Our favourite south Indian breakfasts are always served only in the mornings, or evenings. But you can walk in to Aryaas at lunch time and demand a masala dosa or try one of the other tasty meals here. Skip the branch at The Pearl if you’re looking for pure vegetarian, as that one serves meat.
Various locations including B Ring Road (4443 9555).
Bharath Vasanta Bhavan
The South Indian breakfast here steals the show but if you eat here at any other time of the day, you’ll still be impressed with the brilliant vegetarian dishes on the menu. The restaurant does special lunch meals for as low as QR14 and you get unlimited thalis as well. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful and it’s an experience loaded with flavour. Do not skip the filter coffee.
Jaidah Flyover (4443 9955).
This restaurant is possibly more popular for the friendly uncle here who just won’t stop putting chappatis on your plate. But the food is excellent, too. It is home-style, served in thalis, with unlimited top-ups. There’s no menu here, they make different dishes every day and just serve you everything. More than the food, it’s the service that steals the show.
Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4480 0373).
There’s a selection of dosas and uttapams alongside all the other breakfast classics from South India. You can opt for the lunchtime North Indian thali and there’s a selection of some really delicious mains that include dishes such as Punjabi channa masala, mushroom masala and a must-try malai kofta (which is great for those who don’t like too much spice).
Najma (4441 7004).
A hot favourite among expats for the drool-worthy and affordable south Indian breakfasts, Saravana Bhavan has long been in everyone’s top five budget spots. The masala dosas here are loved by all, and for good reason, as are the idlis and uttappams. Try the ghee roast masala dosa, too.
Al Ghanim (4443 7776).