paradise of food

Paradise

What to look out for –

All kinds of non-vegetarian delicacies

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

080 6900 1677

Address –

#915 , 24th Main Road, 2nd Phase JP Nagar, Thirumala Temple Road, Next to Reliance Digital, Bangalore.

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Names can be deceiving. A place named as a hole in the wall might not be as small, alternately, a place named as a nation may not be as big too. But here is one place that does justice to its name. Paradise. Truly, it’s a paradise for all biryani lovers. This is one must visit place if you live near JP nagar… well actually with food like that, you should visit even if you live on the other side of the city.

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After having eaten a lot at a lot of places, ordinary will never please you. It will take something extraordinary to blow your mind. This is one such place. The ambience is ordinary, just like any other family restaurant. Have to say it is quite clean. Let’s cut straight to the food. Because that is the only reason I go to such places.

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The sad thing was I was not eating only vegetarian that day. So, all the non-vegetarian food reviews for the day are from my husband. That’s no big issue because he has good taste (I mean, just look at me). So, we ordered a chicken kebab platter, tandoori jhinga, murg kebab, and Hyderabadi biryani in non-vegetarian. My husband and all the others enjoyed the meal to the fullest. They found the food authentic and very similar to what is served in the oh so famous paradise of Hyderabad.

As it was a biryani house, I thought I am going to be served bad vegetarian food. But, I was so wrong. The vegetarian delicacies were as good as the nonveg ones. We ordered a deep fried vegetable patties (I forgot the name). Then there was paneer deep fried with a coat of batter on it and dipped in sesame seeds. I just loved that dish. As it is been a while I forgot the names of the dishes. But they were absolutely lip smacking.

This was about our meal in paradise. I am truly going back to devour their biryani in the near future. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. The service is courteous and swift too.

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Must try –

All types of biryanis

Kebab platter

Prawn delicacies

Desi dessert

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Andhra food in B’lore

Nagarjuna

What to look out for –

Authentic Andhra food, best non- vegetarian delicacies

Cost –

₹600 for two

contact –

080 49652966

Address –

44/1, Residency Rd, beside galaxy theatre, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.

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When you think of Andhra food, you think of Nagarjuna. So, much is the popularity of this place and its cuisine. Nagarjuna is as much Andhra in its style as the famous hero of the same name is. The ambience is simple and typical to those family restaurants we always visit. Nothing over the top or unique. But, the place is always buzzing with people. Especially on Sundays, you will not get a table without waiting.

In places like these, the food all you can talk about is the food because the staff, service, ambience are pretty much the same. We ordered chilly chicken, chicken Nagarjuna roast, kheema fry, pepper chicken and kebabs. Quite an order I must say. But the number of empty stomachs were also more this time.

The chilly chicken was just the right amount of spicy and soft. Many restaurants just throw in a bunch of chilies because it is called as chilly chicken. Only god must save the people who indulge in those extra spicy dishes. Have to say this place knows its limits when it comes to people’s tolerating quotient. The chicken Nagarjuna roast was drizzling with spices and pepper. It was a better order than the pepper chicken I must say. The kheema balls were pretty looking and tasted extra soft and extra yummy. The kebabs were too good to be true.

Then came the chapatti and the chicken curry. I’ll have to say these weren’t up to the mark. Especially after the marvelous starters, this seemed like a dull middle. To end the meal, we ordered chicken biryani. The rice was cooked perfectly and the spices were in the right proportions, not too much or not too little.

We skipped dessert because this place is for food, not desserts. I give this place a 4 out of 5 stars. The place surely serves finest Andhra food. But, a little bit of cleanliness will certainly be appreciated.

must try –

chicken biryani

chilli chicken

mutton fry

pepper chicken

 

 

Iftar meal

Ramzan food in Mosque road, Frazer town

What to look out for –

Festive food, biryani, Middle East cuisine, desserts and lots of non-veg.

Cost –

₹600 for two

Address

Frazer town, mosque road, Bangalore.

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It is Ramzan and how can you miss the festive food that is served in the mosque road. For many years, mosque road in Frazer town has become synonym to tasty and authentic Muslim food. But, this feast is not just for the Muslims. In fact, most of the people enjoying the food when we visited the place were from other religions. Well, that is the power of food.

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It was a Sunday night and we were late. We reached Frazer town at 10:30 in the night. We were very hungry and thought that we wouldn’t be getting any food at this hour. But, as we neared the mosque road, we saw huge crowds. Was it almost midnight or just the beginning of the day? We couldn’t say because such was the enthusiasm of the crowd. There were people everywhere. Food stalls were erected in front of every hotel. You could find all kinds of food veg, non-veg and desserts. There are numerous restaurants and eateries lined up on this road and you can have a jolly good time by visiting each one of them and tasting all their food items.

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One thing you must do before going here is having a brief idea about the eateries and the food that they serve. If you do not know that, you will be lost. And that was our exact situation. We didn’t have an idea about the event so it took us by surprise when we saw so much food and crowd. When there is a overdose of food, you react in two ways, you either get sick or you just enjoy the feast. We were four of us in the group. Two felt sick, while the other two explored the various possibilities of food.

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Here is some information about the Ramzan food fest issued in public interest –

The hotels that you can eat at –

  • Empire
  • Savoury
  • Albert bakery
  • Mangalore pearl
  • Karama
  • Zaks Mediterranean cafe
  • Chichabas Taj
  • Alibaba café
  • Sherlocks pub
  • Rahhams
  • Pathan sir

And the food you must not miss –

  • Haleem
  • Biryani (of course, who skips biryani in an iftar meal?)
  • Mutton samosa
  • Mutton seekh roll
  • Gurda masala
  • Kebabs

 

And there are sweets too –

  • Dry fruits cookies
  • Dilkush
  • Jalebi
  • Shahi tukda
  • Firni

Most of the restaurants offer great discounts on the food. There are also some special food items from the Middle East that you can try out. Make sure to visit only if you are comfortable in crowds and do not mind non veg all around you. The pure vegetarians can just skip the place. It’s a 3 out of 5 stars from me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authentic Andhra Food

Nandhana palace

What to look out for –

Lip smacking Andhra cuisine and a meal on the plantain leaf.

Phone Numbers –

080 29773344

Cost –

₹600 for two

Address

619, Vinayaka Layout, 80 Feet Main Road, 2nd Stage, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore

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After spending a long weekend in Andhra Pradesh, I feel like writing about their food. The Andhra cuisine is unique and exclusive in a good way. It is filled with lots of spices, masalas, ingredients and taste. There is always variety, be it in starters right through the main course until the desserts. We all are familiar of Hyderabadi biryani. In fact we just love eating it. But, Andhra food is much more than that. In order to experience a typical telugu meal, you will have to visit one of the many Andhra style hotels in Bangalore. You will not have to search much because there are plenty of places that offer the Andhra food in our city. One such place is the Nandhana palace.

 

 

Nandhana palace has its branches all across Bangalore. There are 13 outlets of nandhana palace each in marathalli, koramangala, bannergatta road, new BEL road, kammanalli, indiranagar, rajajinagar, Nagarbhavi, rajarajeshwari nagar, JP nagar, Domlur, sahakar nagar and KR puram. I have been to four of these branches. While the Rajajinagar, Nagarbhavi and JP nagar branches were good, I had the worst food in Koramangala branch.

 

The ambience of this hotel is nothing fancy. It is the typical family restaurant wala feeling with brown, gold and beige colors eminent everywhere. The seating is comfortable. The Nagarbhavi branch also has a kid’s play area which is welcome. We do not want wailing babies while we are eating a silent lunch. You are served food on plates or plantain leaves according to your wish.

We first ordered the soups. All the soups were good, but the chicken soup was the best. Tangy, spicy and hot, it can wake up your taste buds and put them on duty instantly. Then came the starters – chicken wings, lemon chicken, chicken lollipop, pepper chicken, mutton nalli roast and baby corn Manchurian. Each one of the food items were extremely delicious. But, a special mention must be made of the nalli roast, pepper chicken and the wings. They were absolutely mind blowing.

After a vast spread of starters, you cannot risk ordering a lavish main course. So, the one thing that you must order in an Andhra restaurant is the Hyderabadi biryani. Come on guys, it’s almost mandatory. And, the biryani was also pretty good. On the whole, it was a 3.5 stars on 5. My only complaint with these people is, why do you not send the same quality food when we take away to our homes? The take away parcels are not at all tasty. So please give some attention to that part. Otherwise, it’s a good place to go when you are hungry for a wholesome meal.

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dum biryani

Must try –

Mutton nalli roast

Chicken wings

Bamboo chicken

Hyderabadi dum biryani

Lemon chicken

Vegetarian Andhra meal

The Baap of all Biryanis

Shivaji military hotel

What to look out for –

The best biryani in town and other native non veg dishes.

Phone Numbers-

91 9845149217

Cost –

₹500 for two

Address

718, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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There are some places, so well-known and so much loved that if you have not been there, you feel a miserable nagging ache that almost makes your life incomplete. After hearing from everyone I meet, young boys to men as old as the city itself, about this place called the Shivaji military hotel, one fine day I decided to pay a visit. The place is located in Jayangar and very easy to find. While all my rendezvous with hotels begin from the door or the lift, this one began from the road. There is no parking near the hotel so we had to park our car one lane before the place. And I am not making this up, as soon as I got down from the vehicle, I could smell their biryani. The fragrance was so enticing, I knew then and there that something fabulous was in store for us.

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Walking towards the old stone building, I realized that the place must have been renovated recently. There is not much to say about the ambience except that this is the cleanest military hotel that you can find. In ancient times, a military hotel served for the soldiers who would fight wars and come back craving something energetic as well as tasty. Thus, most of the military hotels, including Shivaji, serve non vegetarian food.

The seating area is on the first floor and I was a bit worried whether we would get a table or not. Surprisingly, the place was quite empty. I had always heard that the place is crowded and it is difficult to get in. but, there were only a couple of customers. May be, because it was only 12 in the noon and a Wednesday. We sat at a table and asked for the menu. The menu was just one sheet of paper mentioning all the items that they served.

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Must try –

Chicken donne biryani

Mutton biryani

Chicken kalmi

Kheema

We ordered chicken donne biryani and kalmi. The first thing that the staff did as soon as we took our seats is place leaf plates in front of us. Water was filled into the glasses. Everyone working there had a head cap and plastic gloves. Have not seen such hygiene even in many fancy hotels. The plates were served with a cucumber salad and a cup of shorba. The shorba in itself was a treat. Spicy, masaledar and hot. Then came our biryani. As soon as I put a morsel of the biryani in to my mouth, I knew why this place is so famous. The biryani was just mind blowing. Every grain of rice had sucked in the flavours of the biryani. All the spices that were added to the rice were in the right proportions. No over doing, over cooking or over spicy. It was just like how you crave for. Simple, authentic and tasty. We could not help but order another plate. The kalmi was also spicy, juicy and had that pepper flavour in it.

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No fancy cutlery, no soft sink-in leather sofas, no huge text book like menu cards, not even air condition and yet, this place has retained its fame and the pride of serving the best biryani in a city that has a gazillion number of restaurants. It is a 4.5 stars out of 5. I will be definitely going back to try every item on the menu.

authentic food at The Biryani Cafe

The Biryani cafe

What to look out for –

Authentic biryani, cozy ambience and good music

Phone numbers
91 8861837788

Cost –

₹400 for two

Address

476, 2nd floor, 9th cross, BSK 3rd stage, Banashankari, Bangalore

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If you want to spend some lonely, quiet time, then head to the biryani café in Banashankari. The place is a feel good café with some tasty dishes to try out. It brings back the memory of our old Bangalore that was untouched by the software industry and all those Silicon Valley aspirations. Our humble Bangalore may not be recreated anytime soon, but you can reminisce those good old days as you see the walls of the café.

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the biryani house

The place is small, cozy and welcoming. Music played is good and you suddenly feel at home when you enter the place. The menu is simple and short. There are no great gourmet dishes on the list. Nothing that you have not seen or heard of. But yet, the food is extremely tasty and you will want to try more.

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pepper chicken

With all those fancy restaurants trying out new types of dishes, you are missing out on the humble native dishes like our Donne biryani. If ever you want to eat those dishes that remind you of your mom’s cooking, our culture or our life in the 90’s, you will have to give this place a visit. I especially liked their pepper chicken which was extra spicy and delicious and their Donne biryani. It had all the flavors that an authentic biryani just possess.

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the interesting walls

 

 

Things to try –

Chilli chicken Andhra style

Ginger chicken

Pepper chicken

Donne chicken biryani

With its simple ambience, good service and tasty food, this place gets a 4 out of 5 stars.