Food special: The Mumbai monsoon breakfast trail - I
The rains are here. And so is the time to savour the hottest dosas, the freshest bhurji-pao and the spiciest thalipeeth in the Mumbai. We kickstart our series of where to tuck into the yummiest monsoon breakfasts, across budgets, palates and community specials
City patrons enjoy traditional South Indian fare at Cafe Madras, Matunga (E). Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Chicken Croissant and more
Looking for a grab-and-go breakfast option in Bandra? Head to J Hearsch & Co an old Bandra favourite for their freshly baked fare. With their edgy vibe, making it a favourite among college crowds at Bandra, some of their must-tries include yum Chicken sandwiches, Chilly Chicken Croissants, vegetarian and mutton puffs, as well as lip-smacking burgers.
Time: 7.30 am onwards
At: 90/A, next to Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Cost: 80 (Chicken Burger), 50 (veg and non-veg croissant), 50 (veg and chicken sandwich)
In the mood for some South Indian breakfast? Instead of the regular steamed idlis or appams, savour this crispy thin crepe-like dosa made from moong dal (green gram) along with coconut chutney at the iconic Cafe Madras. Their Mangalorean speciality, Tuppa Dosa, made from urad dal (black gram) also makes for a sumptuous breakfast option.
Time: 7 am onwards (Monday closed)
At: 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle, Matunga (E).
Lalbaug’s Ladu Samrat, that sees a queue of waiting patrons at any given point, serves these crunchy sago and potato balls with peanut chutney that go perfectly with your morning cuppa before you step out to battle your work woes.
Time: 9.30 am onwards
At: Shop no 1-2, Habib Terrace, Lalbaug, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, Gundecha Garden, Parel.
Cost: 38 per plate
Vig, one of the hidden gems of Chembur, serves delicious Dal Pakwan. This Sindhi delicacy features a thick, crispy puri (pakwan) to be had with the spicy chana dal (split bengal gram). On the side is a tangy onion and tamarind chutney. This one’s surely a mood-lifter on a grey Monday morning.
Time: 9 am onwards
At: CG Road, Chembur Camp, Chembur (E).
Sali Par Eedu
A popular breakfast offering at Jimmy Boy, this classic Parsi dish comprises two eggs sitting on a bed of grated, deep fried potato straws cooked with tomatoes, onions, and green chillies. If you’re an egg lover, try their Bharuchi Akuri and Egg Bhurji, too.
Time: 11 am onwards
At: Vikas Building, 11 Bank Street, off Horniman Circle, Fort.
Kyani & Co, Marine Lines. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Enjoy an early morning trip to the legendary Kyani & Co. Watch the world pass by as you sip on Kyani’s special tea with hints of mint, along with a slice of bun maska.
Time: 7 am onwards
At: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, opp-osite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines.
Get a taste of Gujarat with Saurashtra Farsan Mart’s Amiri Khaman. This crumbled mixture of khaman (steamed using split Bengal gram batter) is tempered with mustard seeds, garlic and pomegranate and topped with sev.
Time: 8.15 am onwards
At: Shop No 7, NC Kelkar Road, Dadar (W).
A favourite hangout among college goers in the area, Café Gulshan’s spicy Anda Bhurji as well as Kheema Pao is a sure way to beat the monsoon blues.
Time: 9.30 am onwards AT 265, next to Welingkar Institute, LN Road, Matunga (E).