Breakfast at Tiffany’s er, MTR’s

A little leg-pulling at Rajesh for a treat on the occasion of him becoming (& staying in top bloggers on MB) set the stage for an impromptu breakfast meet at MTR. The sport that he is, he readily agreed and stood by his word!

So Saturday morning saw two different sets of people agree to meet. The first lot comprising Anita, Charles, his partner Debbie & Deepa Mohan did a early morning walk bit at Lalbagh. Me, Rajesh, Rajesh’s better half Preethi reached MTR directly. Later, around 7.45 ish we converged at MTR.

MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms is an hallowed place in Bangalore. Eating there is an experience which can generate a lot of heat and opinion, as in Deepa’s post of yesterday. Yet, liking the place or hating it, for that matter, is just that – a matter of opinion. It certainly is not a fast food joint and as such, one cannot expect quick service. Neither is the food all that great. A lot of Darshini’s I’ve been to give you tastier food and greater value for money. Still, giving MTR its due, through its premises, framed posters, ambience et al, it lets you experience a different era and time that Bangalore has lost forever. Its a nostalgia trip and if one does not have the time and inclination to go back in time, its best to avoid the place. MTR certainly do not advertise about themselves; its people who have passed through its portals who have done the talking and repeated walking, savouring the experience. All I know is that I’m a history buff and certainly, another trip to MTR with my family, is on the cards! Some lazy Sunday morning in the future, for sure.

Anyways, here are some pics of our meeting there.

You can see Anita’s ‘doggedness’ as she prepares to take out her hi-tech camera equipment to capture a posing subject!

I love this shot as it captures, unobstrusively, the private conversation between these folks. Being a b/w adds to the mystique.

Our latest addition to the Bangalore MB author fraternity – Charles – was quite the hit. Here’s me, Anita and Deepa & Debbie listening to his point of view. Hmmmm, Preethi appears a bit cynical, methinks.

Here’s Charles keenly listening to somebody making a point while Anita sees a good photo-op for herself, posing beautifully.

She can also drive a point through, as the above pic shows. Both Debbie and Deepa seem to think she has a point. Poor me has just no defence!

We were also witness to Rajesh’s addiction with taking pics, at the drop of a hat. Preethi, his wife, was fed up with his clicking away. Here she is, having taken away one camera and threatening him with dire consequences if he doesn’t hand over the other! Me and Anita are too dazed to react!

Am not sure if this pic was taken before or after the breakfast. Here are Rajesh and Debbie, looking happy & picture perfect.

This pic, I know was taken after our breakfast, when we attempted a group photo. The sunlight streaming in through the windows really played spoilsport. One can also see Anita’s friend – Cyberscorpion the extreme right. I believe he’s a fantastic photographer too. Hold on, I’ve give you guys a link to his blog.

Ok, you guys are fed up with all this pics and want to see what we had for breakfast?
Jamoons for starters.

Followed by:
Idlis, with a generous dose of ghee, in very cute and quaint cups. I was disappointed – vadas were just not ready, we were told!

Do I have to say what this is? Filling stuff, I tell you.

To round off the whole lot,
I do not know of any other eating joint in Bangalore who serve coffee in silver (looking?) tumblers. Whether it is for effect or does something to the coffee, I will need to check it out.

On the whole, a most filling experience.

Excuse me while I burp at the memory of it all!


8 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    We’ve been to MTR once for lunch..Next time we are in bangalore…have to surely visit the place for b’fast…

    Ravi, what time shud one be there on a weekend to grab a table & avoid the rush/waiting.

    The b/w pic is THE BEST !!!

  2. Sanjay Pandey (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    WOW, so you guys had a great time. By the way did Rajesh also eat all of that :)

  3. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm


    Great job Ravi, for doing justice to all the myths and mylords…


  4. Mytri (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    Hmm….where is the badam halwa? Where is the world-famous rava idli with sagu?? We readers demand a re-eat!!! With more pictures :D

    Thank you for the whole series. You should have a monitor for the number of people visiting your site ;-) I am sure that along with Rajesh that will also be #1!!!!

  5. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    That was a great way to revisit a great morning, meeting some very nice people! Thanks for the words’n’pics…

    Oh, I didn’t know the existence of a “prolific bloggers list”. But surely that would depend on what one finds interesting around one…and bloggers are people who find EVERYTHING interesting!

  6. silkboard (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    Missed it guys, yet again, as I got up really late.

    But great pictures here. And I liked Deepa’s real review on MTR that resulted out of this rendezvous!

  7. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    The silver cup thing reminds me a bit of Turkish Coffee. :)
    It looks like everybody had a great time!


  8. anita (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    thanks for that elaborate write-up ravi! it was definitely good fun and all the food pics are making me hungry again though i just had breakfast! :)

    i think in the times of fast food and high levels of customer service, as you pointed out – MTR’s old premises, framed posters, ambience, people etc. transport you to a different era altogether!

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