Even as most of Kudla’s inhabitants are fast asleep, there are a select some who are still up. These denizens are busy running restaurants and eateries, making sure that night owls do not go hungry. If you are one of the nocturnal kind, you could visit some of these places – some open till early morning – or even have food delivered to you.
The Mangalore Central Railway Station is certainly one of those places.
A couple of stalls located at the entrance and at the back gate of the station stay open all night serving items like: tea, coffee, cold drinks, and packaged chips.
But what makes them famous is their bread butter jam, which is exactly what it sounds like: bread with butter and jam with an extra serving of a packet of chips.
This is the most popular among the youths who frequent these eateries past midnight, says Unni, caretaker of one of the stalls. “Many youngsters prefer sandwiches,” he said.
For those with vehicles and in a state to drive, could go to Bittoo Da Dhaba, a restaurant, near Padubidri on the Manipal highway which is open till 5 a.m.
Then there is also Cafe Coffee Day that is open 24/7.
But for those unable to travel and want food delivered at their doorstep, there is a new service: Khans Biryani. One can order some biryani and rolls.
Afnan Soffi Khan, the owner of the business, said that they deliver thirty to forty orders every night and are planning to add more dishes to their menu soon For those fancying a very early breakfast, Joseph D’ Souza and Michael D’ Souza, who work as assistants in the chemistry department at St. Aloysius College, open their stall at 4 a.m selling idlis, buns, puri bhaji, tea and coffee.
“A night out is incomplete without buns in the morning,” said Basith Adka, an engineering student of a college in Moodbidri, a frequent visitor with his friends.
They have been running the business for 23 years now serving the youngsters looking for food, call centre executives returning from work and the people arriving from Bangalore in buses.
They end their day at 6:30 a.m.