Have you heard about the legend that etymologists swear by when questioned about the origin of the name ‘Bengaluru’?
In 1200s, there lived a Hoysala king named Veer Ballala II. One day, while hunting, he lost his way in a forest until he had a chance encounter with a poor old woman who offered the famished king boiled beans. Eternally grateful, the king christened the place as Benda-kal-uru or the ‘town of boiled beans’.
From that day onwards, this legend became a favourite amongst gastronomists, too. For, beyond the possibly food-related origin of the city’s name, Bangalore is also fabled for its culinary indulgences that no tourist ought to miss. Stemming from a potpourri of cuisines from the North, the South, the Konkan, the Arabic and the continental, the most popular dishes in the city have something of a ‘Bangalorean’ twist. Moreover, one can expect to find many enticing restaurant offers in Bangalore during holiday and festive seasons, and thus, truly explore the city’s food culture to one’s contentment.
Let’s have a look at the must-haves:
1. Beer with Nachos
Bangalore’s pub culture is famous all over India and, naturally enough, should be first on any gastronomist’s list. One of the most famous breweries in the city is Windmills which is fashioned as a jazz theatre. Here, the in-house baked nachos are spectacularly good – and pair well with the best craft beers on offer.
2. Sushi/Sashimi with Wine
For those who love Oriental, The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore’s award-winning OKO is a gift from the heavens. Famous for its amazing sushi/sashimi live counters on the rooftop overlooking lush gardens paired with world famous vintage and modern wines, OKO is simply perfect for a 5-star dining experience. Other pan-Asian dishes on the menu are a must try, too!
3. Coin Paratha with Chicken Ghee Roast
Sounds fancy, right? Coin paratha is actually a layered, flaky flatbread more popularly known as the Malabar parotta. And in Bangalore, when it’s served with sinful chicken ghee roast – a fiery and tangy Mangalorean favourite – and you have yourself the ultimate gastronomic indulgence.
4. Benne Masala Dosa
CTR, Malleshwaram needs no introduction amongst food travellers. The age-old South Indian restaurant continues to entice gastronomists with its amazing authentic dishes with the fluffy, buttery, chutney-accompanied Benne Masala Dosa the unmistakable crowd favourite.
Yes, that’s the name of real dish – but only those with a major sweet tooth can handle it! Ubiquitous in Bangalore, Gadbad is basically an over-the-top ice cream faluda with layers and layers of dessert and fruits that might seem never-ending!
6. Bisi Bele Bhath
A specialty in Bangalore, Bisi Bele Bhath will bring you the comforts of ‘home food’ as it’s a delicious medley of dal, rice and vegetables served piping hot.
7. Bun Nippat
If you’re looking for something chatpata on the streets of Bangalore, then do try the local favourite Bun Nippat. Perfect in combination with masala coke, Bun Nippat consists of a uniquely flavoured chaat sandwiched between buns and veggies.
8. Mangalorean Curry Idli
The final authentic dish on our list is the Mangalorean Curry with traditional South Indian rice cake idli. The curry, known as ghasi, is a lovely way to begin your mornings in the city.
And what about Bangalore city places to visit for scrumptious gastronomic experiences at a single location? Malleswaram, Jayanagar and Basavanagudi are famous for their street food while Koramangala has one of the highest restaurant densities in Asia! Closer home, at The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore, the finest dining experiences in city can be found at Baluchi, OKO, Sutra The Lounge and KittyKo.
So, where do you begin?