The thing about dining in a restaurant that is an institution in itself is that the expectations are sky high. The older generation would constantly compare the present with the quality of food and experience of yore, while the newer generation would compare it with peer-restaurants.
One place that even after decades has been able to maintain the same level of customer satisfaction is- Cafe Madras.
Cafe Madras is an icon, a landmark. Although they serve only South Indian food, the food is so top-notch that loyalists never looked at other options.
The restaurant opened in 1940. Mr Gopal Kamath bought it from his friend in 1950 and has been in his family ever since. Since the place has been in existence since long, the interiors too have undergone many changes over the years. The underlying philosophy of this place has been to serve great-quality food, never to compromise and not to worry about money.
This outlet has a long string of loyal patrons, who have kept coming back through the generations. The reputation built over 75 years is based on their no-compromise policy on the quality of food.
The menu consists of some regular and some offbeat gems of South Indian cuisine. The oldest item on the menu is Panpoli(a dessert made of banana and jaggery). When they started, the menu consisted of Idli, Vada, Sada Dosa, Masala Dosa, Rava Dosa and Upma . This place also sells dry snacks like Nachini Chips, Banana Chips, Chakli and Murukku.
The menu has selective items from all over South India. For example, both Set Dosa and Ragi Dosa are from Bangalore and the Tuppa Dosa is from Udipi.
Most of the items on the menu are favourites among the patrons. Let us have a look at the most crowd-pleasing ones:
- Set Dosa with Mulga Podi
- Pessarattu Dosa
- Rawa Dosa
- Tuppa Dosa
- Medu Vada
- Pineapple Sheera
- Kaapi(Filter Coffee)
- Bissibelle Bhaat
Not only ordinary citizens, this place has a huge fan following among celebrities as well. Celebs such as businessman Mukesh Ambani and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone are amongst the regulars.
Since the place is always crowded, it would be wise to reach early. Come, experience history, one sumptuous bite at a time.