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#FoodGetaways – Dose and Mutton Palav at Mysuru’s Oldest Hotel!

I have started exploring places which serve biryani, in my free time. There are a lot of hotels which serve amazing biriyanis, just that we need to find and visit them! This time, I decided to try something away from Bengaluru, a place which is easily accessible and be back before dusk.

Mysuru was the first city that popped up to my mind! Along with my two other foodie buddies, I visited two famous hotels and trust me, we had a wonderful food journey 🙂

On the quest of finding the biriyani hotel, we came across Hotel Hanumanthu (Mysuru). They have been serving Mutton/Chicken Palav (something similar to biryani) for almost 90 years now! Easy journey through train or vehicle. A little research online revealed the history and all the celebrities who had dined there. Since the journey was on foot, we planned to have Palav for breakfast or brunch.

The plan was simple – travel to Mysuru, jog till Hotel Hanumanthu, eat Palav and head back to Namma Bengaluru. Little did we know what Mysuru had planned for us! As this was a weekend food-getaway, we kept the spendings to minimum.

There are plenty of trains running between Bengaluru and Mysuru, starting from 4 am. We took the 6:30 am Hampi Express and reached Mysuru around 9:45 am. I must confess, Mysuru is a beautiful city! It has wider roads, long canopies on both sides and also less traffic compared to Bengaluru.
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As we got to the main road, two of my friends started to jog while I reluctantly declined the offer and walked. Google Maps has multiple listings for Hotel Hanumanthu, so getting the right one is important. After a tiring walk and bad-listing, we arrived at Hotel Hanumanthu a little too soon for lunch, 1.5hrs to be exact. This left us sad and even hungrier, so we Googled for other hotels and found Hotel Mylari!

20mins and an Ola-auto ride later, we found ourselves at Hotel Mylari. In simple words – small entrance, 16-20 seatings, homely feel and friendly staff. Chose their speciality – Saagu Masala Dosa and were taken off at the first bite! Soft, fluffy and topped with butter made it a complete package. What’s Dose without coffee, right? So we sipped coffee, talked about things while our Palav was getting ready at Hotel Hanumanthu.
mysuru

15mins Ola-auto ride and 5mins walk later, we were back at Hotel Hanumanthu. As we walked towards the hotel, the aroma increased exponentially! The staff were happy to see us back, so were we. Simple order – 2 plates of Palav, chicken kabab and chicken kurma. They served it for us, a few photos and then we sat down to the important meal of the day. We had our first bite, looked at each other in awe! Light on spices tasted way better than expected and even put some off to the so-called biryani’s at Bengaluru aside! The Sherwa was spicy and complimented Pulao.
mysuru
The return was similar to the morning, a train at 2:30 pm. We spent a little time in railway station taking photos and recording videos. Did I mention that the entire railway station is covered by Google Wi-fi, so that you don’t get bored while waiting! All in all, this turned out to be way better than what we had on our minds.

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Tips:

  • Use Ola Auto (costs ₹29 flat for 4 km, and all the place are within this range).
  • If you miss a train at the last moment, the ticket is valid for any trains within in the next 3hrs.
  • Check the location correctly before heading out, there are many hotels with the same. So finding the right place might be tricky.

 

Details:

  1. Hotel Mylari –
    Timings – 7 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 8 pm.
    Cost – ₹200 for two.
    Click here to get Directions on Google Map.
  2. Hotel Hanumanthu –
    Cost – ₹400 for two.
    Timings – Varies each day, click here to check.
    Click here to get Directions on Google Map.Hotel Hanumanthu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Coffee and more at Chetty’s Coffee

Weekends are lazy and we usually head out for breakfast! This weekend turned out to be better with an invite from Chetty’s Coffee to try their menu.

Chetty’s Coffee is a small place located on 80 feet road, amongst many other restaurants. Wooden interiors, bright yellow walls with a little place to stand is the best way to describe this outlet 🙂
chettys coffee

The menu is designed well, consisting of 8-10 dishes which are simple yet unique. Avalakki Dose, Vegetable Dose, Pickle Dose, Paddu (paniyaram), Anjeer Halwa, Shavige are their special dishes. They also serve the regulars such as Upma, Idli-Vada, and Masala Dose.
chettys coffee

Upma-Kesaribath and Shavige, is probably the best way to start any day! Piping hot Upma, delicious kesaribath, and perfect ottu shavige, not to forget the tasty Chutney, which blends well with upma and shavige. This place can change your take on upma, so give it a try even though you’re not a fan of it!
chettys coffee

Anjeer halwa packs right amount of sweetness and is an absolute pleasure to indulge in!
chettys coffee

Moving on to dose, they serve 3 varieties – Avalakki, Pickle, and Vegetable dose. Avalakki Dose is soft and just melts in the mouth. However, the Pickle dose needs a little work on its taste. The vegetable dose probably leaves you wondering which all vegetables are in it! Needless to say, a different try yet tasty.
chettys coffee

Indian breakfasts usually end either with a coffee/chai and in our case, a coffee and masala chai! Masala chai flavors were on point, it’s tough to just stop with one cup!
chettys coffee

On the whole, we had an amazing breakfast experience. Since it’s a small joint, take away is the best option. The place is well maintained with quick service. Three cheers to the staff who made sure we had a happy breakfast 🙂 Will surely be back for more.

Cost: ₹200 for two people

Zomato:
Chetty's Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.
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New Agarwal Bhavan

Agarwal Bhavan is one of the best restaurants in my locality. It’s been serving here from decades and no doubt it is the same from then in terms of quality, taste, cleanliness and service.

Chaitra is been visiting this place from her childhood, but it was the first try for Navneeth. It’s well known for special dosas, sweets, and condiments. Apart from this, they serve Chats, South, North Indian cuisines, and Cakes/Pastries too.

This time, we ordered her all time favourite Corn Cheese Roll Dosa and Sandwich Dosa.

Corn Cheese Roll Dosa – As the name suggests, it’s a dosa filled with American corn, grated cheese, mixed with selected spices and served as a dosa roll. It’s cut it into pieces of four and served it with chutney and tomato ketchup.

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Sandwich Dosa – In simple words, it’s a set dosa with a twist. Three layers of dosa filled with slices of onion & tomato, cheese shreds and spices make it a great try. Dosa’s are crisp and hold up perfectly.

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From our earlier visits, we found the following to be worth mentioning.
In sweets section – Gajar ka Halwa, Baasundi, Kashmiri Kalakhand are few of my personal favorites.
In chats section – Majority of the items like Masala Puri, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri, Pav bhaji and few other special varieties  are available. Chats are served only in the evenings.

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Ambience could have been maintained better. The price list has been changed and the menu is improvised. Quantity has decreased along with time. Staff and management are humble and friendly in approach. Parking space needs to be extended. We’ll surely be back for more Corn Cheese Roll Dosa!

Address – #333, MSR Road, Gokul Extension, Mathikere, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru.

New Agarwal Bhavan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato