To eat on a banana leaf is an age-old South Indian custom that is prevalent even today. The health benefits in eating from a plantain leaf are primarily because of plant-based compounds similar to the ones found in green tea. The antioxidants and nutrition keep you healthy too. Eating in plantain leaves is also more eco-friendly and surprisingly practical.
All that aside, eating in plantain leaves also gives us the same vibes we get while eating at our grandparents’ and makes us appreciate the flavor of the food more. The traditional feel also imparts a feeling of bliss and serenity. Here, we have some of the best places enjoy the traditional plantain meals in Bengaluru.
The quality and taste of the menu at Nagarjuna has never failed to impress foodies in the city. The place serves some of the best Andhra meals in the city and has a crowd that doesn’t seem to want to leave the place. The authentic south Indian meal is served on a plantain leaf and is unlimited. The place is jam-packed in weekends and one needs to be early to get a table without much wait time.
2. Malgudi Vattika
This joint in the Mysore highway serves some of the best Pongal, Vada, and coffee. The place serves only vegetarian food and yet is popular amongst those who travel along that road. The ambiance of this place is certainly one of the best with a village theme. The interiors, as well as the exteriors, have an ambiance that makes you want to stay there for a long time. The special lantern light dinner is something that must be experienced for words can’t describe it.
Where: 64, Near Wonderla Gate, Hanumantha Nagar, Mysore Road, Bengaluru.
This is another old, vegetarian restaurant of Bengaluru (near Bugle Rock, Basavanagudi) that has remained prominent. Though the place has some mixed reviews on online platforms, most remember it as the place they used to visit from many years ago. The nostalgia factor clearly works in favor of the restaurant and many come here to enjoy the delicious vegetarian jowar bakhri meals.
Where: Bull Temple Road, Opp. BMS Engg. College, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru.
4. Sree Krishna Café
This simple joint in Koramangala has really good Sambar, Rasam, Kozhumbu and everything else that makes a south Indian lunch a delight to have. Don’t forget to enjoy a refreshing glass of cool buttermilk after your meal. Truly the best place for authentic south Indian food.
Where: 143, 5th Block, Koramangala, 60 Feet Road, Bengaluru.
Another Andhra joint, this place in Church Street serves the best meals in the locality. The prices too are surprisingly affordable unlike what one would expect of restaurants in the area. The chilly chicken and chicken biriyanis are also some of the bestsellers here.
Where: 31, Asha Building, Ground Floor, Church Street, Bengaluru.
6. Bharjari Oota
Here, you can have a meal that starts with the tomato soup that everyone loves and ends with an ice cream that everyone loves more. The place offers a full course meal with dishes such as Mysore masala dosa, phulka, palya, biriyani, puliyogare, rasam, curd rice etc along with complimentary ice cream all for the price of just 150 rupees. Truly a steal. And yet the flavors and taste of the Bharjari Oota are unparalleled.
Where: 17, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru.
7. Iyer’s Mess
Iyer’s Mess feels like your home and it serves traditional Iyer meals on a plantain leaf. Though there isn’t any onion or garlic in most of the dishes, the taste still carries a punch and will leave you wanting more. The rasam and masala vada here are the favorites of the regulars to this place.
Where: No 4/3, West Park Road Between 7th and 8th Cross, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru.
8. Gokul Veg / The Happy Vegetarian
This place in Rajajinagar has some of the best thalis that you would have ever tasted. In addition, their special menu and the diverse dishes they offer are a certain treat for any foodie. The much-loved holige meals are available only during lunch times in weekdays so be sure to drop in here for lunch.
Where: Navarang circle, Near Navarang theatre, Rajajinagar.
Here, you get everything from seafood to traditional south Indian cuisine all with a unique twist. Though pricier than the other restaurants on this list, the place certainly has some of the best flavors and an impressive menu. The place has certainly earned its five stars and one can visit the place on a special occasion to indulge themselves with some coastal southern cuisine.
Where: Ground Floor, The Gateway Hotel, Residency Rd, Bengaluru.
This popular restaurant in Indiranagar has some of the best tiffin combos on their menu. The Annapoorani Kalyanam Sapadu is one of their most attractive lunch choices and makes you feel like you’re enjoying quality food at a close relative’s marriage ceremony. The authentic south Indian taste is one to die for.
Where: 203, Indiranagar Double Rd, Indira Nagar II Stage, Stage 2, Indiranagar, Bengaluru.
This was about plantain meals in Bengaluru. Been to any of these places? Is there any hotel that we have missed? Do let us know in the comments below.
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