Bangalore has evolved over the years and so does the food culture. The city has legendary institutions like MTR and also the highest number of pubs in Asia. The diversity of cuisines & legendary food establishments makes the city an ultimate food destination.
The good things is that you have so many options to choose from and its the worst thing at the same time as we can not cover all of them in one life!!!
The South Affair ♥ ♥ ♥
With buddy & tour guide Ananth (he took care of all the logistics & transport) we started our journey from the legendary Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Lalbaugh road. MTR started in 1924 from this very place.
Though the restaurant is small with no fancy decor and frills, the place is CLEAN. Timing is important as they serve only meals during lunch time and not Idli or Dosa. We reached there by the lunch time and could only get hands on their meal which has Akki roti, curd rice, rice, rasam, bisibele bhat, keshar bhat and what not.
The meal is perfect for one person, you taste different items & its totally worth the money you pay. It’s a must visit place to taste Rava Idlis (they invented it) so next time I will definately make sure to come for breakfast.
The next legendary place is Vidyarthi Bhavan @Basavanagudi, famous for its crispy, spongy Masala Dosa. The place is always full and you may have to wait for more that half an hour. The interiors are charming and old style and the food is worth the wait.
They do not serve sambhar with dosa and I was informed that it’s the part of old tradition. Vada sambhar is like any other served everywhere. Keshri bhat is not so sweet but very tasty. Well I still have the taste of Masala Dosa & filter coffee alive. A perfect place to have breakfast if you are willing to wait though.
The last stop for the South Indian flavour was Nagarjuna – serves Andhra dishes on a banana leaf. How much more can it become south indian? ha ha. There are few branches across Bengaluru, we visited Indiranagar one. The ambience is casual with a good seating capacity. The tables are well lit and you can see what you are eating.
Try meals to get the different flavours in one plate but it only comes in vegetarian option. But trust me the daal they serve is simply the best. We also tried Chicken Kodu which was spicy & tasty at the same time. The expression after the meal was of content!!!
The Pub Crawl
As Bengaluru is mushroomed with loads of pubs, its nearly impossible to cover them all at once so we picked them randomly in any order. We started the crawl (literally) from a legendary place “Koshy’s” near M.G. Road. Well there are better places for food but the rustic ambience, history on the walls and patrons make this place special. You can have beer in the morning while your neighbour drinks coffee… Ask for rum ice tea when you visit..
Stop number 2: Toit, Indiranagar which is a micro brewery and serve beer with names like Basmati Blonde, Kilnaleck Red. The recommended one is Tin Tin toit though. The place has all the elements of a good pub but only struggle is to get a place on a busy weekend.
Stop number 3: Black Rabbit:
The ambience is nice, with a wooden feel to the place.The roof has some interesting lights making it look pretty at night.The music was good, not very loud and they serve decent cocktails too. Place is famous for burgers too…
Stop number 4: Arbor brewing company
The place is highly recommended but I guess we visited on a wrong day. It was halloween and the place was decorated (did I say that?) with all possible gory, ugly body parts, funny looking monsters and yeah interiors soaked in red light. They were serving special cocktails like Black Heart, Grave digger… too much of a hell – o – ween.
Last stop: Koramangala Social – best place to end the night, they were about to close but not only allowed to let us in, the kind bartender offered us complimentary shots… A lively place to party, rooftop adds up to the charm.
Sunday Brunch: Fine dine at The Leela Palace
Unlimited drinks, lavish menu, live music and beautiful outdoor seating, it has every element you need on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The food ranges from street to gourmet, from coconut water to Scotch and mysore pak to baked yoghurt.
The flavours vary from one dish to another and desserts will break your heart. Yeah the desserts were total let down and the better ones are Indian regulars which you can get at hundred times less money. Over all an average experience at a royal palace.
Some worthwhile mentions:
Good options for Lebanese food. Authenticity can be subjective as I had only tried Lebanese food in Dubai.
In the home land of Cafe Coffee Day, Matteo is a good alternative for some seriously good shakes and coffee
One place for all your chocolate & dessert cravings. They also serve pizza and other meals. A must go place
Very colourful and lively place. Try their Double Decker Brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – two big brownie chunks soaked in lush choco-caramel mousse topped with a generous amount of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with that nice and creamy hot chocolate sauce