Best Strawberry Desserts in Bengaluru

Strawberry is by-far the most popular ‘berry’ used in desserts. In-fact next-to/on-par with mangoes, strawberry festivals are celebrated across the world and in India at Mahabaleshwar.

Being a strawberry lover, here is my pick of must-try fresh strawberry desserts in Bengaluru:

1) Strawberry Sundae:

Although strawberries taste best with ice-cream, the Gelato takes it to an entirely different level.

Where: Milano Icecream, Indiranagar

Strawberry Sundae at Milano Icecreams Indiranagar Bengaluru

Strawberry Sundae at Milano Icecreams Indiranagar

2) Strawberry Lassi:

A big dollop of thick curd blended with fresh strawberries – never did a lassi taste so delicious!!

Where: Sreeraj Lassi Bar (all outlets in Bengaluru)

Strawberry Lassi at Sreeraj Lassi bar Bengaluru

Strawberry Lassi at Sreeraj Lassi Bar

3) Fresh Strawberries with Nutella:

The purest form of consuming a strawberry!! Dip one in a jar of Nutella and get lost in yumminess!!

Where: Anywhere with good company 🙂

Strawberries with Nutella at Strawberry Festival Mahabaleshwar

Strawberries with Nutella

4) Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries and Cream:

Delicious pancakes served with whipped cream, maple syrup and loads of strawberries – A breakfast date done right!!

Where: The Hole in the Wall Café, Koramangala

Pancakes with strawberries and cream at The Hole in the Wall Cafe Koramangala Bengaluru

Pancakes with strawberries and cream at The Hole in the Wall Cafe Koramangala

5) Chocolate Pizza with Strawberries & Bananas:

God bless the soul who created this combo!! Chopped strawberries with bananas on a chocolate pizza – it doesn’t get better than this!!

Where: Onesta (all outlets in Bengaluru)

Chocolate pizza with chopped strawberries at Onesta Bangalore

Chocolate pizza with strawberries & banana at Onesta

Good to know: I highly recommend checking with the above restaurants on the availability of strawberries before-hand, since they are seasonal.

Have a berry-good day 🙂 🙂

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HVR Veg Hotel Hassan [Breakfast Ride]

While Hassan is the gateway to some of my favorite places such as Chikmagalur, Belur-Halebeed, Sakleshpur, Kudremukh etc.

I could never find a breakfast place in Hassan worthy to blog- until I heard about HVR Veg Hotel from a buddy who studied in Hassan and it turned out to be great one.

HVR Veg Hotel has been dishing out delicious dosas, idly and vadas in a quite residential colony of Hassan town for over 25 years. Although they have a branch in Sheshadripuram, Bangalore – the original one is worth a breakfast ride!!

What to Eat:

Set Dosa:

Fluffy set dosa served as a pack-of-3-dosas/plate with aloo palya and delicious chutney.

Set Dosa at HVR Veg Hotel Hassan

Set Dosa – at its best!!

Masala Idly:

Super soft Idly with steamed veggies served as a pack-of-3 idlis/plate with chutney.

Masala Idly at HVR Veg Hotel Hassan

Masala Idly – loved them!!

Benne Khali Dosa:

Crispy dosas made with butter served as a pack-of-2-dosas/plate with aloo palya and chutney and don’t forget to add crispy vadas.

Benne Khali Dosa at HVR Veg Hotel in Hassan

Benne Khali Dosa – best relished with crispy vadas 🙂

Useful Information:

  • They don’t serve sambar, only chutney
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for less number of idlis and dosas per plate – you would be charged accordingly and helps to try more items on the menu
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • Parking: No dedicated parking, plenty of bylanes to park motorcycles and cars
  • Timings:
    • Monday to Saturday: 7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm
    • Sunday: 7 am to 12 pm only
  • Location: HVR Veg Hotel, Basettikoppal Main Rd, Krishnaraja Pura, Hassan Link to Google Maps
NH75 - Bangalore to Hassan Highway on a KTM Duke 390

My new year began with such vistas on an otherwise boring NH75 🙂

Wish you all a fabulous 2018 🙂

Ride safe and hard!!

5 Offbeats Chaats in Bangalore

While the typical chaat landscape in Bangalore varies from south-indian style masala peas to north-india-based channa masala and tikkas to the spice-bred Chintamani/Bangarpet delicacies to the funky Mumbai-wala chaats.

There are some outliers whose definition of a chaat go beyond the regular and have become an expert in the art of integrating offbeat ingredients into their version of a chaat.

Presenting the 5 best offbeat chaats in Bangalore:

Kedia’s Fun Food, Jayanagar 4th Block

Kedia’s has been serving delicious Gujarathi-influenced street food in the guise of parathas, mithai and chaats for 15 years.

It is their Rasgulla Chaat which ticks the right taste buds with fresh rasgullas acting as the base (like Papadis) of the chaat. It’s not overly sweet to kill the taste of the chaat.

  • What to eat: Rasgulla Chaat
  • Orientation: 6th C Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore Link to Google Maps
  • Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm (all days of the week)
Rasgulla Chaat at Kedia's Fun Foods Jayanagar Bangalore

Rasgulla Chaat at Kedia’s Fun Foods Jayanagar

Thengu Mane, Rajajinagar

Thengu Mane means ‘Coconut House’ which translates to everything they make is coconut-based – from coconut lassi to tender coconut soup to tender coconut green tea and even coconut-based milkshakes (which are delicious).

The tender coconut pani puri is served with pani made from coconut water whereas most of the other ingredients/masalas resemble any regular pani puri.

  • What to eat: Tender coconut pani puri
  • Orientation: 185, 19th Main, 1st Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore Link to Google Maps
  • Opening Hours: 10 am to 3 pm  & 4 pm to 9:30 pm (all days of the week)
Tender Coconut Water Pani Puri at Thengu Mane Rajajinagar Bangalore

Tender Coconut Pani Puri at Thengu Mane Rajajinagar

Arvind Ladduwala, Mittal Towers MG Road

Mittal Towers is popular 2 things – paid parking for cars & delicious marwadi & north Indian food outlets in the ground floor serving parathas, poori-sabzi, chole bathura, rajma chawal, mithai and chaats.

Arvind Ladduwala serve jalebi chaat, made with deep-friend jalebis (without being soaked in the sweet syrup) acting as the base of the chaat (like papadi). The jalebi used in the chaat has mild sweet flavor which doesn’t overpower the overall taste.

  • What to eat: Jalebi Chaat
  • Orientation: Ground Floor, Mittal Towers, MG Road Bangalore Link to Google Maps
  • Opening Hours: 11 am to 8 pm (all days of the week)
Jalebi Chaat at Arvind Ladduwala Mittal Towers MG road Bangalore

Jalebi Chaat at Arvind Ladduwala Mittal Towers MG road

Sri Sairam’s Chaats and Juice, Malleswaram

Easily the maximum varieties of chaats (close to 99 variations) available under a single roof in Bangalore, Sri Sairam Chaats has been serving whacky chaat combinations since 20 years in Malleshwaram and all this at an average price of 35 INR/chaat.

Student’s special chaat is the coming together of all the possible flavored fryums & chips prepared in bhel puri style – absolutely delicious!!

  • What to eat: Student’s Special, Crazy Chaat, Chips Masala
  • Orientation: 35/1, Near MES College, 16th Cross, 8th Main, Malleshwaram, Bangalore Link to Google Maps [They have 2 outlets in Malleshwaram – one near MES College & another near Kadu Malleshwara temple]
  • Opening Hours: 10 am to 10:30 pm (all days of the week)
Students Special Chaat at Sri Sairam Chaats and Juices Malleshwaram Bangalore

Students Special Chaat at Sri Sairam Chaats and Juices Malleshwaram

Punjabi by Nature, Koramangala

A proper dining place serving Indian & Mughlai cuisine, while their lunch buffet is popular during the day, their pani puri with served with vodka is a crowd favorite in the evening.

  • What to eat: Vodka pani puri
  • Orientation: 6, Krishna Industrial Area, Hosur Road, Near Forum Mall, Koramangala Bangalore Link to Google Maps
  • Opening Hours: 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm (all days of the week)
Vodka Golgoppas at Punjabi by Nature Koramangala Bangalore

Vodka Golgoppas at Punjabi by Nature Koramangala

Chikkanna Tiffin Room Nagarathpet Bangalore

When it comes to food, Bangalore has never been so cosmopolitan!! Food from almost every corner of our country/globe has found its way here.

Yet there is something magical about the ‘local-food-gems’ which are known, nurtured and guarded by the locals.

Chikkanna Tiffin Room is one such local-food-gem thriving in the bustling lanes of Nagarathpete in the Old City Market area of Bengaluru. From the past 50 years, this humble tiffin room has been dishing-out delicious Masala, Khali and rice-bath dosas laced with lots of love and ghee.

What to Eat:

Masala Dosa:

Crispy brown masala dosa laced with atleast 25ml of ghee/dosa – things really cant go wrong with this combo 😀

The chutney and potato palya add to the taste.

Masala Dosa at Chikkanna Tiffin Room Nagarathpete Bangalore

Delicious is an understatement!!

Khali Dosa with ghee:

With all the ghee teaming with masala dosa, the other dosas and rice-items don’t get ghee by default, so ask for the extra ghee – worth the extra charge.

The Khali dosa which is crispy around the corners and soft at the centre can be ordered either as a single or double with chutney and palya.

Khali Dosa at Chikkanna Tiffin Room Nagarathpete Bangalore

Yumm Khali Dosa – crispy edges and soft at the core!

Rice Bath Dosa with ghee:

This avatar of dosa is the most difficult to finish – order this when you are absolutely hungry!!

The rice is spicy, but phenomenally tasty!!

The Idlis are decent, but not up-to the class of dosas.

Rice bath Dosa at Chikkanna Tiffin Room Nagarathpete Bangalore

Rice bath Dosa – for the hog in you !!

Useful Information:

  • Timings: Open between
    • 7 a m to 11 am & 5pm to 8pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
    • 7 am to 11 am only (on Sunday)
    • 5pm to 8 pm only (on Monday)
  • Cash only, no cards or electronic payment
  • Parking: Avoid the car (no parking available), motorcycles can be parked in any of the bylanes
  • No Sambar, No coffee or tea is served
  • Location: Chikkanna Tiffin Room, Nagrathpete Google Maps Link

NEB’s Saravana Bhavan Denkanikottai

Denkanikottai, a small town has been of special interest to me after reading the  numerous wildlife adventures of Kenneth Anderson, a hunter turned conservator of the British Raj years.

While Denkanikottai occupies a pivotal place in the Elephant Corridor of Cauvery Elephant Reserve, its claim to fame has also been a rich heritage of temples, Panchpalli dam and being a major producer + exporter of flowers –  its the promise of beautiful forest roads and good breakfast that lures me more 😀

And neither were a disappointment !!

Pongal and Vada at NEB's Saravana Bhavan Denkanikottai

That Pongal is delicious!!

NEB’s Saravana Bhavan is the best place in Denkanikottai to relish deliciously simple vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A humble abode of good food, NEB’s Saravana Bhavan has been serving since 15 years with a courteous staff who love talking about their food!!

Pongal-vada, masala dosa and filter coffee are an absolute must!!

Idly Vada at NEB's Saravana Bhavan Denkanikottai

They are ok, not great..

Masala Dosa and Vada at NEB's Saravana Bhavan Denkanikottai

Masala Dosas were good 🙂 Those chutneys served along – lip-smacking!!

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 7 am to 10 pm Open all days
  • Cash only no cards
  • Lots of space around to park motorcycles and cars
  • Location: NEB’s Saravana Bhavan, Denkanikottai Link to Google Maps
Serene Village near Kodihalli - riding from Denkanikottai to Kanakpura

Such serene villages along

Once you are through the delicious food, don’t forget to savor the lush-green forest raods around Denkanikottai towards Anchetti 🙂 🙂

Enroute Denkanikottai on a KTM Duke 390

En route Denkanikottai !!

Ride to Eat!!

Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu Dindigul

While the biryani-trinity of Thalapakatti, Venu’s and Ponram’s dominate the popularity charts of Dindigul Biryani – it’s the small, no-franchise, unique outlets serving Their version of Dindigul biryani with a slight individuality that excite a biryani-fan.

One such unique biryani getaway is Naaidu biryani restaurant at Batlagundu serving some delicious biryani (mutton and chicken) along with some lip smacking meat-sides such as mutton sukkha, chicken fry etc.

Dindigul Chicken Biryani at Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu

Traditional Dindigul Chicken Biryani served on a plantain leaf – deliciousness!!

Located on the highway connecting Dindigul and Theni at Batlagundu ( about 35 kms from Dindigul) this small biryani place is a welcome relief from the crowded and overpriced Thalapakatti outlets – making it the perfect lunch stop for travelers heading to Theni or Thekkady.

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant at Batlagundu

Useful information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 11 pm Open all days
  • Cash only no cards
  • No dedicated or separate parking
  • Contact Number: Mr.Saktivel 09677753238

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant was discovered by a dear friend during one of his rides – the food is delicious, easy on the wallet and sports wonderful roads to and ahead till Thekkady !!

Road from Batlagundu to Theni aboard the Yamaha YZF-R3

Delight to Ride – road from Batlagundu to Theni – mind the crosswinds though!!

Periyar Ghat - Enroute Kumily on the Yamaha YZF-R3

Periyar Ghat – En-route Kumily, too damn scenic !!

Unusual Ice creams in Bengaluru

Traditional ice-creams have mostly been consumed in the form of scoops, bars, cones, sundaes etc. However some innovative ice-cream shops have pushing the status the quo of how an ice-cream should look and taste – here is an ode to the unusual/hatke ice-creams in Bengaluru.

Fried Ice Cream:

A big scoop of vanilla ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and nuts with cherries. A house-specialty, Ocea Special Fried Ice Cream is available throughout the day/year and is one of the most-popular dessert

Where: The Ocea International Hotel, Brigade Road

Useful information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 125
  • Parking: Valet parking for cars
  • They accept cash & cards
Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel Brigade Road, Bengaluru

Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel

Ice-cream Dosa:

An ice-cream delight that has catapulted a street dosa-shop into stardom among food-lovers & children. Ice-cream dosa is a regular plain dosa smeared with chocolate ice-cream and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream instead of the chutney.

Trust me its delicious!

Where: Amarnath Chats, RV Road (landmark: Amaron Battery Showroom)

Useful Information:

  • The place is a food-cart on the footpath serving dosas and idly, one has to stand and eat
  • Cost: INR 70
  • Timings: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm (open all days of the week)
  • Contact number: +919844235515/ +919448558418
  • They accept ONLY cash, no card payment facility
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats RV Road Bengaluru

Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats

Chili-Guava Ice-cream Roll:

A popular form of ice cream in South-East Asian countries, ice cream roll is a hand made using ice cream base spread on a frozen slab and then rolled using a pastry scraper or paint scraper.

Where: Hokey Pokey Koramangala

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of bylanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey Koramangala Bengaluru

Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey

Ice cream Burger aka Cereal Ice Cream bun:

2 big scoops of vanilla ice cream form the patty of a burger bun laced with Fruit Loops. Be prepared for a tooth-freeze at the first bite!!

Where: Cafe by the Corner, HSR Layout

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 10 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner HSR Layout, Bengaluru

Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner

Go out and get an ice cream!!