Bangalore Journals

Eating and Sleeping in Bangalore

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A September 2013 trip to Bangalore by phileasfogg

Villa Pottipati Photo, Bangalore, India More Photos
Quote: I spent five days recently in Bangalore. Two days were at the Bangalore Literature Festival, the rest were spent in exploring the city. A round-up of where I stayed and where I ate.

Crowne Plaza

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Hotel | "Good hotel, not so great location"

Crowne Plaza Photo, Bangalore, India
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When I got into the cab at Bangalore airport and told the driver where I wanted to go, he nodded. The lady I was sharing the cab with (another writer also invited for the Bangalore Literature Festival) asked, "How long will it take?" Two hours, we were told, because the airport is north of Bangalore and to get to the Crowne Plaza, you have to first drive till the city, then through the city, then south.For the tourist who's here to go sightseeing, this is therefore not a hotel I'd recommend, simply because if it's so very in the back of beyond. For a business traveller who may have to put in long hours of meetings at the office of the many large corporates that have their buildings in Elect...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2013

Crowne Plaza
No 43 , Hosur Road
Bangalore
080 3003 0303

Villa Pottipati

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Hotel | "Small and charming, but with glitches"

Villa Pottipati Photo, Bangalore, India
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Part of the Neemrana Group’s ‘non-hotel’ hotels, the Villa Pottipati is named for a village in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh; the Pottipati village was the hometown of the Reddy family, who migrated to Bangalore in the 19th century and built a villa in Malleswaram, once (and to a lesser extent even now) a staunchly Brahmin enclave of Bangalore. The Neemrana Group acquired the villa and converted it into a homey ‘heritage hotel’ a few years back. Having lived in various Neemrana hotels over the past several years, we’ve developed such a love for these properties that it was our first choice when we planned our trip to Bangalore.Although tariffs per night range from Rs 3000 per night for a...Read More

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Villa Pottipati
142, 8th Cross, 4th Main Rd
Bangalore, Karnataka 560003

Sana-di-ge

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Restaurant | "Very good local cuisine"

Sana-di-ge Photo, Bangalore, India
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Sana-di-ge had been recommended to us as one of the best places to eat local food in Bangalore, so on our first evening in the city, we took an auto rickshaw to Goldfinch Hotel and went to Sana-di-ge. This restaurant's entrance is through the lobby of the hotel, from where a door flanked by lots of potted bamboo leads into a dining hall whose most striking feature are the large colourful traditional masks on the wall.Beyond this dining area, a door leads out into a sort of wide verandah, with coir ropes wrapped around grey stone pillars, typical South Indian many-tiered brass lamps (though fitted with tiny electric lights) hanging from the ceiling more masks, and other traditional artefacts from t...Read More

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Sana-di-ge
32/3, Goldfinch Hotels, Crescent Road, Kumara Krupa High Grounds,bangalore,560001,karnataka
Bangalore, india
080 4129 1300

Kudla

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Restaurant | "Very good seafood"

Kudla Photo, Bangalore, India
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Even though Bangalore is not too close to the sea (the city sits pretty squarely in the middle of the Deccan plateau), seafood is very popular here. And among the restaurants that specialise in seafood, we’d been recommended Kudla.On the ground floor of the Ramanashree Hotel, Kudla is approached through a short, curving staircase leading up from the street. Inside, the restaurant has a low- wooden-beamed ceiling reminiscent of traditional old homes across Southern India. The walls are white-painted and textured, and decorated in places with a pale blue-green pattern of waves. Large, colourful South Indian masks hang on the walls, and the waiters wear traditional South Indian clothing, long white ...Read More

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Kudla
16, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road
Bangalore, Karnataka

Ente Keralam

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Restaurant | "The best meal we had in Bangalore"

Ente Keralam Photo, Bangalore, India
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We’d gone to Bangalore armed with recommendations from Bangalore-based foodies on the best places to eat local cuisine while we were in the city. Among the restaurants we’d been told to try was Enté Keralam, which (as we later discovered, when we visited the restaurant) has actually been listed, in the past, by the Miele Guide as one of Asia’s top restaurants.Enté Keralam sits on the ground floor of a triple-storeyed building that houses a few other restaurants, including a teppanyaki joint. Enté Keralam itself is entered through a simple little wooden vestibule-pavilion (with a couple of broad benches for anybody who’d like to sit in case they have to wait for a table). Inside, the restaurant’s dé...Read More

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Ente Keralam
No: 1/3, Ulsoor Rd
Bangalore
080 3242 1002

Koshys Jewel Box & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Doesn’t live up to the hype"

Koshys Jewel Box & Restaurant Photo, Bangalore, India
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Prior to our trip to Bangalore, my husband posted a question on a foodie forum on Facebook: Which are the must-do restaurants in Bangalore? Almost everybody who responded recommended Koshy’s, among other places. We decided, therefore, (and since we were in the vicinity on our first day of sightseeing) that we’d have lunch here.Koshy’s, we discovered after we’d entered this restaurant, was set up in 1940. The building housed a department store and the restaurant to start off with, and was supposedly Bangalore’s most happening place even back in the 50s and 60s (and later), with big names and familiar faces to be seen here, from Jawaharlal Nehru and Nikita Khrushchev to Queen Elizabeth ...Read More

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Koshys Jewel Box & Restaurant
St Marks Road
Bangalore
080 2221 3793