Deciding on where to eat lunch is one of the most stressful challenges of a working day. That is why we’re making life easier for you with options in and around the Mahatma Gandhi Road area to give you the upper hand in making those decisions – from heavy indulgences to light-on-the-moolah options. We know that the options to eat out in this area are mind boggling to say the least, but our list offers one of every kind, just to make your life easier.

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Airlines Hotel

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Escaping from one’s air-conditioned environs to the generous canopy of grand, old banyan trees should be enough reason but they’ve also got an enormous, filling Channa Batura that will lull you into slumber and a dark, rich filter coffee to wake you back up.

Where: 4, Madras Bank Road, off Lavelle Road

When: Monday-Sunday, 7am-10pm

Contact: 080 22273783

Price: INR 300 for two {approx.}

Amruth

Two chapatis, two little bowls of veggies, a vegetable pulao, curd rice and sweet in a steel TV tray-type dish turns out to be quite filling at this darshini. And you can eat all this for less than INR 100.

Where: 14, St Mark’s Road

When: Monday to Sunday, 8.30am-9.30pm

Contact: 080 22214988

Price: INR 200 for two {approx.}

Anupam’s Coast II Coast

At this Mangalorean cuisine restaurant, asking for any of their lunch thalis – vegetable, chicken and fish – will make you very glad. We are particularly partial to the fish version with its tart, yum, red fish curry and a portion of rava-fried fish. If you are particularly hungry, ask for a serving of their Chicken Ghee Roast – you won’t regret it.

Where: 80/1, Shrungar Shopping Centre, MG Road

When: Monday-Sunday, 11.30-3pm & 6.30-11pm

Contact: 080 25550990

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

Chung Wah

Chung Wah, chinese cuisine, Work lunches in Central Business District

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We’d save this place for a Wednesday when the mid-week blues hit you hard. Digging into the comforting food at this Chinese restaurant will have you feeling better in minutes. You should get everything on the menu but time not permitting – get a fried rice and a double-cooked pork.

Where: 45/1, Leo Complex, Residency Road Cross

When: Monday to Sunday, noon-3pm & 7-11pm

Contact: 080 49653406

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

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Foodhall

Foodhall, crostini, Work lunches in Central Business District

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Though you might have to take a quick ten-minute Metro or auto ride to this supermarket, but the lunch options here are reasonably vast. You can either try one of their pastas, sandwiches or rice bowls, which you can customise to your heart’s content. And for dessert, they’ve got a whole bakery of options to choose from. We are particularly fond of their blueberry cupcakes.

Where: Level 4, 1 MG Mall, Trinity Circle, MG Road

When: Monday-Sunday, 10.30am-10pm

Contact: 080 22086533

Price: INR 500 for two {approx.}

Harima

Harima, japanese cuisine, Work lunches in Central Business District

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This Japanese restaurant will prove certain respite from the numerous greasy spoons around this area and you don’t have to break a bank to eat lunch here. They’ve got a lunch set menu, where you can pick two veggies or meat options that come along with a portion of sticky rice, salad and a bowl of miso soup.

Where: 4th Floor, 131, Devatha Plaza, Residency Road

When: Monday-Sunday, noon-3pm & 6-10.30pm

Contact: 080 41325757

Price: INR 2,000 for two {approx.}

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KC Das

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One has been led to believe that there are only delicious Bengali sweets to be had here, but, you can also tear into a plate of lip-smacking Luchis served with Dum Aloo and Bengali dal. It is simply outstanding and perhaps the best value for money lunch in this area.

Where: 38, Church Street

When: Monday-Sunday, 9am-2.30pm & 3-9.30pm

Contact: +919343767470

Price: INR 100 for two {approx.}

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Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls

Khan Saheb, Work lunches in Central Business District

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We know, you won’t have the luxury to sit down and gab over lunch on all days. For busy days like those, this rolls place is a great option to get full and eat something tasty. We usually stick with the mutton bhuna – tender morsels of mutton in a thick, spicy gravy stuffed inside a flaky, crisp paratha.

Where: 9A Block, St Patrick’s Complex, Brigade Road

When: Monday to Sunday, 12.30-11.30pm

Contact: +91 9900794444

Price: INR 200 for two {approx.}

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Lakeview MilkBar

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We’ve come to think of this place as a late-night stop-over but you should pop in for lunch, grab a roast lamb sandwich and an American Malted Shake and get stuffed for practically no monies.

Where: 89, Kannan Building, MG Road

When: Monday-Sunday, 9am-Midnight

Contact: 080 25582161

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

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MTR 1924

MTR 1924, Work lunches in Central Business District

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While the idea with these branches of the original is their modernised decor, the food adheres to the old-school standards, meaning, they’ve not acknowledged the health food craze yet. Feeling famished? Ask for the special meals that come overflowing with options like bisibele bhath, khara bhath and fruit salad with ice-cream and is rounded off with a sweet paan. Not too hungry? Then ask for a bisibele bhath, mix in the accompanying spicy mixture and turn over the thimble full of ghee for complete satisfaction. Mix. Eat. Repeat.

Where: Ground Floor, 29, White House, St Mark’s Road

When: Monday to Sunday, 7am-8.30pm

Contact: 080 22118083

Price: INR 200 for two {approx.}

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Nagarjuna

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The decisions to make at this Andhra restaurant are simple: either you get the large Mutton Biryani or you order an unlimited Vegetable Meals accompanied by the super spicy Chicken Chilly and the moreish Prawns Sholay Masala. You might need a soft drink to help everything settle down.

Where: 44/1, Residency Road

When: Monday-Sunday, Noon-3.30pm & 7-11pm

Contact: 080 49652614

Price: INR 600 for two {approx.}

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Queen’s

Crowds throng this cosy, North-Indian joint for its decadent fare and quick service. Ask for a Dal Makhani, Mutton Rogan Josh along with Butter and Garlic Naans and wash it all down with sweet, thick Lassi for complete satisfaction.

Where: 7, Shrungar Shopping Centre, Church Street

When: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-3.30pm & 7-10.30pm

Contact: +91 9845040706

Price: INR 750 for two {approx.}

Shiro

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They’ve got an executive lunch at Shiro on weekdays, where you can pick an appetiser, a main and a dessert from a limited menu of their crowd-pleasers. Take your pick from delicate, stuffed dumplings to sinful chocolate desserts.

Where: Second Floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road

When: Monday-Friday, 12.30-3pm.

Contact: 080 49652888

Price: INR 550 – 650 for Executive Lunch

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Toscano

Dessert, Toscano's, Work lunches in Central Business District

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Sometimes, lunch is the only respite from the horrors of a work-day and Toscano’s three-course meal ought to make you feel relaxed and decadent. Start with an Aged Goat Cheese Salad with its tart, sour and sweet flavours, for mains, get a Roasted Rosemary Marinated Filet Mignon and wrap up your meal with a warm Apple Crumble.

Where: Second Level, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road

When: Monday-Sunday, noon-3.30pm & 6.30-10.45pm

Contact: 080 41738800

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

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