The roadside aromas of Jayanagar 4th block

As a proud resident of Malleshwaram a few years back, the only the other place I ever wished to live in was – you guessed it – Jayanagar 4th block. For vegetarian middle-class souls, these two areas in Bangalore are worth Paris, London, and New York rolled into one. And not without reason. There are few such places in this universe where one can go around with a list of tasks and get them all done in a single walk. From getting clothes altered, to sipping a cup of coffee and tucking in an idli or two, to saying a hello to a desired God there is a little bit of everything for the mind, body, and soul.  Because of the restrictions of space and patience of my readers, I am going with my  gut feeling and writing about that one thing that you, my readers can never have enough of – great food that is light on the wallet.

Cool Joint – So, what is the first thing that almost everyone worth his sandwich knows about 4th block? You already have the answer.  It is a landmark that is hard to miss. The range of people this crowded food junction attracts deserves a separate blog altogether. Grilled sandwiches at Rs 20, fruit juices at Rs 10, and softee at Rs 5 – how do they beat the inflation?  

 Pavithra Paradise – Next to the food monument mentioned earlier stands its arguably second most famous counterpart. If Cool Joint is Lata Mangeshkar, Pavithra is you-know-who. From hot sunday afternoons to cozy tuesday evenings, Pavithra is the manna for all the shopaholics that flock to 4th block especially those who, between burps, reminisce lovingly about their many victories with the roadside vendors.

Adigas: Not strictly 4th block, but fie to the one who said that I have to live by my rules. If you never never have tasted the rava idli at Adigas, you should seriously re-consider the purpose of your existence. Poets could write paeans of this not-so-modest cousin of the humble idli, and still fall short of describing that melt-in-your-mouth, glaze-in-your-eyes experience. They serve other such divine stuff too – the jowar roti, the parotta, the masala dosa, the upma- but in this respect at least, I am monotheistic.

Ganesh Darshan: This is popularly known as something else, that something which is not displayed on their billboard at least. Dosa corner? I think I am close. Indulgent moms, starry eyed lovers, backslapping buddies, past-their-prime couples – all of them make space for themselves on the roadside while munching on India’s version of the crepe. The cooks here are extremely passionate about what they make. So, if you do such blasphemy like asking for less grease in your dosa, be forewarned. You might not relish the experience tooo much.

Sukh Sagar Ever since I praised their tomato soup the first time I was there, they have ensured that even if nothing else turns out right, their soup will still get the high fives. It is one of those rare restaurants that actually live up to their name.  Bangalore’s national dish as someone aptly put it – the Gobi Manchurian – occupies the hall of fame here. I have rarely seen a family go against tradition and order something else. And then there is the north indian fare – punjabi mostly – that has never failed to warm the most inner recesses of my stomach. Howthey manage to get all the spices right everytime I wonder. I could write a separate blog on their chaats but for now, in minimal whispers, I recommend the Paav Bhaaji.

There is a south indian thaali joint in one of the alleys, the name of which I am not immediately able to fathom. At Rs 35, it is among the cheapest meals you can ever hope to have in Bangalore. I wouldn’t go on a limb and say that this is the best thaali you will ever get for that price, but it sure isn’t a bad deal.

Because of my relative fidelity in matters of food, I have never made it to places like Hot Chips, Paratha Paradise, the juice corner, and places whose names my memory fails to recollect at this hour. I am hoping to cheat my instincts and get you information on these in my future blogs. Till then, happy burping!

 PS: For people who want me to broaden my horizons, and cover eatouts in the other bylanes of Jayanagar, send me your choices. So much to eat and so little time. Sigh!

6 Comments so far

  1. aggierag on June 5th, 2008 @ 7:17 am

    aaahaa…. lotsa memories… lotsa drooling…

    introduced my wife (she’s frm mysore) to cool joint when we were in India this march… she just absolutely loved the sandwich… i was totally sad to know that they’ve stopped serving their amazing 5Rs soups now.

  2. mudpuppy on June 5th, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    This post needs some addresses and/or map links.


    Cool Joint:

  3. reshma on June 5th, 2008 @ 8:57 am

    Preran, Way to GO GO GO!!!
    I have always lived in Jayanagar but currently I dont reside there since I live in US. But everytime I read about 4th block I get very very nostalgic. I really love going to all the eateries you have mentioned……especially adigas. I cant get enough of masala dosas, dahi vada and hot hot coffee there. And about the 35Rs meal that you have written…I guess you are talking about Home Meals…is that right??
    Next time you should try going to Chaat place near NMKRV womens college near Nanda theatre. The one who owns that chat place always had chat on cart for more than 17yrs in front of sheens corner(boutique) I am his loyal customer.My mouth is wateringggg…..slurp slurp!!
    And also I recommend you go to Shreeraj Lassi bar and hot breads.
    Other than these……there are road side gaadi vaalas selling buttas, jackfruit,gol goppas, hot hot jilebis…wooowwwwww yum yum…I guess I will stop here for now else I might have to take the next flight to Bangalore. Looking forward to more interesting articles from you.

    I have also read your article on Vidyarthi Bhavan……write more….bye bye!!

  4. radman on June 6th, 2008 @ 4:11 am

    fabulous post. i hope you will reach your dream in live in this locality. i am not a vegetarian, but my mouth was still watering. cheers.

  5. Deponti (bglr_deepa) on June 6th, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

    What a YUMMMM post Preran! ….but when we explore more eateries, it will not only be our horizons which widen, alas!

  6. sharadjaiswal on June 12th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    I think it is Dosa Camp.

    How about reccomendations for Malleswaram too?

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