The nostalgic touch lives on...
Although there are many darshinis cropping up in every nook and corner of the City these days, Roti Ghar in Gandhi Bazaar, one of the oldest of darshinis, still has a strong hold over its clientele. With a history of over 15 years, the eatery has become a landmark and is the right place for some tasty bites. It is also popular for good food at an affordable price.
Ashok, the manager, says that Roti Ghar has always stood out because of its affordability factor. “It was this eatery, which first started providing good North-Indian and ‘Indian-Chinese’ food at a self-service counter. Back then, a roti and sabji would cost a person Rs 10 and today, the same thing is priced at Rs 18,” he says.
In order to provide variety, the sabji served along with the roti is different everyday. “It’s all about maintaining the quality. The competition is such that without good quality food, one will lose customers. That’s why we use only good quality ingredients in our food,” he adds.
Apart from the usual idli, vada and dosa, the place is especially known for its cup-idli and Mangalore kadubu, which is served on a jackfruit leaf with two types of chutneys and sambar. “We even have some traditional South-Indian items like kadubu, paddu and malige idli, which are popular,” says Ashok.
One can also try a variety of dosas like the ‘vegetable dosa’, ‘cucumber dosa’ and ‘coin dosa’. Gangadhar, a regular to the eatery, says that one cannot leave the place without trying out the ice-cream, jamun and a steaming cup of hot coffee.
“The ice-cream is really tasty here. In fact, when the place was opened, which was in the nineties, free ice-cream was given along with a plate of dosas. The road on Gandhi Bazaar was blocked on that day,” recollects Gangadhar.
Ashok says that over the years, the bond with the people and the place has only strengthened.
“It is the love of the customers that keeps the place going,” he sums up.
Roti Ghar is open on all days. For details, call 26622760.