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Communiti

What to look out for –

buzzing ambience, continental food, great pastries

Phone numbers
080 40999755

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

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.

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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

pasta

pizza

lasagna

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janatha food

Janatha Hotel

What to look out for –

Busy tables, retro vibe

Cost –

₹200 for two

Contact –

08040921983

Address –

27, K.G. Circle, Near Majestic Bus Stand, 8th cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

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Winter is here! Yes there are holidays, there are festivals, there are birthdays and anniversaries, but apart from that, I love winter for one more reason. The cold makes you hungry. You are hungry almost all times of the day. You cannot walk a lane without thinking of hopping into the next hotel that you see. And your evening snacks are as heavy as your mid-day meal. And on one such chilly evening I went shopping in Malleshwaram. After the shopping was done, I was searching for a place to eat. And if my husband didn’t tell me about Janatha hotel, I would have never known this place existed right in the middle of the busy 8th cross. I have been on that street like a hundred times and yet I had not seen this place!

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Janatha hotel is an ancient, humble hotel that lies a few feet inside the line of stores that we walk past on this busy shopping street. May be that is why I missed it all these days. It is not a very small place, but very crowded. The building is very old, almost like the CTR. It is a typical south Indian vegetarian breakfast point. No showiness, no grandeur, just plain business of serving good food to its loyal customers.

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When I entered, at first glance I though this place is dirty. But when I looked closer I realized it’s not dirty, just too busy and of course old. There were lots of people lined up to get self-service coupons and again to get their orders. People of all ages and all kinds, young, fashionable, old, traditional. I have never seen such varied crowd in any place.

But sadly I didn’t love the food. It wasn’t too bad also, but my expectations were high I guess. We ordered a masala dosa, a rava idli and vada. The rava idli was plain, nothing outstanding. We get such idlis in every hotel these days. The masala dosa was good, but not as good as the nearby CTR. The vada was not at all crisp or hot. The only thing I liked was the hot filter coffee. It was just mind blowing.

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I give this place a 3 out of 5 stars. The place has stood the test of time and that is probably why people still love it. But I would just walk a bit more to eat delicious dosas at CTR. may be in the past, this place served the food that makes it so iconic today. 

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Hammered

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.

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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!

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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.

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art and cafe

Dyu Art Cafe

What to look out for –

Blissful ambience, great breakfast

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

098956 74244

Address –

No. 23 MIG, KHB Block, 8th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore.

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I have found a new favourite breakfast place! I love breakfasts. Especially when I have it in a beautiful place. Bangalore is filled with breakfast spots. And when I headed towards Dyu art café, I had thought it would be the typical buzzing café that we often see in the city. But, thank god is was wrong. This is one place that took me by surprise, with its ambience and the food.

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To begin with, the café stands on a silent little road in Koramangala. The road is lined with huge trees and you instantly think of Goa or Mangalore. The café in itself also takes you to the coastal region with its tiled roof, large courtyards and the greenery. The interiors of the place is so soothing, you almost feel like you are in your Ajji mane (granny’s house). the place had an ambience that brought the outdoors inside.

There are two levels of seating spaces, the ground and the first floor. We opted for the large balcony kind of first floor done with wood. We could see the entire place from our table and it was a pleasant view. the place also displays some unique art works.

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My husband ordered a pasta salad (he is in a salad eating phase… a big yawn). Then came the chicken steak burger and grilled cheese sandwich. To go with it we ordered cold chocolate drink. The salad was good. The burger was heavenly. The steak was juicy and dense. The sandwich was simple yet scrumptious. It was a treat of cheesy goodness. But, the show stopper was the chocolate drink. The thick, cold chocolate drink topped with sinful amounts of chocolate shavings was all I kept drinking the entire time.

Whether it is breakfast or dinner, I am entitled to have desserts. This is something I tell my husband while he looks at me as if I am mad. I took their chef’s special carrot cake. It tasted just like the carrot cakes that we bake at home. Over all the food was fulfilling and complete.

The place is a must try for all those who love to have a relaxed brunch on a lazy Sunday. There are some interesting books that you can pick up and read while you are enjoying the meal. I give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Must try –

Chocolate shake

Bannoffee Pie

Tuna Sandwich

Pancakes

Special cakes

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

Arabian noons

Fattoush

What to look out for –

Arabian cuisine, chicken delicacies

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Contact –

080 49653338

Address –

Euphoria Hotel, near to Fortis hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Panduranga Nagar, Bengaluru.

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Food is like vacation to me. Whenever we are eating out, I plan the entire thing up until the dessert. I decide where we go, what we drink and what we eat. But, there are some occasions when you go to a place without planning anything just because you were out on work and it’s time to eat. One such occasion was when I went to Fattoush. The place is named after an Arabian salad. This told me loud and clear that it was an Arabian hotel. But I wanted to try something new. So, in I went.

 

The ambience was clean, plain and airy. The place was empty when we entered because it was long after the regular lunch time. We sat at a table and ordered. The staff were courteous and brought the food swiftly just as we had insisted.

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We ordered the Arabian chicken soup. It was a clear soup with a tinge of parsley and chunks of chicken. It was a nice, hot bowl of soup. Then came their very famous red dragon chicken. It was a very succulent dragon chicken. The spices were just about right. The chicken biryani which came next was nothing new from the regular biryani that we eat in India. I expected something different from an Arabian restaurant. All in all, the food was good.IMG_6679.JPG

I regret not eating the Fattoush when I was at Fattoush. I give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I think this place deserves more compliments than it gets.

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Must try –

Fattoush

Vegetable Biryani

Dragon Chicken

 

Veena stores

What to look out for –

South Indian breakfast, unlimited chutney with your food.

Cost –

₹150 for two

Contact –

080 2334 4838

Address –

183, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru.

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When I heard about Veena stores first, I had thought what kind of an eatery would be named like this. Someone asked me ‘what do you like to eat in Veena stores’? I was confused. What do you get in Veena stores? Pencils? Crayons? Turns out, you cannot judge a place by its name, just like how you should not judge a book by its cover. What seems like the name of some boring stationary shop is in fact the hot spot where Bengaluru enjoys its best breakfast.

Veena stores first started as a condiment store in 1977. Later, it changed into an eatery but still retained its name. The place has been consistent in serving the best vegetarian south Indian breakfast. So much is the fan following for this humble place that people queue in lines at as early as 6 in the morning to relish what can be said as the best idlis in Bengaluru.

The hotel so tiny that you may miss it if you are not paying attention. It is similar to a small provision store. The line of people is what will tell you that you have arrived at your destination. We went to the place at 7 in the morning and there were already ten people waiting in the line.

This place serves all types of old school Karnataka breakfast delicacies like idli vada, bisibelebath, pongal, shavige bath and so on. We took idli vada and pongal. The idli was so soft and melt- in- mouth that we order one more. The vada were rather soggy. Pongal was very delicious, just like home made one.

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The breakfast is served on plates made of hard leaves. You just have to stand in front of the counter and eat on the footpath. This may sound strange, but we were at it, people came in Harley Davidson and Benz cars to eat at this place. So, you don’t have to worry about eating on the footpath.

You know that awkward moment when you have to ask for more chutney while you are eating idlis in a hotel? You will never face that moment in this place. Because Veena stores loves their customers so much that they have sat a staff outside the counter just to serve chutney for whoever asks for it. You just have to place your plate in front of him and he’ll pour a ladle of fresh chutney into your plate.

And do not forget to drown down your food with a cup of their world famous filter coffee. It is absolutely refreshing and perfectly kicky.

This place is an example of how taste is the ultimate winner, not ambience, not posh buildings or staff speaking English in foreign accent. I’ll give this place a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The value for money is also pretty good.

Must try –

Idli vada

Shavige bath

Bisibele bath

Filter coffee

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

 

 

art of delight!

Art of delight

What to look out for –

All kinds of desserts, lots of ice creams.

Cost –

₹500 for two

Contact –
080 40913229

Address –

44/1, Residency Rd, next to Nagarjuna, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru.

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Dessert time! Monsoon and desserts is an everlasting love story. If ever you are on the residency road, there is this nice little place called the art of delight, do make it a point to drop by. It is a vibrant and youthful place that attracts college goers and young crowd who love their desserts. They serve the holy trinity of waffles, ice creams and milkshakes. There are sundaes, cakes and cookies too.

Just next to the very famous Nagarjuna on the residency road, you can see an interesting board quoting Oscar Wilde “I can resist everything except temptation”. Well that’s an interesting quote, especially for someone who has never resisted temptation. So, I followed the board into this nice little place that looked like a patisserie I France. Colourful indoor, outdoor and first floor seating was provided to choose from.

There is this large chalk board behind the counter that displays the delights of the day. You can randomly choose because I bet all of them would taste mind-blowing anyway. We bought ourselves a nutella skillet sundae and chocolate hysteria.

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The sundae was a scoop of Wayanad vanilla ice cream on top of a freshly baked skillet cookie with a nutella filled center. This was topped with nutella. All in all it was a nutella laced happiness. The skillet cookie was so delicious that I could eat it all day.

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The chocolate hysteria was an amalgamation of brownie crumbles, Belgian chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream. If that is not enough, there are chocolate fudge, chocolate chips, roasted nuts, white chocolate and nutella on top. The blueberry cheese cake is just all kinds of awesome. Hmmm, this place definitely sticks to its name because they know the art of delighting their customers.

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Too bad I went to this place after a nice meal. But, there is always anther time. It is a nice place to relax and have a shake will you chill with your friends. One more interesting thing is the place displays art work of some brilliant artists. These painting are for sale if you would love to buy. Service is swift and friendly. I’ll give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m coming back again until I have had one of everything on the menu.

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Must try –

Cheese cakes

Freak shakes

Belgian chocolate chip waffles

 

 

pizza mania

Onesta

What to look out for –

pizza, pizza and more pizza

Cost –

₹800 for two

Contact –

+91 8069000301

Address –

562, 8th Main, 4th Block, Next To Exide Battery Showroom, Koramangala, Bengaluru.

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This place had been bookmarked for a long time. But, as they say ‘you will get there when you are meant to get there and not a moment sooner’. So, the moment had finally arrived. A group of youngsters headed towards Onesta Koramngala, on a cold Saturday evening. There are eight branches of this place all over Bangalore and one more in the making. And, one noticeable thing about all their branches is that, they all have the same kind of positive reputation.

The place is easy to locate (especially when you have your GPS on). There is valet parking, which is such a relief. Like many other places in the locality, Onesta too is created in a small, what might have been a residential space earlier. The ambience is fun and bright. There are too many lights, too much positive energy and lots of people too. They do not make reservations on weekends and it is a first come first serve basis. Luckily we got a table as soon as we entered. The place consists of two floors, the ground floor and the rooftop. We chose the lively rooftop. The grilled walls were lined with plants and the wooden tables gave a feel of some outdoor dining experience.

We had chosen the unlimited offer and we could eat and drink anything on the menu any number of times. If someone had told me ten minutes earlier that I would eat those many pizzas, I would have laughed in their face. But, as the pizzas kept coming, we kept eating. The pizzas were made of the thinnest thin crusts. The toppings were good. They were small in size and thus we could try almost all the pizzas on the menu. From the plain Margherita pizza to the chocolate and banana pizza, every pizza was toothsome. There is not much on the menu other than pizza. Bruschetta, lasagna and ravioli were not very appreciable. The herbed wedges and jalapeno cheese balls were delicious. But, one thing is sure, this place is for pizza and only pizza.

The desserts were good too. They were tiny, yet tasty. The caramel walnut tart was just so amazing. So were the dark chocolate and peanut mousse and cheese cake. The drinks like green apple cooler, virgin mojito and peach iced tea were a good combination with the pizzas. Loved their frothy, hot chocolate drink.

This place has great value for money and a very courteous bunch of people serving you. I will give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Visit once if you are a pizza lover.