Mumbai is waking up to breakfast culture. Now that there are more and more breakfast options to try out, Mumbaikars no longer succumb to the monotony for breakfast. Be it on a weekday or over a weekend, if time permits, many prefer eating out a delicious breakfast, while relaxing and chatting with friends, colleagues or family.
Opening its doors everyday at 8 am for breakfast is perhaps an interesting move for Café Mangii, which used to serve breakfast only on the weekends. Powai has a reason to smile, as Café Mangii welcomes them for a comfortable brekkie time. Located just opposite to Powai Lake, it has both outdoor and indoor seating. The décor is simple, with interesting lighting.
Downing one of Café Mangii’s egg-based breakfast options is a must if you love eggs! Eggs are a strength in Café Mangii’s continental-style breakfast menu, and there are many options with eggs. Although egg-dominated, I love the way the menu looks, and it says, “Wake Sunny Side Up”.
A breakfast without fruits? Well, Café Mangii knows that a breakfast is never complete without fruits, and so they do have an interesting fruit bowl, called Fruit Medley, which has seasonal cut fresh fruits, mixed nuts, pistachio nougat and cinnamon honey. Or, if you prefer Muesli with milk, they do have that, made with roasted oats and fresh and dry fruits. Among the juices, they have the basic orange, pineapple, watermelon and fresh lime.
Lovers of Nutella, try Café Mangii’s Nutella Sub that is served with Blueberry compote. We ordered a plate of Baker’s Treat, which had a medium-sized Pain-au-Chocolat, a medium-sized Croissant, a Blueberry Muffin, a Danish and two crisps. The dish comes with a rather uninteresting Pistachio Nougat Cream Cheese and a berry compote. When the assortment was served to us, both the Pain-au-chocolat and the Croissant were soggy. The Danish was okayish, though the Blueberry muffin and the crisps were good. When we told this to the head staff at Café Mangii, Powai, they immediately checked at the backend and replaced our plate of Baker’s Treat. They explained that someone microwaved the Pain-au-chocolat and the Croissants, so those became soggy. So we tasted the fresh batch. The Croissant was crisp from outside, but it was dense and not much layered from inside. The best croissants are always light and fluffy, but here, we were disappointed with the croissant and Pain-au-chocolat, though, comparatively, the latter was still better.
The Vegetarian breakfast options are few, but these sounded good. All the vegetarian dishes are served here with potato chips, grilled tomato and a Brioche garlic toast. Choose among Mushroom florentine, Smoked bean toast, Sweet corn potato rosti or Fondant leeks and asparagus. There are various add-ons, such as jalepeno, cheese, mixed veggies, chicken sausages, chicken salami, bacon, smoked salmon and cured ham.
As AN and I love eggs, we ordered the special egg-based dishes. Our Classic Normandy came with a duo of poached eggs, smoked salmon and smeared Hollandaise sauce. We also tried the Egg Benedict, which came with toasted English muffins as a base. Sea-salt-poached egg, cured ham and Hollandaise sauce were served on it. Both the dishes were mind-blowing and very comforting, with those perfectly poached eggs being the show-stopper. The only thing which bothered us is that both these dishes were very similar in presentation and contents, except for the seafood and meat topping.
The Mangii Egg Decker sounded interesting, with creamy spinach and truffle-infused scrambled eggs stacked over crisp rosti potato. For those who love their mornings with a plate of French Toast and tea or coffee by its side, Café Mangii has all of these.
At Café Mangii, you can have eggs the way you wish them to be. Café Mangii serves eggs in any style: poached, scrambled, sunny side up and omelette. With six basic kinds of omelettes (including an Indian masala version as well), you can even order your special kind of omelette, with their add-on toppings.
To end your breakfast on a sweet note, try Café Mangii’s waffles. We simply loved their reasonably priced Belgian waffles. Crisp and freshly made, these were simply delicious with the chocolate ganache and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
We did order Buttermilk Pancakes too, but the pancakes never landed on our table!
Still, I would like to visit Café Mangii again for its location, ambience and satisfying egg-based breakfast dishes. And I will order those Belgian waffles everytime, for sure!
Café Mangii, No. 3, Transocean House, Hiranandani Business Park, Lake Boulevard Road, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai
For reservations: 022-25705136
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