Dosa of happiness

Sri Sagar CTR

What to look out for –

best south Indian breakfast, pocket friendly bills, lots of butter and happiness.

Cost –

₹200 for two

Contact –

080 23317531

Address –

7th Cross Margosa Road, opposite Malleshwaram grounds, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

Vegetarian only

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There might be many rulers fighting for the iron throne, but when it comes to the throne of “the best Dosa in Bangalore” there are only two strong contestants. The MTR and the CTR. While I am a true blood MTRian, my husband just loves CTR. So, I am dragged to the place quite often. I am not complaining because I do love their Masala Dosa.

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CTR is an acronym for central tiffin room. This humble hotel was started in the 1920s by Y.V. Subramanyam and brothers. When the then Maharaja of Mysore visited the place, Y.V. Subramanyam served breakfast in a traditional attire and impressed the king. Subramanyam is also the founder president of the Bangalore Hoteliers Association. Today, the hotel is owned by someone else, but the simple building, its mere interiors, a vintage wall clock and modest rosewood furniture still have the essence of the old Bangalore that we all so badly miss.

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After the Y.V. brothers sold the hotel, it acquired the name Shri Sagar in 1950. And finally, in 1992, the place was acquired by Sanjeeva Poojari who named it as Central Tiffin Room. When a place has so much history, you will have to visit it, just to inhale air in there and feel the positive vibes.

The hotel is very simple, you would have not bothered to enter if it was not for its popularity. But, I love simple places that are popular. Because, when you see a hotel with such plain ambience, you are sure that the food will shine. CTR in appearance is just like any normal, economic hotel. Plain walls, simple tables and no fancy menu cards. For people who visit the place, the menu is by heart. We just order the benne (butter) Masala Dosa. This is the daddy of all dishes here. Golden brown, glazy and perfectly smooth like the Italian marble toppings of the tables we are eating on, these Dosas are to die for. They are majorly crisp, slightly puffy and melt in the mouth kind of Dosa that you can find nowhere else.

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Other dishes like the idli, rava idli, kesari bath, poori and khara bath are simply good. They cannot be tagged as outstanding. The major player in this place is the Masala dosa and that is what everyone who comes here orders. Service is swift and courteous.

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After the food is done, you will have to drink their coffee. Not drinking coffee after tiffin here is like a big taboo. At least for coffee lovers. Because, the coffee of CTR is so good, it can give any star bucks a run for their money any day. And the best part is that all this comes in such less money. This is one place where the value for money is ten times ten on a scale of ten.

CTR is a well-known place and every now and then you can spot a celebrity indulging in a hot, ghee laden masala dosa. From Deepika Padukone to our own Ramya, many stars pay a visit to CTR once in a while. That’s the good thing about food, it treats everyone equally. For this amazing food, and the amazing conversations I have had here with my hubby, I give this place a 4.5 on 5 stars.

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Iftar meal

Ramzan food in Mosque road, Frazer town

What to look out for –

Festive food, biryani, Middle East cuisine, desserts and lots of non-veg.

Cost –

₹600 for two

Address

Frazer town, mosque road, Bangalore.

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It is Ramzan and how can you miss the festive food that is served in the mosque road. For many years, mosque road in Frazer town has become synonym to tasty and authentic Muslim food. But, this feast is not just for the Muslims. In fact, most of the people enjoying the food when we visited the place were from other religions. Well, that is the power of food.

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It was a Sunday night and we were late. We reached Frazer town at 10:30 in the night. We were very hungry and thought that we wouldn’t be getting any food at this hour. But, as we neared the mosque road, we saw huge crowds. Was it almost midnight or just the beginning of the day? We couldn’t say because such was the enthusiasm of the crowd. There were people everywhere. Food stalls were erected in front of every hotel. You could find all kinds of food veg, non-veg and desserts. There are numerous restaurants and eateries lined up on this road and you can have a jolly good time by visiting each one of them and tasting all their food items.

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One thing you must do before going here is having a brief idea about the eateries and the food that they serve. If you do not know that, you will be lost. And that was our exact situation. We didn’t have an idea about the event so it took us by surprise when we saw so much food and crowd. When there is a overdose of food, you react in two ways, you either get sick or you just enjoy the feast. We were four of us in the group. Two felt sick, while the other two explored the various possibilities of food.

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Here is some information about the Ramzan food fest issued in public interest –

The hotels that you can eat at –

  • Empire
  • Savoury
  • Albert bakery
  • Mangalore pearl
  • Karama
  • Zaks Mediterranean cafe
  • Chichabas Taj
  • Alibaba café
  • Sherlocks pub
  • Rahhams
  • Pathan sir

And the food you must not miss –

  • Haleem
  • Biryani (of course, who skips biryani in an iftar meal?)
  • Mutton samosa
  • Mutton seekh roll
  • Gurda masala
  • Kebabs

 

And there are sweets too –

  • Dry fruits cookies
  • Dilkush
  • Jalebi
  • Shahi tukda
  • Firni

Most of the restaurants offer great discounts on the food. There are also some special food items from the Middle East that you can try out. Make sure to visit only if you are comfortable in crowds and do not mind non veg all around you. The pure vegetarians can just skip the place. It’s a 3 out of 5 stars from me.