Food & Restaurants
Traditional Indian gastronomy has something to tickle any taste buds. For a true insight into how Indians enjoy food, head into the lively streets. As a city with over 10 million residents, delectable street food is part and parcel of the local food map. We have tried to get you glimpse of the street food scene in Bengaluru.
Ok, more than anything else Nama Bengaluru’s VV Puram Street tends to leave you confused!!! The Food Treasure Trunk of the city where every dish you ever imagines lies right in front of you. From Italian to Chinese to our very own Indian Cuisine, all kinds of snackies, munchies and meals find homes in VV Puram Street. The South-Indian delights including Dosas, Idlis and Vada sold at the roadside eateries are exceptional in taste.
Where: Food Street, Vishweshwarapura, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru
Let’s begin with light-hearted dish, also good for the ones who has calories meter running in the head. Step into Sweet Corn Centre and go for the Corn Bhel, not to forget almost 50 varieties ranging from apple corn masala to autralian cabbage corn to mango pineapple mix corn get to excite your taste buds.
Where: 25, 18th Main Rd, Muneshwara Block, Banashankari, Bengaluru
Innovative Burgers, desi-style floating Paani Puri topped with the tastiest tangy water and the city staple, Boti Masala or Gold Finger Masala awakens the hungry dragon in you. Before you move ahead, try out Bengaluru’s speciality Nellikai, sweetened Aamla spiced with homemade masala.
Where: 22, National High School Road, Vishweshwarapura, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru
No matter where you go in the country, Maggi is a street food favourite and Bengaluru is no exception. VV Puram treats you to authentic tasting Maggi.
Where: National High School Road, Vishweshwarapura, Shankarapura, Bengaluru
Bengaluru’s street food situation is incomplete without a plate of idli made in the most authentic way.
Where: Shop No. 51, 5, Old Market Rd, Vishweshwarapura, Shankarapura, Bengaluru
Mosaru Kodubale, Karantaka’s traditional ring rolls which is not really made anywhere outside the state.
Where: Vishweshwarapura, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru
With recipe passed on from generations, Gulkan Icecream is a signature dessert of the city. Roses brought from Ajmer and Amla from Kashmir makes this heavenly.
Where: Food St, Vishweshwarapura, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru
Johnson Market is the treasure trove for street food specials. Established in 1929, it is tucked away in a narrow bylane between Richmond Town and Hosur Road is the old-worldly Johnson Market.
Where: 14 Alexandra Road, Richmond Town, Bengaluru
If you are hungry, the jumbo roll at Siddique is your meal and a treat all rolled in one. The Bombay rolls are prepped and kept right in front of you. They are then friend, cut into bite sized pieces and served with ketchup. The Beef Bhuna Rolls is a stellar.
Where: 66/5, St Johns Church Rd, Sulthangunta, Pulikeshi Nagar, Bengaluru
The Beef Biriyani at Khazana is numero uno street dish. A classic in Bengaluru, beef is cooked to perfection amid fragrant rice. Succulent, marinated beef, slow-cooked in a melange of roasted spices to make a spicy affair.
Where: #16 Aga Abdulla Street, Richmond Town, Bengaluru
Evening time at Makkah Cafe is a perfect time for a chai, harira and steaming hot samosas. These onion/peas filled samosas were crisp on the outside, steaming hot on the inside, and we had them with a glass of half chai. Makkah Cafe is also famous for its naans — circular pastries stuffed with coconut or fruits or khova. Heavy duty in themselves, these are sold by the triangle cut.
Where: Shop No. 3, Johnson Market, Richmond Town, Bengaluru
Though the strip of Mosque Road comes alive especially during Ramadan, it is a haven for the foodaholics throughout the year. Smoky aromas waft through the air as food lovers spill out on the streets to relish Mughlai, Hyderabadi, Lucknowi and Arabic savouries and sweets from local restaurants and make-shift booths which come up on both sides of the Mosque Road.
Where: Fraser Town, Bengaluru
Albert Bakery ensures delicious bite of meaty goodness forever. Try the Brain puff with all the custardy goodness of the bhaja, delicately-spiced Mutton Samosa and Khova Naan which comes with all the dairy goodness yet low on sugar. Bengaluru swears by these scrumptious baked goodies.
Where: 93, Mosque Rd, Cleveland Town, Pulikeshi Nagar, Bengaluru
The velvety Special Pista House Haleem made with mutton topped with fried onions and mint leaves which is invariably sold out before evening. It is a lavish zesty treat. Wrap it with the Hyderabad special, Khubani ka Metha made with apricots.
Where: 78-1, MM Road, Pulikeshi Nagar, Bengaluru
Have you ever imagined walking the crossroads at 2am in the morning only to watch a stimulating visual of Kadais, Tandoor and Tawa around??!! Well, that pretty much summarizes Strret Food Scene in Shivajinagar. From the Juicy Sheekh Kebabs to the Marinated Mutton Chaap to the Tandoor Quail to the Paya Soup, it is an utterly gastronomic affair.
To miss Mutton Samosa at Royal Resturant is a crime!!! Spicy cocktail-sized chicken and mutton samosas filled with minced mutton or chicken cooked with curry leaves, onion and capsicum is a meaty delight.
The chai-samosa-nankhatai routine at Savera is yet another must-try ritual. The Suleimani chai here is something that can be guzzled by the litre.
Idiyyappam with mounds of Beef Kebab at Iqbal Dressed Chicken Centre is sensational.
For a grand meaty affair, head for the humble joint, North Indian Hotel for your dose of the Beef Biriyani. You can also try out the Beef Manchurian and Beef Pepper. Hot Stuff, we say!!!
Jayanagar aces the role of neighbourhood food stretch with perfection!!! The list of eateries in Jayanagar serve everything from budget Maharashtrian pohas to healthy options and vegetarian-only menus to delish lamb chops, pizza, pasta, and even milkshakes.
For a zesty chaat experience, head to Rakesh Kumar Paani Puri & Chaat. From the Bengali Gol Gappas to the Sev Puri to the Aloo Chaat, this 20year old centre does brilliant job.
In Bangalore, the classic sandwich is served with mint chutney and contains a stuffing of potatoes, onions, cucumber and beetroot. You can choose to have it grilled or not. From American Corn Sandwich to Chocolate sandwich; from Dahi Chudwa to Bread Masala, Hari Super Sandwich is a crowd puller. The forty year old street food joint cannot be missed.
Locals Bangaloreans call this dessert ‘Bele Holige’. Made from maida and stuffed with a filling of peanuts and sugar, this sweet is normally prepared in homes during festivals such as Maha Sankranti. However, the superlative version is available on the street carts of Jayanagar.
Apart from Indian food, another popular cuisine on Bangalore’s street food scene is the Shawarma. Mostly served with chicken, the shawarma is a Lebanese roll with oodles of hummus and pickles. It resembles a khati roll but with Middle Eastern flavours. Jayanagar’s Just Shawarma is known to perfect the art of this Lebanese delicacy.
Famous for its Pedhas (Mishra Pedha, the name sake, is a standard for the Pedhas from the northern Karnataka town, Dharwad) it houses a lot of other sweets, savouries, snacks and light eats from all parts of India. One thing to mention about Dharwad Famous Mishra Pedha is that the fresh Pedhas are brought in from Dharwad to this outlet.
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