healthy breakfast

Airlines hotel

What to look out for –

greenery, drive in and old world charm

Phone numbers
080 2227 3783

Cost –

₹500 for two


4,Madras Bank Road, Off Lavelle Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.

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Happy New Year! Well I know I am a whole week late. But, is it ever too late to make a fresh start? The New Year comes with new resolutions, mostly unfulfilled ones. One of the most common resolutions is to stay fit. So, just as the New Year begins, we see too many people heading towards the Lalbhag and the Cubbon Park early in the morning for walks. Morning walks at these two places is blissful. While I cants motivate you people to get up every day and go for the walks, I can surely let you know something that will persuade you to go for the walks.


After the early morning walks comes the relaxed breakfast. The wholesome breakfast will pile up all the calories that you just burnt, but that is another story. There are several breakfast points near Lalbhag and Cubbon Park. But I love the outdoor ambience and hence I fell in love with this place. Though it is a very old place, as old as half a century, I didn’t know about it. I wonder how I missed out such a wonderful place. It was my husband who introduced me to the place and I am very grateful to him.


The Airlines hotel is an outdoor hotel which is also a drive in place. On a Sunday, you can see the most expensive cars and fancy bikes in the parking zone of the hotel. It is old school and humble, certainly will remind you of the bygone days of the 90’s. The open restaurant zone is filled with minimal furniture, plastic chairs and metal tables. The quaint place sees some of Bangalore’s famous and happening clients ranging from film stars, producers, cricketers and artists. As it is a drive in restaurant, you will have to pay a parking fee.

Nestled in between huge banyan and other trees, this place is what nature lovers will love to dine at. The place offers noon lunch too, but as we were there early in the morning, we ordered Masala Dosa, idli and vada. The Masala Dosa was crisp and buttery. The masala in the center reminded me of the good old days when taste won over ambience. The idlis were soft as a feather. I loved their vadas. They were piping hot, crisp and less oily. The fact that I ate it before even clicking a pic proves how tasty it was. The staff were very friendly with their old world charm. The service was swift and good.

After a wonderful breakfast, we ordered filter coffee because what’s south Indian breakfast without a cuppa? The filter coffee was just marvelous. I ordered bourvita just because it had been ages since I drank it. The bourvita was good, just like the ones you drank during your school days.

The verdict is pretty obvious, I give this place a 4 out of five stars. The place has a good reputation of serving some wonderful dishes for lunch. I bet I’ll go back some day. They have a corner house and a juice center inside their premises. It is convenient for people who eat desserts after their lunch. It was surely a pleasant breakfast that I’ll cherish.



communiti lunch


What to look out for –

buzzing ambience, continental food, great pastries

Phone numbers
080 40999755

Cost –

₹1000 for two


67, Brigade Solitaire, Opposite Hyundai Showroom, Residency Road, Bangalore.

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Alcohol is available

Every time I walked up the residency road, I would be gravitated towards this quirky looking building. The board read community with a never ending m in it. It was a nice place and I always intended to visit it. One Sunday we planned to finally go there. It was a girl’s day out. The red bricked building with huge glass windows has an indoor, outdoor and first floor seating arrangement. There is also a library section where you can read books and have your lunch. I found the décor of the place just wonderful. Wooden tables and chairs, fairy lighting and warm ambience.


We walked to the first floor because the ground floor was completely packed.  The tables and chairs can be a bit more comfortable. We order the Mexican veg cheese burger, peri peri chicken, US grilled chicken sizzler and pasta Alfredo. The burger was good. Very good. The peri peri chicken was juicy, spicy and delicious. The sizzler was just illegal. It is a dish fit for gods and I felt guilty eating such nice food. Do I even deserve it? Though it is a US sizzler, it had a touch of our own desi spices. May be that’s what made it so tasty. The pasta was cheesy and yummy. May be the chef was in happy mood, so he tossed in more cheese than I expected because most places serve dry and soggy pasta. This was just perfect for my taste. I polished of a bowl all by myself (now these are the perks of lunching with people who don’t like the foods you do… wink wink).

I liked the fact that the manager came to our table and took special care of our demands. It was a perfect lunch. It was time for desserts. The list of their desserts is limited. But, we ordered two different cakes and both were melt in the mouth amazing. Over all, it was a perfect lunch.

If you love to hang out with your pack, have long conversations, some beer and good food, then this is your place. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 for their hospitality, food and ambience.


must try –

peri peri chicken





Hammered exchange

What to look out for –

Fun ambience, nice drinks, good starters

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Contact –

095902 10210

Address –

No.3, 80 ft road, 2 nd stage, Ashwath Nagar, Bangalore.

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After a grueling week, we just wanted to get lost in some good music and food. Hammered was always on my must try list. So why not now I thought. Though the place is a bit far from our place, we drove all the way. What I feel happy about is that the drive didn’t go a waste.


Hammered is a bright, bubbly and fun place to be in. the ambience is so lively, even the most boring people enjoy here. Colourful seating arrangements, green plants, white walls filled with crazy one-liners, this is surely what you want on a boring weekend.

The staff was courteous and ever smiling. Much to our relief we got a table as soon as we entered. This place had positive vibes and I couldn’t wait to begin our lunch. We began with the classical Caesar salad. I hate salads, but this one I finished half much to my husband’s dismay. It was tasty, healthy and beautifully presented. Then came the juicy chicken wings. I just love chicken wings. And these were high in both quantity and taste. The chicken wings were drowning in peri peri sauce. You could opt for other sauces too. But this one was spicy, juicy and succulent.

The mila jula chicken kebab which came next just stole my heart. It came inside a toy truck kind of a thing. I just couldn’t stop looking at the thing. And, after taking a dozen of pictures, we dug into the trucks load. It was a combo of four kinds of chicken kebabs – chicken tikka, chicken haryali, chicken lollipop and chicken achari. I liked the tikka and achari. The barbeque sausage pizza was just out of the world.

I skipped dessert and instead took one of their freak shakes. The shake lived up to its name because it was huge, colourful and freaky. There were all kinds of sinful stuff in it – gems, ice cream, kit Kat, sprinklers, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and milk. I was in seventh heaven just by drinking this shake. Trust me, you must try it when you are at hammered. The freak shake had a little group of its own admirers when I posted its pic on Instagram. Some even went to Hammered within the next week!


Over all, this was a fun lunch with good music, tasty food and a wonderful company (my husband). Hope to go back soon. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars.



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


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.



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.




1947 – a dinner story


What to look out for –

Pure vegetarian spread

Phone Numbers-



Cost –

Lunch – ₹350

Dinner – ₹450


292/A, 12th Cross, Ideal Homes Township, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore.

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All the vegetarians, hear me out! Here is a place that serves genuine vegetarian food. 1947 is a well-known chain of restaurants that serve you some delectable food that does not contain meat or eggs. The last time we had been to 1947 Rajajinagar branch was to celebrate the completion of 100 days of our marriage (and we still manage to be together!). We had opted for a la carte then, and I’ll have to say that the place seemed a bit expensive for the food it served.


So, when my cousin suggested that we go out for a vegetarian lunch to 1947, I thought there will be nothing new. But, the place proved me wrong. This time we went to the Rajarajeshwari nagar branch. There are five branches of the place in Bangalore – Rajaji nagar, Rajarajeshwari nagar, Malleshwaram, Jayanagar and Banashankari. The place is quite spacious. The décor is minimal and has that ideal “family restaurant” wala feeling. there are some pictures and paintings related to the independence day owing to the place’s name. the overall ambiance is positive. Comfortable chairs, wide tables and enough space to go around filling your plate. Yes, it was a buffet.


When my cousin said it was a buffet, my heart sank. This is because, most of the places in Bangalore (I assume in other places too) do not serve the same kind of food for buffet and a la carte. Whether it is the quality of the food, taste or the presentation, we can see that a la carte beats buffet all the time except for some places. I will have to say that this is one such exception. The place had a decent amount of food on its buffet menu. Though the list was not too long, whatever was presented was actually delicious.


We began with the tomato soup. Though it is the most basic of all the eatables that the hotels can offer, most of them get it wrong. 1947 makes some yummy soups. For the starters, there was hara bhara kebabs, aloo ke tukde, paneer tikka laal mirch. All of them were good. Especially the paneer, it was so soft and succulent that I had two helpings. The chatwala came to each table along with his mobile chaat stall and took orders to serve them then and there. Both the pani puri and sev puri were nice. Then came the cheese macaroni pasta.



Salad section consisted of fruits, vegetables, corn and other salads. I liked the corn and pineapple salad that had mayonnaise sauce in it. For main course there were various indian breads that you will be served according to your preference. We opted for butter kulchas. It was eaten with Kashmiri dum loo, dal makhani, panner butter masala and pindi chole. The chawal ki dawat or the rice menu consisted of a vegetable pulao, white rice with rasam and curd rice that was presented in cute little cups. There was also hakka noodles with chilly sauce in the oriental counter, but we skipped it.



After this hefty dinner, we still managed to taste the desserts. There was kheer, Shahi tukda and rabdi for dessert. We ended the dinner with the flavour of the season – mango ice cream. I have to admit that it was a memorable dinner. Such a wide variety to choose from and each of the food items was very tasty and beautifully presented. I will give a 4 out of 5 stars for this buffet.



Rooftop dinner in the summer

Once upon a rooftop

What to look out for –

Pizza, Chinese food and a relaxed night

Phone Numbers-

080 49653552

Cost –

₹1000 for two


278/A, 9th Main Road, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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It was a weekday and we wanted to eat out. After having tried out literally every happening place in jayanagar, we opted for a new place (at least for us). We were skeptical as we booked our table on the phone. The place is not like any of those overhyped, much publicized eateries that you find in the locality. All we knew about the place was that it is a rooftop restaurant and that is pretty much what we wanted. The place is on the 3rd and the fourth floors of the building and we opted for the fourth floor naturally because it was rooftop. As soon as we entered, I’ll have to say that I was a bit disappointed. The place was simple and plain. There was nothing fabulous or attractive about the ambience. Just the tables and chairs placed in a particular pattern and nothing else.


But, we had come and it would be rude to go out, so we thought that we will give it a try. As we sat at the open section of the place, we were uncomfortable by all the smoking. So, we shifted to the semi-indoor kind of place that was much more cozy, well-furnished and comfortable. What the place doesn’t have in ambience, it makes up with the food. The menu is filled with crazy sort of names that are innuendo of what the food is going to be. Also they have a wide variety of food and drinks. The cuisine is Italian, Chinese and Thai.


minestrone rustica

We ordered minestrone rustica which is a soup made of tomatoes, garlic and some cut vegetables thrown in. the soup was quite good. My husband ordered a salad named Zidane made of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese and olives. I just hated the salad. Then again, when are salads ever tasty? Then came the snow lion chicken. The chicken had a crispy coating that looked like a lion’s hair. This was the best thing that we ordered. The wild and wacky wings were basically chicken barbeques. The wings were loaded with flavours and spices.

snow lion chicken

Must try –

Oreo cheese cake

Shangai bowl


Snow lion chicken

Chicken burger

wild and wacky wings

For main course, we ordered the Shanghai chicken bowl. That was a good one too. Cheesy and mild. We did not order dessert but, you do get stuff like nutella pizza, molten chocolate cake and coconut panna cotta.

shangai chicken bowl

If you are a lover of desi food and spicy stuff, then skip this place. But if you enjoy a quiet dinner with your loved ones and like to indulge in some comfort food like pizza, burgers or other Italian food, then you must give this place a try.

I’ll give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars for the quality of food and its taste.




Dining High

High Ultra Lounge

What to look out for –

Great view, Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisine.

Phone Numbers-

080 45674567

Cost –

₹2500 for two


26/1, 31st Floor, World Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway Campus, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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If any day you feel like flying in the sky and touch the clouds, I know where you have to be. Well, you do not actually get to fly among the clouds, but you can have a closer look at them. High ultra-lounge is on the 31st floor of the tall World Trade Centre building. To be precise, it is 421ft above the ground level. This makes High the tallest dining space in the entire south India. Hmmm… that is very interesting.


the view



When a place boasts of so many things, I have to be there. So, we were there on a Saturday for a leisure lunch. Ho, the entry! It’s so dramatic. There is a special glass elevator (yup, the Willi Wonka types) that takes you 31 floors above Bangalore. That ladies and gentlemen, is a sight worth all the money you paid for your lunch. You swish up through an amazing view and most of the city is well below you, visible to the naked eye. Once you are up there, you are welcomed by the friendly staff who seat you in comfortable tables. the ambiance is bright, sunny, outdoorish and there is a lot of space to move around and make yourself comfortable anywhere you want.



The entire lounge is separated with various seating arrangements and themes. There is indoor, outdoor, bar and lounge kind of arrangements and you can pick where you like to sit. Sometimes, if the place is crowded, then you will be allotted a table by the staff which is not cool. Who would want to be seated inside a lame room when you can sit by the huge glass windows that have a magnificent view? Always opt for the outdoor tables when you dine here.



The welcome drinks were basic and not much appealing. The cuisine is basically Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai. South Asian to be specific. so, everyone will not like High. We ordered chicken wonton soup which consisted of chicken, cabbage, mushrooms and carrots. It was a spicy, delicious hot soup. A good beginning, we all thought. Then came the starters. Sushi, prawn tempura, chicken satay, sweet corn with coriander butter, spicy cilantro chicken and others. The sushi was good. Sweet corn butter was yummy. The chicken was ordinary.



I’ll have to say that the main course was a big disappointment. Except for the Thai Green Vegetable Curry, nothing is worth remembering. Coming to my favourite part, the dessert – you must try their Banoffee pie. It is just mind-blowing. The other things like pastries and ice creams are good, but do not deserve any special mention.



All in all, this place is a must visit if you love heights and are looking for a romantic dinner with your spouse. The place is expensive, so save it for special occasions. I’ll give a 4 out of 5 for the ambiance, but a 3 for the food and service.



Family dinner at Deewar


What to look out for –

cozy ambiance, delicious seafood and Mangalorean cuisine.

Phone Numbers-

080 23216659

Cost –

₹1000 for two


1210/D, 1st Phase, 2nd Stage, Chandra Layout, Main Road, Bangalore.

Alcohol is available

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It has been a while since I posted anything. This is because I had become a traveler and the epicure in me had taken a backseat for some time. Now, I am back in town and ready to dine out again.



Here is a special one. Not because it is any way unique or fancy, but because it is our official family restaurant. My mother in law loves the food here, so we keep going back every time the entire family decides to eat out. There are many reasons why we love Deewar. One, it is very near to our house. Two, they have a clean, hygienic and warm place. Three, they make the best seafood dishes, my husband and brother in law love seafood.



This place is nothing over the top or posh. It is a simple, classy restaurant that is family friendly. Simple and comfortable seating arrangement, three floors of seating and different themes on each floor. We love the rooftop, but they do not have an elevator which is a let-down. Light music plays in the background which is soothing.

king fish masala fry
chicken lollipop

Their starters are too good. Hara bhara kebab, chicken sholay kebab, chicken lollipop, lemon chicken, French chicken. We make it a point to try a new dish every time. Coming to the sea food, their prawns, fish and other stuff are very delicious. A special mention must be made of their crab ghee roast that we all just love. Silver fish fry, Anjal masala fry, prawn fry and other dishes are fresh, well cooked and tasty. Deewar also presents you with a large variety of mocktails and cocktails. Each one is good in its own way.

silver fish fry

Coming to the main course, again you will be given too many choices. But, don’t forget to try their regional special neer dosa. It is a mangalorean dosa that is thin as a paper. You will lose the count of how many dosas you ate when it is combined with their appetizing egg masala or fish curry. Then, biryani is also a nice thing to try here.

crab ghee roast
neer dose and egg masala

Desserts are the usual stuff. You can try hot chocolate fudge or caramel custard. If you are planning a quiet family dinner, this should be on top of your list. I give a 4 out of 5 stars because of sentimental reasons.


Parsi lunch at Sodabottle Openerwala

Sodabottle Openerwala

What to look out for –

Parsi delights, Iranian cuisine, lively ambiance.

Phone numbers –
+91 7022255299

Cost –

₹1500 for two


25/4, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom, Lavelle Road, Bangalore.

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I was intending to visit this place since long back. And finally, I went there last month with my sister. How I regret not going earlier. This is one place that you ought to go to if you love Parsi food. The place is a demonstration of Parsi culture. The ambiance, food, staff and the drinks are all associated with Parsi culture and people.


The place has an interesting entrance where in many dabbas are tangled to the handles of a cycle. It reminds you of the Dabbawalas of Mumbai. The ambiance inside is no different. It takes you back to the old Amchi Mumbai. Like a film set from a couple of decades back, the hotel is colourful, fun, interesting and Bollywoodish. Old Hindi songs are played and it instantly relaxes you. The staff is friendly and will help you pick the best dishes in the strange looking menu. Most of the food items on the menu were alien to me and if it’s your first time, you will certainly be caught off-guard.

sodabottle openerwala

The drinks we ordered were raspberry soda and ice cream soda. I’ll have to say that I liked both the drinks. They were unique and yummy. Choosing food took us some time and after much scrutiny, we decided on chicken chilli cheese pav, chicken Farcha and Bambaiyya chicken biryani. I will have to agree that each one of these Parsi and Iranian food items was just mind-blowing. They were all well-cooked, tasty, spicy and delectable. By the end of the meal, I and my sister were so full that we did not want to eat desserts.

raspberry soda
ice cream soda

things to try –

vada pav



rasta sandwich

salli boti

chicken farcha


tiffin box
chicken farcha
chicken chilli cheese pav

But, I never skip desserts, as I consider it a crime. So, we ordered mixed berry trifle and Toblerone mousse. I will have to say that the mousse just won the competition. It was so delicious and fulfilling. I don’t know that if it is a norm, but we got two mousses when we ordered one. But who is complaining?

toblerone mousse

Sodabottle openerwala is a unique dining experience and I intend to go back again someday very soon. The place gets a 4.5 on a scale of 5. But, somehow, I felt it was a bit expensive.


breakfast at Vidyarthi Bhavan

Vidyarthi Bhavan

What to look out for –

Early morning breakfasts, buzzing ambience.

Phone numbers –
080 26677588

Cost –

₹150 for two


32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.

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Never consider yourself a Bangalorean if you have not eaten at this place. Vidyarthi bhavan is not just a place where you get some amazing breakfast at reasonable price, it is an introduction to the culture of Bangalore. The ethnic place is the best way to start your day. The location Gandhi bazar, where the hotel is situated has the essence of the old Bangalore that was untouched by modernization. The hotel is located just near the Gandhi bazaar circle. This place is where you get all those pooja items and flowers for weddings and other ceremonies. As you cut through the line of flower stalls, you see a humble little house like structure that seems like a 80’s building. The large board proudly reads Vidyarthi Bhavan since 1943. That is surely a hell lot of old. The place must have witnessed war, peace, aftermath, development, modernization, urbanization and all the revolutions that we have only heard of.


the street that leads to vidyarthi bhavan


For other places, I would have written ‘as you enter’, but not here. Because entering vidyarthi bhavan is not an easy task. You will have to give your name for the list that the crew writes down every morning to let each one enter according to their arrival timings. The place is full as early as eight in the morning. You can find all kinds of people waiting to go in. from old couples to young lovers, they are all standing at the entrance and waiting for their cue to enter.


the piping hot vada
balancing act
masala dosa

Inside, you will not find anything lavish or extravagant. The place is simple and plain. It is almost like your grandparents house in the village. The tiled roof, old walls and simple benches just do not seem unattractive to the people of Bangalore who have seen better interiors. After all, hotels are for food, not for interior designs.



The staff are neither friendly nor rude. They are just brisk and to the point. You place your order from the small list of breakfast items available and they serve it to you. The food takes time to arrive to your table, owing to the huge crowd. Once you are done, you are given the bill immediately, a polite way of telling you to get out so that someone waiting outside can enter.


the hot filter coffee

Coming to the taste, I will have to say that vidyarthi bhavan had seen better days. Over the years the taste has certainly diminished. The deliciousness that was there three years ago is missing today. But, the crowd doesn’t stop because the place is as famous as the city itself. Everyone in Bangalore has ‘breakfast at vidyarthi bhavan’ on their bucket list. A little improvement in the taste will certainly be welcomed by all.


proud kannadiga
simplicity is the key

Do not miss to eat –

Masal dosa

Idly vada


Chow chow bhath


What had started as a small canteen to feed the students of nearby schools has gradually grown into a phenomenon in Bangalore. There is one thing that I would like to mention. The owner of the place Ramakrishna adiga, at his age is always present at the place, early in the mornings even on Sundays to look to it that everything runs smoothly. It is such dedication that places like vidyarthi bhavan are famous and timeless. The place gets a 4 out of 5 because places like these define our city!


standing proud and tall