Top 10 Breakfast Places in Mumbai

Meher Mirza  |  Updated: July 13, 2016 14:01 IST

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Top 10 Breakfast Places in Mumbai
Here are the top 10 breakfast places in Mumbai.

Look, I'm going to be honest with you. I'm writing this story during the Mumbai monsoon. Every day for the last several days, the rain has been coming heavily down in little stinging whorls, revealing a gray, watercolour world. This is the time my appetite swells with desire for a large, hot, meaty breakfast. Which is why in my list of Mumbai breakfast favourites, you'll find lots of egg and non-vegetarian options though I have tried to include some vegetarian options too.

1. Suzette

Rumour has it that the early rising gourmet can get his or her hands on Suzette's exquisite croissants, which are all sold out by 9 am. The rest of us have to make do with its buckwheat crepes, thankfully sold throughout the day. The one I love is the Estragon, which has chicken, mushroom, mustard and Emmenthal in its crispy folds, but if you want something more traditionally 'breakfast', I recommend the Complete (ham, egg and Emmenthal) or the Fermiere (same as the Complete but with the happy addition of sautéed mushrooms and creamed spinach). The crepe comes by itself though, it would have been lovely to have some freshly cut fruits on the side to make it more balanced.Address: Pali Hill Bandra and Nariman Point; Opens at 9 AM.



2. Military Cafe

This no-frills Irani café once used to serve a plethora of meat-heavy Parsi and British dishes such as Delicious Tongue Dishes, Tasteful Liver Dishes, Light Meals Of Eggs and Cakes, Ices and Puddings. Today though, it specialises in all manner of non-vegetarian Parsi comestibles. One such is its Kheema Ghotala, not the most aesthetic dish but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in taste. It literally translates to 'a mess of mince' and is a dish of minced mutton scrambled with egg and served with loaves of soft pav.

Address: Ali Chamber, Tamrind Lane, Fort; Opens at 8:30 AM.
 
caramel custard
Image Credit: Military Cafe

3.Sarvi

Sarvi's is the gem that gleams in the slightly dodgy neighbourhood of Nagpada. Not for its (unprepossessing) interiors, but its exquisite cooking of dishes such as Kheema, Boti Kebab and Masoor Pulao. But if you go for breakfast, there is really only one dish to order - the Bheja Masala Fry. Surprisingly subtly-spiced and moreish, one plate (with two rotis) will tide you over until tea-time.

Address: 184/196, Dimtimkar Road, Opposite Nagpada Police Station, Byculla; Opens at 7:30 AM.

kebab mealImage Credit: A.a. Raaz on Food Lovers Club

4. Salt Water Cafe
I spend far too much of my time here and it is mostly for its full English breakfast. If you look for it on the menu, you won't find it. But all the elements are there on the menu and when I order a fried egg, I usually get it with all the sides (crispy bacon, lovely fat sausages and baked beans). Now that's a breakfast that will really stick to your ribs on a cool morning.

Address: 87 Chapel Road, Next to Mount Carmel Church, Reclamation, Banra West; 82, Nagin Mahal, Veer Nariman Road, Opposite Gaylords, Churchgate; Opens at 9 AM.

 


5. Hotel Noor Mohammedi

Started in 1923 by Abdul Karim, Noor started its life as an early morning eatery (6 am) catering to the pious Namaz offerer. At Noor, you get plenty of delicious dishes, but what it is really famous for is its Nalli Nihari (shanks of mutton or buffalo), that has been cooked until it is soft as velvet. This, its most famous breakfast dish, is eaten with a crisp roti that soaks up perfectly its spicy gravy. Technically, you can order the Nihari up until noon, but there is a good chance it will be sold out much earlier.

Address: Bhendi Bazaar; Opens at 6 AM.
 


6. Tharu Sweets Mukhi Bhandar

Every Sunday at 8am, a knot of hungry people crowd the entrance of Tharu's for its weekly fix of Dal Pakwan. A Sindhi speciality, it is made of spice-flavoured pakwans, a sort of flat bread that is fried until crisp, and chana dal. At Tharu's, the Dal Pakwan is cooked in pure ghee and served with a tangy tamarind chutney, and is worth the weekly wait.

Address: Khar; Opens at 8 AM.
 
dal pakwan

7. Indigo Deli

This is another one of my favourites - I spend hours engorging myself with its batter-fried fish and chips with vinegar or its paper-thin pizzas. But on a stormy morning such as this one, the only really satisfying thing for me is the Eggs Benedict - perfectly-poached eggs that have been drenched in Hollandaise sauce after being placed atop a muffin.

Address: Colaba, Lower Parel, Bandra, Andheri, Malad, Ghatkopar; Opens at 9 AM.
 


8. Ramashray

Along with its Mysoredosa, Ramashray makes a mean Medu Vada - crisp on the outside and pillowy-soft within. For those who prefer variations on a theme, Ramashray also offers Rasam Vada (crisp vadai soaked in a bath of rasam) and Dahi Vada (where the vada comes soaked in whipped dahi), but as delicious as they are, I prefer my vadai pristine, and served with freshly-prepared chutney.

Address: Matunga; Opens at 5 AM.
 
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9. Cafe Zoe

The waffles at Cafe Zoe are magic! Apparently, they are traditional Liege waffles, one of Belgium's most delectable exports (after fries, of course). They are caramelised, and taste crisper and sweeter than the regular kind - they are also a lot harder to make. I have not been there in a while, but the taste has long lingered.

Address: Lower Parel; Opens at 7:30 AM.
 


10. Candies

Every morning, you're bound to see a crowd of hungry Bandra dwellers digging into the eggs, chicken sausages and baked beans offered at this iconic Bandra eatery. The bhurji and fried eggs are done just right, but the egg white omelette is especially fluffy (and good for the heart!).

Address: Multiple Outlets in Bandra; Opens at 8:30 AM.
 

About the Author:
Meher Mirza is an independent writer and editor, with a focus on food and travel. Formerly with BBC Good Food India, she loves anime, animals and artsy things but also comics, technology and death metal.

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