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Although there are plenty of diners in Bangalore who prefer vegetarian food, very few restaurants in the city offer upscale cuisine that is purely vegetarian. Green Theory happens to be one of the few which do. The cafe is located in an old, rambling colonial building which adds an element of old world charm. Diners can sit in the cozy interior or in the beautiful garden patio amidst the artfully arranged plants. The menu consists of seasonal, mostly organic varieties including delicious pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes and globally inspired appetizers. A number of vegan and Jain-friendly dishes are also served here.
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.
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.
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.
Sattvam is an ode to South India's vegetarian cuisine and celebrates the distinct and exotic flavors of India's western coast. The vibrantly done up eatery features a spacious dining area and a refined ambiance that inspires the Sattvic way of living. The exhaustive menu draws influences from Lord Jagannath Puri's temple kitchen, famous for serving the most exotic Sattvic food not just in India but across the world.
With a rich buffet spread that will appeal to herbivores, the Time Traveller restaurant is a crowd puller. At incredibly wallet-friendly prices, this 24-hours open coffee shop offers assorted salads, soup options, 18 main courses and several dessert dishes as well. Located at the Sai Vishram Hotel in Bommasandra Industrial Area, this restaurant is also ideal for business lunches.