The five South Indian states- Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana- have a very vibrant cuisine. The food from all five regions is vastly different and yet has several similarities, including the use of common ingredients like rice, lentils, dried red chilies and fresh green chilies and of course, coconut. All the cuisines of South India also use locally produced vegetables like plantain, snake gourd or chichinda, garlic, ginger and tamarind.
These cuisines mainly differ in the levels of their spiciness, with Andhra cuisine being the spiciest of all. Bangalore has a healthy crop of restaurants serving these varied South Indian cuisines, from pure vegetarian Tamilian cuisine , to dishes from Udupi, as well as the spicy pork dishes of Kodava cuisine from Coorg in Karnataka.
We have curated a list of top 10 restaurants serving the best South Indian food in Bangalore:
1. Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR)
MTR was named as one of the top 10 restaurants of 2016 for regional cuisine, by TripAdvisor survey. The restaurant has eight branches all over the city and serves some of the tastiest South Indian preparations at astoundingly low prices. The restaurant was founded by the Maiya brothers from Udupi in Karanataka, who went from serving as chefs for prominent people in Bangalore to eventually opening up their own restaurants. Most popular dishes here include ghee masala dosa, rava idli, crispy vada and of course, the filter coffee.
Where: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Basavanagudi (+ 7 more locations)
Cost for 2: Rs 300
Contact: 080 22220022
2. Vidyarthi Bhavan
People who love good South Indian breakfast will love this place that has a humble, simple ambiance and portraits of famous people hanging on the walls. Great food for dirt cheap prices is the Unique Selling Point of this place. The restaurant is an iconic landmark of old Bangalore and is famous for its crispy masala dosas and sagu masala dosas. Clean, rich and flavored food with great quantity and quality is what makes Vidyarthi bhavan a popular place for the students of the city.
Where: 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle, Basavanagudi
Cost for 2: Rs 150
Contact: 080 26677588
3. Brahmin’s Coffee Bar
The cafe that was also founded by one of three Maiya brothers of MTR fame, is one of the highest rated cafes for South Indian food in the city. It’s one of the oldest restaurants and serves only a handful of dishes, but every dish has a charm of its own and the locals swear by the place for a budget breakfast. There’s no seating arrangement because of space constraints, but the idlis are soft as a cloud and the chutney has acquired legendary status in Bengaluru. The kesar bhaat is another dish that people love to gorge on at Brahmin’s Coffee Bar.
Where: Ranga Rao Road, Near Shankar Math, Shankarpuram, Basavanagudi Area, Basavanagudi
Cost for 2: Rs 100
Contact: 91 9845030234
4. Shree Sagar (CTR)
Famous for the best butter dosa or benne dose in Bangalore, Shree Sagar is always crowded- a testament of the supreme quality of food served here. It’s one of those places that make you go there again and again, once you’ve had a taste of its food. People also visit the place for its exceptional Magalorean bajji, Poori-Saagu and Meddur vada.
Where: 7th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram
Cost for 2: Rs 100
Contact: 080 23317531
5. Taaza Thindi
Taaza Thindi is famous among the city people not just because of excellent food at affordable prices but also because of the extremely efficient service, despite the milling crowds that the place sees almost all the time. The place is famous for fresh South Indian snacks, served hot and the mind blowing low prices.
Where: 1004, 26th Main, Next to HDFC Bank, 4th T Block, Jayanagar
Kumarakom is one of the best places to visit for authentic Kerala cuisine in Bangalore. They have a superb lunch buffet on weekdays and also have live music performances of popular Malayalam melodies, along with a cozy feel and excellent food. People swear by their Kerala Sadhya meals that usually comprise of Kerala rice, dal, ghee, sambar, rasam, mor kulambu, thorans, chips, pickles, pachadi, papad and payasams.
Where: 23, 14th Main, 4th Sector, Opposite BDA Complex, HSR
7. The Coorg Food Co.
Fans of Coorgi Pandhi Curry will especially appreciate this place that is a haunt of lovers of Kodava cuisine. Coorgi pork, Pork Fry, Chicken Curry and tender coconut pudding are some of the dishes that people love to try over here. They also offer a complimentary cup of jaggery tea, called the Bella coffee at the end of the meals. We also recommend their lime cooler with chili and the pepper rasam, both of which are especially good here.
Where: 2nd Floor, Masand Esquire, Hennur Main Road, Kalyan Nagar
8. Iyer Mess
Iyer Mess is a favorite of people who love the South Indian platter. They serve it on a banana leaf and it comprises of dal vada, roti, tomato gravy, shredded cabbage, curd, appalam, rice, Sambhar, and payassam. It’s recommended for people who love simple home food.
Where: 4/3, Near Devi Prasad Home Appliances, 7th & 8th Cross, West Park Road, Malleshwaram
9. Sree Krishna Kafe
One of the most popular places for Tamilian cuisine in Koramangala, Sree Krishna Kafe will be cherished by true blue foodies. Nothing fancy about the place or its ambiance. The focus is on the clean flavors and the food that they put on your plate. You cannot miss the Pongal vada here, as well as the masala dosa that comes with three different yummy chutneys. They also have variants of the dosa like paneer dosa, corn dosa that you will love even if you’re a dosa puritan. Try the Idiyappam served with fresh coconut milk and kurma and finish off with their beautifully flavorful rava kesari sweet dish.
Where: 5th Main, Near Muni Reddy Kalyana Mantap, Koramangala 5th Block
10. The Restaurant-Coorg
Another one of our favorite places for authentic Coorgi Kodava cuisine is The Restaurant. Besides the Coorgi Pandhi Curry, all their pork dishes are very popular among certified carnivores. Don’t forget to try out their coconut souffle. They also have a rooftop seating area and the ambiance is decent enough.
Where: 477, Krishna Temple Road, 1st Stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar