Central Bangalore is packed with restaurants. But the truth is that not all of them are merciful on your pocket. A meal at most restaurants, in this area, will probably set you back by a few thousands. However, there is no reason to lose hope. If you look hard enough, you will find restaurants that serve a spectacular meal minus the exorbitant prices. And there’s quite a variety too. From bao to South Indian staples, Andhra, and Coorg cuisines. LBB finds you the restaurants in the CBD area where you can dine for INR 500 or less.

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A compact shop on Church Street, Kylie’s takes the traditional bao and gives it an Indian twist. You can grab a chair in front of the shop and wait for your order to come by. For vegetarians, the Tempura Tofu and the Ginger and Soya Tossed Vegetables is a good pick. The Hickory Smoked Chicken and the Char Siu {made from pork belly} are popular with meat eaters. You can grab a couple of these and walk away with a full belly.


Meals for the win at Bheema’s! For less than 200 bucks, you can grab a banana leaf meal here. Heaps of rice land up on your leaf and are followed by big servings of their spectacular Pappu {dal and lentils cooked together}. Then come the helpings of vegetables, sambhar, rasam, and curd. They’ll keep serving up the rice till you ask them to stop so you can expect bang for your buck here. Weekday lunches maybe crowded so prepare for a short wait.


Photo source: Zomato

Photo source: Zomato

An eternal favourite, Truffles never disappoints. The pocket-friendly eats includes their line-up of delicious burgers. Veggie lovers can blindly pick up their Cheese Burger. And meat lovers can chow down their Peri Peri Chicken and the Tandoori Chicken versions. Have a big appetite? Then, try their their Lamb Burgers or the Lamb Cheese Burst Burger in the XL size. Don’t worry, you’ll still be spending less than 500 bucks on these. Their steaks and pastas are good options too.


When there’s a big, gaping hole in your pocket, swing by this iconic establishment for simple South Indian eats. For your  budget, you can eat plenty here. Dig into buttery dosas, idlis and vadas, and also Mangalore Buns. If you are looking for something more filling they have South and North Indian Thalis as well. Finish up with a glass of their frothy, filter coffee.


Watch the world go by from your cosy spot at this dine-and-dash restaurant that’s part of the M.G. Road boulevard. They offer South Indian staples and their dosas are famous. The Masala Dosa, Onion Uttapam, and the Rava Onion Dosa are popular picks. So, is their Pongal {rice cooked in spices and ghee}. If you are here on a weekend, do ask them for the specials.

Konark Vegetarian Restaurant

Buffet lovers can head straight to this restaurant on Residency Road {they also have an outlet inside the Kanteerava Stadium}. For a little over 200 bucks, you can pile your plate with Indian breads, pulaos, and creamy curries. Not in the mood for a big meal? Then, order up their Bisi Bele Baath, dosas, and their Channa Batura. On weekdays, you may have to wade through the crowds. 

KC Das

Ideal for a quick lunch, KC Das is where you head for a plate of steaming, hot luchis {the Bengali version of puris}. It comes paired with the servings of Cholar dal {chana dal}. You can also gets plates of Alu Puri here. Since these will barely make a dent in your pocket, you can afford to polish off a few Bengali sweets for dessert, we think.

Green Onion

Photo source: Green Onion

Photo source: Green Onion

Nobody does VFM Chinese like Green Onion. Their prices are on the lower side and their portions are huge! What more could you ask for? Start off with a bowl of their soups {by two, of course}. Their Manchow and Hot & Sour versions are stellar. You can then move onto heaping your plate with fried rice, chopsuey, or noodles. Stick to the known names here {hakka, Schezwan, or Shanghai} and you won’t have anything to complain about.

Lan Thai

A tiny outlet that sits in the middle of the lobby at 5th Avenue Mall on Brigade Road, Lan Thai is a hidden gem. Patrons swing by for the authentic flavours that transport you to the streets of Pattaya. For a light meal you can stick to their soups and salads. They also have a couple of combo offers on weekdays {like Sticky Rice and Deep Fried Chicken} that should fill you up.

Wild Spice

Perfect for pork lovers, this Coorg restaurant has a loyal set of customers. Their akki roti and pork fry combination is top-notch and should not be missed. You can also try their chicken curry or bamboo shoot fry, if pork isn’t your favourite. Their Ghee Rice too is a winner.

Feature Photo: Lanthai Restaurant


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