Every city has a list of foodie landmarks that are well-known either for their long history or a famous dish they serve. Some of my happiest moments have been spent exploring these culinary landmarks in and around Bangalore. This top 6 list includes a bit of the ancient with the modern, some of the oldest eateries in the city along with some a couple of newer additions as well.
Koshy’s, St. Marks Road
If you want a slice of old school Bangalore dining experience, Koshy’s is the place to go. It is one of the most historic culinary landmarks in the city, with a claim to having hosted both the British Queen as well as Independent India’s first Prime Minister. As for the food itself, their classic English Breakfast and Prawn Biryani are first-rate!
Nagarjuna, Residency Road + 4 locations
If you are into authentic Andhra cuisine, Nagarjuna is the perfect restaurant for you. Just one bite of their acclaimed biryani is more than enough to make this restaurant your favourite. Nagarjuna was the first restaurant to introduce the “Perugu Polussu”, an Andhra curry that has become very popular today – well worth a try!
Pecos, Indiranagar, St. Mark’s Road and Brigade Road
With four different locations in Bangalore, Pecos is one of the oldest and the most charming pubs in the city. This pub is all about beer, you will not find any hard spirits here. Grab a Sunday brunch at Pecos to enjoy the perfect cure for hangovers – Bacon Breakfasts!
Lake View Milk Bar, Indiranagar
There are numerous cafés sporting this name in the city but if you are looking
for the one where your grandparents probably went for tea and snacks in the 1930s and 40s, it the café in Indiranagar that you want. The ambience and service is all old-school but the food is really good, and you will be able to check this legendary eatery off your list!
Vidyarthi Bhavan, Basavanagudi
One of the landmarks in Bangalore, Vidyarthi Bhavan started out as a student eatery in 1943. This place was made for those times when you are craving authentic home-made South Indian dosas! Especially their crispy Butter Masala Dosa.
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, JP Nagar + 8 locations
They are probably the oldest surviving dosa and idli point in Bangalore. If you have any doubts regarding MTR’s heritage and traditions, give their Rava Dosa a try. They reportedly came up with this recipe due to rice shortages during World War II! And since they are so affordable and quaint, they really do belong at the top of this list for sheer value for money.
How to Get There:
Where: 39, St. Marks Road, Bangalore
Contact: 080 22915840
Timings: All Days 9 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹700 for two people
Where: Koramangala | Indiranagar | Bannerghatta Road | Jayanagar | Residency Road
Cost: ₹800 for two people
Where: St. Marks Road | Brigade Road | Indiranagar |
Timings: All Days 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people
Lake View Milk Bar
Where: MG Road | Indiranagar | Koramangala
Timings: All Days 9 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹500 for two people
Where: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Contact: 080 26677588
Timings: Mon – Sun 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 2 PM to 8 PM | Friday Closed
Cost: ₹150 for two people
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
Where: 9 Locations – Lalbagh Road – Basavanagudi | Indira Nagar | J P Nagar | St. Marks Road | Forum Value Mall – Whitefield | Malleshwaram | Samvit Food Court – Kanakapura Road | Gandhinagar – Majestic | Banashankari.
Timings: Most of the Outlets are Closed on Monday | One can visit outlets between 8-8:30 AM till 9 PM (Tue – Sun)
Cost: ₹250 for two people.