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12 Places to have delicious Biryani in Bengaluru

Ending 2017 on a Biryani note! It’s that time of the year to pen down our favorite Biryani places. Biryani exploration is what excites us the most – the joy of going out and discovering places is something that keeps us going. Last year we had listed 6 lesser-known joints, but this year’s list just grew bigger! To make things more interesting, we have teamed up with Pawan Krishna aka Tindipotha for the same. Here are some of our favorite Biryani picks for 2017 in Namma Bengaluru!

 

Old is Gold:

Shivaji Military Hotel, Banashankari

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One of the iconic places which has been serving delicious biryani for decades to the people of Namma Bengaluru. The aromas from the kitchen has the power to make people wait for hours! Spicy biryani and a big list of starters are the only things that put a smile on our faces 🙂
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/T69no2Q9AvF2

NV Naidu Hotel, KR Market

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Spot in the heart of the Market, NV Naidu Hotel is been serving biryani since 1969! A small place located on the busiest streets of Bengaluru is no short of surprises. Biryani, Dose, and Kaal Soup is common to all tables. What better way to start your day?
Available for Breakfast: Yes
Price for 2: ₹600
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/iTJi4uq4aYQ2

Shivajinagar Gardi Ustad, Shivajinagar

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Akhada turned into a restaurant. Shivajinagar Gardi Ustad Pehlwan Kale Bhai Biryani is probably one of the oldest places in Bengaluru, serving only lunch, a limited menu consisting of biryani rice, side dishes (chicken, mutton, and fish) all week long. On Fridays, they add Mutton Biryani which gets people standing in the queue!
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/b9r4MmyjmhM2

Newly Explored:

Hotel Sahana, Wilson Garden

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Recently explored place, which left us all in biryani coma. Hotel Sahana is located near Wilson Garden, a hotel which serves some of the best preparations in non-veg. Keema, Chops, and Biryani were just excellent! There’s something about their sherwa which made us go for another round of biryani.
Price for two: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BBjX896pSRN2

Halli Jonne Biryani, Jayanagar

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Halli Jonne is the next place that gets super crowded easily on weekdays as well! It’s nearby Cool Joint, and anyone passing by can spot the place because of the aromas. Tasty Biryani, less on spices but had me going for a second serving! Chicken fry, on the other hand, was a hit, a better companion to biryani. Suggested for early lunch.
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/APuzvN2ARst

Amba Bhavani, Basavagudi

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A hidden gem of South Bengaluru which has a deadly combination of kaal soup (paaya soup) with idly or dose. They also have a good batch of mutton starters & of course a unique mutton biryani (typical Bengaluru pulav). They’ve biryani for breakfast on Sundays.
Available for Breakfast: Yes, on Sundays.
Price for 2: ₹450
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/6yaoeacCJGT2

Papanna’s Biryani, Banaswadi

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Papanna’s is one of our go-to places for biryani. We keep going back for their nati-style biryani! We’ve had two or three of the same from a local place but nothing comes closer to the one served here. And not to forget their daily changing menu for starters!
Price for 2: ₹400
Location 1: https://goo.gl/maps/9TwLdZCnek32
Location 2: https://goo.gl/maps/6uGMf13C2j72

Anand Dum Biryani, Hoskote

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3days a week and breakfast only – this place surely knows how to wake up people and make them drive outside the city for delicious biryani and paya soup. They start around 6-6:30 with approx of 1400servings. Sooner you reach, the better chances of getting a plate of Biryani.
Available for Breakfast: Yes (Tuesday, Friday & Sunday)
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/a382Ve6z1eT2

Shivaji Military Hotel, Sahakaranagar

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The one to look over in this place is the authentic mysuru style mutton pulav which is extremely good considering its quality and quantity. They also offer nati style chicken and mutton fry with mudde (ragi ball) and much more. Recommended visiting for a lunch.
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/M7FbgWbVLn72

Chandrappa Hotel, Mathikere

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Known for their signature pork dishes, this probably is the best place to have nati style pork in namma Bengaluru. All the pork dishes are exclusive. Pork biryani is a must try here. Other than that they also have some 5 chicken and mutton starters and biryani.
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/kjGqUmLNHBG2

Sri Banashankari Donne Biryani, Banashankari

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This place has a very unique and delicious donne biryani, varieties of lip-smacking chicken and mutton starters. And also do visit here on a Sunday morning and try idly & leg soup combo. Not to forget the breakfast biryani! 😋
Price for 2: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WXiRbCh8NiC2

Sharief Bhai, Koramangala

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5 meals in last 2 weeks – This tells you how much we love the biryani here! Sharief Bhai focuses on Muslim cuisine and brings in the decade-old recipes, homemade spices and ghee to the table. They are open till 2am, so say ‘yes’ to midnight cravings 😀
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/PYvocVTdMk12

PS – Do you also love biryani just like us? If yes, are you a part of Bengaluru Biryani Club? If not, where have you been? They organize meets to bring Biryani lovers together to share everything related to biryani!

Credits  Nagesh Vasu for Video, Bhoomika Vinay for Sharief Bhai Image and  Harshavardhana Reddy for Cover Image.

Suggestions – Help us to explore more if you know places which serves tasty Biryani by filling this form https://goo.gl/forms/MdbMs1tRqd2CFp9i2 🙂

Disclaimer – We are not saying they are the best, but some good places we’ve come across! Prices are subjected to change on how much you plan on eating! We aren’t affiliated with any of these restaurants. And also we’ve visited all these places on our own, many times before making this post. Our fat bellies and empty wallets are the proof of same 😛

Happy Burping 😀

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Sea Rock – Chicken Sukka, Neer Dosa and all things Coastal!

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Seafood preparation takes time, patience and a lot of effort to get each dish right. The last time I ate a heartful of seafood was during my backpack trip to Kundapura and Udupi in Feb! Ever since then, I had been craving those dishes and none of the places I tried in Bengaluru came close. That is when I realized Sea Rock was just in the backyard and I had totally missed it.

Sea Rock opened in 1985, and has been serving authentic coastal dishes ever since. The ambiance is kept to minimal. Comfortable seats, long tables with dim light. It’s spread across two floors and which includes bar space as well. So called up a few friends and got ourselves a table for Sunday brunch, turned out to be one of the best!

We all had skipped breakfast that day, so this was more like a brunch. Started off with Pomfret Tava Fry and Seer Rava Fry, the common dish at any coastal restaurant. Pomfret Tava Fry, pan-fried to perfection was a bliss to the eye and a joy to belly! Seer Rava Fry left us wondering how could anyone pull it off – crispy exterior and soft on the inside. We had zero regrets about skipping breakfast after this.
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After a satisfying tava fry, we got Pomfret Masala Fry. The fish is prepared and served with a special masala. This time we asked for extra spice and that is what we got – tangy and spicy. Delicious isn’t enough to describe the taste.
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We started the main course with my fav, Chicken Sukka and Neer Dosa. Also known as Kori Sukka, Chicken Sukka is a native Mangalorean dish made with ghee and loads of coconut. A bite of this and I was instantly taken back to Udupi, ended up having 4 of them!
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After this, we went overboard and ordered: Kori Rotti with Mangalore Chicken Curry, Kotte Idli with Kundapura Chicken Curry and Boiled Rice with Kane Fish Curry all at once! Kori Rotti is brought in from the coastal regions. Boiled Rice and Kotte Idli are the staple food, can’t go wrong with them. The curries are what make them stand out from the rest! The spice levels are kept to moderate to balance out the flavors.
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By the time we finished our meal, it was almost 4:30 PM and everyone else had left the restaurant! The management was kind enough and made sure we had a great experience. The service is extremely good. They ensure the food is served hot, so that it tastes best! The happy helpers know when to bring in food and make sure the table is not piled up.

Sea Rock stays true to its establishment and serves authentic coastal food, and what can I say, just can’t resist good food! It’s definitely worth every penny.

Cost: ₹1500 for two (with alcohol).
Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

Sea Rock Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheers

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#FoodGetaways – Dose and Mutton Palav at Mysuru’s Oldest Hotel!

I have started exploring places which serve biryani, in my free time. There are a lot of hotels which serve amazing biriyanis, just that we need to find and visit them! This time, I decided to try something away from Bengaluru, a place which is easily accessible and be back before dusk.

Mysuru was the first city that popped up to my mind! Along with my two other foodie buddies, I visited two famous hotels and trust me, we had a wonderful food journey 🙂

On the quest of finding the biriyani hotel, we came across Hotel Hanumanthu (Mysuru). They have been serving Mutton/Chicken Palav (something similar to biryani) for almost 90 years now! Easy journey through train or vehicle. A little research online revealed the history and all the celebrities who had dined there. Since the journey was on foot, we planned to have Palav for breakfast or brunch.

The plan was simple – travel to Mysuru, jog till Hotel Hanumanthu, eat Palav and head back to Namma Bengaluru. Little did we know what Mysuru had planned for us! As this was a weekend food-getaway, we kept the spendings to minimum.

There are plenty of trains running between Bengaluru and Mysuru, starting from 4 am. We took the 6:30 am Hampi Express and reached Mysuru around 9:45 am. I must confess, Mysuru is a beautiful city! It has wider roads, long canopies on both sides and also less traffic compared to Bengaluru.
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As we got to the main road, two of my friends started to jog while I reluctantly declined the offer and walked. Google Maps has multiple listings for Hotel Hanumanthu, so getting the right one is important. After a tiring walk and bad-listing, we arrived at Hotel Hanumanthu a little too soon for lunch, 1.5hrs to be exact. This left us sad and even hungrier, so we Googled for other hotels and found Hotel Mylari!

20mins and an Ola-auto ride later, we found ourselves at Hotel Mylari. In simple words – small entrance, 16-20 seatings, homely feel and friendly staff. Chose their speciality – Saagu Masala Dosa and were taken off at the first bite! Soft, fluffy and topped with butter made it a complete package. What’s Dose without coffee, right? So we sipped coffee, talked about things while our Palav was getting ready at Hotel Hanumanthu.
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15mins Ola-auto ride and 5mins walk later, we were back at Hotel Hanumanthu. As we walked towards the hotel, the aroma increased exponentially! The staff were happy to see us back, so were we. Simple order – 2 plates of Palav, chicken kabab and chicken kurma. They served it for us, a few photos and then we sat down to the important meal of the day. We had our first bite, looked at each other in awe! Light on spices tasted way better than expected and even put some off to the so-called biryani’s at Bengaluru aside! The Sherwa was spicy and complimented Pulao.
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The return was similar to the morning, a train at 2:30 pm. We spent a little time in railway station taking photos and recording videos. Did I mention that the entire railway station is covered by Google Wi-fi, so that you don’t get bored while waiting! All in all, this turned out to be way better than what we had on our minds.

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Tips:

  • Use Ola Auto (costs ₹29 flat for 4 km, and all the place are within this range).
  • If you miss a train at the last moment, the ticket is valid for any trains within in the next 3hrs.
  • Check the location correctly before heading out, there are many hotels with the same. So finding the right place might be tricky.

 

Details:

  1. Hotel Mylari –
    Timings – 7 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 8 pm.
    Cost – ₹200 for two.
    Click here to get Directions on Google Map.
  2. Hotel Hanumanthu –
    Cost – ₹400 for two.
    Timings – Varies each day, click here to check.
    Click here to get Directions on Google Map.Hotel Hanumanthu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Experience the Big NewSky @ Big Brewsky

Big Brewsky is one of the most happening places in Bengaluru right now. Known for its biggest micro-brewery, old-school ambiance, rooftop bar, centrally located pool, music deck and everything which left us mesmerized!

A couple of weeks ago, we attended the launch of their new menu called Big NewSky! The game plan was simple, we start the evening with a cook-off guided by Chef Saby himself, a tour to the new Big Brewsky and party hard till wee hours. As we settled down, it all changed to Chef Saby demonstrating us the new dishes while we sipped down to Karthik’s new concoctions and partied till the end.
Chef Saby

Of all the new additions, Chef Saby was kind enough to share the secrets to Corn Spinach Shoe Rolls and Tomato Black Rice Mushroom Risotto! Corn Spinach Shoe had me going the entire evening, a crispy munch stuffed with sweet corn, spinach, garlic and spices added to the taste. Black Rice Mushroom Risotto was a level apart from most of my previous tries. The combination of arborio rice and mushroom, slowly cooked with truffle essence gave it a soft and creamy texture.
Corn Spinach Shoe Roll and Black-Rice Mushroom Risotto

The bar has seen new additions too! My Old Pal and The Great Pretender were our favorites from the long list! Why? – My Old Pal for its espresso and caramel mixture while The Great Pretender for its tequila and color! A huge shot out to Mixologist Karthik for coming up with such amazing drinks.
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Cocktails

The music deck is one of it’s kind! They’ve an interesting choice of genre for each day and as a tribute for Sixties music, bands perform live on Sunday’s while one can relax with their special brunch spread. Overall, the Big Brewsky has gone big and innovative with Food, Beer, Drinks and Music, which attracts the crowd of Namma bengaluru.

Few more dishes to make you drool 😀
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We’d like to thank the entire team of Big Brewsky for hosting us and happy helpers who served us. We’ll definitely be back to try more of their new menu 🙂

Cost: ₹2000 for two (with alcohol).

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

Big Brewsky Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sunday Brunch at The Whitefield Arms, VR Bengaluru.

Sunday Brunch with Techies at The Whitefield Arms!

Whitefield reminds us about more traffic, chaos and tech parks, but it is the new ground for restaurant/pub alike with a new one every now and then! Our favorites being Beer Club and The Irish House, in this post we’ll be looking at our new favorite The Whitefield Arms. TWA is a part of Waverly Hotel & Residences Group, a modern English style pub in VR Bengaluru.
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The name TWA has a short story to be shared! It was the name of one of the Bungalows’ Britishers lived in. It’s built in the colonial style of architecture and has got a catchy ambiance! The chessboard flooring, a long bar with high stools, laid back sofa booths and rustic wooden benches outside gives a different vibe altogether! We were 6 of us and decided for an outdoor seating. It was a cool Sunday afternoon with drizzles outside, good light for pictures to be captured and we tucked into a wooden bench while listening to the Chef’s talks.
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Also, they had a mango festival called ”Mango Melange” which included a special mango infused menu. So ordered Mango Margarita, the classic margarita with mango, little spices to balance out the flavors, and liquid nitrogen to create a dramatic background! After the photo session, we enjoyed our drink.
Mango Margarita @ TWA

Mulligatwany Soup and TWA chips with Dal Makhani. Mulligatwany Soup tasted much like the pepper soup from Madras, but much thicker and lot tastier! TWA Chips was the best slider for beer. Crunchy fries topped with dal makhani, cheese and chopped onions.
Soup @ TWA
Chip with DM @ TWA

Non-Veg Platter was the one *just made for me* types.  An assorted collection of shrimp, chicken, lamb and fish kababs in different marinations. My favorite was the chicken preparation, also known as Barrack’s Special. Ruskin Mutton was a spicy sheekh kabab served with hung curd and mint chutney. These left a tickling sensation in my tongue!
Non-Veg Platter @ TWA
Ruskin Mutton @ TWA

Goat cheese and Caramelized Orion Tartlets was a delight to eat. Crispy caramelized onions, goat cheese, and the savory tarts altogether were a pack of happiness to munch on!  Next up was on the healthier side, Warm goat cheese with asparagus and fresh mango vinaigrette- A soft base topped with sprouts and mango salsa, stuffed with goat cheese, fresh mango vinaigrette, and asparagus dressing, was all that it took to make us go for another round!
Warm Goat Cheese @ TWA

*Crunch, Crunch* Yeah! We were crunching on the spicy taco filled with falafel and mango sprouts salad. The blending of soft falafel and the taco with mango was perfect!
Taco @ TWA

And it was time for some veggie main course – Spinach Cheese and Potato Dumplings in Saffron rice – Crispy fried dumplings stuffed with potato and spinach, dipped and served in rich tomato puree with some saffron rice left us with happy faces.
Spinach Cheese Dumplings @ TWA

Roast Lamb Shoulder was my favorite for 3 reasons – taste, presentation, and lightness. Slow cooked with saffron and spices, placed on top of saffron rice and served with mint yogurt. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the mint yogurt accompanied the dish brilliantly!
Roast Lamb Shoulder @ TWA

Wrapped up the day with some fresh Mango Pannacotta shots. The pannacotta was consistent and the sweetness was on point. Fresh mango added to the taste! Couldn’t stop with one 😛
Mango Panacotta @ TWA

Three cheers to the entire team of TWA and special thanks to the happy helpers who served us 🙂 We had a great experience!

Cost: ₹1500 for two (with alcohol).
Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

The Whitefield Arms Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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#431, Forklore Bistro: Brunch and Conversations!

Forklore, a bistro tucked away on the busy 80ft Road. Bright white and blue walls, lush green herb garden, welcoming staff, few novels, good music, great company, and amazing food is the best way to describe Forklore. A sweet home well transformed into a bistro.

The Bistro is looked up by a young couple, Tripti & Sanjay – A passionate chef and rock band artist, who prove that food and music go hand-in-hand!

We were here with a couple of friends for Sunday Brunch on invite! There’s nothing greater than a conversation with like-minded folks! We spoke for more than 4hours, the food got us stuck to our chairs 😀

Well, we started off with Fruity Booty, in-house Sangria which can get anyone going for a second glass. A non-traditional smooth drink with hints of fruits in each sip! The fruity juice pack flavors while balancing out the wine. And not to forget one of our bloggers replaced her water glass with Sangria! Would you fancy this booty?

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As we indulged in sangria, Egg and Mushroom Pies were served. A puff and crispy base topped with sunny-side-up egg, herbs, and caramelized onions left us to drool. Mushroom Pie was topped with generous amount of spicy mushroom and mayonnaise. Chai loved the Egg pie while the others loved Mushroom pie!

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Salads are something which doesn’t amaze us, but the watermelon and feta salad proved it wrong! A plate full of in-house grown herbs, topped with chunks of watermelon, balsamic vinegar, hints of honey and the sourness from the cream made this salad a great one.

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On the same note, next up was Chicken and Smoked Sausage Salad topped with lettuce, olives, onions and garlic vinaigrette. This again proved me wrong, and makes me wonder how a salad could taste so good!

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Pancakes are something that’s always been just a dessert for us and Forklore has taken it to next level with fillings in it. A sweet and savory dish, stuffed either with Maple Bacon or Carrot-Spring Onion topped with sour cream, leaves you wondering how a dish can be worked on to give a new taste!

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Steak is a common dish but barely prepared right in most of the places. Without much expectations, we tried Chicken Steak (with Lemon Butter Sauce), Lamb steak (with BBQ Sauce and Creamy Mushroom) with mashed potatoes. The chicken was perfectly cooked, went so good with mashed potatoes but Lamb could’ve been a little better.

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Lamb Pizza (with Harrisa Sauce) is when things got cheesier! Thin crust, tangy-spicy sauce, generous cheese topping just melted my heart. This is Nav’s fav pizza from the list he has tried!

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Hawaiian Pizza caught my eyes! The thin crust lavishly topped with melting cheese, colorful bell peppers, olives, a layer of tomato sauce with hints of garlic flavor, baby corn and slices of pineapple.

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Monk in the middle, must try dessert if you love chocolate. Layers of melting dark chocolate with hints of rum flavor. Strawberry Fields Forever was our favorite dessert. A bowl of yogurt filled with fresh strawberries and crunchy bits of walnut added to the taste.

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The waiters were a little off in terms of menu knowledge and nevertheless, the service went on well. Three cheers to Chef Tripti and Mr. Sanjay who is the man behind her 🙂 We enjoyed your playlist, sir. Thank you.

Prices are on a little higher end, but definitely worth the try. Highly recommended 🙂

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

 

Forklore Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato