We were half way through our hunt for the best dosas in Bangalore, which, fun as it is, is also a task that a couple of posts here will ultimately fall short of. We do hope that this will inspire you to set out on your own food trip and try out these heavenly delights filled with carbs and laden with fat (all of the good kind).
Konark Vegetarian Restaurant, Residency Road – We stopped at Church Street at the end of the last post. A short walk from there will get you to this place, a favorite with many old timers. The dish to definitely try out is the Cheese Pepper Masala Dosa. If the liberal amount of grated cheese in this crisp dosa doesn’t set your heart racing (or clog up your blood vessels), you can ask for extra butter or ghee. Their Bonda Soup, served in the afternoon, is also a good try.
Address: 50, Field Marshal Cariappa Road, Residency Road
Timings: 8 AM to 10:30 PM
Shri Sagar (CTR), Malleswaram – From the CBD, we move about 7 km to the north to one of the best localities in Bangalore for dosas. Probably better known as Central Tiffin Room, this place has won many awards for its Benne Masala Dosa. Another of those places where you can eat to your stomach’s fill (for your heart will keep asking for more) with little effect on your pockets, their crispy, spicy dosas are just what the doctor ordered (or probably expressly asked you to keep away from).
Address: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleswaram
Timings: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 PM to 9 PM
Hotel Janatha, Malleswaram – A vada’s throw away is another Bangalore gem that literally pulls you in with the aroma rising out of its kitchen. A good meal here is to begin with their Vada, follow it up with the Kali (INR 34) or Masala Dosa (INR 40), and end with a cup of their heavenly coffee. And maybe some Mysore Pak too. Well, some Bajji and Jamoon (gulab jamun) to go maybe.
Address: 27, 8th Cross, Malleswaram
Timings: 7:30 AM to 12:45 PM, 3:45 PM to 8:45 PM, Wednesday closed
Ramu Tiffin Centre, VV Puram – We travel about 7.5 km all the way back to the south to an eatery that is so innocuous that I can’t even find an entry on Zomato to get its timings. I only hope that it hasn’t moved or closed down entirely. Located on Thindi Beedi, the iconic food street (which deserves a full post all its own), the dosas at this stall are doused with ghee and taste of a goodness that you won’t find in most upscale eateries. You won’t go wrong with the Plain or the Masala options, or you could try out the relatively unusual Baath Dosa – masala rice inside a crispy dosa.
Address: #18, Market Road, Visveshwarapura
Timings: No idea, but evenings should be a good time to cover the whole area
Mavalli Tiffin Room, Lalbagh – Move about 2 km to the east, and we come very close to where we started and arrive at arguably the most well-known traditional food joint of Bangalore, around since 1924. Reserving a table for lunch well-in-time is highly recommended here. There is very little that you can go wrong with at MTR, especially the soft and fluffy Rava Idli, which this place is supposed to have invented. But, we are here for the dosas, and their Masala Dosa deserves all the hype it has earned in media stories over the years.
Address: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Basavanagudi
Timings: 6:30 AM to 11 AM, 12:30 PM to 2 PM, 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM (9:30 on weekends), Monday closed
That completes one full circle of a whole lot of deliciousness. And, look mom, no meat too! The ‘hunt’ remains kinda inconclusive, because I LOVED everything. Maybe you will have better luck in finding your favorite option, among these or among the many other great places to eat in Bangalore. Keep exploring!
Featured Photo (Dosa with a cup of ghee at Mavalli Tiffin Room) by Charles Haynes