Bengaluru is a place where South Indian veg delicacies are drawing crowds at late night hours. Allows us to take you on a journey through the favourite eating spots in Bengaluru that serve legendary and affordable vegetarian food.
This small eatery is big time when it comes to satisfying taste buds. Also known as ‘Central Tiffin Room’, it is rich in its decade-long history and thick masala dosas that are served with ghee. The crispiness of the menu and the filling is all there. That is why Sri Sagar’s fare is referred to as the crème de la crème of dosas. Have your fill of idly, vada, filter kaapi (coffee), tea, chutney but there is NO SAMBAR here. Nevertheless, you walk back home with the memories of having the best South-Indian breakfast in Bengaluru.
Cost (approx): INR 150 for two
Address: Margosa Road, 7th Cross, Malleswaram, Bengaluru
PKumarNagaraju: “One of the best place for Dosa in Bengaluru's Heart” (Source: Trip Advisor)
Brahmin’s Coffee Bar
Idli, vada, chutney, kesari bath and khara bath are the main thrillers at Brahmin’s Coffee Bar. Though the place is small, it has been around for many years serving authentic South Indian food.
Cost (approx): INR 100 for two
Address: 3, Ranga Rao Road, Near Shankar Mutt, Shankarpuram, Bengaluru
Phone: +91 9845030234
(Source: Trip Advisor)
Sachin Sakri: “Idli and vada , just melts in your mouth. Best idli vada that i have tasted so far. Its the authentic taste of a udupi hotel. Feels like a brahmin's home.” (Source: Google Plus)
3. Vidyarthi Bhavan
The set-up, the ambience and the furniture haven’t changed one bit over the years here. And that also applies to the sumptuous feast served here since 1943. Not only students but even top bureaucrats and chief ministers stop by to get a taste of the food delicacies at Vidyarthi Bhavan. The only drawback is that the place remains closed on Fridays but then there are other days to fill your stomach to satisfaction. Don’t miss out the crispy “Masale Dose” and the “Sagu Masale Dose”.
Cost (approx): INR 120 for two
Address: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi
Nirav981: “Awesome place for cripsy and delicious Dossa/Vada/Tea/Coffee” (Source: Trip Advisor)
Mavali Tiffin Room
Heard of the popular MTR foodie brand which makes Rava Idli for breakfast? Mavali Tiffin Room, MTR in short, is the first love of Karnataka Brahmins. It was founded way back in 1924 by Parampalli Yajnanarayana Maiya and his brothers. During World War II rice was in short supply which was a setback for MTR as they could not make idlis. That led MTR to experiment with semolina instead of rice. And so was born the popular Rava idli which we savour today.
While the decor of MTR restaurant might not look so great, everything about food quality and cleanliness is first class.
Cost (approx): INR 450 for two
Address: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Near Basavanagudi
GKAnand: “Looking for authentic south india food, this is the place for you” (Source: Trip Advisor)
5. New Krishna Bhavan
This is a place that serves good quality South Indian fare at affordable prices. Go with your friends and family to enjoy ‘Button idlis’, a special idli that has podi sprinkled on it and cooked with ghee.
Cost (approx): INR 250 for two
Address: No. 33/39, Mill Corner Road, Opp. Sampige Theatre, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Mantri Square, Bangalore
Prags R: “Old time restaurant with authentic South Indian dishes” (Source: Trip Advisor)
As goes the name, you can expect pure Sattvik food here without any garlic, eggs, onion, caffeine or mushroom in it. What instead awaits you is a Kesar Tulsi Shikanji made with saffron and basil. The Broccoli Apple Shorba is a thin broth with all the flavours. Signature dishes include Amritras ke Kofte, Gawar Patha Panchporan. The desserts – Miniature Malai Ghevars and Fruit Sondesh Brulee make you salivate more! Sattvam offers you an upscale dining experience and usually gets overbooked during weekends. Book your tables in advance.
Cost (approx): INR 1,200 for two
Address: 35, 4th Floor, J.M Plaza, Opposite Shell Petrol Bunk, Sankey Road, Sadashivnagar
Established in 1971 by H Seetharam Rao and his brother H Pranesh Rao, the Janatha hotel is famous for its crisp masala dosa, plain dosa and sambar. However, the best thing here to tickle your nostrils and taste buds is Mysore Pak and the vadas. Quality, hygiene and taste are the prime factors that are stressed upon here.
Cost (approx): Medu Vada and Idli costs INR 20 each, Dosa at INR 35
Phone: (080) 23345609
Address: 27, 8th Cross, Near Kannika Parameshwari Temple, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
Balaji S: “Superb Vada Sambar” (Source: Trip Advisor)
This is a 100% pure vegan restaurant in Bangalore city that promotes healthy eating. A whole lot of organic and vegan products are sold here such as lentils, cereals, flours, cold pressed/extra virgin oils and nature-oriented lifestyle products like soaps and body wash etc.
The products sold here are sourced from established brands such as Organic Lifestyle, Neev, Navadarshanam etc.
As for the dine-in restaurant, the gourmet dishes include chaat, wraps, starters and dips, soups and salads, main course, rice and chapathi, desserts.
Cost: (080) 41172812
Address: No. 607, First Floor, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 6th Block, Bengaluru
Nax S: “If you are a health freak, carrots is the right place for you.” (Source: Trip Advisor)
Asha Food Camp
Apart from the yummy and finger-licking paper masala dosa, idli, and vada, there is North Indian khana as well. Order the chat, kulcha, curry, and follow it up with a dessert to get the real experience of South Indian food.
Cost (approx): INR 250 – 500 for two
Phone: (080) 2356 2357
Address: 87, 1st Temple Street, 10th Cross, Sampige Road (Near Nandi Kalyani Temple), Bengaluru
Srinivasan2205: “excellent joint in Malleswaram for quality veg food” (Source: Trip Advisor)
This is a vegetarian eatery that has become a landmark with its decade-long presence. Way back in 1977, Veena Stores started off as a condiment store. With time, it grew up into a popular eatery. Today, it is a favourite amongst idli-chutney lovers. There is vada, kesaribath, chutney and coffee in the menu. The ambience is not that luxurious but despite that it continues to draw crowds. Wallet-friendly prices get a happy smile on your face once you have polished off the meals here.
Cost (approx): INR 100 for two
Phone: (080) 2334 4838
Address: Margosa Road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru
If you are fortunate enough to live in Bangalore, don’t miss these culinary delights and if you are a frequent traveler to the cyber city of Bengaluru, make it a point to check out these food destinations. Business appointments can wait. After all, health and taste buds also need to be attended to. Let us know which of the places mentioned above remain your all-time favourite.