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Dasaprakash is located on the elevated walkway on MG Road. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
Dasaprakash is located on the elevated walkway on MG Road. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

Lounge Loves | Dasaprakash, Bangalore

The south Indian caf joint will now greet early walkers and commuters with coffee and 'pongal'

That Bangalore breeze

Filter coffee and pongal are now on offer at the Dasaprakash restaurant on the MG Road boulevard in Bangalore, 6am onwards. A part of the family chain that originally started the Dasaprakash Hotel in Chennai in the 1930s (when it was a part of the Madras Presidency), this new restaurant is run by K. Narayan Das, who also started a Dasaprakash restaurant in Gurgaon in 2011.

He is one of the four sons of founder K. Seetherama Rao, who is credited with having introduced the concept of a masala dosa. “It is this idea that he came up with in the 1930s that everybody else has picked up," says Medini Rao, granddaughter of Rao and daughter of Narayan Das.

Central Bangalore’s constant complaint has been the dearth of south Indian breakfast options. Joggers from Cubbon Park will be happy to give their regular haunt, Airlines Hotel, a miss and give the new spot on the elevated walkway at the The Rangoli Metro Art Center, as the boulevard is now called, a shot. The filter coffee is good and not thick with chicory as coffee in most of the city’s fast-food joints tends to be. The dosas are crisp, served with a sambhar that seems to taste like a mix of Bangalore’s sweet and Chennai’s spicy sambhar. The Bisi bele bhath again misses the famous sweet hint Udipi restaurants tends to have, but is entirely enjoyable for those who prefer the traditional home style. And you’re willing to dismiss the start-up hiccups when the Bangalore breeze joins you for a cuppa.

Distributed into four kiosks in one long café stretching over 180ft, with covered seating areas between booths, the restaurant will serve south Indian breakfast and snacks, sandwiches and juices, south Indian meals and hot beverages like tea and filter coffee. While seated, one can look at the passing traffic on busy MG Road or glance at the green canopy that lines the Manekshaw Parade Ground behind the Metro complex. The idea behind opening as early as 6am is to catch the early Metro travellers. “When the number of lines in the city Metro increase the crowds will come in," says K. Shri Vasudeva Das, who is part of the family management. While only idli, pongal, tea and coffee will be served from 6-8am, dosas and other items on the menu will be served through the day, till the restaurant closes at 11pm.

The family plans to open two more branches in Bangalore in the coming year.

The masala dosa is priced at 80, pongal at 60, a plate of idli vada at 80 and filter coffee at 30.

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