Kandhani Rajasthani food

Rajdhani

What to look out for –

Desi hospitality, Rajasthani food.

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

080 22667345

Address –

2nd Floor, Orion Mall, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

Vegetarian only

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Do you believe in time travel? I do. There is a place in Bangalore that can take you to Rajasthan in few seconds as you enter the place. In fact, there are nine branches of the place all over the city. I have been to two of them, the mantra square, Malleshwaram branch and the Orion mall branch. Rajdhani is an authentic Rajasthani thali restaurant that serves Rajasthani and some Guajarati food. So, if you love these cuisines, then this is your place.

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I’ll have to give it up to this place for their hospitality. God! Are they even humans? How can they be so nice to their customers? From the moment you step in, they start with the folded hands Namaste, and go on to even assist you in washing your hands before the lunch! They are ever smiling and insist you eat more, just like your granny at home.

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The ambience is quite cozy and welcoming. It is a perfect setting for a family lunch. The butter milk that came first was tasty. It came in a huge tumbler and I couldn’t drink the entire thing. Then came the thali. Rajdhani is all about this one thali. It consists of many bhaji, vegetables and dal with a variety of Marwari breads. The food is entirely saatvik, so people who prefer spicy food may not like the dishes. Also, as its Rajasthani and Guajarati food, many of the dishes were sweet to taste. The thali is huge and consists of many little bowls containing the several dishes. The entire set up is so cute that I felt content by just looking at the thali.

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For me, the experience was new and mediocre. Can’t say the food was mind-blowing, but also can’t berate it by saying it was bad. It surely was a healthy plate of meal, but may be it was not my thali of food. Having said that, I do not regret going here because trying new cuisines is interesting and I just loved the essence of the place. I would give this place a 3 out of 5 stars.

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Must try –

Aamaras during the mango season

Malpua

Kichdi

Samosa

Dal batti

Dhokla

 

 

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Colorful Asian lunch

Tim Tai Asian Deli

What to look out for –

Colourful ambiance, Asian cuisine.

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Contact –

080 65698888

Address –

130, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore.

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Had heard a lot about this place, so couldn’t wait to go here. It was a Saturday noon. We had run late and it was already their closing time. I called for reservations and the staff was very courteous telling that they would reserve a table.

Tim Tai is one of the many fine eateries that you can find in Koramangala. It is a Deli that serves pan Asian cuisine and that’s what got me interested. The place is very colourful and cheery. Right from the board that’s set up in the beginning to the walls inside the place, everything is so bright and colourful. There is a lot of pink, yellow and green to make the place look fun and interesting. The ambience is surely the USP of this place.

We were given a comfortable table and as it was a Saturday, I was having a vegetarian lunch (sigh!!!) with my sisters. The staff were extra friendly and love places where the people smile, aren’t rude and help you out by suggesting what to eat. This is one such place.

We ordered apricot glazed cauliflower in noodle basket just because it sounded so beautiful. The noodle basket never came, but the cauliflowers were pretty good. They had this sweet tinge from the apricots. Then came the tofu chilli pepper with five spice salt. May be, the name had all the salt and that’s why it was missing in the dish. Could have added some more salt to please our Indian taste buds. For main course there was Thai chilli basil noodles. This thing was very oily. Also the essence of basil was too much. To go with it, we ordered tofu on wilted spinach with hot basil sauce. Again the thing was very oily. Dessert was a simple chocolate walnut brownie with vanilla ice-cream. This was the best thing that I ate that day.

Do not know if we ordered wrong or whether this place is only for non- vegetarian food, but I’ll have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the food. It was way too oily. Should try some seafood the next time. Will give it a 3 stars out of 5.

Must have –

  • Seafood noodles
  • Mapo tofu
  • Banana leaf wrapped fish
  • Soups
  • desserts

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lunch in the clouds

Cloud café

What to look out for –

Youthful ambience, sports screening and continental food.

Cost –

₹800 for two

Contact –

080 45128824

Address

626, 4th Floor, 80 Feet Road, Vinayaka Layout, 2nd Stage, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore.

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Our locality was lacking a proper café from many years. Cloud café almost fulfills our wish. Well, almost. This is one place that you can go with your friends, sit for hours, play snooker and eat some junk food. Cloud café is exclusively for youngsters.

 

The ambience is lively and colourful. The décor is bright and funky. There are cubicles that give you privacy if you want to have a silent lunch. For others who like to have a taste of the view, you can opt for the tables to the left. The place is on the fourth floor, so they do have a glass wall that looks out to our huge city.

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The menu is also designed as per the requirements of the youngsters. There is Italian, Chinese, continental, north Indian and American. We had chicken lollipop which was crispy and delicious. Then came the BBQ chicken wings which had a tinge of sweetness in it. May be they had added honey. The butter chicken curry was a wrong order at a café. But, we were hungry and as south Indians, nothing satiates our hunger as much as rice does. The butter chicken was too mild in flavours and kind of sweetish. It came with plain white rice. At last came the spicy Cajun chicken burger. The burger quite good. We didn’t have the mood for desserts, so I can’t tell how they were.

As the place is very near to our house, I may go there sometime. I give a 3 out of 5 stars. If you live nearby, you can surely visit this place once.

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monsoon and hot parathas

Indian Paratha Company

What to look out for –

Countryside view, Outdoor seating, Fun filled ambience, hot parathas.

Cost –

₹600 for two

Address

1/2, Guttahalli, Kasaba Hobli, Devanahalli, International Airport road, Bangalore.

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I love monsoons. It is the time of the year when you can eat the oiliest, unhealthy and fattening food and still don’t regret it. May be it’s the chilly weather, cold breeze or just the boring weekends, you feel like eating everything desi and delicious. And I do not have to separately mention calorie loaded because when I say desi, it is certainly going to throw your diet regime out of the window. But, who is complaining when you have food in front of you?

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Last Sunday was a fun outing to the Nandi hills. Surprisingly there was no crowd and it was so much fun. I just love the long rides on the airport road. No traffic, no bumps on the road and the cold wind hitting your face, which is one thing you must certainly try when you are in Bengaluru.

For me, a trip to Nandi hills is never complete without having parathas while coming back. The Indian paratha company is on the service road to your right just before you take a left to get off the main road to go towards the Nandi hills.  I just love the look of that place. It is like straight out of a 1930’s cowboy movie. The all wooden building is so retro, yet so modern. There are seating arrangements both outside and inside the building. We sat inside because it was a bit sunny.

The place is super busy all the time because people tend to come from the city to enjoy their piping hot parathas. This is one place where you get the authentic North Indian parathas, served with pickle and curd. They have a variety of parathas ranging from aloo, cheese, paneer, gobi, mooli and so on. I especially liked their paneer paratha and aloo cheese paratha.

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A must try is of course their paratzza, a combination of paratha and pizza. It is the crowd puller in this place. Besides parathas, the place also serves a variety of cold drinks and mocktails. But, the only thing that people are here is for the parathas.

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The service is swift, curt and to the point. As the crowd is huge you do not get to sit back and relax if you are here on a weekend. On weekdays you can just relax and enjoy the view, cold drinks and food. The price is on the higher scale. I would give a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Must try –

Frappe

Patiala lassi

Paneer paratha

Aloo cheese paratha

Mushroom corn paratha

Paratzza