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Updated: January 16, 2013 15:54 IST

Joy in the morning

Jaydev Nair
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For you early birds, Hole in the Wall Café on 8th Main in Koramangala 4th Block is the place to go. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
For you early birds, Hole in the Wall Café on 8th Main in Koramangala 4th Block is the place to go. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

The only thing better than a good dinner is a good breakfast: typically Jughead, and absolutely true, and one way to prove it is to head to Koramangala before 9 a.m., when the streets are relatively empty, and find a table at the Hole in the Wall Café, run by Lynn and Nathan Lee Harris.

This quaint little café is already quite famous for being able to provide just about one of the best breakfasts to be found in Bangalore, and almost everyone I knew who had visited it earlier recommended the same thing: the café’s ‘English breakfast’.

It’s best to get there before 9.30 to find a seat. It’s not such a big place; it might be able to squeeze in maybe thirty people at a stretch, so finding a table is a challenge best tackled by arriving quickly.

However, if you do get late, it’s rather good of them that they don’t keep you waiting for too long once you get a seat. The service is extremely prompt.

Food for thought

The ‘English breakfast’ is a must — two sausages, bacon, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms and grilled tomatoes, accompanied by two fried eggs, mashed potato and two slices of bread. Altogether a satisfying meal which, just by listening to a description, does tend to give one food for thought.

The coffee, though, was strangely lacking; a bit watery, but it served to wash down the remnants of the breakfast.

Generous helpings

Despite having dealt with the ‘English breakfast’, the foodie in me foolishly demanded more. After thumbing through the menu, I found a ‘Roast beef hoagie’ lurking among their arsenal of sandwiches. At this stage, things became rather interesting. The hoagie is a submarine sandwich — yes, the stuff that Subway popularised — beef with cheese and onion and capsicum on the side.

Like any submarine sandwich, when it arrived, it seemed rather placid, accompanied by a brushing of potato chips, but three bites later I was wondering when it would end This one was pretty filling, going by your average submarine sandwich.

The good thing about all of this is that a meal for two will only lighten the pocket by Rs. 500 or so. Most of the food costs somewhere between Rs. 80 and Rs. 200.

In my experience, one tends not to give much thought to breakfast, seeing as most go out only for lunch and dinner.

But for you morning people, this is the place to go in Koramangala, and undoubtedly worth the drive if you don’t happen to live close by.

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