No forks or knives
In India, you eat with your fingers. This is what the nan or roti you are served with the meal is here for: to use as a wrap and help you pick up the food. It can be fairly challenging for Westerners who are used to a fork and knife, especially if you have a dish with a particularly creamy sauce. The people I was with had a lot of fun trying to get me to eat with my fingers and witnessing the utter mess I made. They eventually took pity and found me a spoon. So, rehearse your eating skills before you go. If you get really proficient, you might even manage to eat a meal that comes with rice instead of bread without leaving a creamy battlefield behind you on the table.
You must try the Jolada Rotti oota
This was the best lunch I'd had in Bangalore.
Served on a banana leaf, it is all you can eat small portions of several spicy curries.
I think the meal is best described from this other persons blog:
(taken from http://arunshanbhag.com/2005/08/01/kamats-yatri-nivas/)
n the fourth floor restaurant, lunch is served on a clean banana leaf, and waiters in the traditional garb of a dhoti, kurta and topi, decorate the leaf with a dazzling array of multicoloured vegeterian dishes. The scallion, a few sprigs of methi (fenugreek), roasted papad, orange coloured spicy garlic and onion chutney, a tomato cucumber raita; lentil cucumber pachhadi, spicy brinjal (eggplant) curry, a greens dish and another lentil curry. Phew! Home made yogurt (or curd) is set and served in an earthern cup (see top right of pic). Fluffy rotis come straight from the outdoor cooking area (see next pic). I cautiously apply the butter, tear off a piece of the roti and use it to scoop each dish in turn. Finger licking yummy! As we finished each roti or curry, servers magically appeared with more of what we just finished. There was also a glass of buttermilk spiced with crushed ginger, chopped peppers, curry leaves and hing. After a few rounds I can barely chew a morsel, and as waiters lined up to serve more, I had to cover my leaf with my hands and insist on not being served any more. Of course, they also had rice and Kolambo, which I just could not partake of. Then they bring out the best … fruit salad with mango ice-cream! However full I am, I can always eat dessert!
All this for Rs 100. Yes, its about 2 US dollars!!!
Catch glimpses of Bangalore!
The favourite place for a hangout in Bangalore is M. G. Road among others. This palce has pubs, bars, restaurants, malls, and anything that you can think of. It's a beautiful place - neat, systemaic, chic and elegant with a highly tech savvy look. However, due to the ongoing construction of the underground railway system, the road may seem a bit conjested for the time being. Still, M. G. Road retains its status among the other places in the city.
K.H. Road connects the western part of Bangalore to Residency Road. It is mainly a commercial place where offices of some of the national Banks are located. One can also find showrooms of some national as well as international brands here.
J.C. Road is a major road which connects V.V. Puram and Basavanagudi to the city centre. Traffic conjestion is common on this road and the shops on either side give a very conjested look.
This is Siddaiah Road, connecting J.C. Road to K.H. Road. Consequently, this road is used by thousands of commuters everyday resulting in frequent traffic jams. The road is dirty and the way the small shops on either side of this road are arranged, would surely not give a tourist a very good impression.
Kasturba Road seems to be better than many roads in the city. Either side of the road gives a nice view with the recent UB city constructerd at the crossing.
Chamarajpet is a big area in the south-western part of Bangalore and Bull Temple Road is the main road in Chamarajpet. Small local food joints and shops can be seen on either side of this road.
A shop at the City Market.
This is Airport Road, the road that leads from the city centre to the old airport. It's an important business disrtict of Bangalore and a very pleasant place.