Extra special South Indian restaurants in Bangalore!
There are various restaurants in Bangalore that are famously known for their South Indian fare. From masala dosas to mini meals, these restaurants truly represent South Indian culture with their authentic cuisine.
South Indian cuisine is distinguished by a greater emphasis on rice as the staple grain, the ubiquity of sambar and rasam, a variety of pickles, and the liberal use of coconut and curry leaves. South Indian cuisine obtains its distinct flavours by the use of tamarind, coconut, lentils, and a variety of vegetables. The dosa, poori, idli, vada, bonda, and bajji are typical South Indian favorites and are generally consumed as part of breakfast.
In southern India, the usual lunch service includes soup as an appetizer; a little rice with plain daal curry and ghee; rice mixed with lean but spicy vegetarian gravy. Pappadams and pickles are served throughout. Here are some of the popular South Indian restaurants in Bangalore that are known for their authentic South Indian fare.
Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan
Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan has two outlets in Bangalore. One is located in the busy area of Chikpet and the relatively newer outlet is located in Koramangala. It is not the kind of restaurant which is looked on as a social meeting place, or a place where you would go seeking a relaxing ambiance.
But the best thing about this place is the food. The cuisine, namely Udipi food, is a specialty of Udupi, in South India. Its uniqueness lies in its low spiciness and in how easy it is to digest. Udupi food is relatively low-calorie, based on lentils, pulses, and coconut; it is purely vegetarian, with just a hint of spice and lots of pure vegetable flavours.
For a mere Rs. 40 you can get a well-balanced meal consisting of rice, sambhar, rasam, vegetables, pickle, salad, curd, and buttermilk. Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan has been a trusted name for South Indian vegetarian cuisine for generations. It has kept up its standards, and never fails to satisfy when you want something that’s authentic and tasty.
Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan - No. 91, Koramangala Industrial Complex, JNC Road, near Jyothi Nivas College, Ph: 51017101 or 25635221 or 25635223.
Ganesh Darshan is a popular self-service restaurant which is famous for its varieties of Dosa. It is one of the oldest food joints in the city and was previously termed as 'Dosa Camp'. Apart from dosas they also serve meals which consist of rice, sambar, papad and buttermilk for Rs. 20. But for those who believe in celebrating good food, there is the full-fledged south Indian and north Indian meals. Lunch time is when the south Indian meal is a hit and for Rs. 30, people sit down to relish the steamy rice, sambar, rasam, vegetable curries and a rice bath or bisibele bath or lemon rice.
Breakfast, which is served from 7 a.m., consists of fluffy idlis, crisp vadas, hot kesari bath and khara bath. The masala dosa of course is the dish of the day and bears the Ganesh Darshan stamp in every morsel. Dosas are the mainstay and there is a tempting array to choose from. The onion rava dosa, saagu dosa, carrot dosa, ragi dosa, paper masala dosa and neer dosa are worth trying.
Ganesh Darshan - 27th Cross Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block, near Ganesh temple. Timings 7 A.M-10:30 PM
Adyar Ananda Bhavan
With its branches spread across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Delhi, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, popularly known as AAB or A2B, is one of South India’s leading sweets and savories manufacturers. The chain includes vegetarian restaurants which also serve low calorie, low fat foods apart from North Indian and Chinese fare.
The company’s expertise is apparent in its tie-up with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, the administrative body of the Tirumala and Tirupati temples, to produce the ladoos that are offered to devotees. The ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ organised by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam at Mumbai saw AAB supplying over 500000 ladoos, similar to the ones supplied by the Devasthanam. Its success may also be attributed to its emphasis on quality and customer service.
This hotel also serves lip-smacking south Indian meals, generally people have south Indian thali priced at Rs. 50 which is a limited version with two rotis and a small bowl of rice with accompaniments (you can as well get addtional chapatis if you opt out of rice). The north Indian thali priced at Rs. 75 comes with soup, roti or kulcha, some veg pulav and an ice cream to wrap it up. Do try this place for their pure desi ghee sweets.
A2B - No.344, 7th Block, Koramangala, Near 80ft Road. Timings 9 A.M-10:30 PM