Restaurants to visit in Bengaluru
1.Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
A legendary name in South Indian comfort food, this super-popular eatery has had Bengaluru eating out of its hands since 1924. Head to the dining room upstairs, queue for a table, and then admire the dated images of southern beauties etched on smoky glass as waiters bring you savoury local fare, capped by frothing filter coffee served in silverware. It’s a definitive Bengaluru experience.
The Arabian Sea is 500km away, but you’ll have to come only as far as this superb spot to savour South India’s finest coastal cuisines. The decor is a stylish mix of thatched roofs and vintage woodwork, and does superb fiery Mangalorean fish dishes and the signature Lobster Balchao (?1200).
Sail away to the Med at Bangalore’s stylish newcomer. It may be set in a mall but it serves up a classy atmosphere, whether indoors or al fresco on its canopy-covered decking. Feast on large plates of mezze, hummus and pita, fish kebabs, Greek-style moussaka, zatar sausages or something healthier from the organic menu. End the night with a strong Turkish coffee and blueberry panna cotta. For all the adventurous drinkers, there’s two hours of all-you-can-drink alcohol for ?1200.
Lodged in upscale Ashoknagar is this white-washed villa straight from the coast of Santorini, with food that evokes sunny memories of Mediterranean getaways. Try the almond-encrusted kingfish or spinach and goat’s cheese pizza and request the indulgent chocolate mousse cocktail for dessert. The fairly lit pebbled al fresco area is ridiculously atmospheric while loved-up couples get romantic in the dimly lit dining room among candles and flowers.
A well-established fixture in Bengaluru’s restaurant scene, Sunny’s is all about authentic charcoal thin-crust pizzas, homemade pastas, imported cheese and some of the best desserts in the city – go the blueberry crème brûlée. There’s atmospheric lounge seating upstairs, downstairs modern dining or often buzzing outdoor tables. There’s another branch in Indiranagar.
Authentic Japanese staples cooked up by the Osakan owner/chef, including flavourful yakitori, tempura, sushi and sashimi. Wash it down with a few cold Asahis before finishing off with green tea ice cream. The decor here is traditional and atmospheric.
A smart blend of mod Euro decor and glittering South Indian goldwork create a sophisticated ambience at this fancy restaurant specializing mostly in Spanish food. Pick from grilled lamb chops with garlic and rosemary or squid rings with aoili, accompanied with jugs of sangria. There’s also tasting menus from ?1950. It’s tucked away at the back of the block.