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MTR, Through the lens!

For more than eight decades, Mavalli Tiffin Room, which is better known as MTR, has been serving Bangaloreans to its best. Housed in a small old building in Lalbagh Road, there is still the smell of old Bangalore that lingers in the place.

We give you a glimpse of what makes Mavalli Tiffin Rooms special. The  place that has been serving the city loyally ever since its inception in 1924. 

The tradition of food and hospitality for MTR began in 1924 . Photograph: Nishal LamaThe tradition of food and hospitality for MTR began in 1924 . Photograph: Nishal Lama


The tradition of food and hospitality for MTR began in 1924 with the establishment of MTR by the Maiya family in Bangalore. Over the years, the place has become a landmark in itself and it’s definitely a must-go for visitors and residents alike. Apart from serving authentic South Indian cuisine, the 86 year-old restaurant is iconic in representing the Bangalorean culture.

Originally named as the Brahmin's Coffee House. Photograph: Nishal LamaOriginally named as the Brahmin's Coffee House. Photograph: Nishal Lama

Originally named as the Brahmin's Coffee House, the name was changed when it was shifted to a new premise in the 1960. Over the years, the place hasn’t had much of a reconstruction, which is why the space still heavily echoes of the past with furniture and articles from back in the day. 

The veteran photographer Dhiraj Chawda (far right) is a regular at MTR- he is here with his friends Photographer: Nishal Lama The veteran photographer Dhiraj Chawda (far right) is a regular at MTR- he is here with his friends Photographer: Nishal Lama


The veteran photographer Dihiraj Chawda is a regular at MTR to savour MTR specialties. Apart from its regular meal, which MTR serves for lunch and dinner, the place is equally popular for the variety of food items it offers in its famous lunch/dinner package. Tiffins like Masala Dosa, Idlis are also very sought-after items in the place. 

Uncompromising quality, great food and tradition keeps MTR buzzing with patrons. Photograph : Nishal lamaUncompromising quality, great food and tradition keeps MTR buzzing with patrons. Photograph : Nishal lama


MTR has maintained its name and standards with uncompromising quality over the years, which is why there are still hundreds of people frequenting the place on a daily basis.

People queuing up for a table at MTR. Photograph: Nishal LamaPeople queuing up for a table at MTR. Photograph: Nishal Lama

So much so that the place everyday gets a queue of people awaiting their turn to have a taste of the MTR meal. 

People in the waiting area at MTR. Photograph: Nishal LamaPeople in the waiting area at MTR. Photograph: Nishal Lama

The five-course vegetarian meal at MTR is the most popular item in the menu for people frequenting the place. Starting with a glass of grape juice in a small silver glass, they serve puri, rice, pulao, sweets, salad, curd and many more. 

Some of the cooks at MTR have been with the organization for over 60 years! Photograph: Nishal LamaSome of the cooks at MTR have been with the organization for over 60 years! Photograph: Nishal Lama


Many of the workers, especially the cooks working in MTR till date have been associated with the place for years now. Some are even working for the last 50 years. It’s the same with customers, many of whom, have been frequenting the place every since  they were children.

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2 comments

SNEHA Dec 30th, 2010 04:33 PM

YUMMY FOOD!!!!!!!!

sazmeer khan Aug 26th, 2010 06:39 PM

good pics.. and all i can say is eat! eat! eat!!!

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