Best of the best new cafes, bars, microbreweries and restaurants in Bengaluru

This is Traveldine’s selection of the best new eating joints and watering holes in the Garden City of Bengaluru — plus some of the well-loved classics as well. 

Cafes

Araku Coffee 

After launching their first flagship store in Marais, Paris in 2017, Araku Coffee opened their first ever café in India, in Bengaluru in March 2021. Araku boasts India’s first Mod Bar (the fourth in Asia), an aesthetic countertop where one can interact with the barista with all the clutter hidden underneath the counter. The Sensory Bar is where the barista does manual brewing using equipment of the customer’s choice. The pristine white minimalist interiors, designed by New York-based architect Jorge Zapata, has Sandeep Sangaru’s bamboo lamps dangling from the ceiling above a specially curated bookstore.

Biodiversity experts have carefully curated all the indoor plants from Araku Valley. There are four main varieties of coffee, each with individual flavour profiles — the fruity Micro Climate is good for black coffee and cold brews, Signature and Selection mix well with milk, so ideal for cappuccino and lattes, while the bestseller Grand Reserve has earthy flavours.

Araku’s coffee mentor Sherri John encourages people to decode the subtle nuances of flavour. The menu is ingredient-forward, curated by chief culinary advisor Aditi Duggar and helmed by Chef Rahul Sharma (of Noma and Masque fame). German Spätzle has been reimagined with purple sweet potato from Araku, Congee gets a swank makeover while coffee bite chicken has coffee grounds coating the grilled chicken (Araku uses cascara or dried coffee cherry often discarded at processing units, in their dishes).

Upstairs, AWSCA (Araku World Special Coffee Academy) is a Specialty Coffee Association certified campus inside the café, the only one in India authorised by SCA, where Sensory and Barista classes are organised. Coffee aficionados can try a 2-hour Barista 101 class held every Saturday 4-6pm, with limited slots of 5 (Rs.2,000).

Address: 968, 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru 560008

Ph: +91 7993989888

Timings: 9:30 am – 11 pm

Cost for two: Rs.1,000

Vegan Vogue

Vegan vogue

Adding to the list of impressive vegan, plant-based cafes in Bengaluru such as JustBe Cafe, Santé Spa Cuisine, Carrots and GoNative, the boho restaurant and cafe is a burst of bright colours, pastel accents, tungsten lighting, with gorgeous planters hanging from the roof. Their unique menu has made-from-scratch African and Pan-Asian dishes such as sticky noodles, the signature Butternut Squash Ravioli in a creamy coconut sage sauce, beetroot and cashew croquettes, zucchini fritters and the Rwandan speciality Agatogo served with seared plantains, roasted pumpkin and kale in a tangy gravy served on a bed of Quinoa rice.

End with some apple tart, chocolate mousse or caramel flan. Customers are encouraged to go on a kitchen tour to see how their food is prepared. The micro greens are grown in-house, the cleaning products are chemical-free, even the menu is composed of biodegradable paper. Vegan Vogue also has a range of probiotic salads, fresh pressed juices and an organic store by Pure & Sure. There’s one thing you can be sure of — vegan is anything but boring!

Address: #34, 80 Feet Rd, Hal, HAL 3rd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru 560075

Ph: +91 9036490135

Timing: 8am – 11 pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.1200

The Farmhouse Kitchen & Bakery

German bakeries have always been a thing in India, from Pune to Pondicherry and Goa to Hampi… Bangalore just got lucky when German expat Peter Georg opened The Farmhouse Kitchen & Bakery inside the 35-acre Lake View Farm in Whitefield. A warm, inviting space with arched brick interiors, potted plants and a separate outdoor garden seating, it’s perfect for a relaxed outing with friends and family, and a nature-inspired experience.

The European-style farm-to-table eatery focuses on reviving traditional food and baking methods besides clean, healthy eating — organic produce, oven-fresh whole grain breads and quiches baked daily, flatbread pizzas to delicious gambas in garlic olive oil, lamb tagine, German wursts (sausages), prawn canapés, caprese salad, salmon tartare, ratatouille, schnitzel with mashed potatoes, whole wheat pancakes, and a hearty Farmer’s breakfast.

There’s a daily set menu of veg/non-veg soup, salad, mains such as Greek Moussaka or Chicken Stroganoff and dessert like mulled wine tiramisu or delicious churros. It’s open all days for breakfast, lunch, dinner or high tea, with organic coffee by Dragonfly Organic Farms and loose leaf premium teas by Unchi Wali Chai & The Shef Society. 

Address: Inside Lake View Farm, Varthur Main Road, Siddapura, Whitefield, Bengaluru 560066

Ph: +91 9663608436

Timing: 10am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 9am -10pm (Sat & Sun), delivery 11am-9pm

Cost for two: Rs.1,200 plus taxes

Bars

Bombay Borough

Bombay borough

Spread across a sprawling heritage bungalow in central Bengaluru, Bombay Borough is set around a beautiful mango tree as its centrepiece. The Bougainvillea portico bar at the porch spills over to a relaxed open-to-nature outdoor space with a roofed patio covered in Mangalore tiles. Large handmade brass lamps inspired by Kashmiri filigree light up the adjoining arty rooms where ceramic wall plates, hand-painted with Indian floral motifs, vintage artefacts and modern art add charm. The upscale bar stirs up regional and global flavours in unique homemade infusions, bitters, tinctures and desi cocktails like Cochin Smoke, Royal Maharaja, Chowpatty Beach Lolly and Darjeeling Nights.

The botanist-inspired Angrezi Gin & Tonics doff a hat to the British Raj featuring Memsaab’s Pink Gin, Bengal Blossom and Queen’s Necklace. In a nod to Bombay’s desi drinking dens, Pauwa’s like Jamun Bazaar, Mango Masti and Santra Mantra are served in 180ml quarter (pauwwa) bottles, paired with chakhnas (bar nibbles). The menu is a culinary journey across India, using regionally sourced ingredients with a modern twist to traditional recipes — gongura chicken with dosai, Parsi keema kulcha, Idukki roast drumsticks, Kolhapuri lamb chops, Rajputana murg soola, Malabar chicken with parotta, Mario’s mango prawns with coconut rice, mutton apricot nawab biryani, toddy shop fish curry and smoked Jodhpur mutton. Desserts include Anglo-Indian bread pudding, mishti doi praline cheesecake and Amritsari kulfa

Address: Villa 10, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025

Ph: +91 9606069004

Timing: 12 noon to 12 am 

Approx cost for two: Rs.1,800 + taxes 

Bhola & Blonde

Bhola blonde

If a London ki gori and a Benares ka chhora went on a date to a bar in Brighton, their love child would be Bhola & Blonde. The new resto bar with an Indo-chic Bohemian vibe is the most unlikely marriage of east and west, where classic meets modern. Tungsten lamps and giant bird cages adorn the bar and restaurant that is done up in muted greens and bright peacock blue tones, and has live soulful Sufi music and evergreen Bollywood music playing; you’d think you wandered into a house of ill repute from the 1900’s. Think of it as Punjabi baroque with a north Indian culinary thrust.

The cocktails represent The Great India Tour — Banaras ki Swaad, The Graceful Mohiniyattam, The Vibrant Delhi Street and The Bombay Baking. The menu is Indian Progressive Fusion crafted by Chef Indramani — paya soup and vegetable dum shorba, the house special paneer tikka bruschetta, melt-in-your-mouth Lucknowi galouti kababsarson da saag, lamb rogan joshrara mutton, Konkani prawns or tandoori pomfret/crab, with fusion desserts such as mishti doi baked cheesecake or malpua & rabdi pannacotta. This is clearly an ode to illicit love, raunchy Bollywood and gastronomy! 

Address: 968, 2nd Floor, 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru 560008

Ph: +91 9513440101, 9879276558

Timing: 12 noon to 1 am

Approx cost for two: Rs.1,500 + taxes

Suzy Q by 1522

Suzy q

Located at the New Indian Express building corner, the sassy Suzy ‘Q’ references the older restaurant 1Q1 that stood there on 1 Queen’s Road. Eye-popping murals, Warhol-esque cherubs, vibrant floors and Suzy Q’s big-bootied sculpture take centrestage. The cocktails are funky and local like Basanti and Dhanno, Chameli ki Shaadi — a vodka spiked thandai with saffron or the whisky-based Hera Pheri inspired by Gujarati choondo pickle.

The exciting menu by Chef Akash is equally inventive — seafood rasamtandoori hariyali prawns, chimichurri chicken, fiery Naga pork bites, keema pav, pav bhaji, homemade ravioli — in spinach/ricotta and prawn, nalli nihari with assorted breads, besides the best of coastal delights from the 1522 stable. Flourless dark chocolate cake and New York Cheesecake bring up the desserts. But mostly, it’s the fun festive vibe — a mix of outdoor spaces and elegant arches of the printing section of the old Indian Express Building! 

Address: No.1, Express Building, Queens Road, Bengaluru 560001 

Ph: 080-47250088

Timing: 12 noon – 12:30 am

Meal for two: Rs.1000 (without alcohol)

www.suzyq.in

Secret Story 

Located across two floors with the tallest bar in Bangalore, the high-energy lounge looks right out of Macao with its decadent air, quirky corners and plush interiors that seem designed for Instagram. White and green wood panelling and glass features are accentuated by vibrant and bold botanical art printed upholstery, classical murals and trellises trailing with faux creepers and classical Victorian sculptures. It’s like partying in a reinterpreted gigantic European greenhouse with its glass ceiling.

The bar is clearly a people’s magnet with mixologists shaking up signature cocktails such as Pom Collin (with pomegranate), Purple Dragon (lavender tequila), the intriguing New Way Sol Kadi and shots like Woo Woo, Candy Corn and Kamikazi. The eclectic food offering is a mix of Modern European, Progressive Indian, Cantonese & Pan Asian cuisines. Signature dishes include Prawns Doughnut, Balinese curry, Green Pav Bhaji Piccolo, Bunny Chow. Anuj Chugh, Partner, says “Everyone has a story. At Secret Story, we aim to create the atmosphere where great stories are heard and told.”

Address: 968, 3rd and 4th floor, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

Ph: +91 9867211199, 9964700541

Timing: 12 noon – 9 pm

Cost for two: Rs.1,400

Gawky Goose

Styled like an Irish pub, Gawky Goose has spacious pet-friendly outdoor seating — a transparent glazed ceiling canopied by raintrees with a waterfall fountain, ferns and tropical plants. As you step in, the massive emerald green and brass embellished bar flanked by ornamental columns will make anyone gawk. Cocktails come with a regional twist or a modern take such as Gazpacho Bloody Mary and MexiCano; some like Bablu The Dark Knight and Balan The Crazy Tiger are named after architects, contractors and behind-the-scenes folks who worked on the project. Doc vs Doc is a tribute to the owners who are doctors and comes with a crazy bubble trick!

The innovations continue with the food, a mix of world cuisine with regional twists — Mexican Madhur Vade, Lamb Keema Aloo Bonda Rassa, Ghee Roast Stuffed Paddu, Tandoor Jerk Chicken stuffed doughnuts, Waffle Idli with Srilankan Pepper Curry, Laal Maans Shepherd’s Pie, Mutton Keema Fondue, South Indian Lamb Chops with Pongal, you get the idea. For dessert, try Peanut Butter Tart, the dangerously balancing Bambolini or Death by Chocolate, which lives up to its name — presented in a huge orb that can serve three. Your space might be limited but Gawky Goose isn’t – they have a ginormous parking area!  

Address: #77, Wind Tunnel Rd, Muniyappa Layout, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru 560017

Ph: 09901787273

Timing: 12 noon – 1 am

Cost for two: Rs 1,800

1 Bar House Kitchen (1BHK)

Don’t be fooled by the name — 1BHK Bengaluru in Koramangala is a spacious bar and kitchen styled on the original 1BHK Mumbai in Andheri. Oozing Goan vibe with vintage Portuguese interiors, the bungalow’s open-air spaces and charming nooks will bowl you over, with colonial furniture, riveting blue chandeliers, adobe style ochre walls, rustic wood tables and black n white photos. Spread across two floors with an outdoor terrace, the live music adds to the ambience.

The bar offers well-balanced cocktails such as Old Fashioned, Green Lantern and Passionate Whiskey. The food is primarily Goan, Parsi and North Indian with some Italian thrown in — try prawn chil pil in grandma’s butter garlic sauce with steamed bao, chickpea hummus n thecha with poi, kale papdi chaat, soya chaap, Buddha bowl, Cajun paneer tikka and bhoot jolokia chicken wings. There’s wood fired thin crust pizzas, pasta, salads, lots of bar nibbles and mains like salli chicken, butter chicken bunny chow, mutton ghee roast with poi, potato vindaloo and crunchy hazelnut and seasonal cheesecake for dessert. 

Address: #56, Raj villa, 5th cross, 60 Feet Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru 560095

Ph: +91 9591426566, +91 9591422066

Timing: 11am-1am

Approx cost for two: Rs 1,500

Otto’s Bar & Kitchen

Ottos

A friendly neighbourhood watering hole at Old Airport Road and Kundalahalli, Otto’s is a tribute to the well-travelled Bengalurean, reflected in their cocktails and food. Spread across two floors, the gastropub has different zones with relaxed rooftop seating, live screening and a DJ to hit the dance floor. They serve classic cocktails like Old Fashioned and LIIT, besides Mandya Golden Sour, Choco coco martini and a mystical concoction made with gin topped with salt air. There’s classic bar food like chilli chicken, Andhra style chicken wings, chicken Delhi 6 to a 5 spice lamb chops. 

Address: Kundalahalli Gate, ITPL Main Road, Marathahalli, Bengaluru 

Ph: +91 9071438688

122/103, Kodihalli, HAL Old Airport Road, Murgesh Playa, Bengaluru 

Ph: +91 9886978822

Timing: 12 noon – 12 am

Approx cost for two: Rs 1,200

Microbreweries

Ironhill Bengaluru

After being hailed as India’s Beer Capital, Bengaluru can claim new bragging rights as the home to the world’s largest microbrewery. The launch of Ironhill Bengaluru, Managing Partner Teja Chekuri’s fourth brewhouse, has caught the imagination of every brew-lovin’ bloke. The resort-style space covering 1,30,000 sq ft has pools, terrace views, indoor and outdoor ambient seating designed to accommodate more than 2000 people. With gourmet food, frothy brews and classy minimalist décor, Ironhill ticks all the right boxes. The brewhouse offers 8 world class craft beers from Ragi Ale to Apple Cider, locally inspired cocktails, mocktails, iced teas and fruit punches.

Their captivating logo features twin pen-tailed treeshrews to reflect the fierce flavours of their craft beers. Interestingly, the treeshrew inhabits the rainforests of Malaysia and has a unique gift — it can glug barrels of alcoholic nectar from the bertam palm without getting drunk! Try a sampler set before making your choice while crunching into delish thin crust pizzas, chicken wings, grilled fish or mushroom Ontario or cheese corn cigar rolls and other finger food. The multi-cuisine menu is exhaustive with a wide range of salads, bbqs, grills, baos, burgers, wraps, pizzas, pasta, Pan-Asian cuisine, seafood, hearty Indian fare and street food besides desserts like chocolate mud cake crumble. 

Address: Sy no 90/7 & 90/8, 8, Outer Ring Road, Next to Radisson Blu, Marathahalli, Bengaluru 560037

Ph: +91 9606044623/4

Timing: 12pm – 1 am 

Approx cost for two: Rs 1,600

www.ironhillindia.com

Geist Brewing Taproom, Orion Mall

Geist brewhopuse food

Launched this September, the craft beer taproom, cocktail bar & restaurant overlooks the Orion Mall lake and is Geist’s second F&B venture in Bengaluru after opening Geist Brewing Factory – Restaurant & Beer Garden last year in October 2020. One of the few microbreweries in the area, on offer are Geist’s range of eight craft beers — Belgian-style Witbier, South German-style Wheat Beer, Bavarian-style Dark Wheat Beer, American-style IPA, German lager, Smoked Franconia-style Wheat Beer, Belgian-style Strong Blond Ale and an India Pale Lager. There are also classic cocktails like James Bond’s Vesper Martini, Old Fashioned, Mexican Firing Squad Special besides brew bites, burgers, pizzas, entrees, desserts and interesting must-have dishes like Puliyogare Corn Grits, Pulled Pork Idli, Geist Popcorn Shrimp and Mango Meen Moilee with barley risotto, coconut chilli chammanthi.

Address: UG – 09 C, Upper Ground Floor, Orion Mall, Brigade Gateway 26 / 1 Dr Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram West, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru 560055

Ph +91 8867707102

Timing: 12 noon – 10pm

Approx cost for two: Rs 1,200 (no alcohol)

Hopshaus Tropical Taproom & Kitchen

After slaking the thirst for craft cocktails and beer in, it gets closer to the city with its new incarnation as Hopshaus Tropical Taproom and Kitchen at Indiranagar. And folks are hopping with joy thanks to its friendly neighbourhood bar vibe, draught beer on tap, specially crafted cocktails and global fare. The décor wears a cheery elegant look with rustic elements, tropical murals and foliage with imaginative cocktails created with indigenous spices, botanicals and homemade bitters — Whiskey-Brisky, Asian Gimlet, Purple Compass and Martini Bianco. The tavern-style food to pair perfectly with beer is curated by culinary ace Chef Vikas Seth and comes in small plates and shared platters besides the choicest global and local flavours – Kadaknath Chicken Curry, pesto tossed vegetables in cones, spiced pita pillows with hummus and wine braised mushroom & brie pizzas, Tijuana chicken tikka, samosettes, plus sinful Hopshaus Chocolate (Belgian mousse), you’ve got some good bite for your buck.

Address: 608, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road, 7th Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore 560038

Ph: +91 7718987022, +91 9606071430

Timing: 11.30am – 10.30pm 

Approx cost for two: Rs 1,500

Fine-dine restaurants

Farmlore 

The harvest-driven, ever-changing 10-course farm-to-table daily menu of Farmlore is quite a lure to head to Uttarahalli Hobli in the outskirts of the city. Set on a 37-acre mango and coconut farm near the airport, the 18-cover chef’s-table-style restaurant founded by Kaushik Raju is helmed by co-founder/chef patron Johnson Ebenezer and chefs Mythrayie Iyer and Avinnash Vishaal — a trio of talented chefs from Michelin-star restaurants across the world. Their philosophy is simple – fresh produce from ethical, organic and sustainable farming practices, and healthy mindful eating; think hydroponic systems, natural fertilisers, bio/solar energy, wood-fire cooking. Desi indigenous Hallikar cows provide fat rich milk for Farmlore’s wholesome butter and ice creams and they use Sanikatta salt, the typical fawn-tinted salt from Uttara Kannada cuisine. The tastefully curated menu is rooted in traditional Karnataka fare, but prepped and served with a contemporary twist, like Hittu, a classic staple of ragi muddesaaru and moringa shoyu and Ragi Ambali, a nutritious porridge-like drink of finger millet served with a scoop of churned Hallikar milk, fried moringa leaves and fermented teja chilli. The menu is dictated by the farm’s offerings and covers everything from berry and rose kombuchas to tangy Malabar Oysters with freshly foraged huli soppu (wood sorrel), the delicious Bannur Bun Broth – fat-rich lamb meat from Bannur, smoked in banana leaves with bun, Gulabi – a buttery rose leather roll with Mandya butter and melon seeds, with desserts like jamun sorbet, mango cheesecake, curry leaf ice cream with joni bella (jaggery syrup). An intimate dining experience full of stories and surprises in a calm natural setting, Farmlore follows a 5-day week norm and doesn’t serve alcohol yet. Open Wednesday to Sunday (lunch & dinner) with limited seating (6 per table) and no walk-ins. 

Address: Survey No. 67, Mohan Raju Layout, Sathanur Village, Bagalur, Uttarahalli Hobli, Bengaluru 562149

Ph: +91 9884579214

Timing: 11am-11pm 

Seating time: Lunch 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm, Dinner 6.30 pm – 8 pm

Cost per person: Rs.5,000 (no-alcohol) for 10-course tasting menu; Rs 3000 for 5-course tasting lunch menu (Wed-Fri)

Glass Kitchen and Bar

This bespoke modern Indian restaurant and bar is curated by F&B heavyweight Chef Abhijit Saha, regarded as the guru of molecular gastronomy in India. Conceptualized to reinterpret traditional Indian cuisine culled from both North and South India in modern style, the 50-seater restaurant at Holiday Inn Bengaluru Racecourse Hotel, dons a charming indoor garden ambience, echoing Bangalore’s love for outdoor spaces. The menu at Glass bears Saha’s imprint of innovation and mastery over flavour combinations for an eclectic palate and exciting presentations and plating that are a feast to the eye and senses. With edible food table décor complementing the garden-feel, the Instaworthy menu ranges from comfort foods to exotic experimental fare guided by a food philosophy that underlines clean food, sustainable dining and farm-to-fork policy.

Signature dishes include Activated Charcoal Teff Sliders, Makki ki roti with Sarson ka Saag Tostadas, Avocado and Khakra, Shucked Kerala Oysters with Kachumber Pineapple salsa and lemon, Signature Appam with Stew Espuma, Urulai Kizhangu Varuval, and desserts like Gulkand Kulfi and Mysore Pak Cheesecake. The Speakeasy Bar whips up innovative cocktails, fine spirits, wine and beer with tantalising small plates. 

Address: Ward No.94, 16/1, Seshadri Road, Racecourse, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru 560009

Ph: 080-46205946, 7624999190

Timing: 12.30 pm – 3 pm; 7 pm – 12.30 am (Monday Closed) 

Approx cost for two: Rs.2500

Ozaa

Ozaa

A Mediterranean and Middle Eastern speciality restaurant, Ozaa at Oakwood Premier Bangalore, overlooks one of the most dramatic urban nightscapes in downtown — the Gotham-like UB City. The rooftop poolside grill and diner blends the best of Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, Jordanian, Syrian, Greek and Moroccan flavours — country flags flag off every dish in an elaborate menu curated by Chef Altamsh Patel, Chef Ashish Kadam and team. Expect Feta and walnut stuffed date as amuse bouche served in a mini tajine and delightful Mezze platters of beetroot labneh, avocado hummus, muhammarafalafel and cigrare boregi. Soups like the delightful strawberry melon basil gazpacho don’t come in a bowl but in a Martini glass rimmed with sumac! There’s choice of grills — peppery Urfa kebab, minced lamb koobideh and Moroccan fish kebab, with grilled sweet potato, cauliflower in harissa and vegetable/tofu in pomegranate-peach sauce for veggies. The risotto with asparagus mushroom fricassee (prawn/veg) and rose mahalabia and knafeh na’ameh drizzled with orange blossom nectar for dessert, are decadent. For Valentine’s Day, Ozaa offers a seven-course ‘aphrodisiacal’ set menu for Rs 4,999/couple including alcohol, Rs 3,499/couple non-alcohol. 

Address: Oakwood Premier Prestige, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, KG Halli, D’ Souza Layout, Ashok Nagar, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560001

Ph 9611195671

Timing: 12 noon-11:30 pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.2500

Party spots

Mirage

The most opulent rooftop lounge in town, Mirage follows an oceanic theme not just in its decor but food as well. Its indoor and outdoor seating gets packed to the gills on weekends. Enjoy terrific cocktails like Tropical Bliss and Turn to Stone, with their in-house turmeric cordial, before trying out Rosebuds of the Sea (salmon, hamachi, tuna rosettes), Prawn and scallop siumai, Grilled prawns in South American spices or Sesame crusted tuna with wasabi aioli. They make great ramen bowls, from Vegetable tempura and Katsu chicken to laksa. Don’t miss their XO tossed chicken and Panko crusted crispy fried chicken. And save space for some sinful Tres leches.

Address: 6th Floor, 1 Sobha, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560001 

Ph: 9538941981

Timings: 12 noon-1am 

Cost for two: Rs.2,800 + taxes 

Badmaash

Badmaash

After tasting success with their bar in Koramangala, the Bollywood lounge takes it up one notch with swank gilded interiors and a slightly different menu at a different location — the swish UB City. You might mistake it for a posh restaurant but when they blast the music loud, it could give a noisy pub a complex so you can forget about all conversation. The windswept outdoor seating offers views of the UB Tower, while the inside is cosier. Signature cocktails like Badmaash Negroni, Nawaab Sahab, Ustaad-e-Gimlet, Anarkali and Badmaash-e-Jalwa pair well with the primarily North Indian palate – starters like Roti pe Botimahi Afghani tikka, Kandhari murgh tikka, tandoori jhingajaitooni paneer tikka, mutton galouti and doodhiya murgh. And that’s just the starters. Expect classics like gosht dum biryaninargisi koftadal makhani, Peshawari murgh and mutton seekh masala with assorted breads, besides a dessert platter heaving with a trio of gajarlauki and anjeer halwa, poached pear and rasagullas. Chef Kumaran Jayapal and team dish out delish North Indian cuisine. For familiar food and music with a funky upmarket vibe, Badmaash at UB City is the place to be.

Address: UB City, 203, 2nd Floor, The Collection, 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru 560001

Ph: 081236 72267

Timings: 12noon-1am

Approx Cost for two: Rs.2500

Flo

The newest entrant in Bangalore’s nightlife is Flo that launched in October on buzzing Church Street. The Santorini inspired alfresco setting is inviting with a bevy of DJs, live performances and karaoke and Ladies nights livening up the scene. Try out cocktails like Empress Kiss or the gin-based Floral Gin Sour and Gin & Sin. The food is a mix of Indian, Asian, Thai and Continental with bar nibbles ranging from ulta tawa paratha murgdahi ke kebab and tandoori jhinga to Cajun chicken wings, Mexican spring rolls, crispy corn with kaffir lime salt, spicy marinated jalapeño stuffed mushrooms, salt n pepper honey lotus stem, herb-roasted lamb chops to grilled salmon with orange rosemary sauce. Mains include grilled chicken roulade with 3-cheese sauce and trio of Thai curries with rice with sizzling peanut butter brownie and rambutan lychee with ice cream for dessert. Just the place to go with the Flo!

Address: 3, MSR West Park, Church Street, Bengaluru 560001

Ph: 080-45685650

Timing: 12 noon – 1 am

Cost for two: Rs.1,600

Oriental/Pan-Asian restaurants

The Lotus Oriental

Lotus oriental

Like the timely blossoming of a flower, The Lotus Oriental was launched on 19th November on the auspicious day of Loy Krathong, an ancient Thai river festival marked by floating lotus-shaped floral lanterns. Located on the second floor of the 17-storey The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, the outdoor restaurant is adjacent to the infinity pool, overlooking the lush greenery of the Central Park. The decor is modern minimalist, with textured walls right out of a Japanese Zen garden, signature brown jali patterns and beige walls complemented by Birchwood furniture and oriental flower arrangements that set the mood. Chef Eliyaz Niks and Chef JP Singh have created an Asian culinary tour de force with classic somtum, the restaurant’s special pomelo salad, Bangkok street style Phad Thai, Beijing Bento with seitan gung pao (a plant-based soya protein) and varieties of inventive dim sums, Asian charcoal grills, sushi and sashimi. Their unique vegan sushis come in interesting flavours like watermelon, eggplant and pepper nigiris. Try signature cocktails such as Wasabi Mary, Jalisco Martini, Fat washed dark rum Uchiha and TLO Margarita with Wheat Beer, besides specialty tea, Sake, Sochu, Japanese and Irish Whiskies. Weekends are extra special with their newly launched Grazing Brunch (Sat-Sun, 12.30pm to 3.30pm)

Address: The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, Thanisandra Main Road, Bengaluru 560064

Ph: 080-45451234

Timing: 12noon-3pm, 6:30pm-11pm 

Approx Cost for two: Rs.2,500 + taxes

Khmer Kitchen

Khmer kitchen

The old house of actor, littérateur and playwright Girish Karnad in JP Nagar is now a Cambodian cuisine restaurant. Conceived by architect Naveen Reddy and his wife and business partner Veena, Khmer Kitchen is a labour of love and a result of eight culinary trips to Cambodia. Key regions and ingredients are marked on a large wall map and placemats that represent Naveen’s travels to Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot and Kaoh Ker to collaborate with local chefs and learn the nuances of garden cooking and the art of making rice noodles. The classy decor in vibrant ochre and teal shades is accented by exquisite, gilded wallpapers, Khmer prints, dramatic cane lamps besides boats, statues and artefacts from the Far East. The iconic Fish Amok, steamed in a banana leaf basket, is delicate like a soufflé, Royal Makh Mee or crispy rice noodles is tossed together at the table with chilli garlic sauce, veggies and choice of meat or tofu while the national staple Kuy Tiev, aromatic gelatinous pork broth and rice noodles, is topped with pork meatballs, minced pork and chilli. Chef’s Specials include mud crab with green peppercorn, slow-cooked braised pork knuckle in honey soy glaze and ceremonial lamb shank saraman curry with desserts like royal pumpkin custard and Kampot pepper crème brulee with a crackling caramelised sugar topping and crunchy pepper.

Address: 697, 15th cross, (Ring Road) 2nd Phase, JP Nagar, Bengaluru 560078

Ph: +91 7337808157

Timings: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm

Approx meal for two: Rs.1,800 (without alcohol)

Hanoi

Hanoi, above Burma Burma on the city’s culinary super avenue 12th Main, Indiranagar has a welcoming air — foliage, niches with curios and pastel green interiors, and a striking large mural of a street scene in the Viet capital Hanoi. Co-owner Diep Ngoc Vu bakes fresh bread everyday for the Banh Mi, a crossover Vietnamese dish of a French baguette with meat, Mayo, cucumber, pickled vegetables, red chilli and cilantro leaf. Their signature ginger chili punch and decadent Ca Phe Dua (Vietnamese style coconut coffee) sets the tone for Canh chua cá (sour okra and fish soup), Bun Nuoc (vermicelli chicken soup) and crunchy green papaya chicken salad. Small plates include Nem Cuon (Vietnamese rice paper chicken rolls), flaky Bánh Goi (half-moon fried dumplings), Gà Xào Xa Ot (lemongrass chicken), Cha Cà (turmeric grilled fish) and the tingly Cha Là Lot (betel leaf wrapped chicken).

Mains include Bún Cha (charcoal grilled pork patty with vermicelli noodles salad tossed in herbs), flavourful hot pots and the national dish Pho — a slow simmered broth of noodles, vegetables, fresh squeezed lime, sprouts, fragrant greens and meat. The creme caramel is as divine as the Che Thai, a Vietnamese tropical sweet with fruits, jelly and coconut milk. The delish Vietnamese coffee drips slowly through a filter into a tall cup with a thick layer of condensed milk.

Address: #607, First Floor, Trifecta, 12th Main Rd, 7th Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru 560038

Ph: 080-41405599

Timings: 12 noon – 11:30 pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.1200 

Chowman

Chowman

Chowman, the most-loved Chinese restaurant chain from Kolkata entered the streets of Bengaluru with three dine-in restaurants at Kalyan Nagar, Marathahalli and Arekere. The brainchild of traveller, foodie and musician Debaditya Chaudhury, who longed for hot food after late night jams, Chowmanseeks to bridge the gap between fancy oriental restaurants in 5 star hotels and roadside joints. From a hole-in-the-wall eatery in 2010, it has expanded to 20 outlets across Eastern India with a mega pan-India expansion plan and its own app with delivery guys, and a growing base of 75,000 subscribers. Bengaluru’s three outlets are done up in the brand’s signature red-and-black colour theme, soft lighting with snow lions marking the entrance and a statue of Lord Buddha welcoming guests inside. Try their Chicken in Chilli Wine, Hunan Fish, Roasted Lemon Pork, Spicy Orange Chicken, Devil’s Prawn, Konjee Crispy Three Treasure Mushroom, Hong Kong Style Crispy Tofu and Coriander Burnt Garlic Rice. Besides chicken, fish, prawn and pork, their wide menu also includes less commonly found duck, squid and crab.

Address: 

Kalyan Nagar: 404, No 4 GM BBMP east, HBR Layout 2nd Block, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru 560043

Arekere: VN # 3, Doresanipalya, Arekere, Begur Hobli, Arekere MICO Layout 2nd stage, Bengaluru 560076

Marathahalli: 39/2 Ashwath Nagar Cross, Kundanahalli Gate, Munnekolalu, Mahadevpura, Bengaluru 560037

Ph:8041521019, 18008902150 (Toll free)

Approx cost for two: Rs.800+

Aunty Fung’s

Feel like taking a wok around Asia? Aunty Fung’s presents the best of Asian street food from the Far East at really affordable prices. The mascot is a quintessential lady in her 50s from Vietnam who travelled across Asia to collect authentic ingredients and recipes — be it baos and dim sums from China or yakitori from Japan, satays from Indonesia, pho from Vietnam, bibimbap from Korea, red/green curry from Thailand or khowsuey from Burma. Founder Subhradeep Bhowmik, who has family roots in Myanmar, insists that their white-ish khow suey raises eyebrows by people who are accustomed to a spicier Indianised version, but he follows the authentic recipe that his grandmother used to make. Auntie’s other signature bowls include Vietnamese pho must-have dishes include steamed dimsum chicken, Roast Chili Pork, Thai Chili Coconut Prawn, Chicken Yakitori and Miso Ramen Chicken. Auntie Fung’s has multiple cloud kitchens and outlets at New BEL Road and RMZ Galleria Mall besides Gurgaon in Delhi-NCR.

Address: 
New BEL Road: 78/A, Opp Ramaiah hospital, RMV 2nd Stage, Ashwath Nagar, Devasandra Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560094

Yelahanka: Shop no. 7, Second floor, Food Court, RMZ Galleria Mall, Allalsandra, Yelahanka, Bangalore-560064

Ph 080-42228555

Approx cost for two: Rs 600

Old classics

Tycoon’s

Started by ace Bangalore restaurateur Desmond Rice on Infantry Road in 1989, the legendary restaurant dishing out timeless Continental fare has relaunched in Indiranagar, albeit with more youthful flair! Climb the stairs to the first floor establishment and you’ll literally be transported back in time. Tycoon’s brings back the old times of Bangalore with signature dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Lamb Chops, Chicken Stroganoff, Veg au gratin, rock prawn tempura and signature steaks and sizzlers. To cut into a Chicken ala Kiev cutlet and see the melted butter ooze out is the most satisfying thing besides eating it. There’s some new stuff as well like raw mango paneer and Bruschetta platter that pair well with drinks. Tycoon’s signature concoctions include The Ricy Spicy, Desperate Housewife, Holy Water, Long Live Tycoons, The Diana and the decadent Dawn’s Don. Keep space for the Baked Alaska with brandy flambé and caramel custard.

Address: 1080, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 560008

Ph 080-25265566, +91 9742599919, +91 9901309531

Timings: 12pm-12:30pm 

Approx Cost for two: Rs.1,700

Queen’s Restaurant

Back in the 1970s, the iconic Queen’s Restaurant on Church Street was one of the few in town that served home-style Punjabi and North Indian food. After 43 years in the business they shut shop in 2017, only to reopen, rebrand and move to a larger address on New BEL Road in May this year. The interiors are Punjabi rustic chic with muddy walls covered in textured plaster and chatayis with floor tiles that mimic Phulkaari patterns. One section of the wall is dedicated to graphic truck art. Besides the cosmetic frills, the food is the same old — the hearty home style menu includes classic dishes like butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, sarson da sag, paneer jalfrezi served with soft hot phulkas and a wide variety of breads, besides chana bhatura. A big plus, it doesn’t break the bank!

Address: 45, 1st Main, KGE Layout, RMV Extention, 2nd Stage, New BEL Road, Bangalore 560094

Ph: +91 6366046260/8

Timings: 12 noon-11 pm (Closed Mondays)

Approx cost for two: Rs 600

Mahesh Lunch Home

The iconic Mumbai seafood restaurant that has been around since 1977 recently docked in Bangalore. In a way, it’s a bit of a homecoming for an eatery that has been dishing out coastal fare from Mangalore and Malabar. If you can’t be bothered with the elaborate menu, try their seafood Thali and standout dishes like Butter garlic prawns, boneless crab, surmai masala and chicken ghee roast. Vegetarians needn’t fret; there’s Mahesh’s special tandoori stuffed mushroom, Malai broccoli, appams and stew. A tad pricey, they have gone commercial by adding some north Indian tikkas and Hakka noodles to the menu. But the rest of the food is finger-licking good!

Address: 2011, 1st Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, 560038

Ph 080-41311102

Timings: 12 noon-11:30 pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.1400

www.maheshlunchhome.com

Karim’s

For anyone in Bangalore yearning for the delicious Muslim food of Purani Dilli, there’s good news. It’s taken over a century for Delhi’s iconic brand Karim’s to emerge from its bylane in Gali Kababiyan opposite the Jama Masjid to set up shop in the Garden City. A must-visit, nay, a pilgrimage for all meat lovers, relish authentic Mughlai cuisine with Karim’s classics like mutton burra, mutton seekh, mutton nihari, mutton stew (and a good Delhi style butter chicken), served with butter naan, sheermal and khameeri roti. The best part? They also open for breakfast, serving paya, nihari, keema, kaleji, bheja, gurda!

Address: 29, Ground Floor, White House, Opp SBI Bank Road, St Marks Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560001

Ph: 9845014871

Timings: 7:30 am-11am, 12:30pm-4pm, 7pm-11:30pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.1,600

Ponnusamy

Ponnusamy

Featuring the biggest Chettinad spread ever with a whopping 50 dishes, Ponnusamy, the food giant from Chennai has set down its massive 26-inch Thali in Bengaluru. Curating dishes from the most famous cuisines from Southern India, the Bahubali thali packs in dishes mostly from Chettinad to the Malabar coast and everything in between. From poriyal, avial, stuffed idlis, egg kothu paratha, keema masala, chicken, fish, mutton, prawn masala to delicacies like kada fry (quail), sura puttu (shark), brain and liver in Chettinad masala, mutton nalli with breads like Ceylon parotta and bun parotta to chicken biriyani, with the house special Jhangri and Kesari to end on a sweet note. Each thali is packed with so much food, it can easily feed 3 to 4 people. Fast for a day before and a day after! 

Address: Fox in the Field- 2nd & 3rd Floor Forum Shantiniketan Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore 560057

Ph: +91 7676606047 (book 24 hrs in advance)

Timing: 12 pm to 11 pm

Approx Cost for two: Meals – Rs 325, Bahubali Thali – Rs 2,499

Best for the food

Rumi: The Spirit of Awadh

If you’ve been turking for good Awadhi cuisine in Bangalore, try Rumi: The Spirit of Awadh on 12th Main Indiranagar. Located on the second floor, the interiors are spartan white with delicate jali work and the entire focus is on authentic Lucknowi food. Black and white photos of Lucknow shot during the culinary research adorn the walls. If you believe in good korma, drop by at Rumi for a true taste of Awadh and a tribute to Wajid Ali Shah’s culinary legacy. Enjoy signature kebabs prepared by local karigars sourced from Lucknow — melt-in-your-mouth galawatishaami and kakori kebabs, the unique chicken aatish burra spiked with green chilis and paneer anari tikkawith the exotic touch of pomegranate. Mains include the smoke-infused Awadhi Dal Sultani, chicken kali mirch in a white cashew gravy, mutton Awadhi korma and shahi paneer along with Mughlai khameeri roti. The local beverage menu has shikanji, chaach, thandai and Lassi along with firni and soft gulab jamuns for dessert.

Address: 3rd Floor, 598/1, 12th Main Rd, 7th Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, 560038

Ph: +91 70220 40995

Timings: 12 noon-11pm

Approx Cost for two: Rs.900

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