Mysuru’s Hotel Hanumanthu has a fascinating history steeped in centuries of culture and delicious cuisine. It’s fascinating to find that this iconic restaurant, known for its fragrant biryanis, has expanded to eight other sites around the country. When you learn that Sri Hanumanthu’s family owns a portion of the restaurant, you’ll have even more insight into its unique past.

Hotel Hanumanthu has several locations, making it difficult to track down the true and original one. All these divisions have the same basic formulas, but the most treasured and ancient one is kept in one central area.

Your inclusion of Dean Jones and his Hanumanthu video in the narrative is quite interesting. It’s shocking to find out that Dean may not have been to the original diner. It’s a good reminder of the tangled web of history that can shroud even the most storied restaurants.

Where is the original?

The original Hotel Hanumanthu had its beginnings in a modest one-room apartment on Rathna Simha Street, and its rich history can be traced back to that point. Sri Hanumanthu, the creator, would cook Pulao here, at first as a side project while he engaged in his wrestling activities.

When the locals tried Sri Hanumanthu’s cooking and were so thrilled that they urged him to open a restaurant, the plot thickened. This landmark year in the restaurant’s development, 1930, is indicative of the continued popularity of Hanumanthu’s cuisine.

The fact that the original home on the ground level became a hotel is fascinating. Unlike the store on Akbar Rd Cross, it is reported to use the original recipe for Hanumanthu biryani. The original site, with its independent culinary facilities, delivers a flavour that marks it differently, but the bigger kitchen and broader audience at the second location are advantages.

This exploration of Hotel Hanumanthu’s past enriches our understanding of the restaurant’s storied past by illuminating its modest origins and the commitment to preserve the genuine flavours that have earned it a place in culinary folklore.


From your personal account, it’s apparent that the original Hotel Hanumanthu on Rathna Simha Street is a culinary masterpiece. Unlike other Hanumanthu eateries that may have been more commercialised over time, this one has clearly maintained its great quality and distinctive flavours.

The discovery of a separate cooking setup at this site lends credence to the claim that its biryani is distinct from that of other outlets. The restaurant’s image as a hidden culinary gem was reinforced by the fact that it was mostly deserted and not very well-known for its unique offerings.

It’s important to stress that other Hanumanthu eateries should not be judged by the standards of the original Hotel Hanumanthu, which has its own unique style and flavour profile. Each offshoot is authentic in its own way since it embodies some of the original’s history and heritage.

Your description of the original Hotel Hanumanthu’s history and the efforts made to keep its legendary biryani alive are really appreciated.

Best Dish to Order:

Mutton Pulao
Chilli Chicken
Paya & Soup (Sunday Mornings Only)

Rathna Simha Street 3rd Ln,
Mandi Mohalla, Mysore,
Karnataka 570001

More Pics:

Entrance to the Original Hotel Hanumanthu located on the first floor. It is basically a house turned restaurant.
Authentic Hanumanthu Mutton Pulao Biryani
Chilli Chicken