Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eatopia - Davanagéré Bénné Dosé

The simple eateries provide maybe the best taste. Proved again by a random visit to a non-descript eatery tucked in the 13th Main Road (it is not really a main road though) of Jayanagar IV block, close to the bus stand, at Bengaluru. I usually see this eatery named 'Davanagéré Bénné Dosé' (no prefix or suffix names) without any bells or whistles, a one room entity and pass by after savouring the aroma. Last Friday evening, on a visit in that direction, it had gotten late and the choice was to either go home and make something for dinner or eat outside. Stepped into this eatery, which was around 15x15 feet in its entirety with a few four legged stools to sit on and a round high table for those who prefer to stand and eat.

A brief history on the name. Davanagéré (also called Davangéré) is a mid-sized city, once famous for its sarees and textiles, and is in the heartland of Karnataka. Bénné means butter and Dosé is Dosé. :-) The past few years, alongside the famed darshinis, Bénné Dosé eateries have sprouted around and the USP was the Dosé roasted crisp with dollops of butter and served with mashed potatoes (you can have multiple servings of this) and hot chutney. Typically eveningesque fare.

Downed Bénné Dosé with the masala (mashed potatoes with onions and chillies, but colored naturally as creamy white since no turmeric or masala powder is mixed. There is a khara paste smeared on the dosa, just like masala dosa, but we asked to be spared of that) and Paddu (kuzhi paniyaaram, in Tamizh) along with medium hot chutney for dinner. It was filling, fattening and good on the tongue. The eatery is run by a middle aged couple, is clean, served with a smile and I noticed that the oven used was not gas fired, but with firewood. It is decently priced, at Rs.20/- for a Bénné Dosé and the same amount for a plate of 6 paddus. The menu was lean with not many other items.

Hail the Bénné Dosé and the small eatery!!!

14 comments:

Swaram said...

Slurp! I miss them here :( :( :(

RS said...

Whhhaat????kuzhi paniyaaram??for Rs 20???????at Blore?????!!Shocked!!

And masala dosa for Rs 20??????OMG, I just had a masala dosa for thirty times the price.

zeno said...

Dose is Dose. Wow wow bash bash wat a dialogue ;)
You get good kuzhi paniyaram for 20bucks wow wow!
One day or the other I am gonna make a trip to bangalore, with all your foodie posts as guide and taste them all!

R-ambam said...

yum yum!

RamMmm said...

@Swaram - Make a trip to namma Bengaluru. :-)

@RS - :-D :-D You should not compare the localized masala dosa with the ones at Komala Vilas, maybe. :-)

@zeno - Vaanga, appadiyey oru rendu moonu edam pogalaam, appuram saapdalaamm. :-)

@R-ambam - yum, yum indeed. :)

chennaigirl said...

wow!!!! Both P and my favourite item. Never a trip to the hotel would be complete without having this. And at home too like salt and sugar, dosai maavu would be there constantly. I like dosai more with chutney combination.

ambulisamma said...

Can parcel something over here?

Uttara said...

I have a wish that one day I shall document all these little divine places!

Know most of them at Madurai and Cbe though. And my mouth is already watering.. Sigh. Will ask a friend of mine to go. :)

Ramesh said...

Ahh - you are back in danger of getting clobbered. After a brief Idly and dosa holiday, it has come back with a vengence on your blog !!!!

Btw there's a dosa like stuff here, but filled with unmentionable mash of animal origin .....

Matangi Mawley said...

Ramm... What you are doing here is a service to mankind! Goodness..!!! I wanna go to b'lore right now and taste it!!!

ambulisamma said...

You have been tagged!

RamMmm said...

@chennaigirl-Masala dosa or Bennè dosa? Or is it kuzhi paniyaaram? :-) Same case at home with dosai. Anytime, there would be dosai or idli maavu stocked in the fridge. Dosai is the only commonly acceptable tiffin amongst the non-cookers (Hee Hee, myself and the kiddos. Señora hates it for the sheer regularity of its presence at home)

@ambulisamma-Sure, why not! :-) [Shouts] MAAASTER, ambulisammavukku 3 Bennè Dosè and 3 Kuzhi paniyaaram PAAARCEL. :-)

@Uttara-Better document those than sighing. :-) How is food outside of office there? :-)

@Ramesh-One more post is on the way before I forget. :-) I'd rather be clobbered than not do that. :-) Anyway, when you come back to B'luru, we can meet at a wonderful eatery. :-) :-)

Neenga anga, ulla irukkura mashai ellaam eduththu vechchittu 'crepe'ai mattum saapidalaam. :-)

@Matangi Mawley-:-) :-) Thanks Thanks. I am not doing any service. Just documenting my trysts. Vaanga vaanga Bengalurukku. :)

@ambulisamma - Paarthaen Paarthaen Paarthaen, Chuda Chuda Rasithaen, Rasithaen, Rasithaen. Double tagged. :-(

Haddock said...

Must visit this place when I am there.

RamMmm said...

@Haddock-Sure. You are welcome. :-)