Erappana Lingayat Khanavali Dandeli

Dandeli has been a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts and river-rafting aficionados, relatively unheard-of is its rich-lineage of food-joints locally referred as ‘Khanavalis’ serving North Karnataka food.

A Khanavali is a family-run eatery run mostly by Lingayats that serve authentic vegetarian North Karnataka food consisting of jowar rotis, a few salads, fresh fenugreek leaf salad, chutney pudi (powder) made from green and red chillies, lentil dishes followed by rice with rasam, curd and dessert.

Jowar Roti Meals at Erappana Lingayat Khanavali Dandeli

A Typical North Karnataka Meal  :)

Erappana Lingayat Khanavali is the best place to taste authentic north Karnataka food in Dandeli. They only serve only jowar-roti meals and is run by Erappana’s family since the 1970s.

Erappana Lingayat Khanavali Dandeli

Erappana Lingayat Khanavali – Humble abode to delicious food:)

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 1130 am to 3 pm and 7 30pm to 9 30pm (open all days)
  • Footwear should be removed before dining, as the food is being served in the house
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • No dedicated parking for cars (motorcycles can be parked outside the khanavali)
  • Location: Erappana Lingayat Khanavali, Opposite Naregal Petrol Pump, Patel Circle Dandeli
  • There is no board displaying the name of the khanavali, ask any of the shops and they will guide you – Its on the main road, so easy to locate.
Shimoga to Dandeli- Touring on the Triumph Daytona 675R

Twists, Turns and Smiles:) En-route to Dandeli via Shimoga

Sri Raghavendra Stores Malleshwaram Bangalore

One of my fond memories during my engineering days at MSRIT, Bangalore was belting ‘Station Idly-Vada’ after college at Sri Raghavendra Stores – in fact couple of my friends have spent more time here than in the engineering labs😛

Sri Raghavendra Stores, a modest little place outside the Malleshwaram Railway Station has been serving baby-soft idlys, crispy vadas and delicious chow chow bath (combination of kesari bath and khara bath) and shavige bath (south-Indian version of rice noodles) since 1970’s completing the holy-trinity of south-Indian breakfast places in Malleshwaram with CTR and Veena Stores.

The menu has only 6 items – Idly Vada, Shavige Bath, Chow Chow Bath, Coffee, Tea and Kashaya (a herbal drink, which is a concoction of aromatic spices – the healthy substitute to tea/coffee) and everything served here are absolutely delicious:)

Chow Chow Bath:

Yes, you don’t get them separately😛  In-fact this is their most sold item on the menu followed by Idly Vada.

Chow Chow Bath (Kesari Bath + Khara Bath) at Sri Raghavendra Stores Malleshwaram, Bangalore

Yin and Yang Deliciousness:)

Idly Vada:

Soft-idlis that melt once they hit your mouth and the hot-crispy vada with the chutney makes it complete. Don’t forget to ask for extra butter while ordering the Idly-Vada, the taste is worth the calories😀

The coffee is ok, not great, but perfect to wash down the food.

Idly Vada at Sri Raghavendra Stores Malleshwaram, Bangalore

One of the best Idly Vada in Bangalore:)

Useful Information:

  • Only Chutney is served – No Sambar (You will be banished if you ask for sambar)
  • Self Service: no dedicated place to sit and eat
  • Cash only , no cards are accepted
  • Timings 6am to 11am and 4pm to 9pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Prepaid Food system and they parcel as well
  • Location:  Sri Raghavendra Stores, near Malleshwaram Railway Station, Bangalore

Amit Tea Corner Domlur Bangalore

Amit Tea Corner is not the typical corner chai-shop that serves tea in mini plastic cups out of a flask, although it definitely looks like one. In addition to the fresh-brewed ginger tea, they serve an array of fresh foods ranging from home-made samosas (onion and potato-based), bread omlette, bread pakora, puri sabji and even full-blown mid-day meals.

Ginger Tea & Onion Samosas:

Amit, the owner of the shop has nailed the method to prepare Ginger-flavored milk tea with the right balance of the ingredients, he says it’s the way it’s prepared that brings out the best flavor in addition to the proportion of the ingredients.

Samosas, the perfect complement to tea. All the samosas served are made fresh at the shop and not delivered by a 3rd-party vendor. I prefer the onion samosa over the aloo (potato-based) samosa purely because of the crunchiness.

Ginger Tea with Onion Samosas at Amit Tea Corner Domlur Bengaluru

Ginger Tea and Onion Samosas – The best evening snack :)

Stuffed Bread Pakora:

Another favorite snack with tea, its bread stuffed with mashed potatoes, dipped in besan and deep-fried – served with tomato ketchup, freshly-made pudina chutney and chillies – best relished on rainy days:)

Bread Pakora at Amit Tea Corner Domlur Bengaluru

Bread Pakora – for the rainy days !!

Bread Omlette:

My anytime meal-snack – I love it !!

Bread Omlette with ginger tea at at Amit Tea Corner Domlur Bengaluru

Bread Omlette !!

Vada Pav:

Its not the authentic Maharashtrian vada-pav, but tastes good – the pudina chuntey smeared inside the pav and the green chillies pack the punch.

Vada Pav at Amit Tea Corner in Domlur Bangalore

Vada Pav

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 8 am to 10 pm (open all days)
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • Location: Amit Tea Corner, Domlur (Opposite Domlur Post Office) Bengaluru
  • No place to sit – stand and sip the tea
  • No dedicated car or motorcycle parking (lot of by-lanes to park nonetheless)

Most of the customers smoke and drink tea, one can avoid the passive smoking by savoring the tea at the opposite end of the shop. If you are looking for a quick-snack over a delicious cup of tea and indifferent to the ambiance, Amit Tea Corner will not disappoint you.

Meenakshi Bhavan Shimoga

The joy of discovering simple, hygienic and delicious food while travelling is unparalleled. Meenakshi Bhavan, a quaint wood log restaurant has been serving delicious vegetarian south-Indian breakfast and lunch for over 80 years.

Started by Mr. Srinivas Iyer in the 1930s – now run by his son, Meenakshi Bhavan has turned into a household name in Shimoga for dosas, paddu (a dish made by steaming batter similar to idli or dosa in a hollow-mould) and kadabu idly.

Masala Dosa

Their most popular item on the menu –crispy masala dosa and the stuffed potato bhaji with chutney are lip-smacking.

Masala Dosa at Meenakshi Bhavan Shivamogga

Delicious Dosa !!

Kadabu Idly

Soft and delicious steamed idly complemented by traditional south-Canara chutney and sambar.

Kadabu Idly at Meenakshi Bhavan Shivamogga

Kadabu Idly – As soft as they get:)

Paddu

A common breakfast item across Karnataka, made with the dosa batter with spices, veggies – paddu is also know by different names such as  paniyaram, appe, guliappa, gulittu, gundponglu etc

Paddu at Meenakshi Bhavan Shivamogga

Paddu aka Guliappa aka Paniyaram

Chilled Horlicks

Horlicks + milk + sugar all come together and served chilled – fantastic way to beat the summer with nourishment😀 (Note to all the moms who have a tough time feeding healthy drinks to their kids :P)

Meenakshi Bhavan Shivamogga

Meenakshi Bhavan

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 7 am to 8 pm (All days of the week)
  • Breakfast : 7 am to 12 pm and 430 pm to 8 pm (Meals are served only during the noon)
  • Cash only
  • Parking – Yes (lot of by lanes to park the cars)
  • Location (Google maps link) –  Meenakshi Bhavan, BH Road, Tank Mohalla, Shivamogga

Upstairs Fort Kochi

Delicious Italian food, soulful live guitar and majestic views of Santa Cruz Basilica all come together at Upstairs, a restaurant serving authentic Italian food in the bustling lanes of Fort Kochi.

Started by Fabio Battistetti in 2008, Upstairs serves dishes from Milan and Northern Italy so brace-up to find terms such as ‘Guazzetto’, ‘Schiaciatta’, ‘Involtini’, ‘Affogato’ etc. etc. in the menu – so do not hesitate to ask what they mean while ordering and they happily oblige:)

Here is a brief guide to the Italian meal structure in order to come-to terms with the menu😛

  • Aperitif – drinks typically alcoholic such as vermouth, champagne, gin etc served before a meal
  • Antipasto (Plural: Antipasti) – The Appetizer or before the meal
  • Insalate – Salads/Greens are referred as ‘Insalate’ (Typically they are a sub-set of the Antipasti menu)
  • Primo – known as the ‘first course’ includes food such as pastas, pizzas, risotto, gnocchi (thick soft dough dumplings)
  • Secondi – the ‘second course’ aka ‘main course’ aka ‘meat course’ of the meal usually fish or meat (mutton, beef, chicken)
  • Dolce – translates to ‘sweet’ or ‘Dessert course’ of the meal
  • Digestif – consumed at the end of the meal to aid digestion such as smooth whiskies like bourbon, port, sherry etc and liqueur

We were full so couldn’t cover the entire range of dishes and went with the usual suspects (pizzas & pastas).

Onion, Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza:

Its very hard to go wrong with a 3-topping thin-crust pizza which is laced with cheese and tomato-based sauce – simply delicious!!

Onion Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza at Upstairs Fort Kochi

Onion Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza

Tomato and Fresh Basil Spaghetti:

Simple flavors come together to create magic – one of the most delicious veg pastas I have tasted!!

Tomato and Basil Pasta at Upstairs Fort Kochi

Tomato and Basil Pasta – Delicious:)

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm (All days of the week)
  • No alcohol
  • Cash only, cards seldom work in most cafes at Fort Kochi
  • Live Music in the evenings only
  • Ask for the Day’s Special (its usually not on the menu)
  • Pricey place , but absolutely worth the taste
  • Location (Google maps link) –  Upstairs Fort Kochi

Baker’s Cafe Gangtok Sikkim

There is something about food in mountain cafes, simplest of food tastes so better – must be the mountain air and water. Baker’s Café is one of the oldest and most popular cafes to eat in Gangtok, famous for pastas, muffins and pastries.

Black Forest Pastry:

It has to be the fresh cream whipped in mountain air that makes the difference – absolutely delicious:)

Black Forest Pastry at Baker's Cafe Gangtok

The best Black Forest Pastry in Gangtok !!

Hazelnut Latte and Penne Olio-e-Aglio Pasta:

The hazelnut latte has to be the coffee to sip on in Gangtok and the Olio-e-Aglio pasta, modified to suit the Indian palate complimented the latte very well.

Hazelnut Latte with Penne Olio-e-Aglio Pasta at Baker's Cafe Gangtok

Hazelnut Latte and Penne Olio-e-Aglio – complements perfectly!!

Muffins:

We tried an assortment of muffins and my personal favorite is the blueberry-muffin, unfortunately the chocolate-muffin didn’t live up to its delicious-looks. The Apple crumble was a disappointment😦

Assorted-Muffins with Apple Crumble at Baker's Cafe Gangtok

Muffins:)

Spaghetti with Mushroom Veg Pasta:

The pasta sauce with mushrooms was delicious, however the spaghetti was cooked without the salt, so it was a bit of a bummer!!

Spaghetti with Red Sauce and Mushroom at Baker's Cafe Gangtok

Spaghetti with Red Sauce and Mushroom – Veg

Useful Information:

  • Timings 8 am to 8 pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Location: Baker’s Cafe Mahatma Gandhi Marg Gangtok, Sikkim
  • Contact Number: 03592 220 195
  • No dedicated parking for motorcycles in MG Marg (it’s a no-vehicle zone)
  • Mode of Payment: stick to cash, cards sometimes don’t work

If you are in Gangtok and craving for some pastries, Baker’s Café wont disappoint you:)

Moto Store and Cafe Ulsoor Bangalore

Food tastes better when you eat it with fellow motorcyclists ‘ – With the increasing number of people taking up motorcycling in India, motorcycle-themed cafes have become the ideal hangout for motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs to host their members.

Moto Store and Cafe was started in 2015 by fellow motorcyclists Nakul, Abhijith, Vishal and Aashish. They sell a full-range of motorcycle gear and accessories store along with a cafe serving delicious pizzas, nibbles and coffee.

Margarita Pizza

Simple flavors (tomato + cheese) come together on a wheat-based thin crust pizza base to make this delicious pizza – an absolute must try!!

Margarita Pizza at Moto Store and Cafe Bangalore

Healthiest Margarita in town !!

Curd Crunchy Roll

A beautiful assortment of soft center made of curd with spices, chilies wrapped in a deep fried crunchy outer cocoon with rich mayo and mint chutney – slurrrrp!!

Crispy Crunch Curd Rolls at Moto Store and Cafe Bangalore

Crispy Crunch Curd Rolls – Delicious!!

Veg Exotica Pizza

A delicious wheat-base pizza with exotic veggies such as olives, bell pepper and jalapenos.

Veg Exotica Pizaa at Moto Store and Cafe Bangalore

Veg Exotica Pizza

Nachos with Salsa

The perfect snack for those hours and hours of talk with fellow motorcyclists.

Nachos with Salsa at Moto Store and Cafe Bangalore

Nachos with Salsa – the perfect snack during a MotoGP race!!

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
  • Pet Friendly & No Liquor
  • Smoking Allowed (Separate section for smoking)
  • Ample parking for motorcycles (Psst! – I wish you guys would wash and detail the motorcycles while we relish the food upstairs)
  • Mode of payment: Cash and Cards [They even accept credit (motorcycles) :P]
  • Only Veg food

PS: They are soon launching ‘Moto Breakfast‘ – an easy to carry breakfast for motorcyclists for those weekend getaway rides  :)

Delicious nibbles to munch and great place to meet fellow motorcyclists – A perfect place to watch MotoGP over weekend with buddies!!