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Happy Mornings

Happy Mornings

Food Expert Rupali Dean takes us through the best breakfast places in India.

Located right in the heart of the historic, artistic and commercial centre, Kolkata’s main boulevard, Flurys is much famed for its Breakfast, is a part of the culture of the city and no morning walker’s daily routine is complete without a visit to this legendary eatery. Those settled in other cities and on other continents come back for a taste of Flurys whenever they are passing through. Such is the level of nostalgia and attachment that this old – world tearoom; the only one of its kind in the city invokes. The ambience is enhanced by the use of large windows offering a panoramic view of the Park Street. The clean lines and the minimalism reflect the simplicity of its structure and form. It sure is a balmy strip of foodie fun and the Breakfast with its many counters add a measure of gustatory refinement. With an in house bakery and a familiar menu that satisfies every craving, this Resto has the recipe for breakfast success. Share your dishes as all are gratifying right from the Beans on Toast, to eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce and the grilled club sandwich with ham and cheese. All of these items are delicious, well presented and efficiently served.

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18 Park Street, Kolkata, Tel: 91 033 2229 7664

An American style Diner with chic décor, chilled out ambience, impeccable service, great food and beverages make ‘Breakfast’ a wonderful experience at this 24 hour Resto Café. For those who do not know it is a franchise of the Canadian chain that has already made a mark in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto in Canada and South Portland and Elliott City in the US. The longest live kitchen in India’s capital has the guests watching the Chefs exchange banter. Eggs remain breakfast mainstays and true to its name, Eggspectation has a menu with a selection of many styles of Eggs alone (approx. 150), making the restaurant a one of its kind. Must try includes the Eggs Benedict, the triple egg omelette and a lot more variety of ‘aanda’. Freshly brewed coffee like the Affogato, Mocha Nero, Freddo, Doppio, Cafe Latte etc., oven fresh breads and other confectionary, make dining here a total experience.

For the Sunday brunch rather than a buffet each hot dish gets prepared a la minute straight from the kitchen when you order from the specially designed vast menu of more than 70 plus items. Surely the concept is eggceptional and eggtraordinary!

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Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Tel: 91-11-2614 8800/4600 8800.

A robust combination of sounds and colours will light up your morning at Otto Infinito in true Mediterranean style. This New kid on the block sure does pay tribute to the much-needed breakfast joint like never before with a very unique menu and must tries including Egg white Omelette’s for the weight watchers or the quintessential Eggs Benedict with a Cappuccino. For those in a hurry there is a Grab and Go option too. All in all, worth a try!

Raheja Tower, Plot no C-30, Block G, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Tel: +91 22 26567777

This gastro pub serves up a fresh, inventive and exciting Weekend Break ‘first exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 12 noon for all those looking to start their weekend with a bang. Fun, wholesome and sumptuous… just the way you want your weekend to be! The menu caters to those looking for something healthy (Cereal Killer with home-made granola with fresh fruits and yoghurt/ milk) to those who need something meaty and cooked before lunch (Lord Cubbon’s Vice – a traditional English breakfast with eggs, grilled tomatoes, sausages, Yorkshire pudding, baked beans and toast) to those who want to start their weekend on a liquid diet (breakfast signature cocktails - Bloody Monkey, Morning Glory and Death before Noon). There are also muffins and hash browns, if you fancy something simple. And, of course, there is the ‘Monkey Twist’ in almost everything. The French Press Coffee, Cutting Chai and fresh juices are all top notch, and the surroundings – quirky, cool and friendly. And yes thrown in also free Wi-Fi, a whole bunch of newspapers to pour over and some peppy jazz to get you started on the right note!

14/1 Krishna Manere, Wood Street, Richmond Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Tel: 080 41116878/ 79

Luxury and style is definitely on the agenda here, a modern classic Italian restaurant overlooking the beautiful Powai Lake. The buzzy bar spreads its charm to the restaurant and lounge creating the perfect setting to relax and indulge in a hearty breakfast. The show kitchen makes for a unique and interactive dining experience. On offer is something for all kinds of taste buds and if there’s something special on your mind they may prepare that for you. The vegetables that grow onsite with gay abandon beckon you to try more. The star of the show is the one with ham and cheese or try the one with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. A la carte breakfast specialties and to top this off, on offer is a vast selection of fine freshly ground coffee and a range of sumptuous teas—Need we say more?

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel2 & 3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Mumbai, Tel- +91-022- 6692 7777

At ‘Latitude’ the all-day dining, Breakfast is a veritable smorgasbord of fresh food, classy traditional Tamil Nadu food and a pastry section to die for along with a large variety of imported cold cuts and cheese. Not to be missed are the ‘Ramessari Idlis’, these round and flat idlis are from a village near Elappally near Palakkad and have any earthy aroma acquired from the unglazed clay pots in which they are steam cooked. The slightly salty Idli is best eaten with podi soaked in coconut oil. Recommendations also go all out for ‘Narasus coffee’; these beans are of impeccable quality, checked for uniformity, ripeness, flavour and consistency. The aroma of first-degree concoction makes Narasus the most famous coffee drink in South of India. Strong and milky, and hot fulsome flavour lingers after the taste; you just can’t skip this sip!

Vivanta by Taj – Surya, Coimbatore, 105, Race Course Road, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, Tel: 91 422 668 1000