Veena Stores (VS) is good, because a senior friend swears by it. In fact he and my other friend used to come all the way from Koramangala office to VS for the Idlis. Now my friend is working just a road away from VS, next to Aranya Bhavan. Heaven knows how many times he must have overtly or covertly (because he is the big boss in his office now) sneaked out to VS and eaten there.
I too have been to VS, but the quantity is too small for guys like me (Ravanana hottege arey kaasina majjige). Hence we used to devour in Janatha Hotel, whenever we were in Malleshwaram.There is also another hotel by the name Central Tiffin Room (Opposite Malleswaram Club). That has crisp Dosas. Of course the Dose in Vidyarthi Bhavan is mouth watering. We also have Dose camp in Jayanagar and other places.
In my college days, 1970-74, there was the Shanbag Hotel, near St.Joseph’s College which used to give at 70 paise a Rava Idli and 2 Uddina Vades. They were just delicious.
Later came Sapna Hotel on Brigade Road, which is now shifted to Residency Road, which had good Dosa and Idli.
D.V.G. talks about his Thindi habits, in his Jnapaka Chitrashale, wherein near Dharmarayana Gudi they used to have good mixture, sweet and coffee. I think the hotel is still there. I have eaten there, but I am not sure, if it is the same hotel DVG mentioned.
I still remember when a hotel near Netakallappa Circle in Basavangudi sold idlis for 5 paise each (Bellur says Idlis in his childhood days were 40 paise). I myself, as a young boy, have taken the parcelled Idlis many times.
Bangalore had and still has many good eating joints. Have hotte thumba thindi and burp or croak like a frog.