Kammanahalli’s diverse population makes it a nucleus for some of the most authentic international and regional eateries in the city. Guided by two residents, Sandra Fernandes and Floyd Francis, we explore the most delicious nooks and crannies of the neighbourhood for the best shawarmas, the oldest kebab joint, specialty grocery stores, homemade pickles and a Sunday bazaar.
Al Amanah Café: Where Arab students head after a day of English classes, for cheap shawarma and rolls. It’s packed at all hours. 20, 5th Avenue, 5th Main Road, Kammanahalli, call 9900029506, Rs 65 for a chicken roll.
Arirang Korean Restaurant: This cozy cafe with low seating is a hit with Koreans. They do a mean kimchi plus bibimbap. 13, NK Enclave Building, near Sathya Hospital, Chinnappa Layout, 4th Cross, Kammanahalli Main Road, call 41732581, Rs 1,200 for a meal for two.
Biryani Paradise: This decade-old restaurant serves cheap Malabar style biryani and Kerala meals. 43, Swetha Complex, 1st Floor, Main Road, Kammanahalli, call 25435888, Rs 110 for chicken biryani.
Blue Bell Cold Storage: A neighborhood institution for spicy Goan pork sausage and great homemade pickles, especially brinjal and lime. No 1455, 2 G Cross, Kammanahalli, call 25925549, Rs 110 for pickle.
BYLI – Bet You Love It: A new entrant in the locality, BYLI is where the young and the restless go for breakfast and brunch. G-1/2, First Avenue, 5th Main, 2nd Block, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar, call 49653104, Rs 1,000 for a meal for two.
Connie’s is the place to be if you are looking for a juicy steak in the area
Chubalas Curry and Rice: For a rare combination of Naga and Goan food. Ask for the thalis. 21, Nehru Road, Kammanahalli Circle, call 49653381, Rs 600 for a meal for two.
Connie’s Restaurant and Steakhouse: Reminiscent of older times, complete with a weekly 80s karaoke night and checkered tablecloths, Connie’s is the place to be if you are looking for a juicy steak in the area. 305, Nehru Road, Kammanahalli, call 8792815159, Rs 1,200 for a meal for two.
Pig Out, a home-based Coorgi food service has fans all over town, and also sell freshly ground estate coffee
Cutinah’s Konkan Store: This specialty grocery store stocks all kinds of homemade Konkan spices and condiments. Try kokum juice, prawn balchao, dried fish, ghee roast masala and Sandra’s favourite, Mangalorean masalas. Shop no 144, 3rd Main, Ramaiah Layout, near Baker’s Mart, Kammanahalli, call 9886006457, Rs 50 onwards.
Fair Foods Organic Store: A well-stocked outpost of fresh veggies, organic clothing and skin care products. 12, St Thomas Town Road, Heerti Layour, Kacharakanahalli, call 25491965.
Falafill: A chain with a second outlet in Kammanhalli, it serves amazing falafel sandwiches. 5th A Main Road, Chinappa Layout, Kammanahalli, call 9845000503, Rs 60 for a mini chicken falafel.
Lobo’s Food Lounge is a colourful little coastal café that evokes a Goan beach shack
Hadramawat Restaurant: “You won’t like the food here. It’s authentic and made for them,” the proprietor warns, pointing to Arab students getting their fill of Mandi Chicken and Zrbian Rice. 189/2, Kammanahali Road, Ramaiah Layout, Kacharakanahalli, Rs 150 onwards.
Korean Bakery and Café: We come often for chef Jee Jun Goo’s delicious red and green bean Korean buns, fluffy pound cake and cinnamon and mocha bread. Also ask for generously stuffed apple pie. 11, Fernandes Complex, 3rdB Main, Ramaiah Layout, near Ganesha Temple, Kammanahalli, call 9686972228, Rs 60 onwards.
Lobo’s Food Lounge: A colourful little coastal café that evokes a Goan beach shack. Locals snag tables here for Goan and Mangalorean specialities like Pork Sorpotel and Kori Rotti. 13, Ramaiah Layout, opposite St Charles School, Kammanahalli, call 41700297, Rs 500 for a meal for two.
New Kadai: The oldest kebab joint in Kammanhalli dishes out vegetarian and meat kebabs straight off an open grill and is super buzzy in the evenings. 24, Kammanahalli Main Road, call 9342875724, Rs 110 for chicken kebabs.
Noodleheads is a bright and spunky Thai-Malaysian restaurant that serves delicious curries
New Karnataka Ham Shop: Over 20 years old, this tiny ham shop has a steady stream of regulars who bring their shopping bags for pork and sausages. 3rd Cross, Kammanahalli Main Road, near Sathya Hospital, call 2597462, Rs 444 for a kg of Goan pork sausages.
New Peking Restaurant: Floyd remembers New Peking from decades ago, and it’s still his favorite place for Chinese food. 11, near RC Church, Kammanahalli Main Road, call 49652635, Rs 700 for a meal for two.
Noodleheads: The newest arrival on the Kammanahalli food scene is this bright and spunky Thai-Malaysian restaurant that serves delicious curries. #315, CMR Road, diagonally opposite Jal Vayu Vihar (north gate), Kammanahalli, call 40980488, Rs 1,000 for a meal for two.
Paani Kum Chai: For malai chai and paani kum chai with a samosa at any time of the day, from 8.30 am until late night. 202, BTS Road, HBR 2nd Cross Road, HBR Layout, call 8971814710, Rs 8 for Paani Kum Chai and Rs 8 for a veg samosa.
Pig Out: A home-based Coorgi food service with Pandi curry that has fans all over town. They also sell freshly ground estate coffee. Call 09980210979, prices start at Rs 250.
Spitfire BBQ Truck: One of Bangalore’s first food trucks can be found in different spots of Kammanahalli. The burgers and hot dogs are amazing. Call 9611539310.
Sunday Bazaar: This weekly market is great for fresh produce and random knick-knacks. Hawkers make their way early in the morning and stay until sundown. Off Hennur Main Road, 500 metres after the flyover, before the road forks into Kammanahalli.
Tang of Jamayca: The area’s lone but inviting Jamaican restaurant, with a variety of soups and spicy Jamaican sauces on the menu. Hotel Jamayca, 4-GM-426, 2nd Block, HRBR Layout, Outer Ring Road, call 65326666, Rs 1,000 for a meal for two.
Thulp Cafe: One of the oldest fast eateries in the area, Thulp Café is a popular hangout known for its meaty burgers and hot dogs. 21, 2nd Cross, CPR Layout, Kammanahalli Road, call 41606454, Rs 225 for a Moo Burger.
This story is powered by www.brownpaperbag.in