For those of us who love eating out but fear irreparable damage to the pocket, RT Nagar is a saviour. Its lanes are home to budget-friendly restaurants and iconic dive bars that will make your tummy and wallet very happy. To add balance to the proceedings, the past few years have seen a couple of fine-dine establishments open up as well. LBB shares a list of the neighbourhood’s best restaurants.

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The Punjabi Rasoi

Dawat-E-Rasoi

Vegetable Galouti at Dawat-E-Rasoi, RT Nagar

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There seems to be no shortage of decent north-Indian and Mughlai options in the neighbourhood. This shiny restaurant offers a range of Mughlai creations. We’d recommend you give their Veg Galouti Kabab and the Mutton Kakori Kababs a try.

Where: 5/3, ALS Complex, 1st Main, 2nd Cross, RT Nagar

When: 11am-11pm

Contact: 080 41616106

Price: INR 1,000 for two plus tax

J B Bakery

Biscuits and cakes at JB Bakery, Rt Nagar

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An old-school bakery that teems with activity and customers in the evenings, this one is where you head to for classics such as khari biscuits and honey cake as well as slightly more contemporary creations such as whole-wheat biscuits or sugar-free varieties of their cakes. We love that their oven-fresh biscuits are sold both by the kilo and the unit. Our favourites are the wheat biscuit and the salt cashew biscuit (each INR 6).

Where: 8, 80 Feet Road, Near Post Office, R T Nagar

When: 9.30am-1pm and 4pm-9.30pm

Contact: 080 23439839

Price: INR 6 upwards

Huliyappa’s

We love the Mutton Donne Biryani at Huliyappa’s for its perfect tenderness and spice. So named because of the eco-friendly leaf container it’s served in, Donne Biryani {often spelled Briyani} is a regional variety of Biryani from Karnataka. At Huliyappa’s, you can also opt for family packs {INR 460 onwards}.

Where: 33, 1st Cross, HTM Layout, CBI Main Road, R.T. Nagar

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-9.30pm

Contact: +91 7795530007

Price: INR 300 for two plus tax

The Big Mataka

Sizzlers at the big mataka in RT Nagar

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This rooftop pub is a hot draw for the Sunday brunch and pitchers full of Long Island Iced Teas. Here is also where you get served beer in a giant pot or matka. The food is one of those all-cuisine affairs. You can find both thin-crust pizzas and kebabs on the menu.

Where: 329, 3rd Main, Taralabalu Road, RT Nagar

When: 4pm-11.30pm

Contact: +91 9902067805

Find them on Facebook here.

The Punjabi Rasoi

Stash away your calorie counter for a bit and head here for a robust Punjabi feast. They have a big list of creamy paneer offerings along with plenty of meaty tandoori and tikka creations. Also, don’t go away without trying their runaway hit – Afghani Chicken {the meat’s marinated in yogurt and spices before being cooked in a tandoor}.

Where: 6, 80 Feet Road, HMT Layout, RT Nagar

When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: 080-23339171, 080-23338064

Price: INR 800 for two plus tax

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out the website here.

Momo Shop

Momos at momo shop at RT Nagar

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Every evening, Ronald George, the genial owner of Momo Shop, serves up one of the best momos in town to his waiting customers. The thin-as-air outer layer  gives way to a piping, hot filling {veg and chicken} inside. You’ll find yourself devouring plate after plate without second thought.

Where: 34, BDA Complex, R.T. Nagar

When: 5.30pm-10pm

Contact: +91 9845141954

Price: INR 300 for two

Kudla

The menu here has Mangalore stamped all over. Prepare for a lip-smacking feast as the Sukkas, Ghee Roasts, and Fish Frys head to your table.

Where: Coraltree, 16, MLA Layout. RT Nagar

When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: 080 43346600

Price: INR 800 for two plus tax

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out the website here.

Ujwal Bar & Restaurant

Those of you who revere the famous dive bar in Vasanthnagar will be happy to know that they have a branch in RT Nagar as well. Order up your tipple of your choice while gorging on their famed Coconut Chicken, Crab Masala, Neer Dosa and biryani.

Where: 2-3, K.H.M Block,  5th Main Road, R.T. Nagar

When: 11am-11pm

Contact080 2353 0801

Price: INR 600 for two plus taxes

Al-Bek

Al-Bek restaurant in Rt nagar

Photo by: Vishnu HS

Can’t get enough of kababs and tandoori delights? Then, Al-bek is your safe haven. Make your way through the crowds, to order up chunky rolls, chicken tikka, and their Special Tandoori Chicken.

Where: 1, 80 Feet Road, R.T. Nagar

When: 5pm-10:30pm

Contact:+91 9980 884 494

Price: INR 500 for two plus taxes

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out the website here.

Shakthi Bar

Hop over to by-lanes of Ganganagar to make merry at the area’s favourite dive bar. Chomp on their Masala Papad, French Chicken, Tawa Fried Fish, and Mutton Curry as waiters bring you your alcohol.

Where: 122/34, Ganga Nagar, 5th Main Road, RT Nagar

When: 11:30am-11:30pm

Contact: 080 2333 0958

Price: INR 600 for two plus tax

Kabab Studio

Kababs at kabab studio at Rt Nagar

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Part of Coraltree {same as Kudla}, Kabab Studio is the place for limitless buffets. Come prepared to be stuffed with endless helpings of fruit chaats, cream-filled gravies, kababs, biryanis and sweets.

Where: Coraltree, 16, MLA Layout. RT Nagar

When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: +91 8861002966

Price: INR 1,000 for two plus tax

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out the website here.

Richies Rahham’s

There’s very few other places that tame your biryani cravings like Rahham’s. Pair it with plates of their Andhra Tikka, kababs, and chicken tikka and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal.

Where: 4, 80 Feet Road, RT Nagar

When: 11am-11pm

Contact: 080 23548700

Price: INR 500 for two plus tax

The Ming’s Legacy

Chinese food at The Mins legacy in Rt Nagar

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Good old Chinese food doused in Indian spices is what you get at this restaurant. The hot soups, Chicken Lollypops, and American Chopsuey are all favourites here.

Where: 3/1, P&T Colony, R.T. Nagar Main Road, R.T. Nagar

When: noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm

Contact: +91 9591630159

Price: INR 1,000 for two plus tax

Find them on Facebook here.

With inputs from Navya D’souza

Featured image via: The Big Mataka