is divided into two types of people. Those who dont eat breakfast
and talk about it dismissively, happy with only cereal and muesli
each morning and then those who take this breakfast thing very, very
seriously. They will argue intensely about the mandatory fluffiness
for the perfect scrambled eggs, where to buy good sausages, how toasted
should a toast really be, the required crispness of `dosas,
the ISO specifications for idli batter and all the quality tests a
glass of filter coffee must go through before it can be officially
called `authentic South Indian.
has a breakfast tradition unrivalled by any other city in India. Die
hard Bangaloreans all have a favourite breakfast place and will fight
tooth and nail to defend it and the coffee authenticity or chutney
consistency if need be. In fact, Breakfast and Tiffin are a citywide
obsession. Where ever you go, whatever the time
you will be
asked solicitiously if you have had your `thindi .
homage to this time honoured tradition, I have compiled a list of
some well known old Bangalore breakfast heritage sites, where you
can cheerfully lay on the `benne -thuppa to your hearts content
and plough your way through the menu without a care in the world !
Here they are, a pick of our famous Bangalore Breakfast Specials,
with a little help from my friends !
is truly a Ficus lovers delight and at Airlines, you get to eat breakfast
sitting out in the open, under one and the only drive-in restaurant
left in town, it has fond memories for all of us who grew up here.
Once upon a time, there were lovely stainless steel trays that got
clamped to car windows for plates, glasses and cups to rest on and
were un-clamped when done. Today, putting glasses/ plates on the bonnet
indicates that its all over. ( I know someone who actually drove
all the way home absentmindedly with the coffee glasses still on top)
! The coffee here is really, really good ( huge glasses to boot) and
the` Dosa- Khara Bhath make sure morning walkers head straight
here after due diligence at Cubbon Park.
it at : #4, Madras Bank Road, Bangalore. Ph : 080 22273783
and Veg Cutlets are pretty good but the golden, buttery `Scramled
eggs ( as printed on the menu) perched precariously on top
of a floppy fried toast are to die for ! The distressed blue walls,
Formica tables, dark wood furniture and vintage Coffee Board posters
gave the original on MG Road a quaint old charm that still lingers
in the corners and under the tables of the new one. Ridiculously low
prices allow you to sit there for hours and eat all you want without
burning a hole in your pocket. I love the staff in their buckled uniforms
and turbans that now have solid vintage value. They supply you with
endless coffee in semi-washed coffee cups and then repeatedly thump
your bill down on the table aggressively if youve overstayed
during peak hour.
it on : Church Street, Bangalore, diagonally opposite Blossoms Book
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old world Bangalore, Prems cheery smile and refusal to `modernise
has to be given full credit for keeping it that way. ( Every now and
then, he will also hand you a Mahagony seed to plant and do your bit
for the city). Here, smoked out uber-intellectuals rub shoulders with
collegians in what has always seemed to me a perfect 1950s railway
waiting room ambience. The Kerala Appams and Mutton Stew is why you
need to amble to this iconic spot on a Sunday morning, as are the
Masala Omlettes and Scrambled Eggs, tea and toast. If the walls could
talk they would tell stories of creative seeds that were sown here
governments brought down, journalistic outputs critiqued ferociously
and writers blocks resulting in award winning plays. The vintage
sugar bowls are often stolen by loving fans and one ( says Prem) was
even discovered in a chateau in France !
it on : # 39, St.Marks Road, Bangalore, opposite KC Das.
1965, this original `Coffee Bar, has been an old time SAE, `stand
and eat joint, like its equivalent across town ( Veena
Stores ). The token system tells you its also self -service
and this you need to achieve without being crushed by all the idli
enthusiasts who gathered here religiously each morning. Its
been renovated now, but I prefer to remember it as it once was, a
little hole in the wall. They dont serve sambar but the chutney
definitely deserves the culinary equivalent of an Oscar ! Its
also a popular PTW, ` prepare-to-wait place, so go early or
youll lose out on all the gastronomic action. In true Bangalore
style, it prefers to stay closed on Sundays. Retail theories be *
it at : Ranga Rao Road (Near Shankar Mutt), Shankarpuram, Bangalore.
( New Modern Hotel )
the Idli counter is a strict admonition that reads No. By Two.
Service ! So we decided to thwart the system and make our nice
strong coffee `By.Three instead. Ha. Ha. The Vadas are crisp,
the Khara Bhath just the right consistency and the Iruli Sambar arrives
in not a bowl but a bucket. Now thats what I call style. NMH
( God forbid that you should call it by its full name and expose your
`non-Bangaloreaness to all ) is clean, basic and totally rocks
in V VPuram at 8 am in the morning. Ask for the speciality- Thatte
: Its not pokey and is fairly spacious with a nice old-feel
about it. The sambar here is really special
and Dosas . I love the `Do not wash your hands in tumblers
board they have on display ! . SPadaki
it at : AN Krishna Rao Road, Near Minerva Circle, VV Puram, Bangalore.
( Mavalli Tiffin Rooms ) - Also read -
thing everyone tells you about MTR is `go early or you will never
find space to sit, leave alone stand . This is indeed true.
When I went at 7.30 am, there was a long line of old regulars gossiping
with the manager while waiting for their tables. You must also go
here on a visibly empty stomach because the temptation to overeat
( while sitting on basic, no fuss steel chairs ) will overtake you
quite quickly. Long time breakfast favourites include the regular
`Chow-Chow Bhath, Rava Idlis, Dosas and crisp Vadas. The
crowds are a bit intimidating as you squeeeeeze your way in and out
on the narrow stairways, but all in all, you cannot leave Bangalore
without experiencing this iconic landmark started in 1924.
it on : 14, Lal Bagh Road, Bangalore, Ph : 22220022
I really cant tell what is more intoxicating. The fragrance
of tube roses and marigolds outside Vidyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi Bazaar,
or the coffee and fresh vadas frying inside. Everyone rushes around
here. People rush to tables, waiters rush to take orders and then
rush to deliver them stacked one of top of each other to your tables
because theres always a crowd waiting. Be prepared for lots
of `benne and thuppa when there and do take the day off
from your virtuous diet so you can really enjoy this place. Ever since
it opened in 1943, the Benne Dosas and coffee have been the in-house
speciality. So much so that VB was invited by our very own Neeraj
Patil, Mayor of Lambeth, to set up shop in London, after his visit
it at : Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Basavangudi, Bangalore.
( Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan )
: One of the first things you will notice as you enter Udupi Sri Krishna
Bhavan is the sign at the entrance. It says 1926'. I was introduced
to USKB several years ago by my Dad who used to go there as a child,
with his parents and siblings. It was a sort of family tradition.
Just ensure that you start with their Benne Dose. Anything else can
places that focus on whats important (in this case, being an
out and out Udupi joint ) without getting distracted with all the
fluff. Basic interiors. Some pictures that give you a sense of the
legend that is USKB. And best of all, quick, no-nonsense service.
The last time I was there the waiters all had USKB tees,
done in the style of the American college tees/ sweatshirts. I had
to smile after all, Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan IS an institution
it at : 123/124 , Balepet Main Road, Chickpet (Near Mohan Silk &
( Central Tiffin Rooms )
of like its rounded, cream painted retro facade and location right
at the corner of the street. When here, do try the Dosas which apparently
beat Vidyarthi Bhavan in the intensely competitive `Times Dosa
Coffee Contest. ( Yes, such a thing exists ! So now you know
how we value breakfast in this city ). Established in 1950, CTR makes
all its specialities without onions or garlic.
: I love ( a) The waiters. theyll let me take a couple
of bondas out of a whole bucket and not one word will be uttered.
They just smile! (b) The sense of belonging, no matter how many people
there are (which can get to you sometimes). (c) the FOOD !!!!
Of course! Always the same, if it tastes a little different, you can
send it back and theyll be ashamed that it came out to you like
that ! - N Rao
it at : # 154, 7th Cross, 3rd Main, Margosa Road, Malleswaram, Bangalore.
Stores (Also read - http://www.discoverbangalore.com/restreview8.htm)
in North Bangalore between 6am 11 am, and then again between
4 pm 8 pm, on any day except Wednesday, you cannot afford to
ignore this cheery little SAE ( Stand and Eat) food store right off
the footpath, with a crowd gathering swiftly around it at the appointed
times. Its been around since 1977, and is known for its `Idli-Vada
which purists believe are by far the best in town. If you dont
like to stand and eat, try taking along a portable stool and find
a quiet corner on the footpath. But go prepared for a fight to the
finish. Its like a battle zone sometimes to even get to the
counter to order them.
it at : 183, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleswaram, Bangalore. Ph
: 080 23344838
since it opened its doors to Malleswaram in 1971, Janata Hotel has
been rewarded with staunch loyalists who will argue relentlessly about
its merits. These include the Dosas and Vadas that proudly display
just the right shade of crisp brown. Its founder, H Seetharam used
to run a canteen at the Linganamakki Dam till the reservoir was built
and moved here thereafter. He evidently inherited more than just business
secrets from his grandfather H Veerabhadra Upadye in Koteshwar, Udupi,
because Janata is still extremely popular 40 years hence and constantly
filled with dosa enthusiasts and hungry shoppers from the Malleswaram
Market next door.
find it at : #27, 8th Cross, Off Margosa Road, Malleswaram. Ph : 23345609.
that rapturous review, theres nothing left to say except, do
a Bangalore Breakfast this weekend. You wont be disappointed.
of Bangalore - all over Bangalore ( Read - http://www.discoverbangalore.com/restreview12.htm)
Siddappas Mess or Rangannas Sampangiram Nagar *
Dwarka Bhavan, NR Colony * Raghavendra Stores, near Malleswaram Railway
Station * SLV, Basavanagudi.