Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi is famous for a grand Ganga Aarti that is performed here every evening and is watched by hundreds of pilgrims and tourists coming from all over the world. Because of this daily spectre, it is only natural that Dashashwamedh Ghat will have many touristy shops and restaurants in its vicinity. Those are there alright, but I am really happy to report that among the plethora of touristy businesses, there exist two eateries in a narrow lane called Maan Mandir near Dashashwamedh Ghat where an international tourist can have a decent vegetarian meal without getting ripped off. Maan Mandir also has a Fake Restaurant called Vishnu Tea Emporium that actually sells loose tea leaves and spices. Once you ignore that, you have the option of dining in either Dosa Cafe a little ahead of Vishnu and Niyati Cafe, on the opposite side of Vishnu. In this article, I will write about Dosa Cafe (D.15/49, Maan Mandir, Dashashwamedh, Varanasi 221001. Phone: 09026884641) which operates out of a residence in Maan Mandir. The entrepreneurial spirit in the owner of this house - Mr. Sanjay Singh is responsible for this three-table cafe that has already made its mark in the Varanasi restaurant scene. Dosa Cafe opens every day from 9.00am to 9.00pm. Keep reading...
|Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir Dashashwamedh Varanasi|
|Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir near Dashashwamedh Ghat Varanasi|
Dosa Cafe started in the year 2012 with a one page hand written menu having just 10 items. In less than two years, the menu has grown to eight pages having 17 variants of Dosa alone that too with a choice of refined soy bean oil, butter, pure ghee, or olive oil in each of the 17 types of Dosa. Potato Spinach, Creamy Mushroom, and Mixed Fruit Dosa are just Some of the exotic variants of Dosa on the menu here. Frankly, I have not seen these anywhere else. There are eight types of Uttapam including Italian and French, and also all the other South Indian favourites such as Vada, Idli, Upma, and Bonda. A couple of pages in the menu are devoted to drinks (hot & cold), soups, and desserts.
|Masala Dosa at Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir Dashashwamedh Varanasi|
|Choco Truffle Idli Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir Dashashwamedh Varanasi|
Speaking of desserts, Dosa Cafe serve a unique creation of theirs, Choco Truffle Idli, a filling dessert that is actually a Chocolate Idli filled with sweet cream (INR 70). With just the right amount of sugar, this dessert tastes great. Other Idli variants start at INR 30. Dosa prices range between INR 20 (plain dosa in oil) and 190 (creamy mixed fruit, olive oil). Uttapam starts at INR 40 and goes up to INR 140. Sambar Vada and Masala Vada cost INR 30 each, Upma with dry-fruits costs INR 75, and soups between INR 50 and 80. Tea / coffee variants are priced between INR 20 and 70 while cold drinks cost between INR 20 and 50.
|Original Hand Written Menu Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir Varanasi|
|Mr. Sanjay Singh owner of Dosa Cafe Maan Mandir Varanasi|
I wonder how a 12-seater restaurant manages to handle a menu so large. Mr. Sanjay Singh is really a brave man. He plans to expand the restaurant by using a part of the courtyard of his heritage house. I hope that comes soon because with the great tasting food that he serves, Mr. Sanjay Singh's customers will only grow in number. I wish him All the Best.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|