Very, very high in every person’s to-do list when they visit a place for the first time is to try the local food. After all, what can be a better way to know a place that to go to those small nooks and crannies that still stick to the old ways to produce mouth watering delicacies? Like every other city and place in India, Bengaluru is no exception when it comes to the variety of food available in its lanes. Here are some tried and tested must-haves.
There is no way this list could start with anything other than coffee. Though many places offer several variants, it is the dark, rich south Indian filter style that we are after. There are several breakfast joints that offer the traditional coffee, such as The Filter Coffee and Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, but you will usually find this brown gold in any locally owned restaurant.
Then of course, is the sea food. Many a non-vegetarians take a pilgrimage to south India to enjoy the delicious, flavoursome sea food that the place has to offer. Karavalli, Fishermen’s Warf, and Mahesh Lunch Home are some of the places recommended by the city-dwellers for some great south-Indian style sea food. And if you don’t have a stomach for fish and crabs, the mutton and chicken are just as good.
Dosa and sambhar are something that you may even find in a Punjabi dhabha, but there is something else about eating it in the South, complete with freshly made coconut chutney. Shri Sagar, Vidhyarthi Bhavan and Konark are all some joints where you can satisfy your cravings. Everyone is generous with second helping of sambhar, so enjoy to your heart (and stomach’s) delight.
Maybe you don’t crave a full, heavy meal, but something small and quick when you are feeling peckish. What better then, than vada pav? Dadar Vada Pav, Goli Vada Pav and Shri Sai Food are some places around the city where you can gobble some down, along with a hot cup of chai. Heaven indeed.
Rolls may not exactly be a local speciality of Bengaluru, but I am sure nobody will complain if they do find out a few good places to try them. Khan Saheb Grill and Rolls, Chakum Chukum, and Kitchen of Joy are some places where you can enjoy both veg and non-veg rolls for pocket friendly prices, with some smashing dips to go with it all.
Nothing will ever be sweeter than dessert, both literally and metaphorically. Berry’d Alive, Pinkberry and Happy Endings are just few of the numerous places where you can find some great desserts ranging from apple pies to gooey brownies topped with ice cream.
But is it not all about the food. The countless pubs and bars around Bengaluru are known for their numerous cocktails and mocktails, all with certain twists or signature styles. To spend a night out trying as many as you can is indeed a good way to spend the weekend.