It’s kinda ironic that being the business epicentre of Karnataka, it’s still hard to find places that serve authentic Kannada cuisine in Bangalore. And even if you manage to find one, more often than not, you discover that the ‘authentic’ tag is rather exaggerated. But the fact is, small or big, well-known or underrated, there are quite a few places where you can try out some of the original recipes born in Karnataka’s past. Here are 10 best places for Kannada food in Bangalore.
1. Naati Manae
Not sure what’s the exact USP of the place-whether it’s the fact that they serve rustic Kannada dishes or that they serve only those traditional dishes that are non-vegetarian. Whichever it is, many are those who consider Naati Manae as one place in the city that serves them not just food, but also goes on to make a strong impression in the minds of customers. And if you do happen to try their dishes, chances are you’ll also agree with that view.
Location: 462, 17th C Main, KHB Colony , 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore
2. Shree Venkateshwara North Karnataka Hotel
As the name makes it very clear it’s North Karnataka cuisine that they serve here. Aside from meals their snacks are also popular among the patrons. One particular highlight of the place is that it’s easy on the pocket. Having said that, we must added that it’s not the best Kannada fare that you can find in Bangalore but for having a meal on a regular day, it more than serves the purpose.
Location:1/21, Vijaylaxmi Towers, 32 Cross, 10th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
3. Halli Mane
This charming restaurant in Malleshwaram is one place that takes their cuisine seriously. Exclusively catering to those who want to taste authentic Kannada food, you’ll find recipes that came right from agrarian Karnataka. And the delicacies are served in the traditional manner-on a banana leaf, completing the ‘authentic’ experience for you. It will also be a good idea for you to check out occasionally if they are holding an organic food festival- something they are wont to do sometimes.
Location: 14,3rd Cross,Sampige Road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru
4. Sea Spice
Authentic Mangalorean coastal food rarely gets any better than how it’s served in this upmarket restaurant. Their home-style preparation ethics as well as the charming ambience make it a place where good dining memories are born.
Location: 1890, Shetty Gardenia, 9th Main, Kaverinagar, 2nd Stage, Banashankari, Bangalore
5. Mavalli Tiffin Room
If you find yourself at MTR for breakfast, you might be disappointed with the limited number of items on the menu; though the taste and the freshly cooked quality of the food compensate for that. For lunch, you get to taste some traditional curries, the kind of which is rarely prepared with such deftness. They have an outlet in Whitefield as well but the one near Lal Bagh is undoubtedly the better of the two.
Location: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Near Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Kudla serves authentic food if you consider Mangalorean seafood as part of the itinerary of the authentic Kannada cuisine. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider it so, given how Mangalore is very much a part of Karnataka and equally importantly, the preparations in Kudla are salivating. The serene ambience make it an ideal place for a visit with your family.
Location: Coraltree, 16, MLA Layout, RT Nagar Main Road, RT Nagar, Bangalore
7. Shivaji Military Hotel
Military hotels have a general reputation for serving good food-especially with meat in it. The Shivaji Military Hotel is one of the best of the lot in the garden city. The place is not vast and gets crowded often, and no, you can’t make a reservation. But the variations of dishes they prepare using chicken, lamb and mutton are things that are more than worth the wait.
Location: 780, 1st C Main, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
8. Vidyarthi Bhavan
Established in 1943, Vidyarthi Bhavan has become one of the best known, and best-loved vegetarian eateries in the city. Though not limited to Kannadiga cuisine( their dishes fall in the broader ‘South Indian’ category), the food of Karnataka that they prepare are definitely something to write home about.
Location: No-32, Gandhi Bazar Main Road, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru
9. Sri Guru Kottureshwara Davangere Benne Dosa
Another place that manages to serve good-quality food at economic prices, this has been a favourite among youngsters for quite a while now. Though the place is small and the location isn’t upbeat, the old-school ambience of the place is ideal for enjoying a meal with one’s friends, thanks largely to the friendly attitude of those who run the restaurant.
Location: 49/1, Subbaraoshetty Road, Netkallappa Circle, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
10. Hotel Nalapaka
One of the best loved South Indian restaurants in Rajajinagar, Hotel Nalapaka serves some of the best Kannada dishes you can enjoy without burning a hole in your pocket. The meal in the hotel is especially sumptuous thanks to the lip-smacking curries and side dishes that come with it.
Location: 28, 12th Main, 1st Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore
There’s nothing quite like going on a food-exploration to enhance the (sic)quality of your day. And if you are a resident of Bangalore who is from another state or another nation altogether, you can do far worse than trying out some authentic native dishes to add some extra spice to your day. These places for Kannada food in Bangalore would be a good starting point.