There are few better ways to start a day than catching up with friends for breakfast.
Great conversations, good food, big smiles are all the ingredients to set up a perfect day. For many, a weekend breakfast is a great way to unwind at the end of the week. And hey, what’s stopping you and your friends from a mid week pep-up breakfast?
A number of restaurants and cafes are now offering breakfast experiences which can make one feel good and put one in a great mood.Choose a place with a nice ambience and good food and begin to plan your breakfast meet.
Mumbai’s ‘queen of suburbs,’ Bandra, offers quite a few breakfast spots and here’s a look at some of them.
The crowd favourite would be Candies Cafe. There are three of them. The original and smallest one at Pali Hill, the recently renovated one at Reclamation and then the flagship outlet at Pali Naka, Candies at Mc Ronnels. They have some seriously strong cappuccinos which come with delectable petite fours on the side. A range of sandwiches where the basic chicken mayo one is my favourite. This is usually served with chips made in their kitchen or thick plump greasy fries. If in the mood for self- indulgence then go for the potato chops, pan rolls, mutton and sausage puffs and then follow these up with some gooey brownies and cupcakes. Or order the eggs and wait patiently for them. There is a very relaxed feel to Candies at McRonnels with its comfortable benches, multi-leveled seating, sense of space, cheerful mosaics and is the perfect hangout to spend time with your friends.
Another non-budget buster is Mocha Mojo. They have these breakfast deals at Rs 99 plus tax with interesting combinations of exquisite waffles or pancakes or eggs couples with cappuccinos or juices. The ambience is fairly funky in a psychedelic way. It is reasonably empty in the mornings making it a good place to spend time over great food without being disturbed. Outside of the combos you get a surprisingly good kheema pao here. ‘Surprising’ because you would expect good kheema paos in Irani cafes and not a coffee shop. If you are into your coffee then Mocha Mojo offers quite wide range of coffees.
You could also go to the Bagel Shop. They offer breakfast bagels such as scrambled egg ones or ones with baked beans. Or go for the tuna salad, meatloaf pate and smoked pork ones which are out of the world. They have juices, coffees and a vegan menu too. The mood very warm and casual and the cafe is full of regulars.
Slightly more pricey and posh places would be Salt Water Cafe and Indigo Deli. Breakfasts here cost more but you can try out dishes such as eggs benedicts or ham croissants or bacon burgers over some exquisite coffee.The ambience in both is classy yet casual. The quality of the produce and arty plating makes the experience feel special. It’s tough to get a place at Indigo Deli and makes sense to order a takeaway
Some other places offering breakfast in Bandra include Eat Around The Corner where the veg breakfast of the Arabian Rajma with pita Foul Madames (sic) is very interesting. You also have the newly opened Eat Deli Cafe at Pali Naka which serves an excellent scrambled egg.
If Indian is what you are looking for then you can head to the various Sai Sagars and Shiv Sagars for a dosa fix. These would be not be places to hang out for long though. You could also look at Punjab Sweets for lassi and kulchas and parathas and chhole bhatoore for starting the day in a Punjabi way. They have a restaurant on the first floor. Again more an eating place than a hangout one.
Most coffee shop chains barring Starbucks are there at Bandra. Coffee shops are not known for good food but Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is an exception with their sandwiches and omelettes made on order. So gather up your gang and catch up for breakfast for conversations that are both filling and fulfilling.
Article and photos by – Kalyan Karmakar
Kalyan Karmakar will travel to any lengths for a good meal starting with his own kitchen. He is a consumer insights and social media specialist. He documents his food and travel stories in his blog www.finelychopped.net He considers it his life’s mission to give men the confidence to cook so that they don’t have to depend on anyone else to eat well. He lives in Mumbai.
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