What to look out for –
Authentic north Karnataka food
Phone numbers –
₹500 for two
28, 12th Main, Near Navarang Theatre, 1st Block, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore.
I am a girl from Malnad. Being born in South Canara (Dakshina Kannada), I have lived most of my life in South Karnataka. I have eaten everything from from akki rotti to ragi mudde. But what I had not eaten was the jolada rotti. Never had I been to North Karnataka nor did I intend to go. I had a preconceived notion that it was an underdeveloped region with people having regressive mindsets. Well it took me to marry a man from there to know I was wrong. North Karnataka may be different in its culture, but it is a beautiful part of our state with some wonderful places you must visit at least once in your life. And food… well let me just say that I have been eating it for three years now and have no complaints.
North Karnataka food is the healthiest kind of food if cooked rightly. Also, it is delicious. Of course my first love is the typical Malnad cuisine, but I have fallen in love with this unique and healthy cuisine too. Especially because my husband craves for it every other day. I’ll be very frank, the best place you can get North Karnataka food is in North Karnataka. But you cannot travel eight hours every time you have such cravings. So, the second best thing is Nalapaka.
Nalapaka is the place where you can get authentic North Karnataka food in Bangalore. It has been a famous food joint because of its unlimited meals, authentic desserts and the rustic feel. If you want to introduce the Uttara Karnataka food to someone, you just take them to Nalapaka. The food will introduce itself.
We went there on a weekday noon, so obviously there was a long queue. We had to wait for ten minutes before we got a shared table. This is the most annoying thing about going to busy hotels in pairs. They expect you to sit in front of two other equally uncomfortable people. But we were hungry and couldn’t help. The ambiance is busy, simple and clean. This place runs to permanently packed houses on weekdays and weekends as well. The ground floor is for unlimited meals while you get tiffin and plate meals on the first floor.
As soon as we sat down, fresh plantain leaves were placed in front of us. Then came a dozen powders and pickles. It was a treat to see those different colored gun powders (I mean chutney powders) and pickles all placed neatly at the end of the plantain leaf. These would add flavor and taste to the main course.
Then came the various palya and dal. First came the brinjal palya (no meal is complete without the brinjal in this part of the state). Next came the kalu palya and the thick dal. Coconut chutney, salad, fried chilli, sambhar, curd and butter milk followed. The plantain looked so complete and colorful that I felt content just by watching it. Just as I thought the serving was over, there came something else. The jowar roti was topped with a large dollop of fresh butter. Hmmm… Happiness!!! We began trying out every permutation and combination possible with the roti, rice and various curries and chutneys. i personally loved their dal.
The food was good, but I have had better north Karnataka food to be frank. All the less, the food was certainly filling, clean and tasty. We ended the meal with a bowl of Godi huggi (a sweet made of wheat and jaggery). There was no Shenga Holige on the day we went to Nalapaka, but if ever you get a chance, don’t miss it.
The food was nice, service was very brisk and courteous. I would give this place a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Visit this place to enjoy authentic uttara kannada food. Just remember to take a huge appetite along with you because the meal is unlimited.