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Jul 25, 2013 10:01 AM

NY foodies in Bangalore


Two New York Chowhounds here in Bengalaru; staying in Ashok Nagar area. We love to walk and I would welcome any recommendations for good places to eat. Unfortunately can't do street food but clean and cheap is great. Or not so cheap; it's vacation.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Walking in Bangalore, not an easy or often enjoyable prospect but if you want to give it a whirl, then give it a whirl.

    Here's my thread from when I lived in Bangalore a couple of years ago, most restaurants have street addresses and landmarks for navigation -

    You aren't too far from Tandoor on MG Road, always reliable for North Indian and their Peshwari Gobi is outstanding. Oberoi Hotel and Taj Vivanta on MG Road also aren't too far, Oberoi has excellent restaurants (Rim Naam Thai is my favourite) and the Taj "all day restaurant" called Mosaic has always been good. Their lamb shanks rogan josh are featured on every visit I have to Bangalore.

    As I lived in Bangalore for a while a lot of our restaurant choices were not local food, I got a fair bit of that at work, we were interested in other Asian or European restaurants. Not sure what your priorities are while in Bangalore.

    1. Just saw your post and hope it's not too late:

      Don't miss Karavalli for its Keralan-influenced seafood dishes:

      Kebabs and Kurries at the ITC Royal Gardenia serves up some of the best tandoori-baked items I'd ever had in Bangalore:

      For the most popular South Indian breakfast spot in Bangalore, go to the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms on Lalbagh Road (walking distance from Lalbagh Botanical Garden):!h...

      For the most unforgettable South Indian lunch, you *must* try Dakshin at the elegant ITC Windsor Manor:

      If you're looking for a blow-out Indian fine-dining experience, I'd recommend Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs (, also at the ITC Windsor Manor, over the much-talked about Jamavar at the Leela Hotel(

      Actually, one of the most pleasant dining experience I had whilst visiting Bangalore last year was at Oh! Calcutta - a Bengali restaurant at St Mark's Road downtown:

      1. Bump, not much bengaluru discussion here.

        I'm working in what I think is Ejipura -- near 100 Feet Rd and Hosur Rd (actually closer to Srinivagilu and 100 Feet)

        Any recommendations of any type ( actually, indian only ) requested

        ( from a SF bay area eater who eats more than my share of S Indian at home, and certainly not interested in Ital-Desi or whatever ).

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        1. re: bbulkow

          You'll be in my old neighbourhood (almost), I was in Koramangala 3rd block when I lived in BLR. As such you'll be very close to Umerkot (#30, 80ft Road, 4th Block, Kormangala) which was excellent North Indian food... at least it was when I last visited in 2013.

          Sahib Sindh Sultan (2nd Floor, No. 21, Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru) was always good too and is in your neighbourhood. A bit of a gimicky place as it's designed like an old train, but the food was good.

          Lastly, if you need a quick take out or lunch Aangan (# 88,K K Centre, Jyoti Nivas College Rd, 5th Block,Koramangala Industrial Layout, Bengaluru) was always popular, good biryanis and kebabs. They also deliver.

          If you need any fresh fruit or produce, there used to be a Naamdari's Organic store near the intersection of 80 Feet and 100 Feet Roads... but looking at Google maps now it isn't listed. Doesn't mean its not there though.

          Can't think of too much else at the moment as it's been a couple of years since I've been back.

          1. re: vanderb

            Thanks! It seems our office has fresh fruit and drinks, so I'm probably looking for dinner places in the area for our team.... I'll look these up.

            1. re: bbulkow

              I'll always associate 100 Feet Road with Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant (Velachery branch?) - I visited it on my very first visit to Bangalore back in 2004.

              1. re: klyeoh

                Yes, a co-worker suggested Anjappar Chettinad too. I'm very interested, it's near our office - since we have an Anjappar Chettinad in Milpetas California and I've been a number of times --- one of my favorites!

                Yesterday, we went to Barbecue Nation, which I was skeptical about but did like the BBQ. I understand this is highly regarded locally. I think of that table-side BBQ as primarily Korean. Many things could have been done better - they dumped skewers helter-skelter on each other - but the kulfi was pretty good, and the spice level was reasonable. My colleagues did find the food overly spicy and had trouble with their stomachs, so we might be eating dinner separately the next few nights, as I found it spicy but not even close to overly spicy.

                We didn't bother trying the thai soup or desi chinese dishes --- and I found them peculiar --- really, thai soup in a BBQ place?

                Tonight it was Masala Dani, which is in the Paul hotel, close to Old Airport Rd & 100 feet, and a thankfully short walk from the Golflinks area. High tripadvisor rating, apparently. I was gobsmacked - this is no different from my favorite local california indian restaurant, except the flavors weren't as good, and my local place as solid dosas and a very nice vindaloo.

                I really have bad luck in bangalore. Suggestions still welcome, although, vanderb, I'll take a look at what you've mentioned !

                1. re: bbulkow

                  BBQ Nation would not have been on my recommended list, either the Koramangala or Indranagar locations... but as you noted Bangaloreans love it and any time my team wanted to have a get together it was always at BBQ Nation. Could it be the TGIFriday's of Bangalore? :-)

                  If you find yourself in the MG Road area for dinner you can always hit Tandoor. Busy, always; a mix of foreigners and upmarket locals, always; expensive, always, delicious North Indian and Peshwari, always. Perhaps it is becoming a caricature of itself but I miss their Peshwari gobi on a daily basis.

                  1. re: vanderb

                    Yes, I just don't understand what people in Bangalore keep recommending.

                    We asked for "desi chinese", and we got sent to regular chinese. A few of the dishes did have some very non-classic chinese spices, enough to be interesting to the food tourist, but not really what we had in mind. Mainland China was the name of the place. Would not send people there.

                    1. re: bbulkow

                      I've been to Mainland China, but not since 2006, nothing remarkable at all.

                      On the other hand Rim Naam at Oberoi is excellent for Thai and their Chinese restaurant is not bad either... although for someone from SF I believe you would be underwhelmed.

        2. A few more thoughts

          People keep asking "what kind of food do you want", so you need to be thoughtful about the regional styles of india.

          Answers I've heard tossed around could be:
          * Dosas
          * Andhran
          * Goan
          * Keralan
          * Chettinad
          * Appams
          * Bengali
          * Mughal
          ( you'd do well to read through the wikipedia page to refresh your memory on regional cuisine. )

          Once you start talking to them about different regions or dishes, they say "Oh, yeah, there's a great place for that", and you're starting to talk about real food.

          For example, I have a rec for Coconut Grove for Keralan, Nandhini for Andhran for lunch today, Nysurga for Doasas, Glass House for fusion, the restaurant upstairs from Munkey Bar for Indian / SE asian fusion.

          We hit Anjappar Chettinad last night, and had an actual meal. The favorite dish was the Special Anjappar Chicken (wet), although other things were pretty great too --- although the place was very similar to the California branch.


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          1. re: bbulkow

            Has anyone recommended the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (better-known by its moniker 'MTR') to you? It's Bangalore answer to Tadich Grill in SF - everyone who visits Bangalore needs to go there to experience a bit of the city's culinary history. Very good crisp dosas (folded into a large triangle peculiar to Karnakataka), especially with ghee poured over the top for additional richness.


            1. re: klyeoh

              Of course MTR was on my list .... my companies offices are in the same building as one of their offices (above the Marks & Spencer on 100 feet road) but it didn't happen. Next trip.

              Nagarjuna, Kormangala - Anhdra cuisine. Leaf service, so fun, veg + non-veg, was able to get a reservation for 20 on short notice. Loved many of the little appetizers, although it wasn't spicy. The table liked one of the paneer with gravy apps the best, I liked a fish fry .... kind of a dry-cooked slice of fish appetizer ( like hamachi kama but with a bold rub ). Overall, pretty good, don't think I'd go out of my way for it.

              The Fatty Bao, Indiranagar. This place was recommended as a change of pace from Chettinad and Anhdra styles. The place was interesting, nicely decorated, and was absolutely a change of pace. We went there with 6 people and had some drinks and beer, ate about half the menu. No one would confuse it with actual chinese food ( the shen zhen bao were not at all SJB ), but the food was light and flavorful, especially things containing duck and pork belly. Drinks were not very strong (don't know if there's a limit on the quantity of alcohol per drink, or they just water everything down), fruity drinks were very fresh and fruity as to be expected. Eating there lifted everyone spirits after a long week. I got strong marks for having found it.

              We had a few other recommendations from the same guy --- now a trusted source for me --- and perhaps we would have tried some Keralan food (also lighter) although one of my party doesn't do fish & seafood so much.

              Too bad the board here isn't very lively, but thanks for the tips, and see you next time around....

              1. re: bbulkow

                Yes, compared to the SF Bay Area board, the India/South Asia board might as well be the Night of the Living Dead.

                For a country where the IT industry is very important and a major job sector, food sites and food-blogging are surprisingly still in their infancy in India.