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12.02.2018

Dear Koramangala worker bees: between filling out excel sheets, fleeing the team leader in the games room and finishing deadlines, the business of getting lunch has really suffered. We’ve come to your rescue with this guide on where to go and what to order in your vast and undiscriminating neighbourhood. (The rest of you, you’re welcome too). Go back to focusing on your job and typing out your very important opinions on social media! We’ve handled the nom-ber crunching.

Monday: 

Saturday night was a booze fest. Getting through Sunday was brutal. All through the weekend, food has been an afterthought. Now you’ve woken up missing the comfort of a home-cooked meal. Go to:

Anupam’s Coast II Coast

Listen, will you just get the chicken ghee roast masala and pair it with neer dosas? No Monday blues will be able to withstand the power. No? Fine, get anything off the menu. It’s all excellent. 113, 6th Cross Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, call 41460555.

Grand Gowdru Hotel

Mutton chops, kheema ball masala, brain fry and every other part of the goat can be had at this new eatery. It’s like a meal a Kannadiga mother would cook on the homecoming of her child, and you deserve it. 507, 6th Cross Road 6th Block, Koramangala, call 91488 86566.

Litti Twist

Get a classic version of this Bihari staple or try it with spinach or shredded chicken. They’re all drizzled generously with ghee just like at a granny’s home, and served with four kinds of chutneys. Jha rule. 4/1, 1st Main, Bhuvanappa Layout, 7th Block, Koramangala, call 88800 98842.

Shaap

Start your meal with kappa mulluga – hunks of stemmed yam drenched with chopped onions and chillies. Select a protein – beef or fish – and get the meals. Basement, 574, 1st A Cross Road, Koramangala, call 41530004.

Sri Krishna Kafe

The dosas are crispy, the idlis are fluffy and the vadas are puffy. But it will be cleaning out the drumstick in the sambar and the tangy bite of the rasam that will truly chase away the last of that hangover.
143, 60 Feet Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 9448111514.

Special Mention:

God’s Own Cafe

They’re closed on Mondays but Mrs. Priya Rajagopal or “Aunty” serves home-style Kerala meals and specials that will remind you of the Ammachi that you’ve been meaning to visit once you get that elusive “office-leave”.
72, 1st Main Road, 4th Cross, 7th Block, Koramangala, call 9980739700.

Tuesday:  

The real start to the week. Now, you need brain-food. Those deadlines aren’t going to meet themselves.

Bhukkad

These guys are really looking out for you – all their breads are whole wheat, hummus stands in for mayo and honey substitutes for sugar. Top tip: get everything with the in-house mustard sauce and garlic aioli. 1005, ST Bed, Cauvery Colony, Koramangala, call 40913063. 

Carrots

If you think that vegan food is for bunnies and bovines, this restaurant is out to pick a fight. You can get everything from street food essentials like gobi manchurian (admittedly an elevated variety) to vegan chocolate ice-cream and a coconut milk panna cotta. 607, First Floor, 80 Feet Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, call 41172812.

The Yogisthaan Cafe

Everyone needs quiet and quinoa sometimes. Couple that with life-affirming Happy Juice – pineapple, orange, sweet lime or a Booster Juice – carrot, beetroot, coriander, amla and ginger. You’re already glowing. C11, Sarjapur Main Road, 2nd Block, Koramangala, call 8068000888.

Vegan Heat

Your burgers and sandwiches are filled with tempeh, tofu or a tuber. Even better? Tear into a millet masala dosa. It’s when stuffing isn’t, you know, stuffing. Log on to veganheat.com to order. 

Wednesday

Everything has come to a head. Everything must happen fast today. Your lunch can be no exception to the rule.

Bundar

There’s no monkeying around with the portions at this joint. You’ll get bang for your buck. Grab a burger – we recommend the Texas Pulled Pork. 504, 6th Cross Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, call 41425060.

Cafe Thulp

This old faithful hasn’t disappointed us, and it won’t start now. Over time, we’ve realised that looking at the specials board always yields excellent results. 998, 1st Main, 1st Block, Koramangala, call 40933355.

Chinita Real Mexican Food

There’s no ache that a grilled beef burrito bowl here can’t soothe. Making it even better: a portion of their divine flan. 25, 5th Cross Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 9591038009. 

Popsies

Gather the troops and pile your table with fried rice, momos, mystery gravies, and let the boy bands piped on the system take you back to the good old days when greasy Chindian food was greasy Chindian food. 11, 4th-C Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 65659336.

Truffles

You might have to stare down the college kids to get a table but it’ll be worth it: quick, tasty and cheap. 93/A , Ground Floor, A Wing, 4th B Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 41466565.

 Thursday:

Ah, heck, a hangover? Here, have some all-day breakfast.

Madurai Idly Shop

At times, you just need a good plate of idlis. They must be steaming, soft and submit to a quick pinch; the chutney must be coconutty, spicy and cool. All signs point to this particular darshini. 716/B, 80 17th B Main Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, call 9148186351.

Tall Blonde French

Get all the veggie or meat toppingson the menu and glam up a plate of French fries. You missed a meal, it’s fine. (Didn’t miss a meal? Er, hey, it’s almost the weekend, you’re allowed.) 50/1, Jyothi Nivas College Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 9880614444.

The Flying Squirrel

Get a cappuccino and honey glazed ham sandwich and feel the weariness slide off your back like a wet windcheater. The bitterness of the coffee will jolt you; the sweet of the sandwich will restore your belief in love. 136, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 40991044.

The Hole In The Wall Cafe

Run by a former air hostess and the lead vocalist of Galeej Gurus, this place is the cat’s whiskers in the breakfast department. Open menu, point and order – you won’t go wrong. 4, 8th Main Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, call 40949490.

Third Wave Coffee Roasters

Just walking in will wake you up! You’ll be super-grateful for the warm cuppa but also fill yourself up with their Liege Waffles, which are more cake-like the regular waffles. You’ll feel dough-ty, but in a good way. 984, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, call 7624955344.

Friday:

Week’s over! #TreatYourself.

Chianti

Perfection at this Italian restaurant begins with their complimentary bread basket. Everything else is simply uphill. Not a cheap option but a divine one. 12, 1st A Cross Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 41132021.

Karama Hotel

You’ve eaten at the chain of Empire restaurants: now sail over to this sister concern for its Gosht Nihari and Karachi naan: too good to be just drunk food.103, 5th floor, 5th Block, Koramangala, call 40222700.

Nasi And Mee

As the name of this Pan-Asian restaurant suggests, you go down two roads here – get the rice or noodles. Neither route will disappoint. PS. They go down well with a glass of wine to ring in the weekend. 974, 4th Cross, 80 Feet Main Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, call 41513456.

Punjab Grill

If you spent your afternoons in the 90s watching Daawat on DD Metro, then you’ll be excited to eat at Jiggs Kalra’s restaurant. The food itself will get you in the mood for the best afternoon delight of all: a nap. Ground Floor, SJR Primus, 20th Main Road, 7th Block, Koramangala, call 40902161.

The Smoke Co.

Wrap up your week’s work before you head here. A light meal? Perish thought. Dig into their charcuterie, order a beer and let day dwindle into evening. Hang back and you might catch a gig at Primal, the bar above this eatery. 501, 6th Cross Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, call 46218500.

This story was contributed by Joshua Muyiwa, a Bangalore-based poet and writer.

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