Address: 29, Ground Floor, Whitehouse, Opposite SBI Bank, St. Marks Road, Bangalore, Karnataka India
Time: 8 AM to 11 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 650
Cuisines: Continental, American
Facilities: Breakfast, Home Delivery, No Alcohol Available
The Egg Factory, St. Marks Road, Bangalore: DECOR
The Egg Factory, which introduced the unique concept of an egg-centric menu, is 10 years old. The original outlet on St. Mark’s Road — there are four others in the city has marked the milestone with a refurbishing of the interiors and a new menu. The industrial inspired decor has made for a brighter, sunnier space and there’s even a window that frames a pretty park across the street, a luxury for an eatery in this part of town.
The Egg Factory, St. Marks Road, Bangalore: FOOD
The menu revamp has meant the introduction of a host of egg dishes from across the world and there’s been a pretty catchy campaign on social media promoting these. I went here for a sampling of the new menu and tasted several dishes. The regular diner will, I guess, order a snacky dish or a bigger meal and follow that with dessert perhaps. This is because everything, obviously, has eggs in it in one form or another and how many eggs can you consume at one meal?
I had a taste of the Bun Masala, a hot favourite from the early days. This is a spicy egg bhurji on a warm bun, a nod to the street food of Manipal, instantly evoking nostalgia for the university town. Then, from the new international inclusions there was Kaya Brioche, a step up from Malaysian kaya toast. The egg-and-coconut jam was rich and tasty, but it was let down by the brioche, which was all fluff with no body to it. I felt that about a lot of the bread here, which features in various other dishes, including the Roti John, minced chicken and egg on a slice of toasted bread. More robust breads would better complement the effort that’s gone into making these egg dishes.
There are large Plates to Share and one holds Mexican-style Chilaquiles, with tortilla chips, salsa and a fried egg. It’s a nice mix of textures and flavours. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Malabar Biryani, with its chicken, boiled egg and topping of fried onion. The Meals On A Plate section includes a Nasi Lemak served with a spicy sambal and peanuts. The Sri Lankan Curry, with boiled and deep-fried eggs, is served as a Bowl with rice. It was perfectly pleasing if not entirely authentic.
My top dish at Egg Factory would be the Khao Suey, noodles in a creamy, flavourful broth, topped with all the traditional condiments and, not so commonly, crushed potato crisps. It’s a bowl of comfort and delicious.
From the desserts, I tasted the Andey ka Kheer, resembling a subtle egg custard, and Quimdim, the Brazilian-style confection of egg yolk and coconut. This is a rich sweet, enhanced by the crunch of coconut. Wrap it up with the very good filter coffee that Egg Factory serves.
The Egg Factory, St. Marks Road, Bangalore: SERVICE
Service is prompt and food arrives in quick time.
The Egg Factory, St. Marks Road, Bangalore: PLUS AND MINUS
Eggs cooked in ways both familiar and exotic are the specialty here. I thought the menu was a bit too long and overwhelming.