Established in 1988 by Mr.Bedi Kizilkaya, Turkish Central Restaurant on Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street serves delicious fare of Turkish, Arabic and Mediterranean food.
From Appetizers such as assorted Mezze platter, hummus, salads, French fries etc to main course grills, Turkish breads, shawarma sandwiches, shawarma meals, BBQ with rice, Pies (Fatayar), fresh fruit juices and even sweets like Kunafa – they have them all and they make them absolutely good!!
Fret not if you are a Vegetarian – their assortment of breads (Turkish breads, tomato bread etc), hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush, olive salad taste supreme over the non-vegetarian fare.
Loaded with grilled shawarma, pickled veggies, tomato breads, lots of French fries – their plate chicken shawarma meal tastes brilliant and even the smallest portion seemed daunting (after gorging on the Turkish breads and hummus – slurp!!)
Mixed Appetiser: a vegetarian platter containing 6 different types of Arabic mezze such as hummus, Olive salad, baba ghanoush, garlic sauce, chilli salad, filtered yoghurt etc [the best accomplice to eat with meat/Turkish breads/French fries]
Plate Chicken Shawarma Meal: this is the best shawarma I have tasted so far!
Fresh Fruit Juices: Mango, Strawberry, Watermelon, Kiwi etc – they have at-least 10-15 types of fruit juices
Kunafa: cheese kunafa is delicious – perfect sweet to finish the meal 🙂
Garlic mayo or Garlic sauce : this dip used to be complimentary, but now they charge extra (best dip to eat – don’t miss to order)
Hummus: smooth and flavourful
Olive Salad: a simple salad made of green olives- brilliant !
Ambiance: Basic, fully air-conditioned restaurant
Separate section for family
Family, kids friendly + best visited in a group
Complimentary Bread basket: With every order, a bread basket containing Turkish bread, Tomato bread etc is served – which is absolutely delicious, we gorged on this and later had to parcel most of the main course 😀
Bukhari Rice: If you are an Indian, don’t order, since the Bukhari rice is non spicy and tastes flat (the Turkish, Arabic breads beat the rice in taste)
Expect a waiting time outside the restaurant, don’t get worked up by the queue, the food is worth the wait 🙂
Avoid Thursday evening/night – it gets very crowded and waiting times kinda become infinite
Food Service is quick, Don’t hang around, be considerate of the people waiting outside to eat
Cars and motorcycles: no dedicated parking place + No valet parking + finding parking on the road is tough
Recommend to park them near Al Mirqab Mall and walk to the restaurant
Service options: Dine-in, Delivery and takeaway
Wheelchair accessible parking: NO
Payment: cash and cards (credit and debit)
Timings: Open all days of the week – 11am to 1:30am
Toilet: Present, separate for men and women
Location: Turkish Central Restaurant, Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, Doha [Google Maps Link]
Turkish Central Restaurant is the beacon of fresh, delicious, value-for-money Turkish, Arabic, Mediterranean food in Doha.
Bring your best appetite to eat, get as many friends/family to share the meal 🙂
Kumta is a bustling town surrounded by Arabian Sea on the west and Aghanashini river to the north that ultimately meets the sea – creating a triple ecosystem of sea, freshwater and estuarine fishes to savour 😀 While I haven’t encountered a “bad” (read NOT FRESH) seafood in Kumta, one seafood restaurant stood out.
Utsav Hotel, Kumbeshwar temple road, Kumta Popular among locals, Utsav Hotel is a small, no-frill restaurant serving delicious fare of Mangalorean-style seafood at very economical prices. A fish thali costs INR 70 !!
Must eat: Fish Thali, chicken ghee roast, Anjal masala fry, prawns fry
Ambiance: non-AC, family and kids friendly
Parking: no dedicated parking space for cars and motorcycles (motorcycles can be parked in front of the hotel, not possible for cars)
Mode of payment: Cash, UPI
No toilet for men and women
No soft drinks are available
Timings: 11:30am to 3:30pm and 7pm to 10pm (open all days of the week)
JK Fishland is an obscure small restaurant in Yediyur Jayanagar, but once you taste their Konkani-Mangalorean style of sea food – you would think twice of taking that “Mangalore food-trip” to satisfy the seafood craving.
Started 12 years ago, JK Fishland looks like a typical south-Indian darshini shod with steel chairs, cash-counter at the entrance and huge images of food-items over the open-kitchen counter. But looks are deceptive, their seafood curries, fry and fish meals are lip-smacking and outdo the distinguished veterans such as Hotel Fishland, Kudla, Mangalore Pearl etc – in taste and price.
Fish meals: thali containing boiled rice/white rice, 1 Neer dosa, 1 Bangda rava fry, fish curry, palya/subzi, chutney, buttermilk and a shot of rasam – all this for INR 90 only!!
Prawns ghee roast: this is master-class!! The best in Karnataka!!
Chicken ghee roast: the same ghee roast masala but with cooked boneless chicken (if one of allergic to shell-based fish – this is the best alternative)
Neer dose (1 plate contains 4 Neer dosas)
Sole fish masala fry
Anjal fish masala fry
Prawns rava fry: while the fry is delicious, the accompanying green chutney is the perfect side-kick
They serve soft drinks – such a meal is incomplete without them 😀
Buttermilk: can be ordered separately, best drink to calm a spicy meal!!
Seating is limited to 20-25 ppl at once (total of about 5/6 tables only)
Avoid weekends and peak lunch-time – it gets crowded (be an early bird and reach at 12pm/12:30pm for a more relaxed dining experience)
Taste of fish curry is way better than chicken curry
Ambiance: non-AC, family and kids friendly
Wheelchair access to restaurant: Yes, but the dining area is very small
Wheelchair access to toilet: No
Toilets: No toilets are present at the hotel for men and women
Cars: no dedicated parking or valet parking (lots of by-lanes around the restaurant to park)
Motorcycles: no dedicated parking – one can park on the main road of the restaurant
Mode of payment: cash, UPI and cards (debit and credit) are accepted
Desserts: not available – there are lots of ice-cream and pastry shops in Jayanagar
For the Vegetarian: best to avoid – their entire menu is seafood and chicken only
Your search for the most authentic and delicious fare of vegetarian-only punjabi kababs and lassi in Bengaluru ENDS HERE.
Located in Kumara park west, Sheshadripuram, Patiala Lassi is an easy-to-miss restaurant with its deceiving looks as a regular “milk-and-curd shop” (they do sell them :D) offering lip-smacking punjabi BBQ starters across paneer, mushroom, broccoli, soya chaap, pineapple, snacks like aloo tikki, chole kulcha and different types of lassis – regular, dry fruit-based and fruit-based lassi.
Choose the veggie and the seasoning for the BBQ amongst: Achari (most spicy), Hariyali (medium-spicy) and Malai (cream-based, least spicy).
Soya chaap : The best soya chaap in Bengaluru and rest of south India. Tastes so good, it’s even better than some of its counterparts up north and in Delhi [Dont miss – achari soya chaap and malai soya chaap]
Achari paneer tikka: soft, melt-in-the-mouth fresh paneer, marinated in achari-masala and BBQ’d on charcoal – beats all the paneer starters in Bengaluru
Aloo tikki: the perfect fusion of fried aloo tikki, curd and mix-mash of achari, imli, chaat masala – this one is for the curd-lover!!
Lassi: hands-down the most rich, delicious lassi in Bengaluru. While they offer close to 7-10 varieties of lassi, my personal favourites are khova lassi, dry-fruit lassi, sweet lassi
Malai mushroom tikka: mushroom and cream-based seasoning is a match made in heaven – absolute deliciousness!!
Patiala Lassi has 2 outlets in Bengaluru – Sheshadripuram and Sanjaynagar
Offers dine-in (no seating, only standing) and delivery (via popular food delivery partners)
Avoid standing “very-close” to the BBQ grill, since the ash from the charcoal tend to fly and settle on the food
They sell paneer, khova, curd etc by weight (highly recommend to buy the paneer, it’s super fresh, but slightly expensive than branded ones)
Chole Kulcha: I didn’t like the taste, while the Kulcha was soft and good, the chole lacked flavour 😦
Pineapple BBQ: while this is not available on the menu and on a regular basis – they will prepare this upon prior order (via phone) and based on availability
Ambiance: basic, non-AC restaurant
Wheelchair Access: No
Toilets: No restrooms for men and women
Parking for cars and motorcycles: no dedicated or valet parking space for both. Being a busy road, finding car parking is challenging
The Rogue Elephant in Basavanagudi is a lovely open air cafe to enjoy brunch or evening coffee. The serene greenery in the cafe and a delicious fare of continental food come together to create a relaxed dining experience.
Mango and Avocado Salad: made with fresh mangoes, avocados, lettuce, almonds, raisins soaked in mustard-based sauce – this is a phenomenal salad
Hummus and Pita: this is the best in south Bengaluru, period.
Cold coffee: another masterpiece, this is one of the best cold coffee in Bengaluru (beats any artisan coffee shops and chains)
Grilled Babycorn with lemon butter: absolute deliciousness!!
Salty Watermelon Salad: fresh watermelon with salted cheese and some greens – this is the perfect salad for the summer!!
Soup of the day: from clear soups to sweet potato soup to pumpkin soup – the soup offered is different every day
Brownie with vanilla ice-cream: this simple dessert is made to perfection
Ambiance: open air, non-AC
Staff is very friendly and service is quick
Wheelchair Access to the cafe: Yes
clean, separate restroom for men and women
No toilets with wheelchair access
Motorcycles: free parking on the footpath of the cafe
Cars: no dedicated parking space + no valet parking (lots of bylanes with free public parking)
Mode of payment: cash, debit,credit cards + UPI are accepted
Best to go with : family, wife, kids, pets, friends, groups
Timings: 11 am to 8:30 pm (open all days of the week)
This 20-year old chaat shop in Girinagar Bengaluru serves lip smacking Tikki Puri, tomato slice chaat, bun masala, kurkure chaat and more.
Started in 2001 by siblings Prakash and Rajasekhar, over the years Prakash chats has grown from a small gaadi (cart) at the corner to a proper brick-and-mortar shop. What hasn’t changed is the delicious taste of chaats – made by one person (Mr.Rajasekhar) since.
Tomato slice chaat: raw tomatoes layered with delicious condiments, tamarind-base sweet sauce, spicy chutney topped with sev and puffed rice – it’s a burst of flavours and juiciness of tomatoes!!
Bun masala: our Indian version of a burger packs a big nippat, flavoured peanuts, sweet and spice chutney and other condiments stuffed into a bun
Kurkure Masala chaat: When Kurkure and bhel came together, extremely delicious and best savoured right away before the Kurkure lose their crisp.
Special Bhel Puri: a delicious bhel Puri aka churmuri meets pineapple – this is a treat for the taste buds!!
Tikki Puri: save the best for the last!! Absolutely delicious
Pineapple slice: sliced pineapples topped with sauces and condiments
They DO parcel the chaats, but I highly recommend to eat them there – else they would get soggy and lose the crisp
While ordering, state how spicy the chaat should be – less, regular/medium and high
Family and kids friendly
Seating arrangement: it is a self-service small shop, not more than 5-6 people can sit at once
Mode of payment: cash and UPI only ( NO cards are accepted)
Timings: evenings only – 5 pm to 9 pm (open all days of the week)
No dedicated parking for cars and motorcycles
Best to park the car in one of broader adjacent roads and walk to the shop
The Hesaraghatta main road is referred as “the mushroom highway”, courtesy the plethora of mushroom farms and hotels, food stalls serving ‘full-menu mushroom’ delicacies.
Most popular and the oldest (since 2006) is Hotel Oyster which is “the original mushroom hotel” on Hesaraghatta main road.
From “mushroom kababs”, “mushroom biryani”, “pudina mushroom”, “mushroom burger” “mushroom soup” and even “ragi mudde with mushroom curry” – they got’em all!!
What to eat: My personal favourites and must-try if you are visiting for the 1st time:
Mushroom kabab: the freshest mushrooms fried in lip smacking kabab batter, served with a freshly-cut onions, a slice of lemon and fresh pudina chutney (they even sell the kabab-masala separately)
Mushroom biryani: the best rice item on the menu.. mildly spiced short-grain rice with perfectly cooked mushrooms (it’s best paired with a soft drink!!)
Mushroom burger: the freshness of the burger bun, lettuce, veg-patty loaded with cooked mushrooms is supremely delicious – never did I imagine finding a burger this good, so far out of the city
Hotel Oyster is a pure vegetarian hotel, serving mushroom and paneer-based dishes
Fresh mushrooms (white button and oyster mushrooms) are sold at the hotel (minimum quantity is 500gms)
Ambiance: very basic seating arrangement + NO AC
Family and kids friendly restaurant
Best time to visit: Its crowded during the weekend, better to visit on weekdays
Parking: free car+motorcycle parking at the entrance of the hotel
Mode of payment: cash and UPI only (no credit or debit cards are accepted)
Wheelchair access: dining area of the hotel is accessible by wheelchair
Toilets: NO toilet facility is available for men, women + NO wheel chair access to the restroom
Timings: 7 am to 9 pm (open all days of the week)
Ragi mudde oota/Thali contains ragi mudde + white rice + mushroom curry + tangy rasam. It is available only between 12 pm to 4 pm + don’t hesitate to ask for extra rasam, mushroom curry (extra serving of curry is free)
Hesaraghatta Lake: while the water levels in the lake has reduced, it’s still a beautiful place for bird watching
IIHRCampus: A must visit if you are into gardening, farming – the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research sports a massive campus accessible to public where one can buy fresh fruits and gardening/farming essentials such as seeds, saplings, cocopeat etc at very affordable prices (compared to Bengaluru city)
Formerly known as Ramya Drive In Restaurant, the present avatar aka Ramyaa Restaurant located in Saraswathipuram, no-longer sports a drive-in restaurant, but retains the delicious taste of pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine.
What to eat:
Must-eat includes masala dosa, set dosa, vada, upma, curd-vada aka thair vada and poori-sagoo washed down with filter coffee
If you are a sweet-tooth, their badam halwa, basundi and jamoon are the show-stoppers, too damn good to have only one serving :d
Not just breakfast, they serve a full-course lunch spanning south-Indian, north-Indian and Chinese cuisines
Ambiance: non-AC + family-kids friendly dine-in restaurant with seating arrangement
Service: very good, the waiters are obliging and helpful with extra serving of sambar, chutney etc
Wheelchair Access to the restaurant: Yes, the restaurant is on the ground floor for the wheelchair to be wheeled-in
Wheelchair access to Restroom: No, the restroom is no wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair
Mode of payment: cash, cards (debit and credit) and mobile wallet, UPI are accepted
Cost of breakfast: Slightly expensive @ INR 400 (average cost for 2 persons )
For cars: no valet parking, but plenty of free parking space on the road outside the restaurant
For motorcycles: plenty of free parking space on the road outside the restaurant
Timings: 7 am to 9:30 pm (open all days of the week)
Look no further than Thai House, a small Thai restaurant in Indiranagar overshadowed by the bustle of the surrounding pubs and restaurants. Thai House serves lip-smacking, authentic Thai fare of vegetarian, chicken, seafood (fish, prawns, squids etc) and beef dishes.
What to eat: Like most Thai restaurants, the menu is pictorial – you can see the image of the dish on the menu (super convenient on what to expect) I highly recommend to try the below:
Papaya salad (can be ordered as veg/seafood/fish/egg etc) is absolutely refreshing, tasty and not heavy on the stomach.
Tom Yum soup (can be ordered as veg/seafood/fish/chicken) is a riot of flavours , aromatic and cooked to perfection with spices
Note: 1 bowl of soup is massive and can serve 4 persons
Drink: Ice Lemon tea is my favourite, they do serve soft drinks as well
Thai Red Curry and Thai Green Curry: both are delicious and supercharged with strong aromatic spices.Pair this with a bowl of sticky rice or steamed white rice.
Pad Thai Noodles: Non-spicy, rich in flavour and very tasty. They come with a load of sprouts and crushed peanut powder – that add the crunch and elevate the taste.
Note: the main course portions are big, so order as you go.
Dessert: very limited options, it’s best to avoid this and head out to your favourite ice-cream/pastry shop in Indiranagar
Strawberry Desserts: head to Milano ice cream, about 500m from Thai House to savour the strawberry sundae made from fresh strawberries.
Ambiance: Family-friendly + AC restaurant with a seating capacity of about 30-35 persons.
Wheelchair access: Yes (it’s on the ground floor, so wheelchair can be wheeled-in)
Vegetarians: Consider the following before visiting:
Restaurant smells of sea-food (not very strong, but certainly present) due to the nature of cooking
Vegetables added to the veg-dishes are limited to tofu, mushrooms, corn etc
Cars: No dedicated parking space or valet parking (lots of by lanes with designated parking space)
Motorcycles: free parking on the curb of the restaurant
Cost of meal: INR 800 for 2 persons
No beer/alcohol is served at the restaurant
Mode of payment: Cash, debit/credit cards, UPI payment are accepted
Service: is good and quick (before ordering, ask for food ingredients, spices to ensure you aren’t allergic)
Timings: 11:30 am to 11 pm ( open all days of the week)