry
The porridge or cereal is usually served before the eggs in a full English
breakfast. At this cafe, the perfect blend of flavours in the porridge will make you love this usually boring item.
For: Rs 95
At: Yeshwant Chambers, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Timings: 9 am to 11 am
Call: 91670 05290

Continental breakfast
A typical Continental breakfast is a very simple, minimalistic meal of cold cuts, cheeses, juice, tea or coffee, pastry items, yoghurt and cereal. Chocolate chip Danish and Korvapuusti at Eat Around the Corner This suburban café offers an assortment of pastries for the early riser. Try the popular Chocolate Chip Danish, Butter Croissant, Hazelnut Raisin Twist or the Korvapuusti — a Finnish cinnamon bun.
For: Rs 75 to Rs 95 each
At: Junction of 24th and 30th Road, opposite St. Theresa’s Boys High School, TPS III, Bandra (W)
Timings: 7 am to 1 am
Call: 2600 2665

Quiche Lorraine at The Pantry
A common French, as well as American, breakfast pastry item, the Quiche Lorraine — a pie made of country eggs, Gruyère cheese and diced ham is available at The Pantry’s grab-and-go pastry counter. Make a meal of it by pairing it with a fresh juice and some homemade bread. German-style sausage roll, another popular breakfast pastry, can also be sampled here. Team these pastries with the light pantry breakfast, an assortment of fresh bread, hot beverage and a juice.
For: Rs 245; Rs 145
At: Yeshwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, near Trishna, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Timings: 9 am to 11 pm
Call: 9167005290

Cheddar and potato rösti at Kala Ghoda Café
The traditional Swiss dish of hash brown potatoes cooked in a pan, like a pancake, is delicious but very heavy. Try the plain one or you can even ask for their vegetarian/non-vegetarian versions made with veggies, chicken or ham. For an even more delectable ensemble, add a fried egg on top of your rösti. The rösti takes 15 minutes for preparation, so be patient.
For: Rs 140, plus Rs 110 for ham; plus Rs 85 for chicken; plus Rs 75 for veggies
At: 10, Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort.
timings 8.30 am to 11.45 pm
Call: 2263 3866

American breakfast
This one includes a little bit of everything — English, Continental as well as some original American breakfast specialties such as waffles and pancakes. Eggs Benedict at Indigo Deli This classic American breakfast item — though intensely heavy — is a delicious concoction of English muffins topped with two poached eggs and ham, and covered in Hollandaise sauce. Try the smoked salmon variation at Indigo Deli, served with a side of hash browns — cooked to perfection. You can also try another classic — Eggs Florentine.
For: Rs 425
At: Indigo Deli outlets located at Bandra, High Street Phoenix and Colaba
Timings: 9 am till midnight
Call: 2643 8100

Blueberry pancakes at Woodside Inn
Light and fluffy, these huge discs of delight are a real treat at Woodside Inn for those looking for a sweet breakfast. The blueberry ones are not too sweet and just right for that morning kick-start.
For: Rs 195
At: Wodehouse Road, Opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba
Timings: 10 am to 1 am
Call: 2287 5752

Waffles at Fenix
If you are at The Trident Nariman Point, don’t leave without indulging in the best waffles that we have tried in the city. Prepared using a new waffle machine, these are airy and feather-light, and practically melt in your mouth. You can also lap these up with just a dash of maple syrup.
For: Rs 440
At: The Trident, Nariman Point
Timings: 6.30 am to 11.30 am
Call: 6632 6205

For a healthier alternative, try the Whole Wheat and Oats Waffles at Pali Village Café, Bandra.