Here's another angle of the idlis and vada, taking a holy dip in the chutney.
The idlis are soft and fluffy, and for an extra 4 bucks, you'll also get a small dollop of white butter - butter made from buffalo milk. Brahmin's is one of the few places that doesn't offer you sambar, but only chutney. At most times, you would see an old gentleman, Radhakrishna Adiga, the owner, sitting at the entrance, pouring chutney to those walking out with the idlis and/or vadas.
The kesari bath (left), made from rava (that wonderful substitute for rice that came up trumps during world war 2), contains a lot of pineapple. I have heard some people complain that there is perhaps a little too much pineapple for their liking, but I didn't have any complaints - I love my kesari bath sweet, with a slight oily glaze brought about by the ghee.
The khara bath (right), the spicier complement for the kesari bath, is just as good. An ideal way to eat it is by filling half the spoon with kesari bath and the other half with the khara bath. The combination of sweet and spicy will continue to dance on your palate long after you've downed the dishes.
Stacked up and ready to be downed.
Tea and coffee are the only beverages available here - quite nice.
Nice trick to make sure you don't burn your fingers - I learnt it the hard way!
The place before the renovation and 'upgrade' of the board.
After the restoration or renovation, however you look at it. Photo credit: Upasana Nath
Food: Very good
$$$: Rs 150 for two
Service: Self service
Verdict: Must visit
Barhmin's Coffee Bar, Ranga Rao Road, near Shakara matt, Shankarapuram, Bangalore.