With the glamourisation of the pub crawl, teetotalers have a different idea of the ideal Friday or Saturday night with some amazing food. The watering holes in JP Nagar might not be your cup of tea (or shot of vodka!), but this part of town still has a range of great restaurants and cafes to pique your interest and serve a great meal for any taste and mood, no matter which phase of the area you’re in. How about a food crawl, y’all?
Chilling In South Bangalore? Dine Your Way Through JP Nagar At These Restaurants
If Mangalorean cuisine and seafood is your comfort food, head over to Coastal Mama in JP Nagar 5th phase for some neer dosa and ghee roast or prawn curry. Even their fish thali is good we hear. Their ambience is close to home if you’re from anywhere on the West Coast, and the rooftop seating adds to the beach shack vibes. If you have done the pub crawl and were left you in higher spirits than you’d like (if you know what we mean), they whip up a killer buttermilk to help settle you down.
For those of you who need a visually appealing chill spot right in the middle of all the action, or you just need to settle down with a glass of wine, follow the breadcrumbs to Crumb Together, right opposite Vega City Mall. With artsy decor and lights, as well as food with good presentation, choose through their menu for some Continental or Indian small plates and mains. If nothing else, the location ensures that you’ll get a cab home to whatever part of town you live in!
Weekend (or post party) mornings are a perfect time to head to the Egg Factory, which is pretty self explanatory with what you should have there. With food for any type of craving at any time of the day, their extensive egg based menu contains everything from Bhurji to Burmese rice bowls that are delicious and satisfying. We recommend you try their all-day breakfast platter on days you wake up starving on the weekends.
The name might be inspired by an iconic animal duo, but the restaurant is more like a beach shack than a savannah lodge. Smack in the middle of JP Nagar’s more residential part, Hakuna Matata serves mostly North Indian fare. As the area is quiet, it’s a great place for a wholesome family bonding session over a meal. They serve alcohol to accompany your meal, but also make some mean mocktails and are worth a try.
Right below Brewsky, Kesirya is a vegetarian restaurant that serves Rajasthani fare. They have three set unlimited thaali options that you can choose from consisting of sweets, a few chat items like kachori and samosa, mains like dahi gatta and sattu baati. Plus, choice of phulkas and rotis. Served in a large plate and small bowls where each course is explained by the staff, this is a great experiential dining option for days you’re feeling adventurous.
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
Every Bangalorean’s favourite breakfast (or tiffin) joint, MTR faces the cool Mini-Forest, giving you a great South Indian breakfast with a view. Their legendary dosas and vadas are worth the distance. Even their lunch and dinner thalis are great for a quick, pocket-friendly no-fuss meal option if you’re around the area. Once you’re done, you can always pick up their ready-to-eat packs for when you’re not feeling like getting out of home for a meal.
A common haunt for those seeking comfort in South Indian food, you can’t go wrong with their extensive menu that hits all the right spots. It also helps that you can order a veg/non-veg thali and eat to your heart’s content! Technically this isn’t in JP Nagar proper, but we couldn’t help ourselves because it’s down the road from Vega City on Bannerghatta Road so it still counts!
Pizza is always the answer to the question, “What do you feel like eating?” Don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise. With some of the best pizzas in town that are the perfect size for one or to share (more people = more pizza), rest assured that Onesta is a safe bet for when the squad can’t pick a place to eat. They also have other options like customisable ravioli, lasagna, pasta, and appetisers to appeal to even picky eaters. The cherry to the cake is is their unlimited pizza package that comes with unlimited dessert!
The Yellow Submarine
Overlooking the green campus of IIM, the Beatles-themed restaurant that definitely takes its theme and ambience seriously. The Yellow Submarine has some amazing grub whether you plan to drink or not, and a treat for all your senses! With an equal number of vegetarian and meat options on the menu, they’re probably one of the only places in this part of town that makes a great samosa hummus as well as a char siu pork belly. They also make some unique cocktails and brew their own beer, but if you’re a teetotaler, their mocktails and desserts will definitely end your meal on a good note.
For Mughalai and Arabian cuisine when you want something that’s not from Empire, Zaitoon has some great options. Apart from the usual shawarma and biriyani, they have a delectable range of kebabs (we can vouch for their chicken malai kebab). We’re pleasantly surprised with the number of vegetarian options available on their menu (it’s not just paneer!) and a whole section for just hummus!