Koshy’s English breakfast
To say that Koshy's is well known in Bangalore would be an understatement. Hardcore fans and loyal patrons will educate all on the history of this place, but what has truly remained legendary are their English breakfast items which even Queen Elizabeth II is said to have feasted upon.
Location: 39, St. Marks Road, Bangalore
Hole in the Wall non-veg platter
If Koshy's is the traditional, HITW is the modern reprise. No matter how many new breakfast joints spring up in Bangalore, you will find a considerable number of Bangaloreans refuse to be dragged away from tasty bacon strips and delicious sausages available here.
Location: 4, 8th Main Road, 4th Block, Koramangala 4th Block, Bangalore
Idli Vada at Brahmin's Cafe
With Idli Vada being the staple breakfast of thousands, it is hard (perhaps even risky) to say who's the best. But Brahmins is certainly one of the most well-known. Some patrons say the chutney alone is enough to keep them coming back for more soft idlis and tasty vadas.
Location : 11, Ground Floor, St Patricks Complex, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa
Now this restaurant's name may sound unfamiliar. Most of its regulars simply know it as the benne (butter) dosa restaurant. Unlike most other South Indian joints who just drop a blob of butter on your butter dosa, this place has a generous amount in the batter and you can taste the butter in each soft bite.
Location: 49/1, Subbaraoshetty Road, Netkallappa Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Crispy Dosa at Airlines Hotel
If we're talking dosas though, it would be criminal to leave out Airlines Hotel. This legendary hangout will cater fresh dosas to your door, well car door anyway. And after all these years, this place still boasts of one of the best tasting dosas in the city.
Location: 4, Madras Bank Road, Off Lavelle Road, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
Ganesh Darshan's Akki Roti
Yes yes! We all know that Ganesh Darshan is renowned for its dosas, but it's also one of the only places you can procure quality akki roti. If you've never tried akki roti before, be warned that if you have it here, you may be instantly addicted.
Location: 244, 27th Cross, 9th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Plan B's ABS wings
Plan B is the epitome of a youthful modern Bangalore joint. When they initiated their 'half price on chicken wings' offer, they forever changed Tuesday plans of thousands of Bangaloreans, who quickly realized how unbelievably lip-smacking their wings were which range from honey-glazed sweet to a**-burning sauce (ABS) hot! Everyone ought to add “trying the ABS wings challenge” to their bucket list.
Location: 20, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Miller46's Chicken Wings
Before we start a riot, we know that many will stand firm by Millers 46 when it comes to a legendary chicken wing dish of the city. Those who have tried the wings here have set very high standards for their taste buds and few restaurants can compete, let alone match, the succulent taste.
Location: 46, Millers Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
MTR's south Indian meal
What can we say about one of the most iconic brands not just in the city, but in the country. Some will claim to be proud to be Bangalorean just because this joint exists in the garden city. The meals here are unlimited and scrumptious, to say the least.
Location: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Pork Chilly at Peco's
For those who prefer a cold beer with their grub, few dishes come close to a legendary accompaniment like the pork chilly at Peco's and their partner joint Mojo's. We can't say for sure this is the best pork dish in town, but certainly is one of the most established.
Location: 189, Opposite Metro Shoes, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Thulp’s Moo's Your Daddy burger
If Thulp ever held a burger eating competition, it's safe to say even vegetarians might be converted on the spot. Delectable burgers all round, their real signature is the Moo's Your Daddy burger, which is a 400 gm cheeseburger that has captivated the palettes of burger lovers all over the city.
Location: 998, 1st Main, 1st Block, Koramangala 1st Block, Bangalore
Truffle's Tons Of Fun burger
Most will still call this joint Ice and Spice and all will tell you that visiting this restaurant means a long wait. But all that waiting is worth it when you are seated and served one of the most iconic burgers in Bangalore topped with salami. The All American Cheese Burger is a close contender.
Location: 22, St. Marks Road, Bangalore
Steak and Eggs at The Only Place
If you're thinking steak for a meal, the aptly named “The Only Place” is the first name to pop into any true Bangalorean's mind. We're going to stick with the classic steak and eggs meal to title as their iconic contribution.
Location: 311, 6th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Off 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Shivaji Military Hotel's Donne Biryani
You have never tasted biryani like this. Period. Some love the biryani here, others feel they've had better. But with a heritage dating back to 1927, this place is so frequented that lines for mutton biryani can results can go on for hours! It’s definitely worth a try for all that history!
Location: 718, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Rahhams Mutton Biryani
Biryani is such a touchy topic that naming just one restaurant may start a war (Seriously). But when it comes to whose biryani is the most legendary, few can compete with the history of Rahham's. Those who know this place will probably refer to it as Richie's and demand that all their friends and family share in their flavorsome ecstasy. Meghna’s, Nagarjuna & Mani’s are some other places with delicious biryanis, but they dont quite match the hype Rahhams has generated.
Location: 82, MM Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore
Fanoos Seekh Rolls
Mention Fanoos around any Bangalorean and see their mouth start to water. Long acclaimed for their mutton and beef seekh rolls, this Johnson Market joint is an absolute must-try for any meat lover. Try their varying size of rolls - jumbo, mumbo, rambo and sambo!
Location: 17, Hosur Road, Near Johnson Market, Richmond Town, Bangalore
Masala Puri at Karnataka Bhel House
Chaat is just like biryani. Everyone has their personal favourite vendor. One look at the crowd outside KBH, however, and anyone can quickly agree this is one of the chaat giants in the city. It's funny that masala puri is the most reputed dish here over the bhel puri dish, but it still is full of flavour.
Location: 6, 2nd Main, 3rd Cross, Chamrajpet, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Bun Nippat at Chetty's Corner
While who serves the best chaat may be debatable, one would be very brave (and little foolish) to challenge the bun nippat of Chetty's Corner. Residents from all states agree it is one of the best they've ever had; and coupled with their masala coke, this has all the makings of a legendary plate.
Location: 2, Serpentine Road, Kumara Park West, Seshadripuram, Bangalore
Kesari Bath at Veena Stores
A perfect accompaniment at tea time is kesari bath, and no one make it better than Veena Stores. When you eat here, you're biting into decades of flavour and just about any other "bath" here is delectable.
Location: 187, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Vidyarthi Bhavan's Dosa
This restaurant is a symbol of Bangalore in itself and with evergreen taste of roasted "Masale" dosas, it is a perfect evening dish and one that's been renowned since 1943!
Location: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Toit's specialty pizzas
Toit is well known for their wide range of beers and food items, and with such an extensive menu, it can be difficult to highlight a single item. But their all meat pizzas stand out, even rivalling international chains as one of the best. The extra cheese they heap on is a delightful bonus.
Location: 298, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Empire's Grill Chicken
Now many would dispute the title of the most authentic Arab cuisine in Bangalore. However, the iconic status that the Grilled Chicken at Empire Hotel has is rivalled by none. The fact that it is served late into the night only helps its cause.
Location: 35, Castle Street, Off Brigade Road, Brigade Road, Bangalore and 14 more outlets
Corner House's DBC
Time for dessert, and no dessert is better known than the Death-By-Chocolate available at Corner House. Many patrons have been feasting on this fudge from their youth to adulthood and it only gets yummier!
Location: 45/3, Gopalkrishna Complex, Near Mayo Hall, Off Residency Road, Residency Road, Bangalore and 15 more outlets
Thoms Bakery Plum Cake
One drive past by Thoms Bakery and the fresh cake aroma will mesmerize you. There seem to be no items they serve that anyone dislikes, but their real hero is the Plum Cake which they bake fresh everyday and have been melting in the mouths of Bangaloreans for years.
Location: Wheelers Road, Cleveland Town, Frazer Town, Bangalore
Matteo's is like a slice of the world in Bangalore. People of all nationalities will gather here for some interesting coffee; and the perfect supplement, that over time has become legendary in the city, is the cheesecake. Taste it for yourself to bite into a slice of heaven.
Location: 2, Church Street, Bangalore
The Chocolate Room’s Chocolate Fondue
It might be easy to take candy from a baby, but try taking chocolate away from The Chocolate Room's patrons and you'll injure yourself. While everything here is chocolate-dripping goodness, the chocolate fondue stands out as an inventive dish that quickly propelled this small joint into a Bangalore landmark dessert house.
Location: 1st Floor, St.Patricks Complex, Brigade Road, Bangalore
CTR's Mangalore Bajji (Public Pick#1)
Central Tiffin Room (or Sri Sagar as it is now named) is the proof that Bangaloreans will have nothing less than the highest standards when it comes to their tea time snacks. Goli bajji is a popular dish from the coastal town of Mangalore and it seems no one in Bangalore makes it better than CTR. The taste here has garnered them loyal patrons for life.
Location: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore
Al amanah cafe's Chicken Roll (Public pick #2)
Perhaps it’s the amazingly low price or perhaps it’s the fact that the rolls here are full of French fries cheese and mayo or perhaps it’s just the joy with which these rolls are made that make them so darn good. There’s really no ambience here, but the roll itself will transport you to a foodie’s paradise .
Location: 20, 5th Avenue, 5th Main Road, Kammanahalli, Bangalore
Bhagatram's Jamoons (Public pick #3)
One may almost be trampled over in the rush to Bhagatram's in the evening when they dish out their renowned jamoons and rasgullas. They literally define 'melt-in-your-mouth' sweets and have been the favourite of locals for decades.
Location: 174/1-14, Near Bata Showroom, Commercial Street, Bangalore
Hari Super sandwich's Chocolate Sandwich (public pick #4)
Chocolate, cheese and chilly in the same sandwich? This sounds like a recipe for disaster. But try it for yourself and you'll see why this simple joint is flooded with students craving for more. The whacky combinations of sandwiches here surprise and delight your senses.
Location:177/A-44, 22nd Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
And with that we complete the list of 30 iconic dishes that truly define Bangalore. Many more places deserve a mention and hopefully will feature in future lists. For now, if you haven't visited any of these places, well what are you waiting for. Get munching!