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World class Karnataka cuisine
for over nine decades.

 

The MTR Story

The year was 1920 when three brothers Parameshwara Maiya, Ganappayya Maiya and Yagnanarayana Maiya left a small, sleepy hamlet near Udupi in South Kanara (a region in the state of Karnataka, India) in search of greener pastures and found their way to Bangalore. Being proficient in cooking, they found employment as cooks in the homes of some prominent people of those times.

In 1924, Parameshwara Maiya, with encouragement and assistance from his employer, decided to start a small restaurant on Lalbagh Fort Road in Bangalore, along with Ganappayya Maiya, called the Brahmin Coffee Club serving coffee and idlis. Five years later, on the death of Parameshwara Maiya, Yagnanarayana Maiya joined his brother in running the restaurant. For the next three decades. Yagnanarayana Maiya, or Yagnappa as he was called affectionately, with his enterprising ways, managed the restaurant effortlessly and brought the restaurant accolades and fame.

Integrity is the backbone of MTR. It’s the core reason for its survival over the decades. Whether it’s food or conduct in business, emphasis is on ethics and fair play.

In 1951, he decided to undertake a tour of Europe to study how restaurants in those parts functioned. He returned an enlightened man, impressed with the standards of cleanliness, hygiene, discipline and practices adhered to by the restaurants there. On his return he brought in  quite a few changes in the restaurant. He raised the bar by introducing new standards for hygiene, health and sanitation. He introduced sterilization of utensils, crockery and cutlery. He distributed small booklets on health and proper eating habits. He also opened up the kitchen to the scrutiny of customers. He also renamed the restaurant 'Mavalli Tiffin Rooms', in short for MTR, after the locality where it was situated.   

In 1960, the restaurant shifted to its present location on Lalbagh Road, Bangalore and grew in stature and name. MTR became a landmark. In 1968, Yagnanarayana Maiya passed away, handing over the mantle to his nephew Harishchandra Maiya and the legacy continues with the third generation in the saddle.

Awards & Recognitions

Lifetime Achievement Award
Times Now Foodie Awards 2012

Nominee - Best Regional Restaurant
Kaff - NDTV Good Times Food Awards 2013

Winner - Restaurants (Local Flavours)
India Today TravelPlus Toplist Survey 2009-10

Best South Indian Tiffin Restaurant
Times Food Awards 2006

Possibly the essential Bengaluru eating experience
— Frommer's

Get in touch!

MAVALLI TIFFIN ROOMS (MTR)
#14, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore - 560027

Call: 080 - 22230471

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