Food Review: Pavithra Refreshment (Bangalore)

Of the countless restaurants that serve South Indian food in Bangalore, Pavithra Refreshment is one the few that haven’t sold out. By ‘sellout’ restaurants, I mean eateries that include pav bhaji and Indo-Chinese dishes to attract more people. Pavithra Refreshment, joined to Sangam Paradise Lodge, has a tea/coffee stall attached to it on the outside, where you can drink filter coffee or badam milk.

You have to use coupons that can be bought at the counter and eat some of the simplest and best South Indian food at this small place. There are no chairs or tables or waiters; you have to buy coupons, hand them over at the self-service counter, take your food to one of the sides where there’s space for you to place your meal, and eat standing there.

The food is kickass: the masala dosa you can eat just like that; you don’t need the chutney or sambhar or even the masala inside – the dosa is thick and tasty and crunchy. The medu vadas (they’re called uddina vadas here) and idlis are the softest you will find, and there are a few other South Indian snacks you might never have heard of.

This eatery is very hygienic and the food they offer is pure vegetarian.There are similar restaurants near Pavithra Refreshment and all across Bengaluru, but if you’re near Majestic Bus Stand, you should pay a visit to this place. It’s at Nanjappa Complex, right next to Sangam Paradise Lodge. ‘Pavithra’ means ‘pure’/’sacred’ in Sanskrit, and they couldn’t have given a better name to this tiny South Indian restaurant that refuses to bow to trends.

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