Bangalore is known for its breakfast traditions and often you will hear Bangaloreans fight over who serves the softest idlis, crispy dosas or the yummiest chutneys – so what’s your favorite place for ‘thindi’?
1. Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR)
MTR was founded as a restaurant by Parampalli Yajnanarayana Maiya and his brothers in the year 1924. The food served at the MTR is a regular, wholesome Karnataka Brahmin fare and has its origins in the Udupi Brahmin cuisine of the coastal region of Karnataka. The decor is outdated, as more attention is paid to cleanliness and food quality than ambiance. For many years, the customers entered the restaurant through the kitchen so that they would be able to satisfy themselves about the restaurant’s cleanliness before they ate there. 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 of Rava Idli.
Must Try: Masala Dosa, Rava Idli, Bisibele BathAddress: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Near Basavanagudi, Bangalore
2. Brahmins Coffee Bar
Brahmin’s Coffee Bar has thrived for 46 years offering just four items: idli, vada, Kesari bath, and Khara bath. Stopping over at the Coffee Bar has become a force of habit for morning joggers, students on their way to college and even devotees of the next door Jain Mandir.
Must Try: Idli Chutney, CoffeeAddress: Ranga Rao Road, Near Shankar Math, Shankarpuram, Basavanagudi Area, Bangalore
3. Vidyarthi Bhavan
Vidyarthi Bhavan, a vegetarian restaurant in Gandhi Bazaar was founded in 1943. This hotel is noted for its crispy, “Masale Dose”, especially the “Sagu Masale Dose”. It is one of the symbols and landmarks of old Bangalore.
Must Try: Masala Dosa, Sagu Masale Dose, CoffeeAddress: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
4. Veena Stores
It started as a condiment store in 1977 and evolved into a popular eatery for its soft melting in the mouth idlis served with only chutney.
Must Try: Idli Chutney, Chow Chow BathAddress: Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
5. CTR (Sree Sagar)
It 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.
Must Try: Bene Masala Dosa, Mangalore Bajji, CoffeeAddress: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
6. Janatha Hotel
Must Try: Vada Sambhar, CoffeeAddress: 27, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
7. New Krishna Bhavan
Must Try: Green Masala Idlis, Neer Dosa, Button IdliAddress: Sampige Theatre, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Koshy’s is a very popular restaurant and hang out on St Mark’s Road, Bangalore, which is a meeting point for journalists, artists, theatre persons, students, and foreigners. Founded in 1940, it retains an old-world charm with huge pillars and large fans. The main building has Parade Cafe, which is simply referred to as Koshy’s, Jewel Box restaurant and a bakery. It is said that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Nikita Khrushchev, Queen Elizabeth II are some of the dignitaries to have dined there. It has also won MTV’s award for the Most Stylish Place in Bangalore.
Must Try: Sandwiches, Appam with Chicken Stew, OmelleteAddress: 39, St. Marks Road, MG Road Area, Bangalore
9. Siddapa Hotel
Must Try: Half Masala DosaAddress: #38, 7th Main, 5th Cross, Sampangiram Nagar, Bangalore
10. Raghavendra Stores
Must Try: Shavige Bhaath, Idli Vada, Khara Bath, Kesari BathAddress: Opposite Manipal North Side Hospital, Near Malleshwaram Railway Station, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Must Try: Masala Dosa, Besibele Bath, CoffeeAddress: 459/30, 30th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
12. India Coffee House
The India 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. The 50-year-old Indian Coffee House at M. G. Road in Bangalore closed on 5 April 2009, after the Indian Coffee Workers’ Cooperative Society Limited lost a legal battle with the owner of the building to continue in the premises. It has been reopened on Church Street, less than a hundred meters away.
Must Try: Masala Dosa, Omelette, Cuttlet, CoffeeAddress: 19, Ground Floor, Near Ruby Tuesday, Church Street, Off Brigade Road, Bangalore
13. Sri Laxmi Venkateshwara Coffee Bar (SLV)
Must Try: Uddina Vada, Idli Sambar, Masala Dosa, CoffeeAddress: Near Ragigudda Temple, 3rd Cross, 8th Main, JP Nagar 3rd Phase, Bangalore
14. Hotel Samrat Chalukya
Must Try: Masala Dosa, Vada SambarAddress: 44, Racecourse Road, Basaveshwara Circle, Bangalore
15. New Modern Hotel (NMH)
Must Try: Idli Vada, Masala Dosa, Bonda Soup and Badam HalwaAddress: 143, Dr.A.N. Krishna Rao Road, Near Minerva circle, Vishweshwarapuram, Bangalore
16. Namma SLN (Muddanna Hotel)
Must Try: Dosa, Palav,Address: Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bangalore