'Dosa' with a twist

'Dosa' with a twist

If you’re looking for a quick bite that won’t create a hole in your pocket, then ‘Durga 99 Variety Dosas’ is the place to visit. 

Located on MG Road, near Trinity Circle, the place offers a variety of dosas to choose from. Among other things, the place offers Mysore Masala Dosa, dosa with paneer, mushrooms and sweetcorn. 
Manju Gowda, who has been running the place for two years, says that their signature dish is the ‘Durga Special Dosa’. “That’s what sells the fastest here. We include capsicums, beetroot, paneer, coconut among other ingredients,” he explains. But what gives the taste, Manju says, is the generous dollop of butter. “We don’t use any oil. The dosas are completely made with butter,” he says. 
There are many, he says, who are health-conscious and worried about the amount of butter that goes in. “They come here and ask for the dosas to be made without oil and butter. How is that possible? When they come here, they must be ready for those few extra calories,” he smiles. 

The price of the dosas ranges between Rs 25 and 75. “We have to keep the prices reasonable, otherwise we won’t be able to attract customers. And another advantage we have is that we are one of the few reasonably priced eateries in this locality,” he points out. Even with the prices of vegetables on the rise, Manju says that at the moment, they are not planning to increase the prices. “Neither are we planning to add to the menu,” he declares.

The team of three that runs the place says that it caters to at least 100 people on a daily basis. With the area being surrounded by offices, most of those who frequent the joint are office-goers. “We have a lot of people coming in here between 5 pm and 7 pm. Some of them come here for a quick bite while others choose to parcel it,” he says. 

According to Manju, a number of those from outside the City too come to the eatery.

“I’ve noticed that a lot of North Indians come here. They’re really fond of dosas,” he notes.  

Those who have visited the place have plenty of good things to say. “I tasted the mushroom dosa and found that it was crispy. And the filling had a lot of vegetables in it. Though it was rich and I felt a bit guilty after eating it, I think it was worth the money spent,” said Geeta, who was visiting the place for the first time.

Vinod, who was also here for the first time, was impressed with the variety. “I like the number of choices that they have here. Since I was keen to have something which is typically South Indian, I decided to have the Mysore Masala Dosa. What I liked was the neat way in which it was served, which is not the case in other places,” said Vinod, adding, “I’m glad there’s some place on MG Road, where we don’t have to shell out much money for good food.”  

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