Guide to Delicious Breakfast in Somwarpet Kodagu

Nestled on a ridge surrounded by scenic green hills, Somwarpet is a small town in Kodagu, Karnataka which translates to ‘Monday Market’, Somwarpet is dominated by a huge market at the centre of the town, narrow streets, vast coffee plantations and promise of good coffee with food – both lived up to my expectations.

Presenting the best vegetarian breakfast places in Somwarpet:

Ootada Mane, Somwarpet Town:

Ootada mane is family-run pure-vegetarian place nestled in a house serving breakfast (no dosas) and lunch in the form of veg thali, chapatis and ragi mudde. Being a small place with house-like ambience, they don’t have a huge spread, but dish-up simple, pocket-friendly delicious food made with lots of love and quick service.

Akki Roti with Filter Coffee at Ootada Mane Somwarpet Kodagu

Lip-smacking Akki Roti with Fresh & Strong Filter Coffee

  • Must Eat: Akki Roti with chutney, Tomato rice, idly vada, filter coffee
  • Timings: Monday to Saturday (7:30 am to 5 pm), Sunday Holiday
  • Location: Behind Government Hospital, Somwarpet [Feel free to call them or ask a local]
  • Contact Number: +91 9481405041
  • Useful Information:
    • Cash only (no payment in the form of by debit/credit card, UPI, Wallet such as PayTM)
    • Parking: highly recommend to park outside the Govt Hospital and walk (distance of 50m)
    • While they are open on regular days, they can prepare food on Sunday – upon prior booking a day in advance
Ootada Mane Hotel in Somwarpet Kodagu

Ootada Mane Hotel in Somwarpet Kodagu

Tomato Rice at Ootada Mane Somwarpet Kodagu

Delicious Tomato Rice at Ootada Mane Somwarpet

Hotel Kalyan Bhavan, Banavara Road, Somwarpet Town

They make the best dosa in Somwarpet.

Hotel Kalyan Bhavan has been around since 1950, started by Mr. SM Basappa, is currently managed his son and grandson. A pure vegetarian fare of breakfast and lunch, their dosas stand-out as they are cooked on firewood, laced with ghee and served with delicious chutney.

Thuppa Dosa at Hotel Kalyan Bhavan Somwarpet Kodagu

Thuppa Dosa at Hotel Kalyan Bhavan Somwarpet

Hotel Kalyan Bhavan Somwarpet Kodagu

Standing tall since 1950 – Hotel Kalyan Bhavan in Somwarpet

  • Must Eat: Thuppa Dosa, Set Dosa, Masala Dosa, filter coffee
  • Timings: Monday to Saturday (Breakfast from 6:30 am to 12 pm, Lunch from 12 pm to 3:30 pm), Sunday Holiday
  • Location: Banawara Road, Somwarpet – Google Maps Link
  • Contact Number: 08276282096
  • Useful Information:
    • Cash only (no payment in the form of by debit/credit card, UPI, Wallet such as PayTM)
    • Parking: No dedicated place for car or motorcycle parking, but its not a crowded town, so finding a spot close-by is easy.
Hotel Kalyan Bhavan Somwarpet Kodagu

All Set for Deliciousness!!

While I am sure there so many yet-to-be discovered (online) places in Somwarpet that promise delicious food, humble, home-like hospitality akin to Ootada Mane and Hotel Kalyan Bhavan. They are also temples of fresh, strong brew filter coffee – no fancy barista jargons or add-ons – pure, simple filter coffee, made just right!!

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Tharuni Andhra Mess Domlur Bengaluru

Call it the promise of affordable meals, lure of spicy biryani or the homely style of cooking, an Andhra Mess is always on the radar of a foodie.

One such gem of an Andhra Mess is the Tharuni Andhra Mess in Domlur, Bengaluru – a family run business started 8 years ago by Mr. Rama Rao, with the food and kitchen under the supervision of his wife – lending the homely taste to the food.

In fact most of the such establishments in Bengaluru are family-run, where the owner and other workers consume the same food served to customers and hence a high-standard of hygiene as well.

Tharuni Andhra Mess serves delicious lunch and dinner in vegetarian and non-veg (chicken & egg only) fare. It is their Chicken Biryani and Andhra meals that stand-out, followed by chicken curry and egg-preparations such as bhurji, omelet etc.

Chicken Biryani at Tharuni Andhra Mess Domlur Dengaluru

Best chicken biryani in Domlur

Must Eat:

  • Chicken Biryani: Delicious and spicy chicken biryani with raitha and curry
  • Andhra Meals: It’s the veg meal that commands a short nap after – simple, limited, yummy and best relished when served hot. The meals comprise of chapati, palya/subzi, chutney, white rice, dal pappu, spiced buttermilk, sambar, friyums/papad etc

PS: Add a spicy Egg Bhurji to complete the meal 😀

Veg Andhra Meals with Egg Bhurji at Tharuni Andhra Mess Domlur Dengaluru

Delicious Veg Andhra Meals with Egg Bhurji

Menu:

  • Andhra Meals: INR 60/plate (limited)
  • Chicken Biryani: INR 120
  • Biryani Rice: can be ordered in half-serving or full-serving
  • Chicken Fry: INR 60
  • Chicken Curry: INR 70
  • Egg Preparation: Burji, Omelet, Boiled Egg etc. INR 30

Useful Information:

  • Location: Tharuni Andhra Mess, 1st Floor, Domlur – Google Maps Link
  • Timings: 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm (All days of the week)
  • Contact: Mr Rama Rao at +919980961759
  • Payment: No cards are accepted + Cash, PayTM, Google Pay are accepted
  • Parking: No dedicated parking for cars & motorcycles (lots of bylanes around to park)
  • They don’t stock soft drinks – feel free to carry your own (if you relish biryani with a soft  drink)
  • No mineral water is available, regular water is served – feel free to carry your own
  • Ambiance: Seating available, Basic – it is a house that’s converted to a mess, basic tables and chairs to eat
  • Delivery: Carry your own vessels if you want to parcel food – but I highly recommend visiting the place for hot, fresh food

PS: Don’t miss to try the masala tea at Amit Tea Corner opposite Domlur Post Office.

Breakfast Biryani at Anand Dum Biryani Hoskote

Mutton biryani for breakfast in the outskirts of Bengaluru, absolutely 😀

While there are multiple joints in Hoskote that dish out biryani, it’s the mutton biryani at Anand Dum Biryani that Bengalureans and locals line-up on select days of the week at mornings. For 15 years, Anand Dum biryani has been serving mutton biryani with raitha, paya-soup cooked in charcoal for hours that infuse the flavor of the spices into the meat and make them tender.

A whopping 1,400 plates of biryani is dished out in the few hours at mornings – which adds to the exclusivity & novelty. While most of them eat at the small shop, they also parcel biryani or paya (provided one brings their containers for parcel) – they don’t have separate arrangements for parcel.

PS: best relished hot on a cold morning 🙂

Mutton Biryani for breakfast at Anand Dum Biryani Hoskote

Mutton Biryani for breakfast 🙂

Useful Information:

  • They serve only mutton biryani (no chicken biryani, no biryani rice without meat)
  • No half measures aka half-plate biryani (its either full or nothing :D)
  • No place to sit – one can take the food and eat in their car or stand and eat
  • Timings: Biryani is served on select days of the week (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) from 6:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Expect to stand in a single queue to pay and get the food
  • Cash only, no online or card payment
  • Option to Parcel Biryani – only if you bring your own container
  • Price:
    • INR 160 for mutton biryani
    • INR 60 for the paya-soup
  • Bottled water available
  • Location: Anand Dum Biryani, Hoskote [Google Maps link]
  • Parking: Ample space to park motorcycles and cars
  • Arrive hungry 😀

Relish that early morning ride/drive, savour the biryani , wind-down with a delicious cup of chai/coffee after biryani and the most important bit – get home and take a sound nap after the feast !!

Touring on a Yamaha YZF-R3 in India, Malur karnataka

Exploring Malur after a heavy breakfast !!

Have a wonderful 2019, blessed with great health, lots of travel for food and more motorcycling!!

Selvi Mess Salem

Selvi mess is so synonymous with food in Salem these days, its disrespectful to not stop by for a meal !! (unless you are a pure vegetarian).

Started 35 years ago, Selvi Mess attracts locals and visitors with the promise of simple, delicious Chettinad cuisine (the traditional cuisine of Tamil Nadu’s Chettiar community, which is pre-dominantly spicy and meat/sea-food driven) dishing out a gastronomic experience via their biryani, white rice based full-meals, chicken/mutton/fish/prawns-based side dishes that complement the biryani or meals along with great hospitality.

Chicken Biryani at Selvi Mess Salem

Delicious  Chicken Biryani

What to Eat:

While we couldn’t cover the full spread, here are the must-eats:

Biryani (Chicken or Mutton):
Made with short-grained rice and meat-pieces, the biryani is an explosion of flavours, but spiced mildly. Its served with tomato & kathrikkai (brinjal) dalcha , raitha, Kari Kuzhambu (mutton gravy) or Koli Kuzhambu (chicken gravy).

Meals (Veg or Non-Veg):
The Veg meals comprise of white rice, sambar, rasam, more (spiced buttermilk), tomato & kathrikkai (brinjal) dalcha along with pickles.
Kari Kuzhambu (mutton gravy) or Koli Kuzhambu (chicken gravy) are served with white rice in the non-veg meals.

Chilli Fish:
The perfect side-dish with a meal 😀 Served with lemon and onions, chilli fish is a deep fried dish made with boneless chunks of Nei Meen aka seer fish marinated with spices.

Ride to Selvi Mess - Near Dharmapuri Ghat -NH 44 on a Triumph Daytona 675R

Enroute Selvi Mess – fantastic road to a delicious meal 🙂

Useful Information on Selvi Mess, Salem:

  • Location: Selvi Mess, Opposite New Bus Stand, Swarnapuri, Salem – link to Google Maps
    While the above location is the main branch, Selvi Mess has 4 branches across Salem town:

    • Selvi Mess, Opp. Town Railway Station, Sivasami Street, Salem
    • Selvi Mess, Cherry Road, Hasthampatty, Salem
    • Selvi Mess, Attur Main Road, Seelanaickanpatty Byepass, Salem
    • Selvi Food Mania, Manivannan Road,new bustand, Salem [Selvi Food Mania, is the up-market AC version, serving the same food]
  • Cash-only, no cards are accepted
  • Parking for motorcycles, no dedicated parking for cars
  • Timings: 10:30 AM – 11 PM (Open all days of the week)
Selvi Mess Opposite Old Bus Stand Salem

Selvi Mess Opposite Old Bus Stand Salem

Diesel Cafe Mangalore [All Day Breakfast]

While the popularity & number of places serving traditional Mangalorean cuisine continues to grow in Mangalore, a new crop of cafes catering to the cosmopolitan folks of the city are on the rise – one café that stands out among them is Diesel Café, located on Balmatta road.

While Diesel Café started way back in 2004, it has been revived to bring in additional cuisines and a new look. Diesel Café is the go-to all-day breakfast place in Mangalore to savor pancakes, waffles, English breakfast and delicious coffee.

Sharabi Banana Pancakes + Baked Chicken Feast (Mains) and Cafe Mocha at Diesel Cafe Balmatta Road Mangalore

[From L to R] Sharabi Banana Pancakes, Baked Chicken Feast – Mains and Cafe Mocha at Diesel Cafe

What to eat ?

  • Sharabi Banana Pancake – pancakes with banana toffee cream laced with Old Monk Rum!!
  • Cafe Mocha – regular mocha and it was delicious !!
  • Baked Chicken Feast (Non-Veg – Mains) – cheesy baked dish chicken, sausages and bell-peppers ( loved it!!)

Useful Information:

  • Some items on the menu are available during specific times of the day – so read with concentration 😛
  • Special Menu: Ask for the special menu – its not available throughout the year, but they run events such as International Waffles & Pancakes festival offering food beyond their regular menu
  • It gets crowded on weekends, so spend the waiting time deciding what to eat. The service is a bit-slow, but then good food takes time – order a good set of French fries laced with Sriracha mayo (the fastest thing served :D) to calm down the hunger pangs!!
  • Cash and cards are accepted
  • Parking: No dedicated parking, plenty of bylanes to park motorcycles and cars
  • Timings: Open all days of the week – 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM
  • Location: Diesel Cafe, Balmatta Road, Mangalore [Link to Google Maps]
Cafe Mocha at Diesel Cafe Balmatta Road Mangalore

Cafe Mocha at Diesel Cafe – Deliciousness!!

Best Street Foods of Gurugram

Driven by the polished blue-collar corporates, a thriving stream of migrants in search of avenues and it’s true-blue locals – the street food in Gurugram is witnessing an explosion of flavours unlike any other city.

Here is ode to the delicious, pocket-friendly and fairly unique street foods near DLF Phase 3 Gurugram:

Tandoori momos:

Hats off to whoever conceptualized adding momos with masala inside a tandoor – absolute deliciousness!!

Where: The Hunger ‘s Paradise, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Tandoori Momos at The Hungers Paradise DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Tandoori Momos at The Hungers Paradise

Dabeli and Vada Pav:

Served here are bang-on taste to the famous ones in Maharashtra.

Where: Anil Bombay ki Mashoor, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Dabeli at Anil Bombay ki Mashoor DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Dabeli at Anil Bombay ki Mashoor

Litti chokha:

While this traces its origins to Jharkhand, Bihar and Eastern UP, the outlet here is run by a Bihari and tastes as authentic as the ones in East-Central India.

Where: Puja Purvanchal Litti Bhandar, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Litti Chokha at Puja Purvanchal Litti Bhandar DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Litti Chokha at Puja Purvanchal Litti Bhandar

Ferrero rocher shake and Alphonso mango shake:

How could the best Ferrero Rocher shake be found in an small outlet !! Loaded with calories, the shakes here are very addictive!!

Where: Made with More, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Ferrero Rocher Shake & Alphonso Mango Shake at Made with Love DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Ferrero Rocher Shake & Alphonso Mango Shake at Made with Love

Chicken lababdar roll & Soya Kebab Combo:

Delicious meat rolls and combos (served with laccha parathas, chutney,sauce and respective kebab). They fill your stomach with deliciousness.

Where: Rolls Royce, U Block, DLF Phase 3, Gurugram

Soya Kebab Combo at Rolls Royce DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Soya Kebab Combo at Rolls Royce

Chili Butter Veg Masala Patties Puff:

Never thought a puff could be elevated to such levels!! About 30 varieties of stuffings inside a puff.

Where: The Patties Junction, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Chili Butter Veg Masala Patties Puff at The Patties Junction DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Chili Butter Veg Masala Patties Puff at The Patties Junction

Suji wale Chole Kulche:

Suji-based bread served with delicious chole, onions and lime, very interesting and yumm.

Where: Ajay Yadav ji ke chole kulche, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Chole with Suji-wale kulche at DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Chole with Suji-wale kulche

Chicken Rara with Paratha:

Tenderly cooked chicken in gravy with laccha parathas. Lip-smacking!!

Where: Royal Dhaba, DLF Phase 3,  Gurugram

Chicken Rara with Paratha at Royal Dhaba DLF Phase 3 Gurugram

Chicken Rara with Paratha at Royal Dhaba

Useful Information while trying the street foods in Gurugram:

  • All these places accept only cash and wallet currency such as Paytm
  • Timings : open throughout the day ( from 8 am to 11 pm – timings vary slightly from shop-to-shop however)
  • No place to sit and eat
  • Avoid taking the car – No place to park (motorcycles can be managed)
  • The place is crowded, be prepared to hustle around and get your order
  • All the above places are near the DLF Phase 3 metro station
  • All the above places are on Swiggy

The above street foods aren’t complete with a good dose of masala kullad chai and some delicious pakoras!!

Best Strawberry Desserts in Bengaluru

Strawberry is by-far the most popular ‘berry’ used in desserts. In-fact next-to/on-par with mangoes, strawberry festivals are celebrated across the world and in India at Mahabaleshwar.

Here is my pick of must-try fresh strawberry desserts in Bengaluru:

1) Strawberry Sundae:

Although strawberries taste best with ice-cream, the Gelato takes it to an entirely different level.

Where: Milano Icecream, Indiranagar

Strawberry Sundae at Milano Icecreams Indiranagar Bengaluru

Strawberry Sundae at Milano Icecreams Indiranagar

2) Strawberry Lassi:

A big dollop of thick curd blended with fresh strawberries – never did a lassi taste so delicious!!

Where: Sreeraj Lassi Bar (all outlets in Bengaluru)

Strawberry Lassi at Sreeraj Lassi bar Bengaluru

Strawberry Lassi at Sreeraj Lassi Bar

3) Fresh Strawberries with Nutella:

The purest form of consuming a strawberry!! Dip one in a jar of Nutella and get lost in yumminess!!

Where: Anywhere with good company 🙂

Strawberries with Nutella at Strawberry Festival Mahabaleshwar

Strawberries with Nutella

4) Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries and Cream:

Delicious pancakes served with whipped cream, maple syrup and loads of strawberries – A breakfast date done right!!

Where: The Hole in the Wall Café, Koramangala

Pancakes with strawberries and cream at The Hole in the Wall Cafe Koramangala Bengaluru

Pancakes with strawberries and cream at The Hole in the Wall Cafe Koramangala

5) Chocolate Pizza with Strawberries & Bananas:

God bless the soul who created this combo!! Chopped strawberries with bananas on a chocolate pizza – it doesn’t get better than this!!

Where: Onesta (all outlets in Bengaluru)

Chocolate pizza with chopped strawberries at Onesta Bangalore

Chocolate pizza with strawberries & banana at Onesta

6) Around the world berry –Bubble waffles with Nutella and Strawberry:

Delicious is an understatement – do not miss this if you love waffles, nutella and strawberries 🙂

Where: Belgain Waffle Factory, near Brigade road

Around the World Berry - Bubble Waffles at Belgian Waffle Factory Brigade road Bangalore

Bubble Waffles at Belgian Waffle Factory

Good to know: I highly recommend checking with the above restaurants on the availability of strawberries before-hand, since they are seasonal.

Have a berry-good day 🙂 🙂