“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast” – John Gunther
As the quote rightly goes, there is nothing better than a hearty breakfast to kick start your day. Breakfast done right usually implies a good start to your day. And when it comes to breakfast options in Bangalore, you are surely spoilt for choice. Whether it is a traditional South Indian breakfast that is quick and fresh or a traditional English breakfast or a classic meal of oats, pancakes, and waffles, ‘namma’ city has got it all. From age-old iconic restaurants to ‘new kids’ on the block, Bangalore provides for some unique breakfast experiences. Here’s a look at some classic venues.
Brahmin’s Coffee Bar: Located in Shankarpuram, this is arguably one of the best places to savour the all-time healthy breakfast item, idli. Known since the 1960s for their delectable idlis, chutney and filter coffee, this little eatery on Ranga Rao road is a landmark of south Bangalore and has an ever-growing base of loyal customers. With no seating, the crowds swell progressively during the day and if you are a tad late, the idlis could be over for the session! The service is extremely quick and the food is utterly fresh. You can also savour on their ‘upma’ aka khara bath and ‘kesari bath’
Vidyarthi Bhavan: Yet another legendary hotel holding fort since the last 75 years, Vidyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi Bazaar is known for its almost ‘iconic’ masala dosa! Set up as a quick breakfast joint for the needy students, the restaurant today has been visited by the ‘who’s who’ of politicians, movie stars and other celebrities. The taste however of the golden brown dosas that are a magical mix of rice and fermented lentils remains intact over the years. It is little wonder than that this elusive formula of the batter has remained a top secret over the decades. When you visit do click a mandatory picture of the server balancing scores of dosas on steel plates along the entire length of his arm!
CTR (Shri Sagar): Central Tiffin Room now managed by Shri Sagar is yet another famous joint known for its crispy ‘bene’ aka butter masala dosas. Voted many a time as the best dosa place in Bangalore, CTR in Malleshwaram sure does justice to its reputation. Roasted just right, the buttery dosas are a heavenly treat indeed. In addition, you can gorge on some other typical South Indian varieties like idli, vada, puri, upma and of course some invigorating filter coffee.
MTR: An institution since 1924, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms was first started by the Maiya brothers who originally hailed from Kundapur near Udupi in Karnataka. Helmed by Yajnanarayana Maiya, the restaurant was one of the first to introduce hygiene standards including the practice of sterilizing utensils and cutlery. Going from strength to strength, the restaurant has as many as nine branches in the city. Known for their rava idlis and ghee masala dosas, MTR is a restaurant that should be on your ‘must do’ list.
A symbol of Bangalore since the 1940s, Koshys is more than just a restaurant. With a timeless appeal, this eatery has a quintessential charm of its own. Located on St Mark’s road, Koshy’s first started off as a bakery and then as a full-fledged restaurant. ‘Koshy’s experience’ is a must if you are visiting the garden city. It is a great idea to catch a morning breakfast at Koshy’s where you can sample their classic bacon omelette, chicken patties, fish cutlets, and poached eggs. Do not miss on some of their Sunday specials like Appam and stew and potato smiles. Enjoyed by generations, Koshy’s is one place that seems to lend a sense of permanence to the ever-changing and constantly evolving city.
A classic again, Airlines is located in Lavelle road. Set amidst greenery, this hotel has had the city eating out with its hands since the late 1960s. A popular haunt with the young and the old, Airlines is a great place to savour paper dosas, idlis, and vadas in the lap of nature. Again, a symbol of yesteryear Bangalore, Airlines continues to be a favourite for its tasty food served with no frills and at reasonable prices.
Hole in the wall café
Located in Koramangala, this eatery serves breakfast all day long. With classic rustic chic décor replete with quirky accessories and vintage furniture, this is the place to visit if you want to have your fix of sausages, scrambled eggs, sandwiches, and burgers. Do try their pancakes, baked beans, and mashed potatoes as well. They also have specially curated bundles like the “Farmers breakfast”, “The All English breakfast”, “The Full Monty American Breakfast” etc.