Cheeseburger, Butter Chicken & Pho: Satisfy Your Soul And Tummy With These Comfort Dishes

    When everything seems lost, a plate of comforting food can always lift you. Whether it is a bowl of hot pho or roast chicken that’s still infused with the warmth of the grill, comfort food in Bangalore can take on many avatars. And while we have skipped the usual snacky numbers {like momos and fries}, these dishes should make your tummy sing.

    Thukpa @ Mr. Wang’s

    When you wander down the roads of HSR Layout, you’ll come face to face with Mr. Wang, an affable chap, offering a friendly smile and bowls of thukpa. The soothing broth is crowded with chunks of chicken and fried up veggies. To ensure the thukpa is just the way you like it, you can ask Mr Wang to dial up the spices or add crunchy, fried up onions and he’ll happily oblige.

    Spitfire Roast Chicken @ Portland Steakhouse

    From America to Australia, the roast chicken is recognised as one of the best comfort foods known to mankind. At Portland, you can dig into a juicy hunk of chicken that’s coated in a piri-piri glaze before it is grilled. It’s accompanied by a portion of equally comforting fries.

    All American Cheeseburger @ Truffles


    Kalyan nagar, Bangalore

    Comforting and easy on the pocket, this popular restaurant offers plenty that’ll satisfy your soul. Topping the list is the All American Cheeseburger where the plump, lamb {or chicken} patty oozes cheese and sits between two, downy buns.

    Mac N Cheese @ Arbor Brewing Company

    One of Bangalore’s cheesiest dishes, the Mac N Cheese at this beloved brewery has the power to put you in a damn good mood even after a bad day. The classic version has four types of cheese that mingle with the macaroni along with herbs and toasted breadcrumbs. If you prefer decadence, then, the Frenchie {bacon, emmental cheese} and Gourmet {truffle mushroom mix, emmental, and herbs} versions should work splendidly.

    Khau Suey @ Burma Burma

    Burma Burma

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Milky and creamy — a bowl of Khau Suey at this newly-launched restaurant is just what Dr. Comfort ordered. The slurp noodles {Udon or Hakka} and the flavourful add-ons make it a refreshing dish.

    Pho @ Phobidden Fruit

    Phobidden Fruit

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Available in vegetarian, prawn, chicken and beef versions, the pho at this cosy restaurant nails the ‘soul satisfaction’ criteria. The clear broth, that’s made over hours, is packed with fresh veggies, aromatic herbs and the meat of your choice. Dunk the chilli paste in and slurp on, we say! 

    Veg Meals @ Salt Mango Tree

    Salt Mango Tree

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Down-to-earth yet packed with flavour, the banana-leaf meal at this restaurant invokes the culinary traditions of God’s Own Country. You get to chomp on mounds of red rice {they have white too} doused in curries. With this, they’ll serve you veggies, chutneys, pickles and papad. Top up the comfort quotient, we recommend that you order up a plate of beef fry.

    Margherita Pizza @ Brik Oven

    Brik Oven

    Ashok Nagar, Chennai

    There’s not much on Brik Oven’s menu that doesn’t spell comfort. But if you’d like to keep things fuss-free and yet delicious, sign up for the Margherita. The toasty base is layered with the tang of the tomato sauce, bubbly blobs of Parmesan and Mozzarella, and fresh basil. Yum!

    Mutton Biryani @ Nagarjuna


    Ashok Nagar, Bangalore

    When nothing else but biryani will do head straight to Nagarjuna. Just the whiff of the aromatic biryani that comes with just a touch of spice is enough to send you into a tizzy. The soft, chunks of meat adds to the yumminess the dish. This is best enjoyed with a plate of Chicken Sholay Kababs or the Guntur Chicken Fry.

    Andhra Meals @ Bheema’s


    Ashok Nagar, Chennai

    A crowd pleaser, Bheema’s serves meals that are wholesome and remind you of mom’s cooking. The scoops of rice are drizzled with golden streaks of ghee. On which they pour pappu {a lentil and greens mix}, sambhar and rasam. Veggies, pickles, and condiments make up rest of the meal.

    Potato And Crushed Pepper Gnocchi @ Cafe Felix

    Cafe Felix

    Ulsoor, Bangalore

    Downy. melt-in-the-mouth gnocchi that’s drowning in a pool of porcini butter and roasted shallots. If that can’t comfort you, nothing else will.

    Biscuits & Gravy @ Sly Granny

    The Biscuits and Gravy creation at Sly is a classic dish from the Deep South in America and features airy, brittle biscuits made with buttermilk that rubs shoulders with chunks of Italian pork sausage in a sage and bacon gravy. Made your reservation yet?

    Chicken Fried Rice @ Green Onion

    Green Onion

    Ashok Nagar, Bangalore

    VFM Chinese FTW! When your heart and tummy are hankering after a Chinese meal loaded with Indian spices, then, head straight to this humble restaurant just off Residency Road. Of course, when you are here you have to pile your plate with familiar flavours of Chicken Fried Rice.

    Chitta Butter Chicken @ Dhaba

    Dhaba - Estd 1986 Delhi

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Loaded with butter and fresh cream, the Chitta {white} Butter Chicken at this restaurant will put a big smile on your face. The chicken is first marinates before being cooked in the tandoor after which it’s plonked in a yogurt-based gravy.

    Didn’t include your favourite comfort dish? Tell us in comments!