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Breakfast in Bangalore : The American Cafes of Koramangala

Breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day is heavily underplayed in the daily routine of young individuals. Working for excruciatingly long hours, an extra minute of sleep is often given more priority with breakfast taking the backseat and generally consisting of a slice of bread or at best, a bowl of cereal.

Although, there is no concept of a standard breakfast in India due to the regional diversity in cuisines, the staple breakfast in Bangalore generally consists of a variety of idlis, dosas, bisibele bath and other items from the Udupi cuisine. However lately, there has been a shift in the preferences of the common IT professionals, with more number of cafes and coffee shops opening up in Bangalore serving wholesome American breakfast options. These cafes, which remain open throughout the day, have gained a lot of prominence and are thronged by techies who yearn to take a bite from the delicious menu.

Walking around in the Koramangala area to satisfy hunger pangs in the morning, I found quite a few cafes which serve great breakfast options, albeit being a bit slow. My friends who have been in Bangalore for a more time say that these cafes translate with lazy atmosphere of the weekends and hence, once shouldn't desire a fast service from them.

The Hole in the Wall Cafe
The most famous cafe in Bangalore, getting a seat here in the weekends is as hard as booking tatkaal tickets through IRCTC, unless you are prepared to wait quite long. Located in the prime area of Koramangala 4th Block, this two floored cafe is a small place but perfect for brunches on weekdays and weekends.

They have a huge menu offering about 15 different types of breakfast meals with options for vegetarians, egg fanatics and meat lovers including choices in beef and pork. My favourite here is the Porky Fella Breakfast which has salami, bacon and sausages served with two eggs sunny side up, some sauteed mushroom, mashed potato and a grilled tomato, along with toast and butter.

Walk-the-Chilli Dog is a must try for those who love a bit of spice in their food. Layered with spicy beef kheema, cheese and a bit too many onions, this is the American answer to the Bombay Kheema Pav. As the masala is a bit different, the overall end product is quite different and delicious.

Other interesting dishes (with even more interesting names) include the Meatzza Omelette, a kheema pizza with a thick 4 egg omelette as a base, the Double Hammy Burger, a burger with the goodness of pulled pork and pork ham and their wonderful range of pancakes which are some of my personal favorites. The Goan Sausage Breakfast has spicy sausages covered by mashed potato and fried egg. It is a hot option in the menu.

Mustard Cafe

Located on the 80ft Road, Mustard Cafe is a small establishment with a handful of chairs but great food. They have an in house gift shop in addition to the regular cafe setting which has an interesting set of items ranging from books to decorations. Their location however is quite problematic. Situated quite close to the Mustard Food Court, their Google Maps location is a bit off and caused quite the confusion in tracking them down.

The food at Mustard Cafe is extremely simple and homely. They don't aim to do anything extraordinary but believe in selling what they make the best. My experience with them always ends in their famous Blueberry cheesecake which is of optimum sweetness.

I am also a bit partial towards their Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Though the taste doesn't exactly translate with the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce, their version isn't exactly bad either. Soft and tender boneless chicken served with caramelized onions, vegetables and garlic bread.

Also see: Other cafes for breakfast at Koramangala


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