Bagelwala: Round Food For Every Mood

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Bagels
Bagels
Bagels

While Chandler Bing had no doubt believing that bagels were good for every mood, I had my reservations. It may be staple food in a lot of places and there may be a national bagel eating contest in the US, but I’ve always been of the opinion that they are a  little too dry and chewy for my taste. But Bagelwala promises to roll out authentic New York style bagels and as I have never been to New York, I only hoped that they were better than the ones I’d eaten.

Bagelwala Interiors
Bagelwala Interiors

Bagelwala officially opened yesterday, 15th August, but they have been serving anybody who walked in earlier too. It’s a cozy place, albeit a little cramped with the food counter, two tables and a book shelf all fitting in one shop. They do have more seating on the mezzanine which is a steep staircase away. Sanal Nair, owner of Bagelwala, has put up a lot of his personal stuff to decorate the place – a guitar, books, paintings. The interesting part, as was pointed out to me, was that they were going for all kinds of seating – the usual table and chair, lower seating on the upper level, high bar stool-like setting in one corner and wooden benches outside.

Bagel Pizza, Bagelwala
Bagel Pizza, Bagelwala

The menu is divided into three – the bagel with any spread, the stuffed one and the breakfast bagels. Breakfast bagels consist of a mix of the traditional bacon and eggs along with a vegetarian option of spinach, mushroom and cheese among others. Stuffed options include Swiss, chicken and jalapeno and turkey while a vegetarian option is spinach, corn and cheese. Plain ones start at Rs. 120 and can be mixed with anything else to make your own masterpiece.

In-house made Mayo, Apple Ginger, Pesto and Peanut Butter
In-house made Mayo, Apple Ginger, Pesto and Peanut Butter

Since the place had not yet opened when I visited, they were serving only the basics – any bagel with cream cheese. These are flavoured with poppy, sesame, garlic, herb and onion. There is also an Everything Bagel which mixes all of these to create a bagel with different flavours. Getting the bagel right took Sanal a year and a half to figure, and it shows. Like theirs ads say, it is supposed to be ‘dense, doughy and chewy’.  And it is the right amount of chewy. They also make and sell their spreads. I liked the cream cheese, although the apple ginger could do with a little more ginger while pesto was absolutely wonderful.

Bagelwala soon plans to expand into cupcakes, muffins and brownies – basically anything that would go with breakfast. The winner for me, though, was the Elvis bagel, thus named because Elvis apparently loved mixing bananas and peanut butter. A nice, crusty bagel with warm sliced bananas and peanut butter stuffed in between is that amazing combination that you want to commit all your mornings too, trust me.

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Ekta Valecha
Likes writing. Loves reading, too. Also likes cats. And shoes. And Bollywood. And Harry Potter. And food. And her iPhone. And does not judge people who have a Blackberry.