Bangalore's MTR Among World's 150 Legendary Restaurants
Image Credit: MTR's specialty Rava Idli/Instagram (sugarpepperandchef)

In a great news, seven Indian restaurants have made it to the list of 150 legendary restaurants in the world. The list, shared by an experiential travel online guide Taste Atlas, unveils the list of restaurants recently. These places are not simply a place to have a meal but are destinations that can leave an impact on your mind and taste buds forever. The seven Indian restaurants in the list are Kozhikode’s Paragon, Lucknow’s Tunday Kababi, Kolkata’s Peter Cat, Murthal’s Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, Bangalore’s Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Karim’s in Delhi and Ram Ashraya in Mumbai. 

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Bangalore’s Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, also known as MTR, is ranked 39th in the list featuring 150 legendary restaurants from around the world. If you have been to Bangalore, you know how special this place is. Feeding people since 1924, MTR is a legendary name in South Indian comfort food and those who know, know! It was the year 1924 when Parameshwara Maiya made up his mind to start a small restaurant on Lalbagh Fort Road in Bengaluru, along with Ganappaya Maiya, called the Brahmin Coffee Club serving coffee and idlis.  

On the death of Parameshwara Maiya, Yagnanarayana Maiya joined his brother in running the restaurant. For the next three decades. Yagnanarayana Maiya managed the restaurant's affair and brought many accolades and fame in the way. After undertaking a tour of Europe to study how restaurants in those parts functioned, Yagnanarayana made a few changes in the restaurant. The restaurant was renamed 'Mavalli Tiffin Rooms 'after the locality where it was situated. In no time, MTR became a landmark, and the rest is history! 

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MTR is known for serving the best rava idlis which also featured in the list as MTR's siganture dish. Rava Idlis, invented by the MTR during World War II, are steamed semolina cakes made using yoghurt, coriander, cashew nuts, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Who knew that this dish would one day rule so many hearts. The restaurant also offers the most amazing Masala Dosa, Chandrahara which is a trademark dessert served only on Sundays, Bissibele Bhath, dumroot halwa, filter coffee and what not!  

This iconic eatery has many other branches outside Bangalore too and is also known for their packaged foods divisions. The place totally deserves to be on the list!  

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