The awesome thing about these vacations is that I have visited old, forgotten favourites - places that have fallen by the wayside during the law school years. One such place is the New Krishna Bhavan (or Gopika). It's in the lane opposite this fancy new Mantri Mall.
While the normal, safe options of Idli, Vada and Dosa are also present, I recommend that you give these the miss. You could try the Raagi Roti (Rs. 30). While I'm generally not a fan of anything Raagi based, these brown, crisp, dosa-esque rotis taste wonderful (and are incredibly healthy too). The onion-tomato chatni they serve with this is amongst my favourites.
One must also try the Gokak Jowar Roti (Rs. 30) . While I can't figure out what the difference between this and an Akki Roti, the taste silences all such questions. It's a traditional North Karnataka preparation and the staple meal there. Little pieces of onion and coriander in the roti add to it's flavour. The light, mouthwatering and incredibly healthy neer dosa (it reminds me of a South Indian crepe) is another specialty dish. They serve this with the aforementioned chatni and a sweet coconut dish which tastes like the filling in modaks or kozhakattai. I generally avoid this and have it with the chatni.
The one must try at this place is the Green Masala Idly. This dish consists of fried idli served in a palak sauce and despite the unconventional colour and description it tastes pretty good. The idlis have a lovely crisp texture to them and the spicy palak sauce complements the bland idli perfectly. It's a dish that you are unlikely to see anywhere else. The Rasam-Vadai here is good too. They serve the Tam-molaghu (pepper) rasam here. The rasam is light, clear and does wonders if you have a cold.
Service is quick and efficient like most other Darshini type establishments. If you find yourself in this part of town, I most definitely recommend New Krishna Bhavan. This place is less celebrated than MTR (and consequently, less expensive) but the quality and variety of food that it offers is way better.
Location: Opposite Sampige Theatre (and Mantri Mall), Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Pricing: Rs. 50-60 per person.