Mysore is very rich when it comes to its culinary heritage and legacy. The people of Mysore take their dosas, idlis, and vadas seriously just like most of the cities in the South of India. There are many restaurants there that serve these as it is their staple food. One such restaurant is The Gayathri Tiffin Room (popularly known as GTR) which is one of the leading restaurants that serve finger-licking masala dosas in the heritage city of Mysore.
The restaurant was initially started by Mr. Subbaraya Bhat, who comes from a Shivalli Brahmin family. He was a wonderful chef from the beginning of his career. Later, he moved to Mysore and showed his talent by establishing a small restaurant known as “Brahmana Palahara Mandira” a.k.a. Bhatru Hotel in 1940. The food was served on the banana leaves and customers would sit on a wooden plank (mane) on the floor. In 1950, the place was named Gayathri Tiffin Room.
The restaurant offers a variety of South Indian breakfast delicacies- Masala dosas of all varieties, idlis prepared from rice and semolina, shaving bath, puris, and upma. The dosas are soft and fluffy inside and crisp on the outside and are prepared using pure desi ghee. One thing that you will find unique in this restaurant is the chutney accompanying the dosa. Their masala dosa is relished by the customers as it is thick, soft, and crispy. The restaurant is always crowded, down to Earth, low budget, simple, spicy, and tasty. In the evening, you will find people lined up for the Mangalore Bajji and filter coffee. The Kesaribhath and Gajar Halwa are also must-haves in this restaurant.
Mysoreans prefer the GTR a destination to find their Authentic South Indian dishes. Masala Dosa fans must definitely visit this restaurant.
Location: Narayana Shastri Road, Chamundipuram, Mysore
Timings: 7-11 AM, 3:30-8 PM