For me, a visit or drive through Mysore is incomplete without a visit to Mylari - the famous masal dose joint situated off Nazarbad main road. I cant call what they serve mysore masal dose
or anything else - it is just Mylari dose - a league of its own.
Mylari has been serving dose to Mysoreans and Bangaloreans (some who even drive down all the way just to eat the dose and get back - like my friend P) for at least four decades.
The narrow lane is Nazarbad houses two Mylaris. One that says Hotel Original Mylari, and another across the road that is called Mylari. A "we have no other branches" sign board is displayed in both the Mylaris. Interestingly, both the Mylari doses taste almost the same. A chat with one of the managers revealed some interesting family history between the two.
Hotel Original Mylari is a small narrow room with tiny tables and benches. The waiting to get a place to sit can really get annoying at times. This is not to say their service is bad - on the contrary they serve real quick, just that almost everyone who goes inside to eat wants to down at least two doses at a time.
The Mylari dose is fluffy, soft and light brown in colour, coated with a layer of ghee and an additional blob of benne (butter) thrown on top. You can ask for regular masal dose - which has a dry palya (potato preparation) inside or the saagu masala, which is a semi-gravy type mixed vegetable preparation. The chutney is a coarsely ground coconut chutney of medium spice. The chutney, dose and saagu combination is heavenly. Absolutely delicious! However, do note that Mylari doses can leave you feeling very heavy and lethargic - to the extent of skipping meals rest of the day.
Easy on the pocket, tasty and very different.
A must visit for dosa lovers.
Verdict : 4.8/5