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5 Classic Kannada Restaurants in Bangalore – A Flavoursome Sojourn in Namma Bengaluru!Moeedul Hussain

If you happen to find a city jiving while the entire nation is fighting with the sun; you are in Bangalore! If you happen to find a city where people refers shopping malls to tell you directions; you are in Bangalore! If you happen to find a city where people overlooks the classy hotels and makes their way to traditional restaurants; you know you are in Bangalore! Yes, that's the charm and delight of our 'Namma Bengaluru'!
No matter what season it is, we enjoy a lively climate. We find our ways by using the shopping malls as landmarks, and we still prefer treating our taste buds with our traditional delicacies! And while talking about traditional foods, here are 5 of the most classic Kannada restaurants in Bangalore that serve the best of South Indian delicacies:

Central Tiffin Room (CTR):

History

Mornings in Bangalore are simply vague without a bite of different varieties of Dosa, Idli-Vada, and other South Indian delicacies! And if you want to munch on the best of Bangalore's traditional breakfast, you must make it to the Central Tiffin Room in Malleshwaram; popularly called CTR.
Initiated by Y.V. Subramnyam and his brothers in the late 1920s, this eatery served traditional breakfasts to the rulers of Mysore, and has also been a hotspot for renowned writers and artists of mediaeval Bangalore.

Delicacies:

If you happen to visit CTR, make sure you don't miss the 'Benne Masala Dosa' which is the signature dish of Central Tiffin Room. In fact, a major chunk of India's IT Capital throng this quaint food-joint to munch on this gastronomic delight every morning.
Among the other popular delicacies in CTR, you will find Kali Dosa, Rava Idli, Madour Vada, Rice Bath, Kesari Bath, Chow Chow Bath, and much more. Order any of these culinary delights and take a sip on CTR's special Filter Kappi; your taste buds will surely get greedier in no time!

Crowd & Ambience:

Mornings in CTR usually begins with foodies from across the city. People throng this place not only to relish traditional foods, but also to begin their day with a tasteful mind. Well, while planning for a luscious meal, make sure you have enough patience; you might not be able to find vacant seats on the first go!



Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR):

History:

Less of a traditional restaurant and more of a landmark, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (or MTR) is yet another tastylicious eateries in Bangalore! Started by Maiya Brothers in 1924, it is now run by their second generation. Located in Lal Bagh Road; in the heart of the city, MTR has its own legacy in serving traditional foods and is loved by almost every Bangalorean!

Delicacies:

For those, who have an affinity towards tempting traditional foods, they must try Rava Idli, Masala Dosa, Chandrahara, Bisibele Bath, Kharabhath, Kesaribhath, Filter Coffee, and Fruit Mixture while visiting MTR. It is also known for its palatable sweets, ready to eat items, and confectionaries.

Crowd & Ambience:

While sampling the various delicacies in MTR, you can expect the best of hospitality and quality. Foodies usually had to stand in queues to get their favourite items. And for the lucky ones who manage to get pre-bookings, they get served in silver tumblers while dining in MTR!



Koshy's:

History:

When it's Koshy's, you can say it's as old as Bengaluru itself! Yes, believe it or not, this is among the oldest eateries that has been serving the Bangalore foodies right from the Colonial era!
Located right in the heart of St. Mark's Road in the Garden City, Koshy's has hosted renowned dignitaries like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Queen Elizabeth II, and several others. The quality, authenticity, and hospitality of Koshy's has gained it the fame of being the 'Most Stylist Place in Bangalore'.

Delicacies:

Among all the culinary delights, you must sample Koshy's Prawn Biryani and Roast Chicken along with a sip of Koshy's Special Coffee. For the breakfast buffs, they must not miss its Mushroom and Bacon stuffed Omelettes, Chicken Liver on Toast, and Chicken Sandwich among others.

Crowd & Ambiance:

Koshy's used to be an assembly point for the journalists, artists, theatre persons, musicians, and other similar creative groups. Even though time has changed its pace, you can still find a bucolic charm around this place. Mildly painted red bricked-walls, the squeaking fans, and the aroma of the tantalizing foods makes it a true reminiscent of Bangalore's past!

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar:

History:

Brahmin's Coffee Bar is one such traditional restaurants in Bangalore that will keep you asking for more till you decide to be there! Even though it offers a limited menu, the rush and happy faces of its customer speaks about its amazing taste and warm hospitality!
Started by K.V. Nagesh Rao in 1965, Brahmin's Coffee Bar is now run by his second generation, and is located at the centre of Basavanagudi in Bengaluru.

Delicacies:

Even if you decide not to step-in into this traditional restaurant in Bangalore, its aroma and flavoursome recipes will drag you in fir sure! And while in there, you shouldn't miss its Idly and Vada with Brahmin's special chutney that is prepared by the K.V Rao's wife Mrs KN Saraswathi who have crossed 80 years. Other must try delicacies include Khara Bath, Keasri Bath, and Filter Coffee.

Crowd & Ambiance:

Brahmin's Coffee Bar is known for its aesthetic ambiance and unique charm. On any regular morning, you can find the local pedestrians and food monger from across the city munching on its delicious offerings. Once this rush is over, you can find the school and office goers thronging Brahmin's Coffee Bar and nibbling on their favourite Idli and Dosa with chutney and sambhar.

Vidyarthi Bhavan:

History:

Once a canteen for the students, the history of Vidyarthi Bhavan takes you back to 1943 when Venkataramana Ural set up this eatery. Catering to the needs of the students (or vidyarthis; from where the restaurant got its name), it was later taken over Ramakrishna Adiga.
Since its inception, it has created its own unmatched reputation and continues to satisfy every foodies’ yearnings. Vidyarthi Bhavan is located within the warm locales of Gandhi Bazaar, Basavangudi.

Delicacies:

Traditional flavour and taste are the synonyms of Vidyarthi Bhavan. It offers a simple, yet quintessential menu that comprises of Rave Vade, Masala Dosa, Sagu Dosa, Plain Dosa, Khara Bath, Kesari Bath, Uddina Vade, Idli, Poori Sagu and luscious Filter Coffee.

Crowd & Ambiance:

While taking a bite in Vidyarthi Bhavan, you can experience and feel a rustic charm around the place. Waiters carrying stacks of plates on their hands to serve the never-ending crowd, foodies ordering one after another, and the appetizing ambience around the place makes it a georgic place to relish on traditional Kannada foods!