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Want to get a feeling of the traditional Bangalore with a breakfast? We have put together a list of 6 out of world experiences in Bangalore that offer melting Idly-chutney, crisp Masala Dosa and the piping hot Filter Coffee. Each of these places offers a distinct charm that cannot be actually felt without visiting.

Try these amazing places out this weekend and let us know what do you think?

Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR)

Mavalli Tiffin Room (Credits: Mavalli Tiffin Rooms website)
Mavalli Tiffin Room (Credits: Mavalli Tiffin Rooms website)

Known for: Rava Idly, Masala Dosa, Chandrahara (Sundays only), Filter Coffee

MTR was founded as a restaurant by Yajnarayana Maiya and his brothers in the year 1924. It has also been featured on television in the global travel-related series, Globe Trekker. It is said that once a Chief Minister of Karnataka stood in a queue to have masala dosa at this restaurant. MTR also claims to be the inventor of the popular South-Indian breakfast item, Rava idli. During World War II, MTR found it difficult to make idlis since rice was in short supply. According to MTR, they experimented with using semolina instead of rice and thus invented the very popular breakfast item.

Brahmins’ Coffee Bar

Brahmins' Coffee Bar (Credits: Stayeatsee)
Brahmins’ Coffee Bar (Credits: Stayeatsee)

Known for: Kesari Bath, Idly-Vada-Chutney, Filter Coffee

Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is a 47 year old eatery located in Basavangudi. Initially, it started with offering just 4 items – Khara Bath, Kesari Bath, Idly and Vada – primarily due to lack of space. But today, if anyone is Bangalore wants to have the best Kesari Bath or the delicious soft melting Idly, nothing tops Brahmins’. The recipe for each of the items served here is something of a legacy for the Adiga family. The famous chutney is inspired by a recipe of Mr. Vishwanath Adiga’s (owner) grandmother.

Vidyarthi Bhavan

Vidyarthi Bhavan (Credits: Wikipedia)
Vidyarthi Bhavan (Credits: Wikipedia)

Known for: Sagu Masale Dose, Filter Coffee

Vidyarthi Bhavan is a classic eatery located in Gandhi Bazaar in Basavanagudi. It was founded in 1943 and has Masala Dosa that probably no one else can match. This restaurant is noted for its crispy Sagu Masale Dose. It is one of the symbols and landmarks of old Bangalore. It all started as a small canteen keeping in mind to cater needs of the students of the nearby National High School and Acharya Patashala. Venkataramana Ural, from a place called Saligrama near Udupi, set this up in the early 1943-44. Passed on to the hands of his brother Parameshwara Ural, the restaurant bloomed to its demand.In 1970, Vidyarthi Bhavan was taken over by Ramakrishna Adiga who hailed from Shankaranaryana, a village near Kundapur.


Maiyas (Credits: Burrp)

Known for: Masala Dosa, Filter Coffee

Maiyas is part of a family business that spans over 8 decades. When Dr. Sadananda Maiya started Maiyas, he drew upon his engineering skills to add to the values of the master cook that his father prove himself to be. As passionate about food as was his father, he delved deep into every aspect of gastronomy. His objective was to revive traditional food that he believed to be healthier and tastier. According to Sudarshan Maiya, proprietor , the taste of most of the dishes served here is “100% authentic” as the restaurant follows recipes prepared by his grandfather Yajna Narayana Maiya, founder of MTR, in 1924.

Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House (Credits: Wikipedia)
Indian Coffee House (Credits: Wikipedia)

Known for: Hot Coffee, Masala Dosa, Omelette

The Indian Coffee House chain was started by the Coffee Cess Committee in 1936, when the first outlet was opened in Bombay. In the course of the 1940s there were nearly 50 Coffee Houses all over British India. Due to a change in the policy in the mid 1950s, the Board decided to close down the Coffee Houses. Encouraged by the communist leader A. K. Gopalan (AKG), the workers of the Coffee Board began a movement and compelled the Coffee Board to agree to handover the outlets to the workers who then formed Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-operatives and renamed the network as Indian Coffee House.

Shri Sagar (Central Tiffin Room or CTR)

Shri Sagar (Credits: Reviewbunk)
Shri Sagar (Credits: Reviewbunk)

Known for: Benne Masala Dosa, Idly-Vada, Poori-Saagu, Mangalore Bajji, Filter Coffee

This hotel was started by Y.V. Subramanyam and brothers (Y.V. Srikanteshwaran, Y.V. Krishna Iyer and Y.V. Ramachandran) in the 1920s. They hailed from a village called Yelagondana Halli, Mulbagal taluk, Kolar district. This village is a part of the famous Ashtagramas of Ayers. It is recorded that during the visit by the Maharajah Of Mysore, Y.V. Subramanyam supplied and served breakfast in traditional attire. They opened another hotel in Krishna Buildings, Avenue Road. This was a famous meeting place for writers and artists in the 1940s and 1950s, and its name is mentioned in many books and articles.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I really loved the enormous amount of information given by you with just a click .. lookig forward to find more


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