Thanks for the input. I've had quite a bit of Punjabi biriyani at Delhi which was far better than what Aangan delivered at home to us at Belandur. But hey the Koramangala one must be much better. Or the Belandur people were having an off day! Thanks for the input on the eateries in malls. I'll try them out and be back.
I just remembered where Rajdhani is-decent Rajasthani thali with waiters serving in traditional fashion on the top floor of Forum Mall in Whitefield. It's OK, though the Delhi one off Connaught Place is better though somewhat cramped
Hi everybody. I've been trying out many suggestions from all of you. Hotel Imperial (on Church Street off Brigade Road, on a corner at the other end of Church Street) has a value-for-money all you can eat buffet for Rs. 119-great nonvegetarian dishes; there was a tasty green chicken curry and a biryani which were very good when we visited and my companion testifies to the taste of the vegetarian biriyani too. Basic eating facilities though on the top floor but clean. The crepes at Chez Mariannick were fantastic too. Two crepe dishes offered as a combo were really too filling-must go back there again but it is usually full and one needs to book in advance-now they are even offering other plats du jour-there was couscous the day we visited-shall try it some time. Hey, what's with everybody? I tried Aangan at Belandur (home delivery) and was disappointed-the biriyani (chicken and vegetarian too) cannot compare with what you can get from most Andhra type restaurants (the best being Bhima's on Brigade road-if you can get parking!-and Nagarjuna on the parallel street in the same area). No, I won't go back unless other Aangans are better. Is this my opinion only or what do you all feel about eateries in malls? I've not found any which are any good-the food in food courts is so synthetic, even when it is served by franchises of well-known names. Does anyone know of a good eatery in any mall? The only one I like is Rajdhani (which offers a traditional thali in the Rajasthani style with bearers with towels and washing bowls at your table) on the top floor of a mall between Whitefield and Marathahalli-I'll post the exact name and address later-I've forgotten the name-sorry folks! Locals like us often chose the cheaper alternatives-the cheapest are the stand-up darshinis. Any eatery ending in the word "darshini" offers self-service without sitting facilities-they are really basic-smell of food and not too clean! The food could be OK but the masala in the curries (snacks generally) is a standard ground red! A better alternative are the Sagaras-there are several all over the city. Anything ending in the word "Sagara" is also self-service, basic clean though you might get a seat but some offer very tasty food. I found a really good one-Mayura Sagara on the busy Kundenahalli road between Whitefield and Marathahalli cross; their set dosas (typically Karnataka fare-three thick fermented dosas with coconut chutney and a kurma) were as spongy and melt in the mouth as required. We tend to visit it frequently at the end of a busy day-there must be many others too that all of you know. Has something happened to Bangalore while I've been away? What has happened to all the great Indian Chinese places? The new ones I see just offer noodles smothered in some red sauce which tastes like nothing on earth. I've not eaten at Chung Wah (the original one near Brigade Road) recently, but is it just as good as it used to be? Please share your experiences. And where do I get a decent pizza-home delivery too. Pizza Huts and Domino's and the rest have all been very disappointing!
Wow! MisterPete; you really know the best spots in Bangalore. We've been restaurant-hopping in Bangalore for three decades and I agree with all your recommendations. Also try out my favourite Kerala (coastal) joint on Church Street (off Brigade Road, parallel to MG Road)-Coconut Grove. As good or better than Karavalli and much cheaper. The authentic Kerala experience (veg and nonveg-appams, karimeen-special Kerala fish, even crabs et al). ENJOY. From Thecitron