Breakfast like a king
Pune has its options for early risers and ones who begin their day at noon, and we aren't talking about just Idli and Poha. Ashishwang Godha lists some international options to whet your appetite
Give us our daily bread basket
Mornings are the perfect time to head to Terttulia thanks to the natural light streaming in and its inviting hammocks. Its menu includes Eggs Florentine, Eggs Benedict and omelettes as well as cereals and juices.
Bread Basket at Terttulia. pic / Krunal Gosavi
We tried a Ham 'n' Cheese Omelette (Rs 125) that came perfectly done and tasted great with the buttered brown bread toast. But the star of the meal was definitely the Breakfast Bagel (Rs 150) that was served with a fried egg, a lovely slice of ham, cheese and arugula; it was simply delicious. The assorted Bread Basket (Rs 90) is a steal with its fresh muffins, Danish and the buttery melt-in-your-mouth croissant. Though we had heard a lot about Terttulia's Waffles (Rs 100), they didn't impress at all.
Time: Breakfast from 9 am to 7 pm
At: Lane no 5, junction of South Main Road, Koregaon Park.
Shots for breakfast?
Le Meridien offers the best five-star breakfast buffet spread around town. They have Indian, European, Japanese and even signature specials. With a menu crafted by the three-Michelin starred chef Jean George Vongerichten, there is a lot going for it. We began with an eye-opening elixir -- a shot glass of Mango-Chilli.
Shots at Le Meridien
While the mango sweetens the senses, the chilli hits down the gullet, a shot that acts as an eye-opener as well as a palate teaser that sets the mood for the rest of the feast. Try the innovative Croque Madam and Espresso Steamed Eggs and round it off with an Illy coffee.
Time: 7.30 am to 10.30 am
At: Le Meridien, Station Road.
Omelettes at Mocha
Mocha is one of Pune's most famous all-day breakfast joints. We thoroughly enjoy the Koregaon Park outlet with its lovely bungalow setting and kitsch interiors. We tried the Spanish Omelette with its potato filling; it tasted quite nice. Though they have attempted Mumbai's famous Kheema Pav, it tastes just about average.
Masala Omelette at Mocha
We have had tons of far superior kheema in our lives. But there was one thing we totally fell in love with, the thoroughly addictive Lindt Hot Chocolate. Smooth, creamy and oh-so-chocolatey, it is something we shall keep coming back for.
Time: All-day breakfast
At: North Main Road, Koregaon Park.
European breakfast at Grappa Garden
This roof-top European restaurant located above the popular Post 91, makes a serene setting for a very quiet breakfast. Their options are simple and limited -- just regular American and European breakfast options. We tried the European Breakfast (Rs 299).
French Toast with orange juice. Pic/ krunal gosavi
It refreshed us -- the wake-up orange juice, the eggs and delicious slivers of pork bacon. It rounded up with a nice large cup of steaming cappuccino. We also tried the French Toast (Rs 90). The two soft and sweet rounds came with the most subtle blueberry preserve, honey and maple syrup.
Time: 9 am to 11 am
At: Grappa Garden, Lane no 7, Koregaon Park.