Dakshin Bhavan, Stellar Spaces, Kharadi – Pune

Dakshin Bhavan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pocket friendly South Indian !

Rating 4.5/5

Quick Facts
Address – Stellar Spaces, Kharadi Opposite Zensar and next to Kotak Mahindra bank.
Cuisine – South Indian (Bangalore) / Bit of Desi Chinese
Pricing – Pocket Friendly – 200 for two. (A plate of Idli costs Rs 30, Masala Dosa – 60)

To begin with South Indian Vegetarian Food isn’t really my favorite so I am always careful (not too keen in other words) before I make my mind to go for it. In this instance though I am so glad that I did visit as I had a really good experience. The positives are of-course kept in mind considering the price I am paying for the food along with a decent ambience compared to other shacks like establishments in the area opposite to Zensar.

Ambience – Dakshin Bhavan formerly known as Sambar offers a pretty decent ambience compared to a lot of places in the surroundings. Has an option of both indoor and outdoor seating available. Though Air conditioning isn’t available but that could be a blessing in disguise as well since it keeps the Service Tax out of picture and keeps the pricing extremely pocket friendly.

Food – I had one of the best Masala Dosas in a while in the form of Ghee Masala Dosa (Rs.80). The Dosa was done crispy just in the right magnitude while the taste of Ghee really took this to another level and on inquiring I was told they source their Ghee from Bangalore (read the famous Nandini Ghee) ! That was interesting and on further discussions I was told the Coffee beans along with Happalam (papad) are also especially sourced from Bangalore !!

The potato filling and accompanying Sambhar can be refilled without paying anything extra, at that price it’s a steal I must say. The Sambhar to be clear is a bit on the sweeter side with added jaggery as is the norm I am told in Bangalore side of things so take your pick accordingly.

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Curd Vada (Rs.50) – This was pretty decent as well and comes in a sweet variant with the vada being soft and tender which is the most important part of this dish and it turned out fine.

Filter Coffee – Available in the conventional Hot (Rs 10) and the Cold variant as well. I found them pretty good and it was a little bitter in the end but expectedly so and mind you their coffee beans are sourced from down South. Therefore it must be close to the real deal back in Bangalore though I haven’t had it in Bangalore so I can’t confirm or deny the fact. However I did like both the variants though.

Service – It’s a self serviced place and I did find the Open Kitchen a good addition Where You See What You Get and it’s Ok to provide your customizations while the dish is cooking on the amount of butter, ghee and other nuances etc. It could get really crowded during the breakfast hours so choose your time carefully if you’re looking for a quiet meal.

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Dakshin Bhavan is housed at the GF towards the left of Tower in Picture right next to Kotak Bank.

VFM & The Verdict – It’s an absolute value for money place and there’s just no doubt about it. After taking into account not just their pricing but the overall dining experience along with taste I find it a very good place to frequent if you’re looking for a budget friendly place. It’s an ideal spot for working folks in the nearby areas and gets a big thumbs up from my side !!

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