Ten-Second Takeaway

The dining hall of the age-old Hotel Janardhan fills up everyday with lodgers and locals stopping by for their legendary dosas and other South Indian breakfast staples. Of course, it’s all washed down with a brimming cup of milky filter coffee.

Chow Down

Masala Dosas, Chow Chow Bath, Gulab Jamun

Sip On

Filter coffee, tea

Winning For

Their sagoo masala dosas are some of the best Bangalore has to offer.

Lowdown On The Ambience

Step into Janardhan and you’ll be going back in time. The large dining hall of the hotel has wood-panelled walls, high-back wooden chairs, and even an old-world clock.

What’s On The Menu?

Hotel Janardhan serves lunch and dinner, but, it is breakfast that you need to stop by for. The place buzzes with the chatter of patrons and clanking vessels. The minute you take your seat, a waiter appears and rattles out the menu. This is not a place for chit chat, you see. We recommend that you start off with the Chow Chow Bath {khara + kesari bath}. Speckled with curry leaves, the khara bath is well-seasoned and cooked to a smoothness. Mix it up with the coconut chutney for added spiciness. The Kesari Bath is a shiny yellow blob whose sweetness is underlined by the generous amounts of ghee that it has been cooked in.

Next, get the Masala Dosa. While the hotel does make the potato-filling version as well, we suggest you go with the sagoo version. What you get is a largish yet evenly crisp dosa that’s stuffed with a lightly spiced, creamy sagoo that’s made from a range of diced vegetables.

Photo by: Devika Raman

Photo by: Devika Raman

There are two ways to end your outing at Janardhan. With warm jamuns, that come soaking in syrup and are wonderfully soft, or with a ceramic cup filled with their refreshing filter coffee. Either way, you’ll finish up in style.

Stopping by for lunch? Do try their pocket-friendly thali. For a INR 115, you get soft chappatis, the size of your hand, that pairs well with the lightly-spiced vegetable curry and sabzi that comes tossed in plenty of coconut. While the sambhar is pretty flavourful, we didn’t think too much of the watery rasam. Small cups of curd and payasam, round off the meal.

So, We’re Thinking…

It’s places like Janardhan that make breakfast a meal to look forward to. Live long and prosper, Janardhan!

Where:  6-1, Near Race Course Road, Highgrounds, Kumarakrupa Road

Price: INR 250 for two

Contact: 080 22254444

When: 7.30am – 11am {for breakfast}

Featured image by: Devika Raman

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