Cheerfully modest, Udupi Adigemane's appeal lies in its food that is unpretentious and easy on the palate

When you think fast-food joints, your head usually conjures up images of hot fluffy idlis, crisp benne dosas and the inevitable chat. What I found at Udupi Adigemane at Kengeri was no different. It was, in many ways, quite what I look for in any eatery of its kind — an affordable, neatly plated and, most of all, fulfilling meal.

True calling

M.B. Devadiga, a former bank employee, decided to quit his job when he realised that running a restaurant was his true calling. He opened the Udupi Adigemane eight years ago in the then humble locale of Kengeri. “My brother runs a similar eatery in Dubai, so I thought why not follow his example here. In fact, catering and hotel management runs in our family,” he declares proudly.

Originally from Udupi, his was one of the first vegetarian, multi-cuisine fast food restaurants in Kengeri. “Ours is the oldest restaurant here. You don't find too many places offering north and south Indian cuisines as well as Chinese food under the same roof in this part of town,” he says.

For me, however, the charm of visiting a fast-food joint lies in the prospect of watching live, how deftly the dosas are spread out on the steaming tava, where several perfect white circles are made simultaneously. These dosas are then taken off the tava and presented on the many plates adding chutney with such a flourish that it is a treat to watch. My all-time favourite, the masala dosa, was just as good as expected at this Udupi kitchen. The paneer dosa, cucumber dosa and onion dosa were some other items on that menu that are worth more than a peck.

Right blend

Deciding to keep it simple, I ordered naans to go with mushroom masala. It had just the right blend of salt and spices. It was so appealing that I considered ordering some kulchas just to have some more of the gravy. Their south Indian meal, on the other hand, was average — moderately priced and enough to satisfy the palate.

The best time to visit Udipi Adigemane is in the evenings. You could choose to eat downstairs, while watching the dosas being made, or indulge in a more relaxed and leisurely meal upstairs. This eatery seems to be a favourite among Kengeri's residents. Dasharath and Savitha Rao say that the Udupi kitchen saves them from having to cook after a long day's work. “We've been frequenting the place for the last five years. The north Indian fare is really good. But the onion dosa has made us regulars here,” says Dasharath. For Subramani C.S., the eatery is a much-needed respite from the monotony of having to eat hostel food every day. “Eating the same food daily gets pretty boring at times, and Udupi Adigemane is a welcome change.”

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