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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sip as you Dine

Sip and Dine

What to look out for –

Mangalorean dishes, seafood and cocktails.

Phone Numbers –

080 23406122

Cost –

₹1000 for two

Address

998/20, Poornima Complex, First Floor above ICICI bank, Service Road, R.P.C. Layout, Vijay Nagar, Bangalore.

alcohol is available

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There is something about family dinners. Apart from the fun, love and the interesting conversations, there something else for a foodie like me. You get to try out new places that you are sure of not visiting if it was not for family dinners. Because, when you are going out with the entire family, proximity of the place is as much important if not more as the taste of the food. You cannot imagine to drag them all 15 km to eat the best burger in town. That you have to do alone. And for family dinners, there are places like sip and dine.

Located off the service road in Vijaynagar, this place was quite popular in its early days. I think one of the most important reasons for its success is the lack of other fine dining places nearby. People had to go here. But, the place used to give some great service and delicious food those days. Over time, I can’t help but notice the falling standards.

The place is extended to two floors. Both the floors are pleasantly decorated and have soothing instrumental music playing in the background. The ambience is cosy and welcoming. Although I have heard many of my friends complaining about the behavior of the staff, I have never experienced anything of such kind. The staff were pretty concerned and attentive. We had our seats and ordered our food.

They took quite some time to bring the food. The cocktails were regular and nothing fancy. For starters, we had egg chilly, crispy fried chicken, baby corn Manchurian and chicken 65. The most disappointing thing about their starters is that they all appeared to be same colour. It almost seemed like they used the same colour masala to cook up each of the dishes. The cooks of sip and dine must make the food much more presentable and appealing. Also, please STOP adding so much colour to your food. It is dangerous for the health. Taste wise, nothing was quite extraordinary. The crispy chicken was good though.

Main course was Hyderabadi biryani which was tasty. The other time we had ordered neer dosa which was actually very good along with their egg masala. Their fishes are also well done. We skipped dessert because I have decided I’ll eat desserts only when the menu interests me. Over all, a good place with average food. I will give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Go here when you have no other option.

Must try –

Neer dosa and egg masala

Pomfret masala fry

Crispy fried chicken

1947 – a dinner story

1947

What to look out for –

Pure vegetarian spread

Phone Numbers-

+91-80-28605666

+91-9739989452

Cost –

Lunch – ₹350

Dinner – ₹450

Address

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No worries at Hakuna Matata

Hakuna matata

What to look out for –

Friendly ambience, great biryani and yummy desserts

Phone numbers
91 9741133866

Cost –

₹1500 for two

Address

1231, 24th Main, 7th Phase, Opposite Brigade Palm Springs, JP Nagar, Bangalore

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Bangalore is a fascinating city. It is like a drug – addictive, thrilling and always gets you high. Living in Bangalore has its own perks. One such thing is the presence of some of the nicest eat outs that you can find in the country. They are so cool in ambience and consistent in taste. When I talk about good places to eat, I cannot help but mention Hakuna Matata. This place is one of my favourites. And it is one of the few places that me and my husband both agree with (trust me, we do not do that often).

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Hakuna Matata means “no worries” in Swahili. They named the place so probably because it is a wonderful place where you will forget all your worries. It is located in the crowded area of j p nagar. But, surprisingly, the place is very vast and spacious. You can just drive in, park your vehicle and walk into the hotel. The building is open and there is free movement of air, light and people. You can also opt for the outdoor seating. We sat under the star during our first visit, but that was in the evening. This time, we were there for lunch, so we chose a corner table on the ground floor which was a no smoking floor.

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The ambience is raw and jungle kind of a thing. There are bamboo tables and chairs. There is wood and bamboo art on the wall. It’s simple, yet pleasing. But, what is liked the most about the place is its food. It is absolutely mind blowing. They are very consistent in their taste and hygiene. We have been here a couple of times and every time, the food fantastic. The staff is friendly and courteous.

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We ordered crispy chilli vegetables, paneer satay, dragon chicken and shredded crispy chilli chicken for starters. Each and every starter was tasty and we gorged on every last bit of it. The first time we had been here, we had ordered chicken biryani because the staff suggested it. Trust me, I was very skeptical about it. hakuna matata and chicken biryani? Somehow, the names didn’t go very well together. But believe me, the biryani was mind blowing. The chicken in the rice was so well cooked, juicy and spicy. The rice had all the necessary flavours of Indian spices. So, whenever one of our friends go out here, we recommend their biryani very strongly. The vegetable Szechwan fried rice was also tasty.

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things to try –

dragon chicken

honey chilli potatoes

paneer satay

chicken biryani

fried ice cream

 

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Desserts must be mandatory in places like Hakuna Matata. We had their fried ice cream which is just out of the word. The walnut toffee with ice cream was also good. All in all, the lunch was a wonderful experience. The place gets a high 4.7 out of 5 stars. also, do not forget to pay a visit to the french looking cake cafe at the entrance of the place.

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midnight snacking at sagar

Sagar

What to look out for –

Vegetarian street food, chats, desserts and ice creams

Phone numbers

080 23325917

Cost –

₹200 for two

Address

Dr Rajkumar road, near KLE College, Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Alcohol is not available

Strictly vegetarian

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Winters are incomplete without midnight snacks. The cold nights accompanied by constant midnight cravings can never let you sleep in peace. For all the fellow foodies who love to binge on some street food during the late hours of the night, there is only one place for you – Sagar hotel. The two storied white building looks simple, plain and old fashioned. But that is exactly opposite of what you will feel about the food served here. The crowd in front of the hotel begins to form at seven and will continue until twelve in the night. Unlike other fine dine restaurants, people do not wait to get into the hotel. They just enjoy their food on the street and it is fun!

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What you should try at Sagar –

Juicy hot jalebis made of pure ghee

Cute little mini pizzas

The yummy pav bhaji

Crispy fafda

vada pav

falooda

dhokla

 

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Sagar is one place where you can just pull your car to the side after a long drive in the cold winter night and order some tasty street chats and enjoy them sitting inside your car. There is no place else like Sagar when it comes to swift service and consistency in taste. This place gets a 4 on 5 for its lively ambiance and delicious food.

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A village in the middle of the city

Village

What to look out for –

Great ambiance, vegetarian food, chats, tarot reading and some dandiya

Phone Numbers

080 42100524
+91 9663924344

Cost –

Lunch – ₹410

Dinner – ₹460

Weekends – ₹560

Address

6th Floor, Central Mall, JP Nagar, Bangalore

Alcohol is NOT Available

Strictly vegetarian

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For starters, this place is not just any restaurant. It is an experience. So, if you are in a hurry and just want to grab some lunch, skip the village. Because when you are in the village, you will want to spend your entire evening here. Such is the ambiance of this wonderful place. As you climb the escalator for the sixth floor of the central mall, you see some bright colors and props that promise you a wonderful evening full of excitement. We could not resist taking a couple of pictures before we entered the place. And as soon as we entered, we were in a whole new world!

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village the soul of india

It was like we time traveled to one of those dhabas on the outskirts of Delhi. So colorful, so vibrant and so very desi. The ambiance is one thing that you will love about this place. As it was our first visit to the place, we had a complimentary tarot card session with an expert. He told some annoying things about me, so my husband still vouches about the truthfulness of the tarot at village. The cuisines served are Rajasthani, Gujarati, Maharastrian, north Indian and south Indian. However, we then drank the welcome drink which was a rose flavored milk. It was good. Then we tried out the chats like pani puri, aloo tikka, sev puri which were also good. But, to be frank, we girls were interested in taking pictures in this beautiful place than eating the food.

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the live food counters

The place is large and there are some quirky stuff all over. The food is actually laid out in counters that seem like street vendors and road side shops. Our next stop was at the bhaji stall. We had some piping hot aloo and mirchi bajhi which were the best thing in the place. The dosa was not very tasty and I left it untouched in my plate.

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the roti counter

A jail like room is where you get the fresh rotis on order. You can also get hot, juicy jalebis at this counter. The main course consisted of masala khichdi, kadi, dal fry, aloo methi, steamed rice and other stuff. I will have to say that I did not enjoy main course as much as the starters. Finally, for desserts there were gulab jamoon, kheer and plain vanilla ice cream cones.

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main course

As we had our dinner, we also participated in some fun activities like dandiya, musical chair and the puppet show. I had a feeling that we were in some village fair. It was truly a wonderful experience. I would rate the ambiance, service and place with a 5 on 5 but the food would get only a 3.5 on 5.

Buffet at barbeque nation

Barbeque nation

What to look out for –

Great service, fish and prawn barbeque, a large spread of desserts and ice creams

Phone Numbers

080 60600000
080 60600001
cost –

veg buffet – ₹658 – ₹946

non veg buffet – ₹790 – ₹1071

(rates change according to the day)

Address

Ground floor, Westgate Mall, Dr Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Alcohol is Available

barbeque nation

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From many years, Barbeque Nation has become synonym to buffet. When you think of a wholesome buffet meal, you just go to one of the nine branches of the Barbeque Nation scattered across Bangalore. The people of Bangalore are in love with this place. For me too, it was a love at first sight.

After hearing so much about the place for so long, we decided to finally go there for my birthday. The place is pretty spacious and clean. The ambiance is fun with cheerful staff always ready to help. There is also live band which makes the place all the more interesting. As we seated ourselves comfortably, the staff asked us our choice of the complimentary mock-tails. We sipped on our drinks as they readied the barbecues on our table. Then came the food… chicken, mutton, fish and prawns barbecues. I loved the fish and prawns more than anything. In vegetarian, there were corn, paneer and potato barbeques. There were also other starters like the yummy fried corn, murgh malai tikka and tangri kebabs. The starters keep coming until you are full and you really cannot have anymore. You can just pull the flag on your table down to signal that you are done with the starters.

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the khulfi
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sweet nothings

The main course is laid out on a separate space and you must serve yourself. It consists of vegetarian and non-vegetarian spread such as soups, butter chicken, dal, shahee paneer, roti, handi biryani, curd rice and other items.

Being a sucker for anything sweet, I will have to say that the best thing about this place is its desserts. The cute little sweets are so delicious that you keep on taking n number of helpings. There is kiwi pastry, tiramisu, coconut pudding, chocolate brownie, kheer and fresh fruits. The combination of ice cream and gulab jamun should never be missed. One more thing that needs to be mentioned is their special live khulfi counter. Boy, can they make them any better! The large variety of khulfis just confuse you while you are choosing. Enjoy and just pamper your taste buds.

One thing is for sure, visit this place with a big appetite because you do not want to do injustice to the number of food items that are put before you. I give this place a 4.5 on a scale of 5 because they make you feel so special.

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my complimentary birthday cake!