Ten-Second Takeaway

From Rajma Chawal to Bombay Grill sandwiches, this new bistro in Indiranagar offers comfort food with a twist, all in a canteen-like setting. Say hello to The Bangalore Pantry.

Chow Down

Bhejitabil Chop, Kheema Ghotala

Sip On

Cold Coffee

Winning For

 Their spin on regional favourites and iconic dishes from the city.

Lowdown On The Ambience

Sticking to a canteen theme, the eatery has a mix of retro and industrial elements in its decor – think old-fashioned electrical switchboards, filament bulbs and pipes snaking along the ceiling. Done up in white and brown, they have high chairs, long tables and benches, and four-seater tables as well. The folks at The Bangalore Pantry {Anirban Dutta and Roshu, who are city-based IT professionals} have plans to turn the space into a gallery of sorts, as a platform for new and amateur artists.

What’s On The Menu?

All-time favourites from across the country like Bombay Omelette, Avial and Dosa, Rajma Chawal, Kulcha Chole and Goan Sausage Pav find a place in the menu here {almost reminiscent of The Bombay Canteen cafe}. We love that they have also included some popular dishes that are quintessential to Bangalore – Khara Bun Congress, Chicken Liver on Toast {recreating the Koshy’s special with Andhra spices} and Patti Mutton Samosa {after Albert Bakery’s samosas}.

Tucking In

Start off with a Cold Coffee, simple and tasting almost like a homemade version. The Bhejitabil Chop {Kolkata-style beetroot cutlet pronounced the Bengali way} was an instant hit with us. Subtly sweet, the cutlet comes with a slightly tangy and piquant kasundi {mustard sauce} and some hung curd to cut down the sharpness of the sauce. For mains, we tried Green Masala Chicken Roast. While we liked the mashed potatoes it came with {flavoured with fried garlic and not the regular creamy kind}, the pot-roasted chicken {prepared in a Goan-style} was nothing exceptional.

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We happily tucked into the Kheema Ghotala {a classic from Mumbai’s Iranian cafes} — flavourful minced meat topped with an egg {sunny side up}. Served with pavs slathered with butter, this one makes for a rich, filling meal. Finish up with their Kulfi on a Stick, classic Bowring kulfi with a dash of salted caramel {we didn’t find any saltiness} and praline nuts.

So, We’re Thinking…

When it’s about giving a new spin on old school dishes, there are bound to be hits and misses. But this one’s worth a try if you’re up for some experimental flavours in your comfort food. Also, they open quite early {by 8am}, making it an ideal spot for a quick breakfast.

Where: 298, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar

Contact: 080 41600352

Timings: 8am-10.30pm

Price: INR 800 for two

Find them on Facebook here.

Photos: The Bangalore Pantry