This is the place where you get the best birayani probably in the entire malnad area. Pillai mess is near to the sahyadri theatre in Hassan. Pillai alias appaji is the proprietor and the chef here. The birayani is prepared only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (I really don’t know why he picked these days) Appaji prepares dum mutton birayani- the cost of which is Rs 45 (You get enough birayani rice, plain white rice (unlimited) and one boiled egg.) The taste is legendary and will have good culinary lovers coming back again and again. Our team member BT and Chandra used to come to Hassan (approx 100 Kms to and fro) just for having this biriyani. Pillai also prepares chicken fry but strangely does not prepare chicken birayani. If you are chicken lover like me then you’ll have to take a plate of birayani rice and a plate of chicken – which will agin cost you only Rs 45 (together).