Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, an iconic spot doesn’t need any introduction. One of Bangalore’s best South Indian breakfasts can be eaten here and that too all under INR 100. Best described as a no-frills place that offers only standing space, the old-school charm and nostalgia is what will strike you about this breakfast joint. Even before you notice the almost-hidden and faded signboard announcing the destination, the crowd in front of the place, busy polishing off plates of idlis and vadas, is what will indicate that you’ve arrived. Despite its limited menu (they only serve 3-4 dishes, apart from tea and coffee), Brahmin’s Coffee Bar is an all-time favourite for South Indian breakfasts and said to be a rite of Passage for newcomers in the city.
Gaining quite an iconic standing over the past 50 years since it was started by KV Nagesh Rao (in 1965), the store is currently managed by his sons and grandson. In fact, Nagesh Rao’s wife, KN Saraswathi still looks into the preparation of the chutney, which they are known for. Idli and crispy bisi bisi vada served with their famous watery coconut chutney (made with a tinge of mint) is what you should try here. While they don’t serve sambar, make most of the unlimited chutney and tuck in. Soft and fluffy, the idlis almost melt in your mouth. One bite into the vada is all it will take to bowl you over. Equally popular are their Khara Bath and Kesari Bath, all this with their special in-house chutney that rounds off the entire experience there.
You can’t leave the place without trying their legendary coffee. Breakfasts here invariably ends with a glass of their frothy, strong filter coffee. When it’s Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in question, you just can’t stop at one visit. Be it for the idli and chutney or the coffee, repeated visits are inevitably bound to happen.
COVID-19 Tip: They are open for dine-in and all social distancing and sanitisation measures are put in place as well. Eat out of the outlet to avoid congestion or take parcels.