Eating like a Bakasur

Bakasur

What to look out for –
best buffet

Phone numbers –
080 49652909

Cost –
₹1200 for two

Address
23, 4th Floor, Indraprasta Equinox Building, Near Sony Signal, 100 Feet Inner Ring Road, Ejipura, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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Seldom do we find a place that is named after our inner beast. Bakasur is definitely one place that we all can relate to, both in its name and the food that it serves. Located in a prime vicinity, this place offers one of the best buffet for people who love desi cuisine.

The ambience is nice and cosy. It has a typical buffet seating arrangements. We were given our complimentary mocktails as soon as we sat down. We got to choose from a list and they were pretty good. Then, we were introduced to their menu and we began our dinner. The staff were surely friendly and helped us with our orders and selections.

I loved the spread of items that they offered. There was chicken kebab, fish fry, mutton seek and many more non vegetarian items. The vegetarians had their chats, salads, and savories.

The main course was good too. There were breads, gravies, biryanis and rice varieties for all kinds of eaters. I have to admit that the best part was surely the desserts. There were all kinds of desi desserts like the shahi tukda, jalebi, rabdi as well as ice creams.

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This place is surely a value for money and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you are a large crowd with different likes, this is your destination.

 

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lunch in a patio

Patio 805

What to look out for –
great ambience, good service and yummy south Asian food.

Phone numbers –
080 49652875

Cost –
₹1000 for two

Address
805, Ground Floor, 35C Cross, 9th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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If at all you are in the Jayanagar shopping region, I highly recommend that you visit a place called patio 805. Normally I do not give high recommendations. I just explain how my experience in a place was and leave the rest to the readers. But, this is a must visit bistro. They serve the healthiest and tastiest food that you can find in the region.

I was in no mood for vegetarian but my sister dragged me to this vegetarian bistro. I thank her for introducing me to this wonderful place. The restaurant is on the main road near the Jayanagar bus stand. It consists of two floors, but we sat on the ground floor. The décor is south Asian and very cozy. I loved their hanging table lights.

The staff are friendly and were very helpful in making food choices. We ordered a tomato ginger soup which was yummy. Then came the threaded paneer which was good. We also ordered a Vietnamese style sauce over crispy noodles. It was unique and tasty too. It consisted of deep fried crispy noodles that came with crunchy vegetables and stir fried sauce. It was amazing.

For main course there was vegetable balls with hot garlic sauce along with vegetable fried rice. We loved the piping hot combination. It was a cold day and hot Asian food was just so lovely. It was a perfect meal with wholesome food that was delicious too. We loved everything about the food – quality, quantity, plating and taste. This is definitely a place I will be visiting again. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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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breakfast at Vidyarthi Bhavan

Vidyarthi Bhavan

What to look out for –

Early morning breakfasts, buzzing ambience.

Phone numbers –
080 26677588

Cost –

₹150 for two

Address

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.

 

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the street that leads to vidyarthi bhavan

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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.

 

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the piping hot vada
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balancing act
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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.

 

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kesaribath

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.

 

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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.

 

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proud kannadiga
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simplicity is the key

Do not miss to eat –

Masal dosa

Idly vada

Kesaribhath

Chow chow bhath

Coffee

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!

 

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standing proud and tall