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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… There’s 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!!!
Vidyarthi Bhavan is located @ 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Landmark: Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle
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