Abdu Rahiman introduced lassi and kulfi to Bengaluru in 1973. Having started out vending kulfis on the street, Abdu Rahiman went on to owning several branches of his very own Sreeraj Lassi Bar over the years. The Sreeraj Lassi Bar opened its doors to Bengalureans in 1973 from a small outlet nestled in Lavelle Road and now has extended to having nine branches across the city and the 10th branch in Dubai.
Abdu Rahiman’s sons Maseeha Sattar, Murrat and Kahab C K, whom he handed over his business to, recently opened a branch of the lassi bar in Malleswaram.
There is an array of lassis, ice creams, faloodas, milk shakes, kulfis, fruit salads, curds, paneer and shrikhand available at these popular spots. The branch at Kamaraj Road, launched in 1990, is their second branch in the city. On any given day, you will find it packed, but this branch has indoor seating. You may not find a spot to park as the shop is bang on the main road. But the service and the mood here is quick and prompt to the needs of the consumer.
Juniecharles is a regular customer here. “I visit this place every time I go shopping on Commercial Street. The mango lassi and fruit falooda with ice cream are my picks off the menu.” The lassi bar’s products are reasonably priced. A lassi costs between `30-50, ice creams cost `10-50, the shrikhand costs `20-50.
“There are about 1,000-odd people visiting the Kamaraj Road branch daily. We are known for our lassi, gudbud and kesar badam kulfi. Celebrities visit our shop often. We are open from 11 am to 12 am and we are open all days. We offer delivery service and we ensure that our products are packed well with ice,” says Kahab.
Even for the regulars, finding something new on the menu is a pleasant surprise. Latest to join the desert list are pink berry shake, oreo shake, snow white shake, cool berry shake, dates milk shake and fruit lassi.
The cold coffee with ice cream is a personal favourite with me due to the authentic taste of the coffee and the generously sprinkled chocolate chips.