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Where to Eat in Bengaluru – a food and dining guide

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A thriving commercial centre with excellent shopping and famous gardens throughout, Bengaluru – otherwise known as Bangalore – is at the heart of southern Indian culture. As such, it’s brimming with the most heartwarming of places to dine. A famously cosmopolitan metropolis, the city’s cuisine certainly represents its diverse spirit, offering anything from traditional bites served by street vendors to swish Western and Oriental buffets.
Traditional dishes

 

 

Bengaluru is well known for its masala dosa, a fermented crepe or rice pancake wrapped around rich potato curry and rubbed with sweet red chilli chutney. Ideal for snacking on while pounding the streets.

Near M.G. Road

 

Scattered throughout this vibrant central shopping stretch of Bengaluru are some of the city’s tastiest restaurants, whether you want authentic southern Indian grub or something more experimental and carefully refined. Just off Residency Cross Road, Karavalli at the Gateway Hotel churns out lip-smacking portions of spicy grilled fish and traditional curries to sate every appetite. The heaving buffet at Chutney is a favourite with visitors and locals, serving a vast selection of meat and veggie options at good rates. This is the place to be if you've a monster appetite.

 

• Karavalli, The Gateway Hotel, No. 66 Residency Cross Rd, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 806 660 4545

Chutney Chang, HM Eleganza, 31 Museum Road, Church Street, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 900 800 1193

 

Near Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

 

After a day exploring the diverse plant life at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, you’re going to want something to good eat. Thankfully the area surrounding the site is packed with hotspots, including the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. Perched on Lalbagh Road, it provides a good old mix and match of southern Indian dishes to gorge on. Less than 15-minute walk from the gardens, Food Street is just what you’d expect: a street of food, selling street food. The smells alone will get your tummy rumbling.

 

• Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, 14 Lalbagh Road, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 802 223 0471

Food Street, Sajjan Rao Circle, Bengaluru

 

Indiranagar

 

Indiranagar is home to a high concentration of affordable restaurants representing proud culinary cultures from around the world. With European, Chinese, and of course Indian restaurants to choose from, a mouth-watering feast is never far away. Toit is an intriguing, if slightly strange, amalgamation of craft beer, fondue, and pizzas pulled straight from the kiln. It’s a cheerful place to sink a few cold ones with friends. Then there's Barbeque Nation – a family-friendly chain that’s proved a favourite with locals. The chargrilled starters are not to be missed.

 

• Toit, 298, 100 Feet Road, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 901 971 3388

Barbeque Nation, 4005, 100 Feet Road, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 806 060 0000

 

Vittal Mallya Road

 

No more than a short walk from the tranquil urban oasis that is Cubbon Park, Vittal Mallya Road is where you’ll find one or two of Bengaluru’s finest eats. Cubbon Pavilion fuses Indian with international fare and is open around the clock. Decked out in slick and stylish décor, with a calming ambience running through, it’s great for tucking into a signature lamb patty or gobbling up some fragrant prawn curry. If opting for Khansama, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lavish ornaments, hunting trophies, and giant oil paintings. Curried mutton, lamb knuckles, and a choice of Indian breads are available.

 

• Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, 1 Residency Road, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 802211 9898

Khansama, UB City Mall, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru; Tel: +91 804 111 4499

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