An extract from Hindustan Times' editor and food critic, Vir Sanghvi entitled "Haute South" (http://www.hindustantimes.com/Enterta...) where he talked about the relevance of hotel breakfasts in the choice of hotels which a business travelller makes:
"Not only do nearly all Indian hotels now offer South Indian breakfasts but research by ITC demonstrates that busy executives tend to judge the F&B performance of a hotel by the quality of its dosasand idlis. In Nakul Anand’s perceptive and now famous formulation: guests tend to eat lunch out of the hotel and may entertain (or be entertained) at dinner. But breakfast is the one meal they eat in the hotel. And given that most guests order South Indian breakfasts, they judge the hotel’s F&B on the basis of the dosas and the idlis. (Given Nakul’s obsessive perfectionism, it is not surprising that ITC takes the most trouble over its dosas, even inventing the terrific multi-grain dosas at its Agra property)."
Bearing that in mind, the *best* breakfast I'd had in *any* hotel in India was at Citrus Cafe, Lemon Tree Hotel in Electronic City, Bangalore. The items on their breakfast buffet spread were rotated/changed over the days/weeks and I was never bored by the options. I think the fact that it was a *smaller* hotel made the hotel management more responsive to their guests' needs, as compared to the larger chains which I found were more rigid, with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude.
Pictures of my breakfast options over the period I was staying at Lemon Tree the last time I was in Bangalore: pillowy-soft idlis of various flavours, akuri eggs, tasty sambhar, crisp dosas, rich chutneys, upuma, vadais, appams. Simply marvellous!
Lemon Tree Hotel - Electronics City
54B/55A, Hosur Main Road
Electronics City, Phase I
Tel: +91 80 4423 2323