Bring on the Bagels: Bagelwala

Bandra has always had some of the best eateries in Mumbai and the addition of Bagelwala has enhanced the dining pleasure of gourmets. Behind Tarun Tahiliani’s outlet off Turner Road Bandra lies Bagelwala, a cosy, casual, sit-in café and diner that specializes in fresh, hand-rolled, ‘authentic New York style’ bagels.


Must confess had the real bagels after really long, as I bit into my Smoked Herb chicken bagel. Warm, of the right consistency, the luscious bagel with the filling, just melt in my mouth. They have been relentlessly experimenting for months to get their bagels right. The tangy sundried tomato chicken bagel that we tried, was equally a delight. The banana walnut cake slice was yummy and so reminiscent of home-made simple cakes. The home made lemonade was fresh. Only the Cappuccino was disappointing. Milky, sans any coffee taste. That could do much better. 

There’s exotic stuff for vegetarians too. Avocado, spinach, et all and of course a great pick of cold cut bagels including Turkey.

A bagel is a bread product, traditionally rolled by hand into the form of a ring. It is customarily topped with poppy or sesame seeds and served with cream cheese. A bit like our Kankon from Goa?

At Bagelwala, the bagels are fresh and hand-rolled. What’s more, they make their very own cream cheeses (plain and flavoured) and accompanying sauces! Bagelwala serves breakfast too and does a home delivery of 13 bagels and 250 gms of cream cheese for Rs 900 anywhere in Mumbai. But yes, am not sure if the Bagels are value- for-money, as one bagel is not too  filling. Or maybe it’s the original stuff that one is paying a premium for?

There is self service so you cannot expect anyone to wait upon you. The bagels are good and the place cute and warm. Definitely worth checking out.


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