Since 1959, New Modern Hotel has been frequented by film personalities, notable writers, and the common man for its South Indian breakfast specials. The masala dosa and the Badam Halwa rank among the best in Bangalore.
Masala Dosa, Mosaru Vada, Badam Halwa
Filter Coffee, Cold Badam Milk
Their South Indian thindi, the rich Badam Halwa that gives you an instant sugar rush, and the quick as lightning service.
The hotel’s architecture decidedly belongs to the 50s. Inside the dining hall you’ll find old portraits of Goddesses and Lal Bahadur Shastri hanging above the noisy kitchen. The rest of the space is occupied by wooden benches and tables. In one corner, you’ll find a heavy wood and glass counter from where the cashier keeps an eye on the lungi-clad waiters delivering the orders.
We begin brekkie with the Mosaru Vada — Medu Vada dunked in curd. A lot of South Indian joints these days add a good dose of sugar to the curd, but NMH lets the fresh curd do all the talking. Add to that the softness of the soaking vada and the crunch of the fried, salty boondi and we’re off to a flying start.
Of course, the Masala Dosa is what you should look forward to the most here. Folded into a neat triangle, the dosa sports a dark brown crunchy outside. Open it up and you’ll see the aerated batter is spread evenly and the bits of crispiness make it a delicious eat. Avoid the watery sambhar though. The Badam Halwa is a speciality here. The rich dessert tastes a lot like Mysore Pak, except the texture is a bit more grainy. While they show restraint with the sugar, ghee is used freely. However, don’t look at the tiny portion and ask for extra helpings before you finish. Given the richness you won’t be able to stomach more than a few spoons.
Basavanagudi has many well-known, South Indian breakfast joints and New Modern Hotel earns its place on that glorious list. If you want to avoid the crowds and the noise of the traffic, drop by for a leisurely breakfast before 9am.