What to look out for –
South Indian breakfast, unlimited chutney with your food.
₹150 for two
080 2334 4838
183, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru.
When I heard about Veena stores first, I had thought what kind of an eatery would be named like this. Someone asked me ‘what do you like to eat in Veena stores’? I was confused. What do you get in Veena stores? Pencils? Crayons? Turns out, you cannot judge a place by its name, just like how you should not judge a book by its cover. What seems like the name of some boring stationary shop is in fact the hot spot where Bengaluru enjoys its best breakfast.
Veena stores first started as a condiment store in 1977. Later, it changed into an eatery but still retained its name. The place has been consistent in serving the best vegetarian south Indian breakfast. So much is the fan following for this humble place that people queue in lines at as early as 6 in the morning to relish what can be said as the best idlis in Bengaluru.
The hotel so tiny that you may miss it if you are not paying attention. It is similar to a small provision store. The line of people is what will tell you that you have arrived at your destination. We went to the place at 7 in the morning and there were already ten people waiting in the line.
This place serves all types of old school Karnataka breakfast delicacies like idli vada, bisibelebath, pongal, shavige bath and so on. We took idli vada and pongal. The idli was so soft and melt- in- mouth that we order one more. The vada were rather soggy. Pongal was very delicious, just like home made one.
The breakfast is served on plates made of hard leaves. You just have to stand in front of the counter and eat on the footpath. This may sound strange, but we were at it, people came in Harley Davidson and Benz cars to eat at this place. So, you don’t have to worry about eating on the footpath.
You know that awkward moment when you have to ask for more chutney while you are eating idlis in a hotel? You will never face that moment in this place. Because Veena stores loves their customers so much that they have sat a staff outside the counter just to serve chutney for whoever asks for it. You just have to place your plate in front of him and he’ll pour a ladle of fresh chutney into your plate.
And do not forget to drown down your food with a cup of their world famous filter coffee. It is absolutely refreshing and perfectly kicky.
This place is an example of how taste is the ultimate winner, not ambience, not posh buildings or staff speaking English in foreign accent. I’ll give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The value for money is also pretty good.
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