Whenever one thinks of finding the *best* Masala Dosa in Bangalore, one's mind immediately turns to the famous Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) near Lalbagh Gardens, where everyone - VIPs, celebrities, & South Indian politicians come for their crisp, tasty dosas and Udupi-style cuisine. Or one will think of Vidyarthi Bhavan, 69-years-"young", at Gandhi Bazaar - its narrow hall's walls filled with photos of Karnatakan celebrities and, again, politcians,who'd dined here.
But where did I find the best Masala Dosa on this trip to Bangalore? Citrus Cafe. No, not the one at Leela Palace Hotel (which also happened to be closed for renovation at the moment) but the one at Lemontree Hotel, Electronics City.
This Masala Dosa was beautiful - a shiny, glossy golden-brown triangle, with the perfect thickness (1 mm) so when you break a delicious shard off the triangle, you can see a creamy-white edges of the crepe - like a minute, neo-microscopic version of the White Cliffs of Dover. Taste-wise, it was crunchy, delicious and perfectly balanced. I read somewhere that good dosa batters usually consisted of a variety of lentils/pulses: Urad Dhal, Channa Dhal, Toor Dhal, flavored with fenugreek seeds, rice flake, salt and the all-important sugar (to obtain that caramelization that gives the doas its glossy brown cloak).
The delicately spiced potato-onion filling was delicious, and complemented the dosa perfectly.
In short, the version here at the Citrus Cafe left the oldies MTR & Vidyarthi Bhavan far behind in the culinary stakes, even if the latter two continue to rely on their nostalgic appeal. Just as the two oldies continued to exude the antiquated air of Old Bangalore, Citus Cafe represented the Bangalore of the future - hip, modern, bright & smart.
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