It's always been exciting to explore the unexplored. Be it traveling to new places, visiting new restaurants in the hood and capturing something in a whole new light. This listicle would come in handy when you're in Bangalore and are looking for a quick bite between meals or when hunger strikes and you crave for something tasty and filling.
Located at the most famous corner of the JNC Street, the size of the outlet might look small but it boasts of a variety of Pan Asian delicacies. Whether one is looking for Chinese dishes, Thai specialties, the flavor of Vietnam, a slice of Malaysia, a bite of Indonesia or the taste of Singapore, Wok Paper Scissor serves it all. My favorite picks are the Tom Yum soup with its a perfect blend of flavors and veggies, Corn Cheese Wonton, the customizable Wok Box to name a few. Rendang Chicken with Jasmine rice is worth a special mention.
Cost For Two: Rs.300
2. York St.
York St. is situated on the second floor in Koramangala 5th block. One needs to climb up to the second floor to the quaint café. The menu offers a multitude of options – sandwiches, burgers, pasta etc. Cappuccino mushroom soup stands out for being one of the most innovative dishes served here. Some ultimate nachos are baked with toppings. The steaks are sumptuous. The staff is polite. The décor is pleasing to the eye. The lighting is on point. This cozy café offers a few books to read and some games to play along while you munch the delicacies they serve.
Cost For Two: Rs 850
Cuisine: European, Continental, American, Italian
3. Firangi Bake
Firangi Bake is a delivery-only outlet in Bangalore with about 33 odd branches. It serves Fusion Food at its best. It specializes in a unique combination of Mexican and Italian delicacies with an Indian twist. Lip-smacking Chicken Lasagna is out of the world with the perfect amount of cheese dripping over it. Surprisingly, it is served with Kulcha bites. It is a commendable combo indeed. Mouth-watering Quesadilla is stuffed with an exotic mix of spices and filling. Packaging is leak-proof. I thoroughly enjoyed the appetizing experience.
Cost For Two: Rs.600
Cuisine: Mexican, Italian
Location: Koramangala, Indiranagar, Rajajinagar, Banashankari
This rooftop cafe is easy to spot. An array of paintings on tiny canvases facing the potted plants catch one’s eye along the entrance. It sports both indoor and outdoor (covered) seating. Perfect Bangalore weather calls for outdoor seating on most pleasant evenings. One could pick from salads, sandwiches, burgers, rolls, pizzas, pasta, curries with grilled variants, sizzlers, desserts, beverages including smoothies, shakes, and mocktails. I picked 7 spice chicken skewer and Fish N Chips along-with thin crust pizza followed by pasta in creamy tomato sauce served with crisp garlic bread. It offers a few games and books as well. Smise’s philosophy lives up to its tagline – Eat. Drink. Smile.
Cost For Two: Rs.600
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican, American, Continental
5. Oven Story
Oven story is a delivery-only outlet serving pizza with 35 branches in Bangalore. You must try pizzas from Oven Story if you are fond of the traditional crusts with perfectly baked toppings and just the right amount of cheese. It offers 4 types of pizza bases – 4 Pepper Cheese, Classic El Classico, Fiery Peri-Peri Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Cheese. It is very rare that I did not customize the toppings and I loved it. A generous quantity of toppings is a plus. Oven Story has been added to my list of favorite pizza delivery outlets.
Cost For Two: Rs.750
Taking care of hunger pangs till as late as 11:00 PM, Fanoos is an Award-winning Legendry casual dining restaurant serving some of the best Biryani and Sheek Kebabs in the town. An amazing place in Jayanagar, it is praised for its stylish presentation and is a nice joint to visit when one is looking to satiate hunger pangs with tasty, hygienic food at nominal prices.
Cost For Two: Rs.250
Cusine: Arabian, Indian
‘Lot like crepes’ is not very easy to miss because it sports a bright eye-catchy wall art in sync which the theme “Which crêpe are you?”. It offers sumptuous crepes in vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian variants. My all-time favorite is mushroom topped up with onion and peri-peri sauce. The batter contains eggs. However, an egg-less batter is available on request. Most of the products used are made in-house, especially the seasoning and the dressing. Being easy on the pocket is definitely a plus. The service is on the quicker side. The staff is courteous and warm.
Cost For Two: Rs.550
Cusine: Desserts, Cafe, American Mexican
It is known for its unique concept of encouraging inclusive culture by employing differently-abled staff. They use sign language to communicate. The warmth that radiates from the gestures and the smiles is inspiring. The design is seamless and the idea, commendable. A switch is attached to a light above each table which sends a visual signal to a matrix board at each press of the switch. The food is delicious. Tandoori Momos is one of the most popular dishes here. Guests receive the menu, placards and a writing pad along with a pen. The placards have a list of commonly used terms at restaurants such as ‘menu’, ‘fork’, ‘bill’ printed on them. It is a very thoughtful approach to ensure the comfort of the guests as well as the staff. The staff is ever-smiling, eager to help, happy to serve and thumbs up are probably their favorite gesture.
Cost For Two: Rs 750
Cuisine: Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Desserts, Bakery, Italian
Onesta is an Italian café with 12 outlets in Bangalore. It is ideal for casual dining. It offers a vast range of options in both - veg and non-vegetarian pizzas, pasta, ravioli, lasagna etc. Farmhouse pizza is a must try for vegetarians. Customized pizza toppings are available. This cozy café is pocket pocket-friendly. Onesta strictly follows a no-tipping policy. It is known for serving a combo of unlimited pizzas, desserts, and a beverage. There are plenty of options for desserts. The serving portion of the desserts is perfect.
Cost For Two: Rs.600
Written By Bhamini Puri (http://sailtrailtales.com/)