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Nothing ever changes at the Airlines Hotel which is actually a restaurant; it's as if Time stood still and stubbornly resists any change. Right from the time of its inception, the food has remained as delicious and the attractive seating area too remains under the same trees. The waiters too are the same ones who were already there from the start with no changes in their uniforms either. The only thing that changes are obviously the people who visit. At this restaurant, one can enjoy a tall glass of chilled coffee along with steaming hot Masala Dosa. This joint is very close to the Bowring Institute on Madras Bank Road.
Karavalli will amaze you with its flavors from the South Western Coastal areas of India. Opened in 1990, their menu features recipes from the Mangalorean Bunts, Kodavas, Calicut Muslims, Syrian Christians, Havyaka Brahmins and Goan Portuguese. You will find a wide and diverse range of dishes that have been time-tested and are delightful to the palate. Savor dishes like black pomfret marinated in Malabar masala and pan-fried with a banana leaf wrapped around it, banana flowers in coconut and pan-roasted mud crab fry.
The word 'tiffin' down south is used to refer to breakfast, and MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms serves the best breakfast in the city. Well-known for their instant meals like Rava Idli or mixed spices like the evergreen Sambar or Rasam Powder, they essentially serve pure vegetarian cuisine from the Dakshina Kannada zone of Karnataka. Diners also dig into their divine Idli, Masala Dosa, Sambar and Chutney, all complete with a dollop of pure ghee (clarified butter). Piping hot coffee in typical tumblers, remind you of the days gone by. Seating provisions are available on both the ground and the first floor. All said, when in Begaluru do not miss Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, which is located very close to the Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
Situated within the grand ITC Windsor hotel, the Jolly Nabobs-Dumpukht restaurant offers a blend of the British and Awadhi (North Indian) cuisines. These dishes are prepared with great care by the chefs called Khansamahs (native house stewards or butlers in Anglo Indian language). Essentially a fine dining restaurant, this place is best suited for the lovers of haute cuisine. A favorite among patrons here is the kakori kebab prepared with minced mutton and served with slit chillis, fried onions and coriander chutney, So next time you feel the urge to indulge in some pre-independence food, you know exactly where to head.
Situated in the well-known ITC Windsor hotel, the ornate wooden door of the Dakshin restaurant welcomes you into the world of southern delicacies. Also, as the word dakshin in Sanskrit means south, they predictably serve different dishes from across southern India. The sumptuous regional fare does spoil you for choices while interiors too match up to the cuisine served here. Dip into the rich gravy and curries served with steamed rice. Time and again, this restaurant has won many accolades for serving delicious South-Indian food. Do visit to live up to the true 'Dakshin' experience.
New Krishna Bhavan, also popularly called Gopika, is a cozy spot to devour authentic local grub in Malleshwaram. This vegetarian eatery has served a city icon for quite a few years and welcomes crowds from far and beyond. Known for serving up delectable South-Indian specialties at pocket-friendly prices, it also remains famous for their legendary Button Idlis, accompanied with piquant sambhar and chutney. New Krishna also sells local sweets and snacks popular in Karnataka.
Mangalore Pearl is one of those few city eateries that serve up authentic Mangalore cuisine. This family-friendly restaurant has an expansive menu featuring Deccan and Goan-style seafood preparations. The main dining area may not be very spacious but it does attract huge crowds from all corners of the city.
Vidyarthi Bhavan is a restaurant which was opened in the year 1943, and ever since, nothing much has been altered here. They serve authentic South-Indian delicacies which are in fact too good to be real. Old timers swear that the flavors of the food have not changed from the time they started serving. No matter what time of the day, Vidyarthi Bhavan is full of diners. However, mornings face a rush-hour and you may have to wait longer than usual. A must-try is the mouth-watering 'Masala Dosa' or the steaming hot 'Idli' with spicy 'Sambar'. The food here is prepared the traditional way, which preserves its true local taste. The decor is basic with sketches on the wall, but this does not matter much as the food takes all the attention here.
The place to sample Bengaluru's most mouth-watering dosa, idli and kappi is Shri Sagar, earlier known as Central Tiffin Room or CTR located at 7th Cross Malleshwaram. It might look like your regular roadside cafe but its specialties like Benne Masala Dosa served with generous amount of butter, make it the haunt of people from neighboring areas and far off areas too. It is a good place for budget snacking that's not only tasty but also, fills your tummy. Leaving without having a cup of hot filter kaapi is a big no-no! As they say in Kannada- Enjoy Maadi, so do stop by and enjoy.