Places to Try the Best Dosa Varieties in Bangalore

Bangaloreans love their dosas and will relish them in any size, shape, form and stuffing possible. With the number of dosa eateries in every nook and corner of the city, choosing the best place to eat a dosa can be intimidating.

Vinay Parameswarappa, founder of Gully Tours


And for that, our #SESExpert Vinay Parameswarappa, founder of Gully Tours and curator of the “Death by Dosa'' food walk, an amalgamation of exploring the neighbourhood and delicious dosas, shares his list of top recommendations that includes dosa eateries old, new, and lesser known. These eateries not only serve the tastiest dosas but also feature different varieties.


Lakshmi Natraj Refreshments, Nagarathpet

Crisp dosas are the speciality of LNR, an eatery tucked away in the bustling streets of Nagarathpet. Their tangy tomato chutney and the tempered green coconut chutney blend well with their masala dosas, which are sprinkled with a slightly sweet chutney podi. Try their Rice Bath Dosa with a bed of Chitranna (lemon rice) for something new or choose the Pudi Masala Dosa from among their many dosa options. 

Directions: No. 126, Nagarathpet


Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Hotel Dwarka, Basavangudi

"Kali Dosai" or "Khali Dosa" literally translating to empty dosa without masala, is a common dosa style in Karnataka. To savour the same, head to the iconic Hotel Dwarka and dig into their ultra-soft dosas served with a tasty chutney and a mushy potato palya (the local term for curry in Kannada). The Butter Khali Dosa and Set Dosa are must-trys here.

Directions: 7th Cross Rd, NR Colony, Basavanagudi


Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on all days. Closed on Tuesdays.


Siddappa Hotel, Sampangi Rama Nagara

Siddappa Hotel is known for its half-masala dosas. The half dosa is served with fresh coconut chutney on a banana leaf or piece of paper and is uniformly roasted with a moderate amount of crunch and crispness. While this makeshift hotel cum home does not have a signboard, you'll be intimated of the destination when you spy a small crowd chit-chatting while in queue for their turn.

Directions: Ashwath Nagar, 7th Block, Sampangi Rama Nagara


Timings: 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sundays; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on other days


Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa, Basavangudi

The characteristic Davangere dosa comprises a soft texture with airy pores evenly spread across the dosa. These dosas are slightly fluffy and utterly butterly delicious. Try the open dosas specked with chutney podi and bathed in white butter which compliments the spicy coconut chutney and mashed potato curry. You won't have to wait long at this eatery, thanks to their speedy service.

Directions: Subbarama Chetty Rd, NR Colony, Basavanagudi


Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Mondays; 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on other days. 


Mulbagal Dosa Corner, Jayanagar

These dosas, which take their name from the quaint village of Mulbagal, are typically roasted on only one side and have edges that are slightly curled and resemble cast iron, with paper-thin edges and ghee-lathered centres. Mulbagal Dosa Corner is housed inside Hotel Pai Viceroy and has an ambience suitable for family meals. Try the Mulbagal Bath Masala Dosa here.

Directions:16th Cross, 9th Main Rd, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Jayanagar


Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on all days. 


Umesh Dosa Point, Kumara Park West, Indiranagar

It is also known as UDP and is one of the most well-known dosa eateries in North Bangalore. It serves Mysore Masala Dosa that is laden with Nandini ghee and evenly roasted to perfection. Ask them for a sukka/dry variant if you're on a diet and want to savour the dosas guilt-free. If you have a big appetite, try the Pudi Masala Dosa; if not, stick to the plain dosas.

Directions: 21, 1st Main Rd, 4th Block, Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram


Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on all days.


Vidhyarthi Bhavan, Basavanagudi

This legendary dosa joint needs no introduction to Bangalore folks (unless you've living under a rock). The eatery is frequented by celebrities and locals and is known for its crisp Mysore Masala Dosas served with a rustic saagu and coconut chutney. Aside from their dosas, keep an eye out for servers adorned in blue shirts and a panche (white garment worn around the waist by local men) brandishing a heap of over 15 plates of dosas stacked on their arms like it's no big deal. 

Directions: 32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi


Timings: 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on other days. Closed on Fridays. 


CTR, Malleshwaram 

CTR, short for Central Tiffin Room, is a 70-year-old establishment that remains synonymous with Benne Masale Dose (Butter Masala Dosa). The compact dosas are crisp and buttery and hold their circular shape. These dosas come in a compartment-like plate with mint chutney and coconut chutney which are the real game-changers. Don't forget to round off your meal with their robust filter coffee.

Directions: 7th Cross Rd, Malleswaram


Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on all days. 

Published on: Nov. 7, 2022, midnight Last modified on: Nov. 16, 2022, 8:40 a.m.
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I’m a Bangalore based Culinary Chronicler who finds joy in food storytelling and photography. I like to research and document food narratives through writings, illustrations and photographs. When I’m away from the lens and pen, I’m mostly hiking in the woods.