It’s that time of the month again. When wallets begin to get reasonably lighter, the endless wait for next month’s salaries begins, and suddenly going out for fun and frivolous coffees and elaborate buffets seems near-impossible. Help is here, with our handy list of where to eat – or rather eat like a king, at the budget of a pauper {all under 500 bucks} in F&B central: Indira Nagar.

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The Sunday crowd at the Full Gospel Assemblies of God Church 6th Main forms the major lunch audience at Acchayan’s, but otherwise too, this tiny Mallu mess is mighty popular with budget eaters. Their fish fry and fish curry is legendary as are the Squid {INR 190}, Prawn {INR 190}, Crab {INR 200} and Duck roast {INR 170}, to be mopped up with a flaky Kerala Parotta {INR 15 each}.

Where: 2209, 80-Feet Road, near BSNL Office, 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar

When: noon-4pm, 6.30-10.30pm

Contact: +91 9448686099

Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Besides the splendid breakfast items {INR 35 onwards}, this branch of the Chennai-based darshini serves some memorable Akki Rottis and Ragi Rottis {each INR 50} during evenings.

Where: 9-10, Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road, next to Metro Station, Indira Nagar

When: 7am-11pm

Contact: 080 41155099

Ants Cafe

Stop here for your snacking needs, the laid-back ambience, and the long list of teas {INR 55}. We also favour the potato wedges {INR 115} and the wicked brownie {INR 130}.

Where: 2286/B, 1st Cross, 14th A Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

When: 9am-8.30pm

Contact: 080 41715639 

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Au Bon Pain

Don’t let the more upmarket venues on the same road get you down: Au Bon Pain offers plenty of low-cost fun. Try the Chocolate Chunk Cookie paired with a piping-hot cappuccino. Sandwiches, muffins, and chicken wings are also good, lightweight picks. Their all-day breakfasts, starting as cheap as INR 45 plus tax for a Skinny Bagel with butter and their mains such as Peri Peri Mac & Cheese {INR 175} and Chicken Pesto Sandwich {INR 170} have made us regulars here.

Where: 970, 12th Main, 5th Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

When: 8am-11pm

Contact: 080 64511081 

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Berry’d Alive

The last 500-rupee note in your wallet is good for several desserts at this dessert cafe: we love the strawberry crumble and the hazelnut creme pot {both INR 160}.

Where: 1079, 12th Main Road, Indira Nagar

When: 11.30am-11.30pm

Contact: +91 9611348003

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Snacks and comfort fare rule the roost here. We can’t think of anything better than a plate of freshly-fried onion pakodas {INR 70}, Corn Churmur {INR 70} and a cup of Kullad Chai {INR 50 upwards} to pass the time on a rainy evening.

Where: 772, 2nd Floor, above Royal Enfield, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, and 118/1, First Floor, 80 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, opposite Yes Bank, Old Thippasandra, Indiranagar

When: Monday-Friday 10.30am-10.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10.30am-11pm.

Contact: 080 41534140

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Those who claim that they will never go to eat at an Empire are probably lying. Haven’t we all been in that situation, when, after bar hopping, we have ended up late at night at Empire tucking into its version of greasy Butter Chicken, totally not authentic but oh-so-good {INR 155 for half and INR 280 for a full portion}, and Ghee Rice {INR 62}? Wash this down with one of Empire’s rather good freshly-squeezed fruit juices {INR 58 upwards}.

Where: Next to BSNL, HAL 2nd Stage, 80 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

When: 11am-1am

Contact: 080 49653166 

Glen’s Bakehouse

If you can manage to find seating in this ever-crowded but charming coffee-house, head straight for the cupcakes {INR 50}: the red velvet is a crowd favourite. Pair with a good, strong cup of coffee {INR 50}.

Where: 297, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

Contact: 080 41228773

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Their tagline says “All Day Bonhomie” and at those wonderful prices, we are thinking “All Day Partying” too. Cocktails such as Watermelon and Basil Mojito {INR 175}, Spiced Pomegranate Vodkatini {INR 175} or a Guava Balsamic Bloody Mary {INR 160} at throwaway prices and generous portioned bar bites {INR 95 upwards}, there is a lot you can eat and drink here with 500 bucks.

Where: 4032, Terrace Mainland China Building, HAL, 2nd Stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

When: Monday-Thursday 12.30-11pm. Friday-Sunday 12.30-11pm

Contact: +91 9342723650 

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Lakeview Milk Bar

Craving retro fare? Lakeview Milk Bar’s old-school desserts and sandwiches are here for you. We like the roast lamb sandwich {INR 120} and the peach Melba {INR 160}.

Where: 776, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

When: 9am-midnight

Contact: 080 40986220, 080 25582161

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Take our advice. Just order the veg meal here first and then add on those spicy, peppery and fiery Chicken Fry, Mutton Roast or the Fish Curry. Their Chicken Biryani {INR 215} in a size small is perfect for a mini indulgence.

Where: 195, Double Road, Indiranagar

When: noon-3.30pm and 7-11pm

Contact: 080 42800900

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Sethji Home Made Food

For home-style Punjabi fare, look no further than Sethji. Set in the ground floor of a house, the menu here comprises parathas {INR 55} served with curd, Rajma Masala, Chana Palak and other veg gravies {INR 85 upwards} and a veg meal that costs a mere INR 60.

Where: 2148, 17th Main, 2nd Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Off 100 Feet Road

When: noon-3pm and 7-10pm

Contact: 080 25270037 


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The bricks on the walls are replete with ecstatic messages praising Tayabb’s, and for good reason. This little eatery is the perfect post-drink stop. For less than INR 500, you can get more than enough fare for two. Try the Roomali rotis, Mutton Kheema Rolls, and the the Mutton Baida Roti. Even simpler rolls start at INR 40.

Where: 46, Opposite BSNL Office, 80 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

When: Monday-Friday 1pm-11pm, Friday-Sunday 1pm-1am

Contact: +91 7829811234

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The Kitchen of Joy

This hole-in-the-wall Bengali joint offers snacks and savouries such as cutlets and samosas {INR 20 upwards} and Kolkata-style Kathi rolls {egg, veg, chicken and mutton priced at INR 50 upwards}. They have some heavier snacks such as Bengali breakfast staples like Luchi with Aloor Dum, Mutton Kosha and Mutton Kheema {INR 80 upwards}.

Where: 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Service Road, Indira Nagar

When: noon-3pm and 6-10.30pm

Contact: +91 9900962765 

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We know, we know – Toit is where you go to celebrate, not to pinch pennies. Still, with carefully picked choices – a beer and a plate of nachos, perhaps – this brewpub needn’t be out of bounds.

Where: 298, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar

Contact: +91 9019713388

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Viceroy Sarathi’s

The starters here come for as low as INR 40 {the humble wafers or Masala Papad} and their Mangalorean mains are generously priced too at INR 160 upwards. The alcohol is also wallet-friendly.

Where: Krishna Temple Road, off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

When: 11am-11pm

Contact: 080 25256162


Though run by a legit Chinese gent, Wanley offers really good and greasy Indian Chinese fare. We love their slow cooked Chilly Roasted Pork {INR 150}, their Chilly Chicken Dry {INR 140} and Wanley mixed meat and seafood fried rice.

Where: 421, H Colony, Shri Krishna Temple Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage

When: noon-3pm and 6.30-11pm

Contact: 080 25253463 

Tadka Singh

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Their Meal of the Day comprising 1 curry, 1 veg  with paratha and rice is priced at INR 250 {veg} and INR 300 {non veg}. But their combos such as Rajma Chawal {INR 180}, Kheema Pav {INR 200} and Cholle Kulche {INR 180} are big meals by themselves.

Where: 538, opposite Metro Station, CMH Road, Indiranagar

When: noon-11pm

Contact: 080 49652982

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