Bhat Hotel Peenya Industrial Area Bangalore

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food ’ Anthony Bourdain’s most famous quote sums up what to expect at Hotel Gurukripa popularly known as  Bhat Hotel – simple and good vegetarian food from breakfast to lunch to evening bites to dinner.

Located in the industrial area of Peenya,  Bhat’s Hotel is synonymous to home for patrons (from machine-shop guys to the VP Marketing, C-suite brass) who frequent this place for at-least 2 meals a day. The place is crowded throughout the day and yet somehow (call it experience or people management or quick service) it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to find a table even during peak lunch-hour.

Jamoon with ice-cream and chopped bananas:

Hot jamoon and cold vanilla ice-cream with banana slices marinated in the vanilla-essence sugar solution of the jamoon – Trust-me you will finish at-least 2 of them (even on a full-stomach :P)

Jamoon with icecream at Bhat Hotel Peenya Industrial Area Bangalore

Delicious Jamoon with bananas in Vanilla essence syrup :)

Pongal & Lemon Rice:

Pongal (combination of rice + dal + spices) and lemon rice dominate the lunch-orders (tastes delicious + served quick)

Pongal and Lemon Rice at Bhat Hotel Peenya Industrial Area Bangalore

Rice never tasted so good !!

Sangeeta Snack:

We never ordered this actually – but the owner insisted to try this one (their own ‘food symphony – Sangeeta‘ a tribute to the 7 musical notes encompassing 7 types of flavors from the ingredients) – this is the perfect snack to gorge on during that evening spell of rain with filter coffee.

Mixture snack with spices at Bhat Hotel Peenya Industrial area, Bangalore

7 Flavors that delight the taste buds!!

Kesari Bath:

Pineapple-chunks elevate the taste of this popular-south-Indian sweet – yumm!!

Kesari Bath at Bhat Hotel Peenya Industrial Area Bangalore

Kesari Bath with Pineapple!!

Useful Information:

Hotel GuruKripa or popularly known as  Bhat Hotel in Peenya Industrial Area Bangalore

Bhat Hotel or Bhat Canteen or Hotel Gurukripa – Peenya Industrial Area


Mysore Pak Hotel Ramanagara

A typical south-Indian breakfast ends with filter coffee or tea, the one at Janardhana Hotel in Ramanagara ends with a ‘Mysore Pak’ – locals, hotel staff, regular patrons belovedly  call it the ‘Mysore Pak Hotel’.

About Hotel Shri Janardhan :

Located inside Ramanagara, a bustling town on the way to Mysore from Bangalore is popular among rock-climbers and wildlife enthusiasts – Hotel Shri Janardhan has been serving delicious food (breakfast + lunch + dinner) since 1926 – but its claim to fame has been ‘Mysore Pak’ and ‘Badam Halwa’.

Masala Dosa:

Crispy and roasted in ghee, the ‘red chutney’ smeared on the inside is what builds the flavor to the dosa  – I love it!!

The sambar can be skipped – its the regular chutney that tastes yumm.

Masala Dosa at Hotel Shri Janardhan or Mysore Pak Hotel at Ramanagara Karnataka

Delicious Masala Dosa :)

Mysore Pak:

I m not a fan of ‘mysore pak’, but this one got me hooked!! – it’s the ghee that makes it so delicious  – this is the ‘supreme form of mysore pak’ , I doubt it can get better .

Mysore Pak at Hotel Shri Janardhan or Mysore Pak Hotel at Ramanagara Karnataka

Mysore Pak – I bet you cant just eat one :D

Badam Halwa:

Loaded with badam pieces and generous amounts of kowa and ghee – a single cup will keep your sweet pangs in control for atleast a week – absolutely delicious!!

Tip: Avoid ordering multiple breakfast items – save space to gorge on the super filling and rich ‘mysore pak’ or ‘badam halwa’ or ‘jamoons’  :P

Hotel Shri Janardhan or Mysore Pak Hotel at Ramanagara, Off Mysore Road Karnataka

Mysore Pak Hotel – Ramanagara

Useful Information:

– Location: Janardhan Hotel Ramanagara Town (off Mysore Road), Karnataka

– Timings: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (Dosas are available till 1130 am and resume from 4 pm onwards)

– Closed on Thursday

– Cash-only , no cards are accepted

– Parking: No dedicated parking

Town Canteen Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is known for mountains, coffee, wildlife, rallying and Malnad cuisine such as ‘neer dosas’, ‘kai kadubu’, ‘akki rotti’ , ‘chicken curry’, ‘biryani’  etc; relatively less know is this small-place churning out delicious benne masala dosas and jamoons.

Town Canteen, located in the heart of Chikmagalur town has been serving South-Indian breakfast delights since the 1960s.

Back in the 1960s they used to cook the food elsewhere and serve them underneath a tree, as their business grew – they shifted to the current place on Rathnagiri road (close to SH57 Vijayapura)

Benne (Butter) Masala Dosa:

Crispy and laden with butter, this is on-par with some of the best masala dosas I have tasted till date (so close to the CTR masala dosas in Bangalore) and the chutney just elevates the dosa experience.

Benne Masala Dosa at Town Canteen Chikmagalur

Crispy Delight :)


‘No one can eat just one’ :P – I bet you will have at-least have 3 or 4 – easily the best jamoons I have tasted till date.

Jamoon at Town Canteen Chikmagalur

Best Jamoons in Chikmagalur :)

Filter Coffee:

Chikmagalur is the home of coffee – no wonder they serve the best.

Filter Coffee at Town Canteen Chikmagalur

Filter Kappi at its best :)

PS: I tried other stuff such as curd vada, kesari bath, bisi bele bath etc – but they turned out to be ok.

Useful Information:

Filter Coffee at Town Canteen Chikmagalur

Perfect Weekend – Motorcycling with delicious breakfast :)

Must Try Mango Delights in Bangalore

I am yet to come across a person who doesn’t love mangoes, people across all age groups wait with bated breath on when the King of fruits will hit the markets, making it the most awaited fruit in the year.

Being a mango lover, here is my pick of must-try fresh mango-based foods in my city:

1) Fresh Mangoes with Vanilla Ice-cream

‘Simple is delicious’ – there is nothing that beats this combination – freshly chopped mangoes with vanilla icecream, absolutely yumm!!!

Where: Corner House Ice-creams across all outlets in Bangalore

Fresh Mangoes with Vanilla Ice cream at Corner House Bangalore

Fresh Mangoes with Vanilla Ice cream – Simplicity Rocks!!

2) Puri with Aamras

A typical Maharashtrian breakfast delight – puris taste even better with Aamras (flavored mango pulp with milk)

Where: Rajavardhan Foods, Jayanagar 9th block, Bangalore

Open from: 10 am to 10 pm

Locate on Google Maps

Puri with Aamras at Rajavardhan Foods Bangalore

Puri with Aamras – Next best to Shrikhand :P

3) Raw Mango Masala with Corn

This will bring all the taste buds to life – raw mangoes + assortment of spices + sweet corn cooked in charcoal.

Don’t forgot to ask for double masala and extra lime :D

Where: VV Puram Food Street, Basavanagudi

Mango and corn masala - VV Puram food street Bangalore

Mango and Corn Masala – sets the taste buds into frenzy!!!

4) Mango Milk Shake

Who says a fruit-juice cannot replace a dessert – a mango milk shake made of fresh mangoes can resurrect anyone :P

Where: Sri Ganesha Fruit Juice Center across all outlets in Bangalore

Fresh Mango Milkshake at Sree Ganesha Fruit Juice Bangalore

Fresh Mango Milkshake – Delicious is an understatement :)


The above delights should last till June-end– time for tango with mango!!

An interesting trivia for motorcyclists is the famous true story of how Harley Davidson used mangoes to enter the motorcycle market in India in 2010.


Hail the King of Fruits!!

Unique Pani Puri Places in Bangalore

For any foodie , pani puri aka golgappa aka puchka and the various other names this delightful thing is known as has become synonymous with ‘Street Food’.

Here is my attempt to discover ‘the pani puri with a twist’ in my beloved city – the ones featured here are purely on the basis on their ‘hatke’ nature – price and taste take a secondary stand.

1) Coconut Water Pani Puri

At Thengu Mane in Rajajinagar, they serve Pani puris with pani made out of coconut water – brilliant idea!!

Taste: Made out of coconut water – the pani does lack the ‘punch’ of a traditional one.

(PS: When you visit this place – don’t miss their coconut milk-based fruit shakes , they are absolutely yumm)

Google Maps Location: Thengu Mane Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Coconut water-based pani puri at Thengu Mane Rajajinagar Bangalore

Coconut Water-based Pani Puri

2) Golgappa with Vodka

Easily the most expensive golgappas I have tasted – at Punjabi By Nature in Koramangala, they serve golgappas with vodka in 4 different flavors – aampanna or jaljeera or tamarind or pepper.

Taste: I will stick to the ‘sober’ pani puris :P

Google Maps Location: Punjabi by Nature Koramangala, Bangalore

Vodka Golgoppas at Punjabi by Nature Koramangala Bangalore

Vodka Golgappas!!

3) Golgappas at Chaatimes

For the hygiene-conscious or the street-food deterrent – this is ‘The Golgappa’ to have.

When you visit Chaatimes – ask for golgappa (the puri is made of sooji/rava – makes such a huge difference in taste) and not a regular pani puri.

Taste: Delicious

Google Maps Location: Chaatimes, Basavangudi, Bangalore

Golgappas at Chaatimes Basavanagudi Bangalore

Golgappas at Chaatimes

4) Floating Pani Puri

It’s the vice-versa of a traditional pani puri – here the pani is poured over the puri laced with masala and stuffing – really cool :D

Taste: Delicious

Google Maps Location: Om Shiva Shakti Chats, East Anjenaya Street (behind Bugle Rock), Basavangudi, Bangalore

Floating Pani Puri at Om Shiva Shakti Chats Centre Basavangudi Bangalore

Floating Pani Puri!!

Living with a KTM Duke 390

After the resounding success of the Pulsar generation, Bajaj (having acquired a major stake in Austrian-manufacturer KTM) upped the game of affordable performance-motorcycling in India with the launch of the KTM Duke series – the Duke 390 being the most powerful naked motorcycle available in India from the KTM stable.

Having owned a Duke 390 for about 4 months now – here is my ownership experience which is mainly to help you guys to decide if this is/isn’t the motorcycle you wanna live with.

City Commute:

I found the riding to be manageable (Courtesy: wide handlebars + a close-ratio gearing on the first 3 gears) UNTIL I rode the Duke 200 – Such a delight to putter around the city traffic (closed-ratio gearbox + a more-at-ease engine) made all the difference.

Pillion Comfort – Doesn’t exist

This is an ‘out-and-out’ rider’s motorcycle – the pillion grab-rail is useless against the ferocious power + the tight/narrow seat makes things a far cry for the pillion.


I don’t know – The ABS on the Duke 390 is confusing at times – it kicks-in when you don’t want, doesn’t when you actually want – weird…


The highways showcase an entire different side of this motorcycle –  such a delight to ride, those gearshifts at 7,000 rpm are so liberating , the right amount of power  to entice the senses and not to scare the living daylights out of the rider!!

Riding in the twisties, the foot-pegs scrape the tarmac as opposed to the under cowls (unlike in the RC series).

Luggage Options:

Couple of them in the market (Doughnuts + saddle bags + seat/tail –pack etc) – I personally use the Kriega US-series, that worked like a charm on my R1.

Tank Range:

A good 200 to 220 kms for a full-tank (the highest I pushed too was up-to 257 kms which I don’t recommend at all) – which is reasonable and a welcome/mandatory break for the rider from the aggressive riding that requires high levels of concentration.

KTM Duke 390 Ownership Experience/Review in India.

Loving it!!

Things I love on the Duke 390:

  • Intoxicating Mill – my goodness!! The power band is so crisp and in the right places – the usable rev range from 3,000 to 8,000 rpm is absolutely brilliant
  • Metzeler Tires – They channelize with brilliance all the hoot from the engine onto the tarmac – in-fact I rode a friend’s 390 that had Michelins and clearly – 40% of this motorcycle’s character comes  from the Metzelers  (take them off and you have a hooligan that’s tough to keep on the road) – Expensive, but I can never imagine any other tire that would do the job
  • USD Front Suspension – USD from WP, cant ask for more on a 2 lakh motorcycle!! – just love the way the suspension behaves under braking

Such a bummer:

  • Snatchy Throttle with blind spots (especially between 3 to 4k rpm – its so annoying when you downshift and hit this rpm band, the motorcycle goes all jerky)
  • Jarring Plastic Noise/Vibrations from the tank and headlight/display console
  • Pathetic Mirrors (Riding jacket +pillion limits the complete visibility) rendering them useless
  • Rain-Water Spills on the backpack in-spite of the hugger
  • It just doesn’t start/crank sometimes (noticed this especially at a traffic light with an empty road in the horizon :P)

Having said all this – the Duke 390 brings up a ‘smile every-time I crack the throttle open‘ without the hassles of expensive spares or their availability or steep cost of ownership or the lack of premium fuel (unlike the bigger capacity versions) and  that encapsulates what this motorcycle was built for – AN EASY-ON-THE-POCKET ROCKET!!

Indian Paratha Company Devanahalli

A standalone dedicated place serving only parathas is hard to come by on the highways in South India – Indian Paratha Company is the first.

Veg parathas + chai + a beautiful piece road leading to the place are good enough to entice the motorcyclists – so around 12 hungry motorcycling pals descended to this place – occasion being the last bachelor ride of a dear friend.

Based on what we tried, I recommend:

Mooli Paratha and Ginger Chai:

This was a real surprise, I am not a fan of Mooli parathas in South India (somehow it just doesn’t taste as good as they do up-north) – but the ones here were good and tasted much better than the popular aloo parathas.

The Sidekicks – Achar + green chutney were lip-smackingly delicious!! (no-wonder they are charged extra :P)

The Ginger tea is a perfect companion on a cold-morning ride :)

Mooli Paratha and Ginger-Tea at Indian Paratha Company, Devanahalli

Mooli Paratha & Ginger Tea – Must Try!!


A base made of paratha-dough (akin to the pizza-base) and the stuffings laid-out on top (akin to pizza toppings) – voila, parathzza !!

Chettinad Parathzza at Indian Paratha Company near Nandi Hills

Chettinad Parathzza

Good to know:

  • Parking for cars/motorcycles is on the service-road, no dedicated parking
  • Eating outdoors is best enjoyed till 9 to 9:30 am and from 5 pm onwards (highly recommended to avoid other times of the day)
  • Food is on the expensive side ( An average of 70 to 100/plate of paratha – which is 4 slices)
  • Veg-food only
  • Milkshakes , inspite being on the menu werent available
  • Lots of space to sit, hang-out, relax and eat at your own pace (unlike some places where the next group of people are breathing down your neck to vacate the table)
  • Cards Accepted
  • Timings: 7 am to 11 pm all days (although I recommend to reach after 730 am )
Indian Paratha Company near Nandi Hills

Indian Paratha Company on AH43/NH7


This place is after the Bengaluru International Airport (on the highway –NH7/AH43) before the deviation to Nandi Hills

Google Maps Location