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Highway to heaven

Rajitha Menon, DH News Service, Dec 8 2017, 20:07 IST
An inside view of the hotel.

An inside view of the hotel.

On the dusty highway that connects Mysuru to Bengaluru, it is a common sight to see vehicles whizzing past as revellers go about their weekend roadtrips. However, hunger pangs don't help driving skills and most drivers stomp on the brake and pull over at a certain spot.

'Srinidhi Sagar Deluxe', located on Mysore Road, is a veggie's delight with it's simple yet filling meals. From authentic South Indian dishes to tasty North Indian cuisine, the place has been filling hungry stomachs for the past seven years. Apart from the sporadic bursts of tourists, the place sees a steady stream of regular customers that includes some well-known names in the Kannada film industry.

The breakfast section comprises all the usual items like 'Idli', 'Vada', 'Kesari bath', 'Rava idli', 'Bonda soup' and so on. The 'idlis' are soft and fluffy and the 'Sambhar' is as authentic as one would expect in a kitchen with a Udupi chef (which is the case here).

There is a separate section for 'Dosa' with varieties like 'Masala dosa', 'Set dosa', 'Rava dosa', 'Onion dosa' and so on. "Apart from the usual options, we also create a special variety every day. Exotic combinations like 'Palak dosa'and 'Tomato omlette dosa' are served to customers," says Jayakar M, who runs the place in partnership with Vasanth K.

"Our 'button idlis' are also very popular with the regulars. So are the 'Rava idlis'. Actor Shankar Ashwath loves them," he says proudly.

Next on the menu are the main course options with a mind-boggling variety in South Indian, North Indian and Chinese dishes. For those who love the cuisine down South, opt for the 'South Indian meal'. Others can choose from the likes of 'Dal', 'Gobi masala', 'Stuffed capsicum', 'Malai kofta' and many more. The 'Butter kulcha' is a good try for its softness and fluffiness while the 'Mushroom masala' has just the right amount of spice. The 'North Indian meals' comprises soup, two 'rotis', couple of curries, rice, papad and ice cream. It's a good option if you want to save yourself the hassle of choosing.

The Chinese section includes options like 'Gobi manchurian', 'Mushroom chilli', 'Spanish manchurian' and more. "Our 'Mushroom pepper dry' is quite popular. Apart from that, the 'Paneer butter masala' and 'Paneer chilli' are also favourites," says Jayakar.

There is a wide variety of Indian breads, rice and noodles to serve as the perfect accompaniments. End your meal with their selection of beverages or ice creams. The fresh fruit juices or the cold coffee is a good try.

Other plus points include ample parking space, quick service and a seating capacity for around 180 people. The cost is reasonable and the portions quite generous.

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