61 Reviews / 67 Ratings
Pathetic food @ Vidyarthi Bhavan
The food tastes as old as the place! Sadly, the place is considered one of the oldest landmark restaurant in Bangalore. Irony, such pathetic food represents our Bangalore.
I would rate a "BIG ZERO" for:
Quality of food: "BIG ZERO"
Taste of food: Vomiting experience
Service: 'Ooooh, What's that?' will be the response from the restaurant's management and staff!
It was an utterly disappointing breakfast experience for us.
Old World charm and Ghee Laden Thick Crispy Dosas!
So 4 hungry people, still sleepy, push themselves to pay this much talked about place a visit on a sleepy saturday morning. Well, after a slightly delayed start, we reach there around 8 am, anticipating a long waiting queue. However, that wasn't going to deter us this time, since this place was on our to-do list since quite a while now. When we reached there, surprise suprise, the long queue was absent and we had to hardly wait for a few minutes before we got a table. Saying that, the place wasn't empty, instead it was packed to full capacity. Once we occupied the table, it would have been a sacrilege if we ordered something other than the Masale Dosa which is what this place is famous for. Awaiting our dosas, I glanced around - walls adorned with portraits for prominent personalities, waiters scurrying around the places carrying piles of masale dosas like superheroes, and more importantly - people from all walks of life savoring the dosas and the 'kaapis'. Well, thats what good food is all about I guess. And then our dosas arrive.
Dont be surprised if there is no sambhar or chutney on your plate. The server will pour a huge dollop of chutney on you place in a while. But no sambhar. I guess that is how this place wants you to enjoy the masala dosa. The Dosa is thick, smaller in diameter compared to other places, oozing butter and smells divine. The masala is good too. My thumb rule with dosa is - there is no such thing as a perfect dosa. Enjoy the dosa the way that place serves it. So, if you have very rigid constraints about how thin the dosa should be or if the sambhar is a must or how the sambar should taste, this place is definitely not for you. We weren't prepared for these high butter dosas, so we had ordered a couple of other things even before the dosas arrive. The dosas are very very filling. Idlis and Wadas were good. Poori Saagu passable. However, Kesari Baath was wonderful. Right amount of ghee and sugar along with tine bits of pineapple, nothing else would have rounded of the meal better.
If you are open to variations in dosa, then this place is Highly Recommended!!!
Quite good. But MTR & CTR are better.
V.B is another member of the legendary South Indian eateries of Bangalore. Located in the green canopied area of Gandhi Bazaar in Basavangudi, V.B is part of Bangalore folklore like MTR, CTR etc.
One of the trademarks of all such places in Bangalore is the queues of people outside the restaurant, waiting to get in. Peak hours will see the next set of people standing right at your tables as you wolf down the food. In the days before their expansion, things used to be even more chaotic and it was common sight to see the acrobatic waiters making their way through the sea of people waiting at your tables, precariously carrying (juggling rather) 15-20 plates at a time !! The latter aspect hasn't changed one bit to this day.
Another trademark (& commonality shared by such eateries) is the standout item - the Masala Dosa. It is so remarkable that the ubiquitous Masala Dosa has so many variants, in Bangalore itself, with no one Dosa preparation being identical to the other. Bangalore is unequivocally the Land of (Masala) Dosas !!!
The Masala Dosa of V.B is unique in the sense that its batter seems to be slightly different from the rest. The Dosas come out crisp and thick, with a unique taste that I haven't been able to discern yet. However it is the Chutney here that's very different and unique tasting - coconut is barely or not at all used and there is the distinct, dominating but not overbearing flavour of the roasted chana dal.
I don't remember trying out too many other items here, except for maybe the Kesari Bath, which is flavourful and ghee-ful as well. But such a once-in-a-while indulgence is allowed. As is the case elsewhere, the meal is topped off with pipin hot filter coffee.
Verdict : Good dosas ; VFM ; satisfying. I personally though rate MTR and CTR (Shree Sagar) over V.B.
There was one time when you would get a masala dosa and a coffee for six people at just a single Rupee. Now, as times have changed, inflation gone up etc, the prices have also gone up, obviously. Bur what hasn't changed is the quality of masala dosa that you get here, something that you won't find anywhere else. You should visit the place at least once!
Been hearing a lot about the place. So, we thought we'll give a try here too, especially for the dosas. We reached the place ~6:30 PM and found a huge crowd waiting. We had to register our name along with the number of persons and wait for our turn. We would be called by our name and we waited for an hour. Yes, it was a huge crowd.
So, we took our seat and were waiting for the order to be taken. Even before that, there is something more that is noteworthy. The seating arrangements, the limited menu, the waiters, the way it is served, the billing, yes each and every aspect had to be mentioned.
The menu was limited, plain dosa, masala dosa, idli, rava vada, kesari bhath, khara bhath, poori sagu, tea and coffee. Yes, that was a limited one. As every restaurant, each waiter has his own designated tables to serve. This one was no different. And we come to know that it was only masala dosa, khara/kesari bhath and rava idli that were available on the menu at that time of the day. So, we settled for rava vada, masala dosa, tea and coffee. Rava idli was served almost immediately- it was one rava vada that was served in the signature tiffin plates of Bangalore. And chutney was poured over it. Rave vada is something new to me. It definitely tasted like rava and was a little hard to chew. Since, I never had any prior to this, I don't think I can really rate this one. But I do not crave for it either.
Dosas came almost after 10 min. And in that waiting time, I could see people ordering khara/kesari bhath or rava idli for themselves. Sales gimmick? I think so. And yes, after that 10 min of waiting time, the waiter had carried almost 10-15 plates stretched across his arms and served on his designated tables. And then the chutney was generously poured in those plates. Yes, there were no chutney bowls. Now, the dosas. They were dark, thick, crispy oozing ghee/butter and a generous amount of pototo masala curry. And those tasted heavenly. What always makes me wonder is how can a dosa be so thick and yet be crsipy. Now that is the secret formula which the general public is not aware of.
It was so piping hot, we took at least a minute to let that cool. I am telling you, all that waiting time, right from the entrace to that first bite, is worth it. But, the waiting time can be reduced further. May be some more management into it.
And then the billing. The whole thing is computerized and the waiters are trained so accordingly. He punches in the appropriate order for each of his designated tables and the bills are generated and then it is again served, oops given to the customers on each table. Yes, that is one good management.
It was defineitely a good experience, right from the waiting time to savouring the dosas. Dosa was a good one but I think I have had better ones. Must visit place, if one wants to experience good management, good planning and tasty dosa.
Service : 4/5
Price : 3.5/5 VFM, yes
Taste-Buds Deadened By Pizzas/Burgers To Avoid
Seems most reviewers whose taste-buds are deadened by Pizzas/Burgers/ Pastas have commented on this wonderful traditional Eatery. The Masala dosas are as mouth watering as it was 10 years back. Only wish their coffee is as good as A2B's or Hotel Sarvana Bhavan. Those who enjoy barbarian food should better avoid such traditional eateries and stick to RR/Mcdonalds/Pizza Hut/Pizza Corner etc. Don't mislead those who love Indian Food.
A Traditional place
Ofcourse it is a traditional place and all, made very good name and all, but I don't think its living upto the hype which it has got in bangalore. As always whichever is a hyped place in bangalore, the moment they get popular, their staff and their behavior with the customers bites the dust and eventually people will not re-visit those places, same case with me when I visited this place for the hype which it had got and I never visited again. Taste and all is ok, its not anything extra-ordinary when compared to other hotels, but it has just made the name. Well, if you new to bangalore and heard lot about dosas at this place, do give a try once.
Old world charm (missing)
Came here with my mum on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Got a table immediately (did not have to wait). Ordered masala dosa, kesari bath and tea. Kesari bath was very good (not too sweet and not too oily, just perfect). Next came the dosas, was brought by the waiter in his usual style. It was thick and crispy, but very oily and greasy (only chutney is served, no sambar). [My mum complained that it was not up to the mark and she could make much better ones]. Tea was good.
Place is quite narrow, there are portraits of Yeddyurappa, S.M.Krishna and Dr. Rajkumar on the walls munching dosas. Service is okay. Menu is limited.
Masala dosa = Rs.37
Plain dosa = Rs.34
Poori Sagu = Rs.28
Khara bath/kesari bath/2 idli/vada = Rs.20.
Tea/Coffee = Rs.13
You can try it..........
Very bad food. Not worth the reputation at all.
I was exploring the traditional best places to eat in Bangalore and Vidhyarthi Bhavan was among the most listed ones. Went there on a Saturday but had a very bad experience. Good thing was that it was not as crowded as MTR and waiters were polite. Ordered Masala Dosa, the most popular dish. Very thick dosa. Almost burnt and soaked in oil on one side and very thick and raw on the other. Glanced at other people's plates and found the same story everywhere. Nothing special about the taste. Coffee also was usual. Felt like puking for an hour after eating due to so much oil. Not recommended at all.
Went there on my quest to find the best breakfast in town, was disappointed to the core.Though it gave a feel of old bangalore, the taste was missing. Dosas were full of oil(not ghee), no taste, chutney was watery. Idli and khara bath also dint taste well. Sambhar was goodand had a different, good taste. Will any day prefer MTR over it.
It isn't the same it was 10 years ago
Was disappointed going here. The place isn't the same anymore. I used to love going here when I was in Jain College 10 years back and recently when I went here, i left very disappointed. The dosa was very soggy and the taste of ghee wasn't fresh at all.
I hope they get better.
Only name nothing else
Recently i had visited VB after hearing alot about it, came out with a great disappointment. Either my expectation was too high or my taste buds failed to function.. ;)
few points about VB
- You will have to wait for your turn
- No varieties of dosas.
- Masala Dosa is too thick and oily (sure its not pure butter/ghee)
- Chutney is also not up to mark
- Off-course quantity is too less not worth for 30 bucks.
- You would get a village feel.
Excellent buttery Dosas- (a small warning to those who are calorie conscious- u will find ghee dripping ) - and nice chutney - just simple , and excellent. A small joint u can almost miss - covered by stalls in front of it ..A sober simple joint - U may have to stand in on busy days
Time for change.
I know Vidhyarthi Bhavan for many years and I have been to this place many times. This restaurant is always crowded, no place to wait. People have to stand behind the occupied tables and pathways. It has not seen the "twenty first" century yet except for the price for their preparations. The Masala Dosa and Vada are very good with their Chutny. Now they offer Sambar also at request.
Now a days,there are road side evening eateries in Visweswarapuram who offer equally good Masala Dosa and Idly prepared in our presence.
The management of VB should come out of old glory and make changes for the convenience of their customers.
i had been to this place recently. I found that all the dishes other than dosas are good here. i really dont know how this place is famous for dosas?!?!?! its the worst i have had here. i am sorry.. but this is the fact! its dipped in GHEE.. which makes it tough to eat. i guess ghee lovers will enjoy it... but still. also, the dosas are sooo sticky... its just not soft. They serve only Chutney for dosas which doesnt have a good taste either! my mom prepares better dosas!! also, the prices are high. not really worth it.
i would surely not visit this place again ... not to eat dosas for sure!
VB dosas downfall over the years
i remember going there as a school kid, some 20 years back wen we collected money and used to share the dosa at VB. Over time, the quality of the dosa and chutny is gone down terribly. then it used to be pure ghee and amzing chutneys. Now we jus go there coz of the memories and the nice atmosphere in there, but from my heart the quality is gone down terribly. Presently i wud rate the CTR, malleshwaram makes better dosas..
One of the Top 5 Dosa places in Bangalore
Old school charm... Old school decor (although it was somewhat refurbished a couple of years ago from the even more old school decor)... an ideal meal here would be rava vada + masala dosa + coffee... a bit too crowded at times... you might end up sharing a table with random people...
MUST OBSERVE - the way the guy carries 20+ dosas on one arm and flings them on the table with supreme accuracy, so it lands right in front of you... and the way he remembers the umpteen different orders without even writing it down! well impressed!
And according to someone who has been going there for more than 30 years, a.k.a. my Dad, the taste has suffered a lot over the years and so has the price (50p for a dosa 'then' Vs Rs. 25 now). But it still deserves a spot in the Top 5!
Best dosa ever!
I have been going to this place ever since i can remember. Their dosas are simply the world's best! crispy, tasty and their chutney is even better. I somehow never tried anything other than their dosas until now for some reason but i tried their sambhar vada yesterday and i must say... super!!! It can get a little over crowded in the evenings and weekends and people are standing on your head to catch hold of a table. But for what its worth, i dont care! And yes, its really not for the weight watchers coz their dosas are loaded with ghee. Overall, the only suggestion I have is probably they can have some queue system so that you can eat a little peacefully.
They could teach Dosa makers a thing or two
We heard about this place when watching one of the several `me too cooking/travel shows on TV. On this visit to Bangalore we just had to go there. After braving and haggling with the rapacious Rickshaw drivers we made it to Vidyarthi Bhavan on a Saturday mid morning. Boy was the place packed to the rafters. We stood out like the proverbial sore thumbs and after making ourselves as awkward as possible, one of the cashiers/managers took pity and escorted us to a table where the occupants were gang pressed into eating quickly and vacating.
This is a very ordinary restaurant serving a few Tiffin items. The most outstanding being their Masala Dosa. We had a Vada Sambaar and Upma while waiting for our Dosas. The Vada Sambar was frankly ordinary, quite like a Vada Sambar served by the Udipi restaurants in Mumbai. Soggy with a sweetened Sambar overpowered by Coriander Powder.
Soon however, the waiter came along with at least 20 plates of Masala Dosa piled one on top of the other and dealt them out like large playing cards on the waiting tables. My God, this Dosa was sublime. Yes it did ooze Ghee but what the hell. The dough had been truly well fermented without any additive to kick start the fermentation. Thus the sugars in the batter were well developed. This resulted in a deep deep caramelisation quite unlike I have ever seen or eaten in a Dosa before. Mind you the Dosas are thick, about a quarter inch, and small about the size of a side plate. But are they a work of art. The caramelisation leads to a huge crunch. Quite astounding. This crunch is nothing like the crunch of a paper Dosa. This is something else. If you are a non vegetarian and have eaten a decently made Confit of Duck Salad or even a Crispy Aromatic Duck, that is the crunch I am talking about. The anticlimax is the ghastly Chutney they serve along with the Dosa. It tastes of nothing but Channa Daal. Terrible.
These guys really know what they are doing. Do make an effort and brave the crowds and rapacious Rickshaw drivers and have a Dosa here. Better still ask someone to drive you there and feed them one. They will be your friend for life.
Why the name ????
This is a place where the 'menu card' is virtually chucked out of the window. The time between you sitting at a table after pushing and clawing your way through a hungry saturday afternoon crowd and biting into a crisp masala dosa is less than 30 seconds. We had a couple of masala dosas each (btw they serve only chutney - no sambhar), a couple of vadas and rounded it off with a couple of coffees. Overall an amazing experience that included chatting with a very friendly couple at the same table and a tab of under 200 bucks. Go if you love South Indian food if you dont care two hoots about the ambience...
Being the good and obedient employee that I am, when my boss suggested I try this place out for its dosas, I immediately agreed that I would and so, yesterday saw me and my friend at its entrance. I peered warily inside and then after taking a picture of the entrance board, cautiously stepped into the restaurant. The first person I saw was the cashier, a most cheerful and smiley man who said hello and waved us further inside. We walked slowly past filled tables and then, stood in the middle and gazed vaguely around. Thankfully the manager there came to our aid and after checking that we were just two, he pointed us in the direction of a table, from which two occupants were just getting up. Thankfully and hastily we scuttled over and sat down. The table boy cleared the dirty plates on the table and brought us stainless steel tumblers of water. I then looked at the blackboard nailed to the wall, which served as the restaurant's menu and my friend and I ordered a masala dosa each. While waiting for the dosas to arrive, I snapped a picture of the menu and then looked around the restaurant. It is a really nice place, with loads of pictures on the walls, simple but practially designed and comfortable furniture and a very cheerful and pleasant crowd. It is also quite big, much larger than I had originally thought it would be and while there isn't much space between the tables, the atmosphere is so cheery, friendly and positive that it doesn't matter. When the dosas arrived, on stainless steel plates, I looked with interest at mine. The best way to describe it is as small, oily, round and cute. It was stuffed with potato. I also looked with great interest at the vessel which the waiter tipped over our plates, to provide us with green chutney. I have never before seen chutney being poured out from a vessel before. Fifteen minutes later, after eating a little over a quarter of my dosa, I pushed my plate away feeling full. My friend however swallowed every mouthful of his and pronounced it as delicious. I enjoy "real" South Indian coffee and so my friend and I ordered a coffee each to round off our meal. The coffee arrived quite quickly and tasted lovely. We then paid our good-natured waiter and left. My overall views of the place are that it is a nice place for a quick bite. I would probably come back here, if ever I am in vicinity and would certainly recommend the place to anyone who enjoys a good, simple and wholesome meal and is not too proud to share a table with strangers or to be seen in a simple South Indian restaurant.
Pride of Bangalore
I dont care what some hypocrites have said about this hotel but this is a Pride of Bangalore.. its been standing since my grandmother got married.. and the dosas are still tasty as wat it was at that time.. the greatness of the dosaas is reflected by the fact that it is the oldest hotel standing here in Basavanagudi despite whtever competition time has thrown against it.. Love to have a dosa once in while here.. Live on VB.. you rock..
P.S: go early in the mornin before 7 for sagoo masala dosaas
masala dosa is very famous. if u want another specialty sagu masala dosa is really awesome but u need to go there early morning before 8 AM as it is hot selling and gets over soon. dont go by the size of the dosa.thou it may look small its very stomach filling. must try atleast once in ur lifetime or u'l miss the best dosas.
Quite a unique place. Worth many visits
It is intriguing to read some of the reviews ( the bad ones) and I tend to agree with most of what drunkenmonk says. Anyway, I guess everyone has a right to their opinions
VB has many tales around it and my favourite one is that it is often said that when you walk into VB, you are served a Masala Dosa along with the water, because it stands to reason that you would not come here to have anything else!!
Personally, I dont beleive that VB serves the absolute best, absolute consistent Masala Dosa in Bangalore. But then, it is a very close second.
I have tried only three dishes here from the more than 30 odd visits made over three decades. I can vouch for their superiority - the Masala Dosa, the Rava Vada and the Filter Coffee. Wisdom would suggest to stick to these, and you will not be disappointed
I know that the foodie of the naughties expects table service, less waiting time, low oil content, private eating space ( that list can be as long as the snobbishness of the customer). But really, this place is a fall back to a different era. An era which is still secure. When the food made people forget all else. When eating at a place very frequently was part of a routine. And when cooks did not compromise on authenticity in the name of meeting demands of calory criminals.
Simply put, VB is a must-eat for any Bangalorean. The Masala Dosa here is unquestionably noteworthy.
So why do I give it one star less? Well, that is because they are not the best. That is still CTR in Malleswaram
Retards can keep out...
Normally I don't write anything, even on some of the dumbest reviews I read here. But this one, I had to write because of the snooty attitude...
If there are five places one has to pick for the best masale doses in bangalore, Vidhyarthi Bhavan will be an automatic choice in anybody's list. Such are the doses of this place. And regarding this retard's observation that this is a haven for oldies, well, here are two facts unknown to this retard. One, on any given day, in the mornings, I have seen a lot of techies, college crowd coming here to enjoy the dose. Two, for people whose taste buds are numb by the innumerable pots they smoke, it is very difficult to understand the true taste!!!
Rustic Old Place
Stand in line and cramp up in seats with strangers for Oily Dalda-philic Tiny Dosas? NO WAYS!
Its just a hype created by all the oldies aka Senior Citizen now. May be once upon a time there were no choices and this place was THE hangout. But with changing times, keep the place as it is, makes it a historical museum and they serve the same thing! 20 Years old Dosa! haha... But in todays price!
Lets hangout somewhere else and let our grandparents get nostalgic about this place while they still breathe!
Only for those ?
Hello,with high regards we we went for B'fast after lot of waiting!But only to taste those over roasted masala dosas with lot of oil and the chatny was just horrible with lot of spicy (menasina khayi) may god bless those with tender stomach like old people!!
and poori saagu was so soft i used two hands to pull to make it inti two pieces,No man the old "Vidhyarthi Bhavan" with charming dishes is all over,better visit ADIGA'S they are best far better than this Oldy.Only thing with adiga's is we should stsmd and eat(No problem sir if the dishes meet my tongue stsndard) shekar
Too much ghee
Visited 2 weeks ago. Dint like the dosas at all. There is too much ghee and the dosas were fried almost to the extent of getting charred :( Parking is a problem but that would have been ignored if the place lived upto its name. Perhaps the oldies who are used to a lot of ghee may still like it, cant say...
Not at all good - just a hype
I had very high expectations on Vidyarthi Bhavan dosas. They have been in the business from decades and most of the famous personalities like DVG and Kailasam have all relished the dosas here. But, they have surely not maintained quality. The dosas are just oily without taste and the chutney has no coconut. Overall the pricing is too high for a very inferior quality of food.
Nothing worth raving about
I've been here only once, and would not go again, for i dont find this restaurant reasonable to price dosas at Rs.17(I'd been here an year back). CTR Malleshwaram is better than this one. Jerking crowd for what? Dosas are nothing worth drooling for. I've eaten better dosas in my life, and my home-made dosas r better than these ! Masala vada is also not that great-oily and rock hard.
I wouldn't come here again .
Cramped (a little better after the renovation recently). More than the dosas, I just love watching the waiters carry about 20 to 30 plates of dosas at the same time and serving them. The dosas are good loaded with ghee and butter. Coffee sucks for a place like this. Idly/Vada etc. are normal fare. Try the Sagu dosa - outstanding. The place is not good for kids or large groups. You will be very frustrated.
On a lazy saturday morning me and my parents reached this place by 9 o clock. The place was already jam packed and we had to wait for 10 mins to get a seat( not very difficult, you just have to find some table where people are almost done with their eating n stand by their side :D). we ordered for idly sambar first. The idly was nothin gr8.. it was the usual idly sambar get in most of the darshinis. Idlys were soft and sambar was aptly spicy and both tasted good together. we then ordered for the dosas. The dosa was brilliant. it was crisp and tasty. The aloo palya inside the dosa also was well made. Even though it is a lil oily it fine to indulge in this sin once in a while.I was wanting to have another dosa but then i thought of all the oil and calories, Idecided that i will have to wait for couple of more weeks to get back and enjoy another dosa here. We then had coffee and it was one of the best coffees i have ever had. All in all i loved the dosa in this place... thumbs up to vidhyarthi bhavan!!!
Best Masala Dosa in city
I understand long waiting, I understand Ghee, and I understand calories... Who cares when it comes to your fav dish!!!!
Since my childhood I have been to this place and at any point in day wake me up for dosas at this place I'm ready for min 2 plates!!! A must visit place if you are a masala dosa freak. If you can reach this place morning before 8 ask for sagu dosa its very yum.
Try to avoid weekends as it more crowed than usual.
A very good brown bread eating experience
I had to wait for about 1 hour to eat a very bad masala dosa, more like a brown bread. Open the brown bread and you will not find the aloo because it will come out and fall down. No Onions in aloo , it is only alooooooo....the chutney is like water mixed with maida no chilli no taste....so much oil and ghee tht u cannot escape a stomach upset.
It was the worst dosa which I ever had
It was some thing like brown bread deep fired in Ghee (Like dipped in ghee) with half smashed half boiled aloo without chilli little salt never able to stick with dosa and chutney was link light green thick water without taste.
It was horrible experience, after waiting for long hour to get the table for 4.
Go for the Sheer Dosa eating experience...
We went to this 'hideout' ( from the buzzling marketplace in Gandhinagar) on a saturday afternoon. We were there @ 1:00 PM, just to see the "closed" board... well...they are open only after 2:30 PM on saturdays it seems. So, we went shopping and came back around 2:25 just to see teeming folks waiting around...
The "chief manager" walked by around 2:25 PM, did his "poojas" and only then the main gates open. There was a little rush to get the "plum" seats....We were asked to sit on the same side to make way for other folks also ( 4 per table) and I was wondering whether this would be enough.
First impression is that while it is cramped, there is good natural lighting and the place is quite clean...
The waiter is dressed casually ( a blue shirt/ folded veshti) and takes up orders for a bunch of tables...default assumption is you are a 'regular' and so you really don't need a menu or anything. Infact, there is no menu card. There is one "price list" posted on one of the walls. That's it
Well..choices are also limtied. We were offered - masala dosa, khara bath, kesari bath, vada... Just like the "inspector" guy from "Ratatouille" I ordered all of them ...
Kharabath came first. drowned in chutney...small plate, smaller qty. followed by Vada/sambar. i found this quite oily and unlike the crispy "AAB" vada/sambar that i was quite used to. However the taste was well...different.
This was followed by the dosa...The waiter was holding close to twenty plates of dosas and tossing it around the table... He was followed by another guy who was holding the chutney container. This was sheer fun to watch and also one wonders how efficient this system is.
Once you dig into the crispy, buttery dosas, all's well with the world. This is what Bangalore is known for and this is what everyone comes here for. A taste of authenticity...
By the time your coffee comes, there are hajar folks waiting to grab your table. Infact, my wife cautions not to leave the seat before the coffee arrives as we may not get to have the seat back. So, we wait greasy palmed for the coffeee.... It was probably an "off day" for the guy who makes coffee...It was watery and not at all to our expectations.
Overall, Vidyarthi bhavan is an experience.... do not miss it...
been going here for as long as i can remember..a must eat dosa and the scrumptious rava vada which is also called waiting vada all served with their delectable chutney..enough to set any dosa aficionado's heart racing..i've not eaten anything else on the menu here cos their masala dosa is the show stealer and for those of u who have not even heard of this place..U ARE MISSING A LOT!!!go right now..and sink ur teeth into the ghee flavored piece of heaven..a tad expensive but well worth every penny
A lasting legacy
After hearing great things about this place for years, I got the chance to try out their famous dosas. The taste was nice. That's probably because they use about 10 times the ghee or oil needed for a normal dosa. So, if you have an angina problem, you might want to give this place a skip. :-p
Otherwise, the waiter who served us was friendly and in a jovial mood. The atmosphere was crowded, but nobody cared. Everyone's there only for the dosa and coffee.
If you don't want your dosa burnt, tell the waiter up front that you want "kad-me roast". That means "less roast".
With a Brand New Avatar
I have been going to this place since my childhood and love the dosas here. Also, I have heard the stories about the consistency in the taste from people who are visiting this place for generations.
There used to be a time, where this place was small and very congested, people just thralling to be seated. In this kind of a situation, I have had the chance to sit on the small bench next to the kitchen where we had to hold the plates in our hands to eat the dosa. Never regretted coz the aim was to eat dosa. It never mattered how we ate it :)
Later, they made some changes wrt the structure, expanded it. The narrowness continued to exist but it the dining hall became much longer. We were happy to see more space initially though waiting and struggling to catch hold of a table was a common thing soon.
Now, Vidyarthi Bhavan comes with a new avatar. It was closed temporarily for a few days for the renovation. And now they are back with a bang
Theres a clean waiting area with benches arranged. And the dining hall looks pretty big and spacious with a few extra tables. The roof is no more the same. Its covered with mangalore hench which has given lots of room to the natural light. The caricatures of the famous writers and poets like kuvempu, bendre, girish karnad, gangubai hanagal, ananthaswamy and many others still exist on their walls.
Taste wise, who do not mind greasy dosas (only ghee and butter is used), the crunchy rava vada and the typical Bangalore filter coffee, this is the place to be.
The way they serve dosas itself is a speciality. The entire arm of the waiter would be covered with the plates, the generous chutney fills the entire plate any number of times you want. Finally a tissue paper is issued to you to wipe of the grease from your hand unlike previously where they used to give the cut out of newpapers
I love the dosas here and would not mind the amount of ghee and the butter added to it. Love it that way :)
FYI: Dosas now here, are more expensive after renovation. It costs us 20 bucks!!!
Nice place, but overrated
So we went there one fine Saturday morning. I had heard people raving about it and had to go there to see what it was all about. May be my expectations were raised by all the hoopla, but I found the food nothing extraordinary. Good food yes, but not spectacular.
Okay, so the masala dosas were good, though not crisp. But what's with the butter - gosh! I could only picture myself running on the treadmill for hours ;) The vadas were lovely and a special mention must be made of the filter coffee - simply splendid!
The only downside is the waiting time...this place is always full and waiting is a pain as there is no waiting area. We had to literally stand in the aisle, next to a table and wait for people to clear the place!
Was Good But Loosing Charm
This restaurant was very good for Dosas and Rava Vada. But, nowadays, the size of the Dosa is too small - it is of the size Set Masala given in some restaurants and charges 17 rupees - which is expensive compared to other hotels in the neighbourhood such as Roti Ghar where it is just 11 rupees.
Dosa is too oily , but tasty though. Not as tasty as it used to be - May be they lost the chef who used to prepare such good Dosas.
The best south Indian tiffins in Bangalore. The Dosas are a bit too oily, but then what's the fun in a dosa without the oil.
Even the Jalebis and Filter Coffee are good.
One thing that stands out in the whole experience are the newspaper squares which are given to you for wiping your hands :))