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“Soft idlis and divine coffee served with an olde worlde charm!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Brahmin's Coffee Bar

Brahmin's Coffee Bar
Shop Number 3, Ranga Rao Road, Shankarpuram | Basavanagudi, Near Shankar Mutt, Bangalore 560004, India
9480103089
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Ranked #6 of 3,142 restaurants in Bangalore
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Bangalore
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6 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Soft idlis and divine coffee served with an olde worlde charm!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Brahmin's cafe serves hot idlis and vadas, khara bath or upma, kesari bath, coffee and tea. The cafe is open from 7.am to 12 noon and from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. The ambience is olde worlde where you queue up, pay and receive your food all in a span of four or five minutes on a day when it is very crowded! The idlis come fast and hot in a pool of delectable green chutney. Additional green chutney servings may be had from an old man who sits patiently at a wooden table - totally olde worlde! The khara bath is very tasty but high on ghee as is the kesari bath. Coffee is served in glass tumblers that must be at least fifty years old and is a perfect round off to an excellent meal! Non-coffee drinkers can take a shot at piping hot badam(almond)milk!
Though it is a coffee bar, there is nothing leisurely about Brahmin's Cafe and there is nothing quiet about it either. There are no chairs to sit on. A few tables just outside the cafe provide space for big groups to park their plates. This is fast food at its fastest! There is also no change in the menu and some could find it monotonous.
Having said that, it may be noted that there are very very few people who have negative things to say about this institution. The food remains delectable and tasty, day after day and year after year, it is served in surroundings that are clean by people who are fast and efficient!
To many, Brahmin's Cafe symbolizes a certain ethos and culture!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bangalore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“The real Bangalore's taste.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Someone has rightly pointed out here, that despite being a Bangalorean if you hadn't been here, shame on you. Been going there for past 14 years from those times when it was a mere 10 by 10 joint bursting with people to the current more spacious modern avatar. Only the looks have changed, thankfully. Everything else is the same. In those days, we used to order first and pay later. There will be 100 people there and the person in charge will still remember what all you had ordered! He was a human computer.
They don't have much in the menu. Idli, vada, khara and kesari bath. The satisfaction the food brings is something one has to experience to believe. The chutney is the best part of it. Unlimited, they keep pouring it using a tumbler, in case you need more. The locality is very traditional old Bangalore, which adds to the charm of the place. You should be there before 8am.
This is one such place that holds for me the old charm of Bangalore. I feel these places represent the real Bangalore, not UB city or the pubs on Church street. During our sojourns abroad we used to miss our weekend early morning excursions to this place and long for the coffee. For me, truly, this is one place which adds one extra point to life in Garden City.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Idli vada”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Good place to catch up with friends for morning breakfast during weekends and have Idli vada. There is no place to sit but you can stand eat and talk as long as you want!

Visited November 2012
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Bangalore, India
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best Idliii's !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you want to see a place where people stand in queue to taste idli vada, this is it. Situated in one of the green residential area , Shankarpuram can be a sure must visit eatery in south Bengaluru.

A simple darshani style hotel, is famous for soft idli & crisp vada combination. You also have options of Kara Bath , Kesari Bath and coffee / tea.

Very close to Shankara mutt and bull temple road, trying to get car parking very close to this place will be a problem, hence recommended to park your vehicles in near by place and walk down

Also, check for the timings , its not opened all day, only few hours in morning and evening. ( Closed from 12.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Very good idlis, vadas and chutney”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Having lived in Bangalore for 5 years now, a visit to this culinary institution is mandatory. We went early morning one weekend. The vadas were excellent. The idlis, which are spoken of very highly, were a tad disappointing. Probably a bit of an off day. The crowd and the continued reputation suggest that off days are few and far between. The chutney was delicious.

The service is efficient and outdoor options for eating the food ensure that the inddors are never too congested.

Very pleasant experience!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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