SOFTEST Idlis & Crunchiest VADAS at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar|Delicious South Indian Breakfast |Bengaluru

SOFTEST Idlis & Crunchiest VADAS at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar|Delicious South Indian Breakfast |Bengaluru

I’ve never tasted an idli, as soft, and as melt in the mouth as that! Mmmh! Having feasted on that Idli Vada and Khara Bath, I can’t wait to tuck into this Kesari Bath. I’m in Shankarapura, South Bengaluru, and I’m here to breakfast at a legendary institution. Serving only four or five items on its menu since its inception in the sixties… … Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is hugely popular
as you can tell. … at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar. So, I’m excited to say the least, about this
particular tiffin meal. Let’s go in and check out what a breakfast at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is all about. Let’s go! Idli Vada, Upitu, Kesari Bath. Only four items always. Only four items always? So, packed, though the place may be… … ordering here at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is
a simple process. You queue up at the counter, select from the only four items that they have here… … take your token, and go to the kitchen
and place your order. The kitchen is a beehive of activity. Oh, thank you. So, there you have it, I have my Idli and the Vada and like most traditional places in Namma Bengaluru… … it is served only with the chutney. It’s soft. There’s almost no effort as I break into this Idli! Mmmh! This idli just melts in your mouth! Wow! I just placed the idli and the chutney in my mouth… … and it just melted away. It’s as soft, it’s as soft as that! In all the many years that I’ve tasted an idli… … I’ve never tasted an idli, as soft, and as melt in the mouth as that! Mmmh! I just want to taste the idli, just by itself,
without the chutney. You have that slightly, slightly sour edge
from the fermentation. The idli is soft, pillowy. I’m going to taste the Vada next… … with as little of the chutney as possible. I want to get a taste of the vada just by itself. Mmmh! You have that crunch of the vada. And inside the vada, the texture is almost
cloud-like. It’s soft. So, as you bite into the vada, you have the
crunch of the vada. And as you bite into it, you also bite into those little flecks, those little… … pieces of coconut which kind of… … takes it to a whole new level. And I think there’s some herbs in there, there’s some, I think there’s some curry leaf in there. I’m going to taste the vada now with the chutney. Mmmh. This vada is scrumptious. I’m going to take all the chutney and
literally drown the vada. Mmmh. The chutney has a minty sort of a flavour to it. So you have the spice of the chutney and you have the scrumptious crunch of the vada. And the vada is porous enough to absorb all that chutney. So as you bite into it… … you’re tasting the flavour of the chutney,
you’re tasting the mint… … and you’re tasting those flecks of coconut that you’re also eating. This is a delicious, delicious, Idli Vada breakfast! Go back for the idli. Mmmh! So good! I’m going to get some extra chutney now. The chutney here is so popular that they have a counter and a dedicated person… … just to serve up extra chutney, and that’s what I’m going to… … take now for my, for the remnant of my Idli Vada. As you can see, my idli is almost
dissolving into that chutney. You know, that’s how soft this idli is. Mmmh. My last piece of idli, I’m going to use all the chutney that I have here… … to apply on the idli. The last piece of my vada. The vada still retains its crunch… … even to the last bite. There you go, I have my Khara Bath served with a generous side of chutney. So my Khara Bath, or Upitu, or Upma as it is called. Also I can see some carrot. There’s
definitely the curry leaf. The Khara Bath is glistening. I suspect there’s also a copious amount of ghee that is used here. I can see some… … uddina bele (urad dal). I see some fried lentils that have also probably gone into this… … semolina or rava dish. And again, this is as soft as it can get! It is served traditionally with the chutney. There is one chutney that they use here at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar which is served with the Idli, the Vada… … and the Khara Bath. I’m going to first taste the Khara Bath, just by itself, without the chutney. The Khara Bath is nice and hot. Just the sort of thing you want in a nice,
happy breakfast. Nothing like hot food. Even the Idli Vada was served absolutely hot. It was steaming hot. Mmmh. The Khara Bath is almost buttery in its texture. It literally dissolves in your mouth. And all that it leaves behind is the flavour
of the various… …ingredients that have gone into the Khara Bath. So you can taste a bit of the… … curry leaf, you have the crunch of that fried lentil. You taste a bit of that carrot that’s gone into it. Mellow on its own, this Khara Bath
assumes a spicy personality… … when you taste it with the chutney. It packs a robust, spicy punch. I love the peas that have gone into this Khara Bath. It gives it that pop, when you’re tasting the lush softness of the Khara Bath. … and now it’s time to bring out the Kesari Bath. So it’s all self-service here. I love these ‘thattes’ (small plates) that they serve the food in. Simple, unassuming. You feel like you’re eating in somebody’s home. That’s the charm of Brahmins’ Coffee Bar. It’s a busy establishment, and of course, it’s a commercial establishment. But there’s a certain homeliness that permeates the atmosphere here. Having feasted on that Idli Vada and Khara Bath I can’t wait to tuck into this Kesari Bath. A delicious mouthful. I’ve got some nut, I
think that’s a cashew. I’ve got some pineapple I think… … in this mouthful of the Kesari Bath. You know, I’ve tasted four dishes here. And each time I put the first spoonful of that dish into my mouth… … it’s just been so flavourful and just feels so right… … and so perfect and delicious on the palate! And this Kesari Bath is just that. It’s not overly sweet. It’s not drowning in ghee. You have the right amount of sweetness. You have the right amount of ghee that’s gone into it. You have the right amount of gentle
spicing of the cloves… … that just leaves that lingering flavour of
the clove in your mouth. And you have those tiny pieces of cashew, pineapple… … that just helps break the sweetness on your palate. This is so good! There you go, I have my perfect bite here
of the Kesari Bath. You’ve got all the components of this Kesari Bath. Mmmh! You have that gentle sweetness of the Kesari Bath… … broken only by that mild acidity of the pineapple. And then the toasty cashewnut. The raisin adds that pop of sugar. And then you have the cloves. The sharp, astringent flavour of the cloves… … that just cuts through all the flavours on your palate… And there you have it. The fourth of my empty “thattes” here at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar. This has been so good! So, the only way to end your meal here at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar, is with that coffee. After all, it is a coffee bar. So, also this place is so popular that Mr. Radhakrishna Adiga, who is the owner here… … has also taken it upon himself, because there are so many people who come here… … to educate the public as well. So for instance there’s this 10 rupee coin. And a few years ago, there was this WhatsApp that was circulated that 10 Rupee coins are not legal tender. But they are, and Mr. Radhakrishna Adiga is taking it upon himself… … to educate the public. Because there’s so many people that come in through Brahmins’ Coffee Bar. And I’m sure that if he’s able to succeed in getting a message out to those people… … I’m sure it’ll go a long way. So Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is not just a tiffin room where you come and you have your Idli, Vada… … Kesari Bath, Khara Bath and coffee. But it’s also serving as a beacon to the society here in South Bengaluru. Thank you sir! So I’m in line for my cup of coffee. The only way to end your meal here at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar, is with a cup of coffee. When you watch the decoction being poured… … when you watch that milk being poured
onto the decoction… … it just whets your palate for that cup of coffee and you want it right then and there. So I’m here with Mr. Radhakrishna Adiga and he was just telling me that… … making the perfect cup of coffee here is an art. Of course this is Brahmins’ Coffee Bar so I wouldn’t expect the coffee to be any less. Percentage of plantation A and B combination. Okay. They clean it, blend it, and the roasted seeds are
powdered here itself. And then it is made, the coffee decoction. Aah! And even the mixing is an art. Over a period of time, they’ll get it. I’ll make them make one or two coffees everyday. Then 10 coffees, then 100 coffees. Then they will be the master of it. So how long has he been making coffee here? Wow! He’s been making this cup of coffee for
the last 20 years! Fantastic! It is strong, it is thick, and just the sort of
fix that you need… 1965, January 27th, my parents started it. My father, K.V. Nagesh Rao, he is no more. He is the late K.V. Nagesh Rao. Started his career as a cook in some other houses. Okay. Then he started a small canteen in the City Institute. Bangalore City Institute. Okay. There for some time, he was not successful. Then started some more small, small hotels. Then in 1965, this was his last resort. A car garage. A car garage! Only a car garage. And he started in this. My mother is the reason behind this. She makes the good chutney, and the Idli combination and the Khara Bath also. So, my eldest brother, Shankar Narayana Adiga… … he still takes care of the kitchen. My mother also supervises everything. She is 88. Wow! That’s a fascinating story of an
establishment being born… … in a garage, as a last resort! And today
it stands as a pillar… … in Bengaluru’s culinary landscape.
That’s truly commendable! There are four items. Two reasons to expand and make more on the menu. When you are happy with the customers and satisfied with supplying the same kind of food… … you don’t feel like expanding to other items. See, for example, if at all you make dosa, people will have to wait for that. Because it takes time for making it. Correct. And people are (used to)
standing and eating… … and only four items. If at all, I think of other items… … I have a strong stigma saying that we may
lose our goodwill. Correct. It takes commitment and resolve to hold steadfast to… … not just your values but the same dishes that you started over 50 years ago. And I think that’s what makes the Brahmins’ Coffee Bar experience so special. 5:59 am we open. Not 6 o’clock. And the first customer is, since 38 years… … he comes first. After giving him the first token only, we are starting the business. So the first customer, is the same customer who’s been arriving for the last 38 years? Wow! You know, as I sip on my coffee at the end
of this tiffin meal here… … I wonder why I didn’t visit Brahmins’
Coffee Bar earlier. I think what’s special about Brahmins’ Coffee Bar is the fact that you have three generations of the family… .. that have been committed and focused
on this one enterprise… … over the last 5 decades, or over the last half a century. Right from the mother, who gets up at
three in the morning… … to prepare the batter for the idlis… … to her sons who run the kitchens, and who interact with the customers out here. I think in this day and age when everybody talks about scaling up, everybody talks about adding on to things… … here is one establishment that has held steadfast… … not just to its menu, not just to its four dishes… … but to its values… … over the last half a century. And I think that’s what makes a meal at
Brahmins’ Coffee Bar so special. And this institution a must-visit, if you’re
here in Namma Bengaluru. Until the next episode of Gourmet On The Road, stay safe and happy eating! If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave a comment. If you’d like to support Food Lovers TV… … do log onto and hit the ‘Support Food Lovers’ banner. Links in the description below. Happy eating!

100 thoughts on “SOFTEST Idlis & Crunchiest VADAS at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar|Delicious South Indian Breakfast |Bengaluru

  1. Sir please visit Bhadhys veg in isro layout near isro layout bus stand Kumar swamy layout near contact no 8123443909 this hotel very good taste

  2. Finally an affordable place. The last Maharashtrian place you showed on your channel was ripping it's customers off

  3. Sir i have a request. Next time if u visit mangalore, can u please visit bites kati zone near St.Aloysius college light house hill road n post a review please.thanks

  4. Sir watching your show makes me hungry again😋 i do keep watching many food review shows,but this one is the best.

  5. Hi,
    For years I have followed various phenomenal food bloggers. Yours however has got to be one of a kind. The way you describe each aspect of the food, the different ways you eat your food, gives the feeling that we are eating the food along with you. You describe them in such a way that I feel like I can actually taste it. Keep up the good work man.

    Also, happy to see you focusing on South Indian dishes..South India gets very less recognition amongst food bloggers!

  6. Brahmins can cook so delicious I lived in Guyana south America for 15 years and loved the food cooked by the men and women who are Brahmins such good food healthy and well balanced

  7. You forgot to order a dollop of butter for idly. The quintessential ingredient that elevates the hot & soft idly to its Epitome. The butter here is traditional & a bit different and adds to the taste. Please do try if possible.

  8. After hearing to the Commitment , Love , Affection of 88 Years Old Mother to Her Son's. The Taste Says it. Long Live their Mother and the Establishment. 👍👍👍👍

  9. Like there is only one Bradman, one Sachin, there is only one Brahmin's who are great in their 4 breakfast items. Idly in its purest Bangalorean form, Mr Adiga should have been named Vadi-ga, cant beat their vade+chutney. Upittu and sajjige are perfecto.

    2nd best to Brahmins are SN refreshments in jp nagar for a similar menu.

  10. And, for me this episode is the one that i ve enjoyed the most. Establishment like this makes namma Bengaluru a very special one for all simple, traditional food breakfast lovers. There are thousands of hotels serving too many varieties of food items each day with bad quality. Many people have to learn from these establishments. Keeping it to only few quality food items and maintain it consistently. Awesome episode!!👌.

  11. Indeed these are the among the softest idlis you will taste. Karnataka style idlis are much softer and coarser – with a soothing texture. Unlike the "rubber" idlis that you will see in Tamil Nadu. [In Tamil Nadu, Dosas and Idlis are prepared with the same batter]

  12. I always go through this hotel n the vada is good and also lil two streets away there 's another similar type hotel called one by two masala dosa is my favorite and bele bath is good

  13. Tumba late maadbitri to review this Brahmins Coffee bar.. No problem.. Still liked the entire video.. I want to see that first customer who is coming daily from past decades..

  14. I always loved to have a Brahmin's meals Because of the of delicacies they own. No one can make those many vegetarian tastiest curries, chutneys. finger licking good. #BrahminFood♥

  15. True that, I grew up on the streets of Shankarpuram/Chamarajpete and my school Mahila Seva Samaj – Saturday morning class made us to stop at Brahmin Coffe Bar., every week, and never got tired of the 4 food items there. Kudos to your show and thanks to Adiga family. Earlier he had only idlis and vada.

  16. Kripalji, DVG rd., there is masala soda sold in a very small shop on the right side of the streets (from National College)., only in the evenings…it's digestive drinks and pep all of us. Butter Sponge just opposite to National College and Srinivasa Bakery is a must try as well…

  17. Sir can you plase come to a hotel called sri krishna upahar at chanasandra , banglore . Please sir there are super items or dishes in the hotel and they serve good

  18. Sorry I could be wrong but initially you paid RS. 101 for one idly vada and khara bath kesari bath.. Ideally it should total to 16+23+23+23=85. Later you mentioned coffee is RS. 16.. But you open your wallet to pay the money.. Wasn't the RS. 16 of coffee already included in first payment.. Thanks.. Wonderful video.

  19. Sir! All your videos are delightful to watch and reviews are apt. I’m a big fan of you and don’t miss any video.
    You must also try breakfast in SN refreshments at jp nagar 2nd phase

  20. Hey …..i am from Delhi …….and my friend took me to Brahmin's coffee bar for breakfast …….the experience was very similar like yours ! The satisfaction …..and the ummms …….were very similar like yours ! We had the same breakfast …….for the next 3 days… was divine …….God's food …..!! .

  21. For softer Idlis, I suggest SSS idli center, Pinnamaneni polyclinic Road, Vijayawada. They serve only IDLIs and nothing else. It is a very humble outlet in a thatched shed in the middle of the city that opens at 0630 hrs till 2200 hrs. It is just awsome

  22. You can still beat the idli at Veena Stores and the vada at Raghavendra Stores/ Janata Hotel…..both are maharathi legends

  23. Hi Sir, how do you manage to get permission in these establishments? Is it because of your background or they allow you readily because i tried shooting for a few places but did not get permission.

  24. Coming out of Bengaluru or Karnataka does'nt need a VISA. want to taste real food from Breakfast to Dinner and beyond, come to HYDERABAD.
    Confining to BENGALURU for Videos for any reason is boring.

  25. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿವರಣೆ ನೀಡಿ ,ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೂ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗಲಿ ,ಬಾರಿ ಬುದ್ದಿವಂತರಂತೆ ,ಮಾಲಿಕರೆ

  26. I studied at the school adjacent to this hotel and want to tell you that the size of the hotel was 1/3rd of what you see today. The taste of the dishes hasn’t changed a bit. In fact, this hotel is on-route from airport to my home. Each time my early morning flight lands, I make it a point to skip the (stupid) breakfast on the plane to eat my favourite idli and vada here and end it with coffee.

  27. Hi, please try Sri Renukamba Bidadi Thatte Idli Center in Bidadi.. Best Thatte Idli and chutney you get there..

  28. Hi Kripal, I enjoyed the history you shared about this restaurant and food does look light and kind a filling.Excellent show

  29. It’s 10/10 always for all items. Can’t miss this place every time I visit Bangalore. Fond memories from college days.

  30. If only you could organise subscriber meet and have a food walk , it would make it much more interesting ! Kudos to you and your team, u make me hungrier everyday 😁

  31. Hi folks! Hope you've enjoyed my absolutely lip smacking breakfast at Brahmins' Coffee Bar 😊 Thank you for watching! Tag a tiffin lover and let us know what you thought of this video in the comments 😄 If you'd like to support what we do, please visit: Follow me on instagram for more on delicious food @kripalamanna or Cheers! 😋

  32. Food quality is really good.. But exorbitantly priced.. Everyone in the area charges 40 for Idly vada where in Brahmins coffee bar charges 55..Jana marlo jaatre marlo!

  33. Im soo happy that you spell with whole heartedly bengaluru "namma bengaluru", what a beautiful way to enjoy the food, my mouth flushes when i see your videos(vegetarian of course). You are master of food introduction💖💖

  34. Great content sir!! I really started enjoying each and every video!! Just superb!!! For idli please also give a try at SV HOLTEL NEAR BANASHANKARI BDA COMPLEX.. just awesome right after the walk at the park opposite to restaurant!!

  35. Awesome , it made my day when I see your detailing of food. I love to enjoy great food as its celebration to me.Now restless to visit this institution.

  36. 😗😚😋🤤🧡👏👍👌🤝🙏
    I like their Steel Plates & Parcel in Banana Leafes rather than using Plastic Plates & Plastic Cover for Parcel.

  37. Fabulously presented episode as always. Kripal the way you cover the delicacies is simple, straight forward yet very classy. Always look forward to your new episodes!

  38. Things that take special mention are the cutlery style, minty color and taste to the chutney and minimalistic menu. Will visit when I go to Blore. I'm a vegetarian from Hyderabad.

  39. how you are so thin after being a foodie.. Neverthless, you make it feel like i am myself having the food. Hats off sir

  40. Dear Kripal Sir, U look so clean and professional. You have a good choice about your outfits. Your English is quite nice and way of describing the food is mouth watering.
    Good going…👌👍👏💪🙌🇮🇳
    Sunny from Mysore, Karnataka

  41. Oh much I love this area and this place.. almost like thavaru mane feels.. Ramakrishna ashram boys know it's real worth 🙂

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