A recent report ranked Bangalore as one of the cheapest cities in the world. But those of us who live here know that it can be quite a challenge to find a place within our end-of-the-month-budget to dine out on a Saturday night. Especially, if you are a student.
I recently shifted to Bangalore to do my Masters, and as planned, one of the first things I did here was explore the city. The good thing about the city is that you will always find a place to fit your mood and taste. The bad thing is, more often than not, it leaves you broke. But if explored wisely, Bengaluru can open up the best of its surprises asking very little return. Here are some ideas on how to explore the city without completely emptying your wallet.
Where to Eat:
Tibetan Mother’s Kitchen:
There is no escaping from Tibetan food in this city. A quiet, yet always surprisingly full, little Tibetan restaurant is a treat for those who like the cuisine. Hidden in a corner of Kormangala between some of the most lavish restaurants, TMK won’t let you feel that you’re missing out. Needless to say, Thukpa and Momos shouldn't be left out.
Prices: Thukpa starts from Rs. 75 and Momos start from Rs. 70. All in all, a good full meal shouldn’t cross Rs. 200.
TT Salads and Grills
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Who said healthy food should be expensive? Pop in for a salad or sandwich for lunch or dinner and you will be served more for less. If you are feeling adventurous, bite into one of their sumptuous burgers. The Classic Texan Burger is a favourite here, coupled with a refreshing fruit juice or Iced Tea all within the budget! If you still don’t think you’ve reason enough to go, it has a breakfast menu that will brighten up your morning!
Prices: A full meal should cost you between Rs. 100 – Rs. 180
With its cozy sitting area and the sheer variety of food, this will soon become your hangout place. You can enjoy a full classic Indian breakfast for just Rs 100! And that is the most expensive thing on the menu! You will find everything from a Biryani to Pav Bhaji in just under Rs. 100. Try their innovative Oat Meal Dosa to begin with!
Prices: Not more than Rs. 100
Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls
Koramangala, Commercial Street, Frazer Town, Brigade Road, Whitefeild
If you are hungry for some meat, here’s your place! Khan Saheb provides some of the best Kathi rolls in the city. Spread across five locations, you cannot miss this no matter which part of the city you are in. Its special Beda rolls and Tava rolls will entice the meat-lover in you and will surely not disappoint. Though it has vegetarian options, vegetarians might want to skip this one.
Prices: Between Rs. 100 - 150
Adiga’s is easy to spot anywhere. The place easily has more than 20 joints across the city. Its claim to fame is its amazing offering of local cuisine and of course, filter coffee. Though its dosas are recommendable, a smarter option would be to try out some local Bisi Bele Bath or Herekai Purch Kuttu! If you want taste of Karnataka within budget, don’t look for anything else.
Prices: Maximum Rs. 150
A perfect blend of good environment and good food, Chaipatty is as good with its beverages as it is with its breakfast options. To make things interesting, they serve chai and coffee in desi kulads. You can eat and eat here without worrying about the bill.
Prices: Rs.100 would fetch you a nice meal
DYU Art Café
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If you want a quiet place to just sit down and talk, DYU is where you should be. It is one of the city's most loved places and you will find almost everyone, from musicians to artists to students here. This small bungalow-tuned-café serves great beverages and sandwiches for a quick bite. The desserts on the menu are a real treat too. The Chicken Melt Sandwich and Banofee Pie are classics!
Prices: Rs. 100 – 200