Bangalore is the most important city in Karnataka, South India. Tourists and pensioners come here for fun, vacation, and R&R, allured from discovering that the city harmoniously blends modern technology with the rich Eastern traditions of India. When eating and drinking in Bangalore, tourists are treated to an array of international cuisine, served in world-class restaurants. Even tiny street food kiosks offer delicious dishes, making this bustling metropolis truly a heaven for food lovers.
The first kinds of dish that tourists would love to try are, of course, the local choices. Indian foods are known to be hot, savory, very aromatic and seasoned with exotic ingredients. The most common dishes are pakoras, samosas, dosas, idlis, vadas, uthapams and others. These are popular South Indian delicacies that are offered even in the simplest food stalls in and around the city. Typically identified with their round steel tables, local street diners are very popular among the working people. They normally ask for inexpensive dosas, idlis, curd rice, vegetable pulao, rice with sambar, or lemon rice. On the other hand, North Indian foods, such as chicken tikkas and paneer butter masala are served in major restaurants such as Lotus and Paradise Island.
The entire street near VV Puram is filled with stalls selling all kinds of local delicacies. The place is appropriately called Shettara Beedi or “Food Street”, which is Bangalore’s equivalent of Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor food stalls. Foreign tourists should definitely visit this street and go stall-hopping to taste the different local snacks such as dum-root, butter-bun congress, sweet pancake called “obbattu”, rice pancake called “akkirotti”, fried bondas, and masala-pepsi. With food packs costing less than 100 rupees, the street comes to life every night after 6:00 p.m.
Among the many food joints in the city, the five leading ones are Veena Store, Jenani, Anupams Coastal Express, New Shanti Sagar, and Fanoos. Veena is found on Margosa Road in Malleswaram. It is a popular breakfast hangout area that is known to offer the best idlis and vadas in the entire state. They usually run out of stock right after breakfast. It is also a popular “stand and eat” area, with no seats available. Jenani is another famous breakfast place, but also serves lunch and dinner. They also offer delicious idli, as well as sambar and Punjabi cuisine. Anupams Coastal Express, on the other hand is perfect for seafood lovers. It is also known for its chicken pulimunchi, chicken ghee and kori roti.
Meanwhile, vegetarians would love the New Shanti Sagar chain. They offer inexpensive yet delicious and nutritious vegetarian dishes in all their branches scattered around the city. Their most popular store is the one on Foot Rd, Jayanagar, Domlur. Meat and beef lovers, on the other hand, might want to dine at Fanoos, near Johnson Market. They offer different types of beef rolls, such as sheekh roll, sheekh jumbo, sheekh mambo, and so on, which vary according to size. The sheekh sambo is almost 2-inch thick. Also popular here are the paneer, kababs and shawarma.
And to complete one’s flavorful experience of eating and drinking in Bangalore, the city also has a number of Thai, Chinese, Mexican, French, Mughlai and western restaurants. The best Thai dishes are served in Rim Naam restaurant and the most delicious Chinese foods are found in Mainland China restaurant. For Americans who might be too tired or afraid to experiment with food, there are McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and T.G.I Friday’s outlets scattered around the city.