Looking For Breakfast Places? Ditch The Regulars & Try These Hidden Gems Instead

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    Ten-Second Takeaway

    The first meal of the day has to be amazing, there's no doubt about it. One usually goes to the popular places like Flurys, Balwant Singh Dhaba, Sharma, Roastery Coffee House, etc. for breakfast. But how about you ditch the popular ones for a bit and try these hidden gems instead for the most important meal of the day? With help from a couple of friends, I've made you a list of some of the lesser known places that boast of delicious breakfast spreads that I think you should try. Read on.

    Cafe Na-Ru-Meg

    Cafe Na-Ru-Meg

    Lake Market, Kolkata

    This one's breakfast starts as early as 8am and they have the most delicious spread, says Poorna Banerjee. Three kinds of breakfast platters (American, English and Continental), French Toast, pancakes, milk and cornflakes, puri bhaaji with some mishti doi - hog on all of these and more right here. They've also got omelettes and toast with potato wedges for eggtarians.

    Russell Punjabi Dhaba

    Russel Punjabi Dhaba

    Park Street Area, Kolkata

    Open as early as 7am, Russell Punjabi Dhaba is known for its kesar chai and the different varieties of parathas - aloo, paneer, gobhi, onion, mix and more. The kesar chai is literally heaven on earth! They've got omelettes, samosa, khasta kachori and stuff too, if that's what you prefer.

    Fillers

    Fillers

    Hindusthan Park, Kolkata

    Located right opposite Vivekananda Park in Southern Avenue, Fillers is one of Kolkata's most iconic hangout spots but a rather lesser known place for breakfast. Head to this eating joint for their dosas, sandwiches and pav bhaji, says Fatema.

    Sufia

    Sufia

    Barabazar, Kolkata

    Sufia on Zakaria Street is known for its authentic Mughlai cuisine, and they have beef! Open at 4 am, this hidden gem amidst busy lanes can be found just opposite Nakhoda Masjid. Beef stew, beef nihari (available through the winter months from November to February), and dalpuris are sinful breakfast items. In fact, Poorna highly recommends the beef nihari saying it's one of the best she's had. Only available in the mornings are dal fry, a vegetarian special.

    Ramakrishna Lunch Home

    Hit up this one for a South Indian breakfast. Dosa, sambar vada, idli with that delicious coconut chutney and filter coffee - can there be a better start to the day?

    Shiraz

    Shiraz Golden Restaurant

    Park Street Area, Kolkata

    For most of us who love biryani or Mughlai food, one of the first names that comes to mind is Shiraz Golden Restaurant. They do a Mughlai breakfast as early as 5am! They serve the most amazing dishes like 'Mutton Dal Gosht', 'Mutton Stew', 'Keema Kaleji' to name a few. Pair it up with a soft Butter Naan or Tandoori Roti and you're all set for your first meal of the day.

    Mezban

    Another kickass recommendation by Poorna, Mezban's breakfast spread will leave you wanting for more. The Mutton Dal Gost, Mutton Keema and Mutton Liver are to-die-for.

    Kimli

    Kimli

    Hindusthan Park, Kolkata

    Head to Kimli for its Singhara Chow, says Poorna. The Wonton Chow and Roast Chilli Pork also makes for a scrumptious morning meal.

    Tasty Corner

    Tasty Corner

    Ballygunge, Kolkata

    Recommended by Fatema, Tasty Corner's kachori sabzi, parathas, khasta kachori will leave you in a food coma. They've also got samosa, cutlets, dhokla and chaat.

    Maharani

    Maharani

    Lake Market, Kolkata

    Hing kachori, singhara, nimki, khasta kachori, aloo ki sabzi - uff! My mouth's watering already. A plate of kachori sabzi and garma garam chai at Maharani and you're all set for the day.