City Foodies Recommend 10 Best Benne Dosa Places In Bengaluru

Like pizza, a dosa is good no matter how badly made it is. An Indian fermented rice crepe, dosas are one of the most universally loved dishes that can be found pretty much all over the world. Part of the reason why it enjoys the kind of popularity is because of the sentiments most of us have attached to it; visuals of plates holding cone-shaped or cylindrical, crisp dosas flying above our heads at bustling restaurants as we poke our finger into one, making the first of the crunching sounds that punctuate these meals.

Not to mention, the extra helpings of sambar and at least two different types of chutney, a dollop of flavourful potato mash enveloped by a crispy flap of dosa and a steaming cup of coffee to follow. When the lens is narrowed down to Bengaluru in particular, the Davangere benne dose – a regional variant that came about when a lady by the name of Chennamma moved into the namesake town and began serving up dosa, chutney and potato mash (palya), with her unique flair added to it. In a small eatery outside Savalagi Drama Theatre in 1928, the woman began to flip dosas made with a ragi batter and finished them off with a hefty dollop of butter.

As the offering grew in popularity, her sons – Shanthappa and Mahadevappa – took over the business and went on to open up their own eateries that offered this special dosa variation. With time, the composition of the benne dosa changed, depending on who was making it – bringing about a bunch of variations in the way the foundational dosa was created. Some places offer a thick, fluffy dosa with a crisped brown exterior and the potato palya hidden in the folds, whereas some places prefer their dosas to be thin and smeared with an in-house version of a paste-like chutney. What ties both kinds of dosas together however, is the benne, or butter that is generously placed over warm dosas – letting it melt as you eat your way through.

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We’ve rounded up a list of places, with a little help from foodies who grew up in the city, to have you find yourself the best benne dosas in Bengaluru for a quick bite!

Bengaluru Café – Recommended by Megha D. (@acefoodie)

Popular for both – their masala dosa and benne masala dosa, Bengaluru Café in Jayanagar is known to take things to the “next level in terms of taste,” Megha says. She says that she enjoys the balance of three elements – perfect crispness of the dosa, the flavouring of the potato palya and the correct amount of spice in the chutney and also recommends asking for at least a couple of helpings of their chutney, as you eat. Finish off with a steaming glass of filter coffee.

Address: 6, 9th Cross, 9th Main Road, 2nd Block, Jayanagar

Phone Number: 8197297938

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Dinner

Timings: 7.00 am - 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Cost for two: Rs 100 (Budget)

HVR Veg – Recommended by Vidya Lakshmi (@vidyascooking)

The hole-in-the-wall establishment, HVR Veg, located in Seshadripuram, serves up mini masala dosas with a combination of chutneys, that Vidya also recommends adding some sambar to. The tiny establishment has recently begin piquing the attention of social media users for its freshly cooked, simple South Indian fare that has people flocking the place during breakfast and tea time.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/kAGt5hpgnQYG9hHQ9

Address: 162/1, 1st Main, Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram

Phone Number: 8884556600

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am - 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm - 9.30 pm

Cost for two: Rs 150 (Budget) 

Umesh Dosa Point – Recommended by Vidya Lakshmi (@vidyascooking)

Vidya also suggests paying a visit to Umesh Dosa Point located nearby in the same neighbourhood, to get a taste of their podi masala dosa and benne masala dosas, as the juxtaposition of fluffy potato filling with the crispy dosa is something you mustn’t miss out on.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6rEpGeS1iGVGLZ6h9

Address: 21, Nehru Nagar Main Road, Seshadripuram

Phone Number: 9945621414

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Timings: 8.00 am - 10.00 pm

Cost for two: Rs 250 (Budget) 

CTR Shri Sagar – Recommended by Sharmada (@thefoodempiree)

Shri Sagar, previously known as Central Tiffin Room, is an iconic Malleshwaram-based restaurant where you can enjoy a benne dosa under the shade of trees. Their mildly-spiced potato masala inside a buttery-fluffy dosa is known to be the ultimate dosa-lovers treat, for a solid breakfast or even an evening snack. Want to try something else? Order the set dosa with a spicy curry or their rava ghee roast.

Address: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram

Phone Number: 080 2331 7531

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am - 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm - 9.30 pm

Cost for two: Rs 150 (Budget) 

Hotel Aralikatte – Recommended by Pallabi Gogoi (@foodsmacked)

The lacy, brown dosas served at Hotel Aralikatte located in the IT hub of the city, are interestingly paired with a slightly runny coconut chutney and a white palya – unlike the typical yellow masala we’re used to spotting. The restaurant serves two dosas per plate and eating it for breakfast is Pallabi’s idea of a blissful morning in Bengaluru; not forgetting the tiny glass of strong filter coffee to wash it down.

Address: Hulimangala Main Road, opp. Green Bar & Restaurant, Doddathagoru

Phone Number: 6361374058

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: Indian and Chinese

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am - 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm - 9.30 pm

Cost for two: Rs 150 (Budget) 

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Vidyarthi Bhavan – Recommended by Vinay Sathyam (@vinaysathyam)

Established in 1943, in Basavangudi, Vidyarthi Bhavan enjoys cult status for serving up hundreds of plates of benne masala dosa. An experience in itself, Vinay refers to eating at the restaurant as “a privilege on off days.” Constantly bustling with hungry customers, Vidyarthi Bhavan serves up crispy-fluffy dosas stuffed with the potato palya, alongside a pastel green coconut chutney that is just right in consistency.

Address: 32, near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavangudi

Phone Number: 8026677588

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Timings: 6.30 am - 11.30 am; 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Cost for two: Rs 100 (Budget) 

Basaveshwarnagar Dosa Corner – Recommended by Hamsa Chiranth (@plated_wonders)

Hamsa says that the Basaveshwarnagar Dosa Point in the same location the restaurant is named after, is the place to be for an authentic benne dosa experience. Although the potato palya might appear to be plain, she says that it is packed with flavour and tastes even better when the butter is mixed in. Served with a spicy chutney and podi on the side, you can choose how much of each to add to every bite and savour the dosa.

Address: 1, BDA Complex, 8th Main Road, 3rd Block, 3rd Stage, Basaveshwarnagar

Phone Number: 9740321816

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am - 10.00 pm

Cost for two: Rs 200 (Budget) 

Sri Guru Kottureshwara Butter Dosa Hotel – Recommended by Akshatha (@mytinyworld09) 

If you’re a passionate food enthusiast that is willing to travel for great food, Akshatha insists that you pay a visit to Sri Guru Kottureshwara in Davangere – the birthplace of the benne dosa. A four-hour journey from the main city, she mentions how dosa batter is poured in consecutive circles over a hot stone tava and served with an unassuming-looking but delicious white palya and coconut chutney.

Address: Medical College Rd., MCC B-block, Kuvempu Nagar, Davangere

Phone Number: 9448305384

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am - 9.30 pm 

Cost for two: Rs 100 (Budget) 

The Food Corner – Recommended by Karan Kukreja (@kukki_foodie_korner)

This Vasanth Nagar eatery that is popularly known for its North Indian food offerings, also serves up a surprisingly delicious dosa plate, according to Karan. He says that this “hidden gem of a place for dosa” is loaded with ghee and served with two different ‘top class’ chutneys. His personal favourite is the ghee podi dosa that is crisp on the edges and fluffy in the center.

Address: 37, Ground Floor, 8th Main Road, Vasanth Nagar

Phone Number: 9845046087

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: Indian and Chinese

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Timings: 11.00 am - 9.30 pm

Cost for two: Rs 400 (Budget) 

Appu Davangere Benne Dosa – Recommended by Yatish Reddy (@chillmanlife)

This delivery-only establishment also has a facility with sparse seating, for hungry customers who want to enjoy hot dosas hot off the pan. Relatively new in its existence with a limited menu consisting of 7-8 dosa items, they also serve up a masala dosa with no potatoes – instead there is a spicy red chutney smeared on the inside and served with coconut chutney, as an accompaniment.

Address: 37, Ground Floor, 8th Main Road, Vasanth Nagar

Phone Number: 8217737759

USP Dishes: Benne Dosa

Available Cuisines: South Indian

Type: Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Dinner

Timings: 7.30 am -12.30 pm; 4.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Cost for two: Rs 100 (Budget)