We decided to head to MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) for breakfast on Sunday morning. MTR is located in the heart of Bangalore, on the Lal Bhagh road. It was founded by Parampalli Yajnanarayana Maiya and brothers in 1924, making it one of the oldest Restaurants in Bangalore; it has gone almost unchanged structurally as well, giving it the old school Bangalore look.
From the Wiki :
MTR Restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant located in Bangalore, India. It was founded in 1924. It has also been featured on television in the travel-related series, Globe Trekker. It is said that once a Chief Minister of Karnataka stood in a queue to have masala dosa at this restaurant.The restaurant building comprises two floors. It is recommended to reserve a table for lunch since unreserved customers have to wait in a waiting room, sometimes for up to an hour. The food served at the MTR is a regular, wholesome Karnataka Brahmin fare and has its origins in the Udupi Brahmin cuisine of the coastal region of Karnataka. The decor is outdated, as more attention is paid to cleanliness and food quality than ambience. For many years, the customers entered the restaurant through the kitchen so that they would be able to satisfy themselves about the restaurant's cleanliness before they ate there.During World War II, MTR found it difficult to make idlis since rice was in short supply. According to MTR, they experimented with using semolina instead of rice and thus invented the very popular breakfast item of Rava idli. MTR also holds a record of being the first fast food restaurant in the world to serve 21,000 customers in seven hours. MTR restaurant is currently headed by Hemamalini Maiya, Vikram Maiya and Arvind Maiya (grand children of Yajnanarayana Maiya).One uniqueness of this restaurant is that silver tumblers are used to serve beverages. This restaurant was closed in the period of Indian emergency (mid 1970s) when the Food Control Act made it non-profitable to serve food items until it was reopened in 1984. To save the jobs during the time it was closed, MTR started selling spices and roasted flour mixes. That was the beginning of its entry into the convenience and instant food business and in a sense, a turning point.
The Restaurant compromises of Ground and First floor . Although this sounds like enough place its always packed and its advisable to come in early and reserve a seat.
Ground Floor, this was packed at 8am on a Sunday morning as folks sip on coffee as they wait for breakfast parcels to be carried back home.
The Stairs to the first floor, emphasizing on the classic look.
A reminder to always book your seat.
The first Floor
Breakfast / Tiffin: 6:30 am - 11:00 am & 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Dinner: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Only on Saturday and Sunday)
The food awards hung up in the waiting area of the first floor. MTR had won the "Best Karnataka" time’s food award in 2012, this honour for 2013 was given to Vidyarthi