Dosa? No? Okay, how about a full English breakfast? No? Or maybe something healthy? Yes? The whole ‘where can we go for breakfast?’ is a conversation that can start after dinner, and perhaps end somewhere towards lunch the following day.
And while it’s been some time since a cracking new place opened up in the city with a good breakfast menu, there are enough and more in Bengaluru for you to check out. Here’s my list of 10 favourite places in the city to get delicious breakfast. If you haven’t been to these already, start making plans:
1. Red Fork
Waking up on Sunday and heading to breakfast at Red Fork in Indiranagar is one of the best things I’ve done in the past few months. Their menu is inventive, and centres on European and Parsi food. And to be able to start the day with a Spring Onion Pancake with House-Cured Salmon and Poached Egg can never be a bad thing, can it? My second favourite would be the Ham and Cheese Scrambled Eggs on Toast, and the bread here isn’t your regular bread either. Their Grilled Cheese Sandwich is yet another tasty one. Plus they make a mean Peanut Butter French Toast with home-made berry compote, and Peanut Praline Ice Cream, or better still check out their Buttermilk Waffles. The menu is a little biased towards meat eaters though.Address:594, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar; Red Fork opens at 9am and closes at 10.30pm. They are closed on Mondays.
Fruit and Nut Pancake; Image Credit: Red Fork
2. The White Room - Coffee & Kitchen
One of the most English things you will do in this city is to browse through a menu of exotic teas, as you soak in the white ambience. And while the service can be a bit delayed, it’s good to laze in this weather over a cup of Earl Grey, or green tea with cinnamon. To eat, the Thyme and Lemon Rind Pancake, or eggs to order are a good way to start. You can also order sides such as baked beans, chicken sausages etc. It’s not a big menu, but it’s not too bad either.
Address: 33, High Gates Hotel, Church Street; The restaurant opens at 9am.
Image credit: The White Room
3. 154 Breakfast Club
A popular place in Koramangala, this café serves up quite a big breakfast. Combinations of bacon/sausages and eggs and bread cooked in different ways are probably the hottest selling dishes here. But that apart, there are a whole host of pancakes and waffles, and sandwiches to choose from. And if you’re getting eggs to order, there are more than a couple of choices here. Check out the ‘healthy options’ section where you can get them to whip up different kinds of stuffed eggs, but using only the whites.
Address:154, 8th Main Road, 3rd Block, Koramangala 3rd Block; It opens at 9am.
Image Credit: 153 Breakfast Club
If you can make it here by 8am, you can have a really good South Indian breakfast. They make more than 15 kinds of dosas, including a Palak Masala Dosa. The Guntur Idli, which is available all day, is a popular choice though, along with the usual Kharabath and Pongal. Don’t forget the coffee though.
Address: 220, 39th A Cross, 9th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar; It opens at 8am.
5. Shri Sagar (CTR)
This is yet another gem in Malleswaram. If you haven't eaten at Shri Sagar, earlier known as CTR, you've not really tasted the true breakfast tradition of the city. The Benne Dosa here is probably the best in the city. But do try their Filter Coffee, Khara Bath and Rava Dosa too. And be prepared to wait for a table for this place can get seriously busy.
Address: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram; It opens at 7:30am.
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6. Veena Stores
I can never put together a breakfast list without mentioning this place. Unless you live in and around the area, it’s a bit of a ride to stand and eat breakfast at what is practically just a store. But the idlis and the Kesari Bath, with coffee are completely worth the trouble. And go early; this place opens at 6.30am and gets crowded quite fast.
Address: 187, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram
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7. Monkey Bar
They serve breakfast only on Sundays, and that too between 9am and noon. But it’s a fun outing nevertheless. The Eggs in a Blanket (parathas stuffed with eggs) that’s served with either keema or galauti is popular, as are the Red Velvet Waffles. And if you’re in the mood for something more than just a few bites, they do serve a full English Breakfast (minus the blood pudding of course). One of my favourites however is Scrambled Eggs and Toast, with a side order of sausages, or bacon.
Address:610, Diagonally Opposite SBI Bank, 12th Main, Off 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar
Image credit: Monkey Bar
8. SLV Corner Restaurant
SLV Corner is popular for its dosas and idlis, and the Khara Bath and filter coffee. And if you’re going to Basavangudi for no particular reason, get there by 8am and check out the breakfast here. It’s good, pretty much consistent, and the locals love it.
Address: 42, Vani Vilas Road, Ramakrishna Ashrama Circle, Basavanagudi; It opens at 8am.
9. The Hole in the Wall Cafe
It opens at 8am, and on weekends can get busy. And by that I mean really busy. And while the food is not always an ace, it’s a comfy place to hang out with friends and discuss life. And yes, eat of course. The Great Goan Sausage Fest with spicy Goan sausage masala served on mashed potatoes, along with eggs and bread is a good one to check out. In fact, they have quite a few similar combinations that include baked beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, and bread. Yes there are waffles too, along with a special Sunday breakfast, called ‘The Hangover Breakfast’ that I am yet to try.
Address:4, 8th Main Road, 4th Block,Koramangala 4th Block
Image Credit: The Hole in the Wall Cafe
10. Smoke House Deli
For a posh breakfast, which translates to slightly laid back and expensive, SHD is not a bad choice. But one has to give them credit for starting a separate healthy breakfast section that is apparently free from gluten and trans fats. So you can eat an Amaranth and Flaxseed Granola, and Egg White Omelettes stuffed with lots of delicious ingredients, without feeling guilty. They also do bagels, pancakes, and different kinds of eggs to order, with the option of ordering extras such as breakfast bacon, baked beans, hash browns, and so on.
Address:1209, 100 Feet Road, Opposite Apollo Clinic, Indiranagar; 52 & 53, Ground Floor, Lavelle Road; Opens at 9am.
Image Credit: Smoke House Deli
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