Both a cultural hub and an economic powerhouse, Bangalore is one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the country, the city is full of internationally renowned entrepreneurs who have moved to this buzzing metropolis from all corners of the globe, bringing with them a diversity that’s also culinary. Highlighting the best of these lively eateries, here is our updated take on Bangalore’s 10 best restaurants.
Ran by fashion designer duo Sonali Sattar and Himanshi Dimri, Grasshopper provides guests with a fusion of the best food and design, within its four walls. The perfect spot for an unhurried, relaxing meal far from the bustle of urban life, Grasshopper is situated on the duo’s farm – an appealing choice for many city dwellers. The outdoor dining area is surrounded by a lush garden and often has live music, making it extremely easy for guests to spend hours sipping their drinks and working their way through an impressive seven-course menu, having lost all track of time in this peaceful oasis.
Offering one of the most coveted dining experiences in the city, Karavalli at The Gateway Hotelfeatures on the list of San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Visitors here can feast on an array of excellent South Indian dishes, from seasonal curries to wood-fired meats. Focusing on the regional diversity of south-western communities, Head Chef Naren Thimmaiah takes care to include a variety of dishes on his menu, ensuring that there are specialities from a range of different regions, including Mangalore and Goa. Seafood features heavily on the menu, and there are plenty of vegetarian options available too.
A favourite hangout spot among locals, Café Thulp! is said to serve the best burgers in Bangalore. The freshly made beef burgers are gourmet, and are available with a variety of toppings, ranging from the standard to the adventurous. Keep it simple with a beef patty, or for something more extravagant, try the gonzeshwara burger, which is comprised of a fillet steak wrapped in bacon, topped with cheese and an egg. Vegetarians are also catered for, with tasty options such as the falafel veggie burger and the crispy sweetcorn and tofu burger.
Located within the ITC Gardenia Hotel, Edo Restaurant is an authentic Japanese eatery serving Bangalore a wide variety of luxuriously tasty dishes. Talented sushi chefs create aesthetic reations in front of diners at the open sushi bar, and a range of sashimi and cooked items are also available. Try the shabu shabu (a Japanese-style hot pot), perfect for warming up with on a chilly day, or for a sweeter broth, go for the sukiyaki. The restaurant itself is minimalist in design, and oozes comfort with its relaxing décor. Each of the dishes here are outstanding, both in taste and preparation, making this a great choice restaurant for a special occasion dinner.
Choose between indoor or al fresco dining at the quirky I & Monkey Restopub, for an innovative and tasty lunch or dinner. The minimalist design of the restaurant is juxtaposed against the exciting and eclectic menu, which combines Kerala and Western cuisines. Expect spicy broths and curries for main course, followed by cooling American favourites such as Mississippi mud pie for dessert. The bang bang prawns, fried with hot chilli sambal, green peppers and onions, is sure to set the tastebuds tingling, and the chicken and vegetable barley broth is a great choice for those with milder tastes.
One for vegetarians, Imli Café and Restaurant has a strong focus on North Indian home cooking. The menu includes a mix of dishes well known in the Western world as well as completely new ones such as aloo ki gotiyan, pav bhaji, and the phulkha combo. The cafe itself is housed in a lovely converted bungalow, and has ample outdoor seating on its pretty terrace, perfect for enjoying dinner with friends on a warm summer evening. Both friendly and affordable, Imli Cafe and Restaurant has a certain charm to it, and uses only freshly sourced, high-quality ingredients to make its wholesome meals.
Enabling guests to take charge of their own barbecue right at their table, Barbeque Nation specialises in sizzling meats, seafood and vegetarian delicacies. A live grill is embedded into each of the tables so that diners can cook their choice of starters themselves – ensuring that meat is cooked exactly to each individual’s liking and that nothing has the slightest chance of getting cold before being devoured. In the evenings there is also an all-you-can eat buffet of grilled treats that come at a set price, so there won’t be any surprises when the bill arrives. Be sure to try the paneer tikka lazawab, the barbecue prawns, and the kadhai paneer.
Situated within the Sheraton Hotel Bangalore, the Persian Terrace is a must-visit dining venue, for both hotel guests and those staying elsewhere in the city. Entirely open-air, diners are invited to enjoy their meal under the stars at this fourth-floor terrace restaurant. Tables are lit up with Middle Eastern-style lanterns, candles and tea lights, transporting guests from India to Persia to experience a colourful Arabian night. The menu is full of Iranian delights, including bread fresh from the hot tandoor oven, a series of meze platters, pilafs and juicy kebabs straight from the live BBQ station. Overlooking the ISCKON Temple, dinner at the Persian Terrace is both an elegant and a romantic experience.
Dine in luxury at The Royal Afghan within The Windsor Hotel. Offering guests views over the starlit pool, the restaurant is open for lunch every Saturday and Sunday, and dinner daily. With a focus on authentic, traditional dishes from the North West Frontier, the menu is full of kebabs, vegetarian dishes, Indian breads, dal bukhara, and a selection of delicacies cooked in a clay tandoor. Ask the staff at the restaurant to pair your choice of dishes with the most appropriate bottle of fine wine, to complete the elegant experience. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted in the restaurant.
Learn to love vegetarian food at the Time Traveller restaurant, nestled within the Sai Vishramhotel near Electronic City. A 24-hour coffee shop, Time Traveller also puts on an excellent spread, with its 12 salads, soup selection, 18 main courses, and a dozen desserts at its lunch and dinner buffets. The a la carte menu is equally good, taking inspiration from across the globe, and including dishes from Greece, China, Italy and Mexico alongside the Indian classics. The Sai Vishram brand prides itself on using only healthy, meat-free and environmentally friendly foods in its restaurants, and as such Time Traveller also caters for almost any dietary requirement or choice. Staff are superb and the food is delicious, so reserve a table to avoid disappointment.