Kiran Guesthouse Roof Restaurant: Good food above where I stayed
The Kiran Guesthouse is located near the river and Vicky's rooftop restaurant. It's run by a friendly family who were very accommodating. I stayed here and ate at their rooftop restaurant a couple of times and found the food to be very good and cheap. For example I had an Alu Gobhi, rice, 2 chapattis, 2 papads and a sprite for Rs80. Breakfasts aren't great though, so I had them at the Chillout Bar instead.
Kiran Guest House is located about 150 meters behind the Tourist Info Office at Hampi Bazaar. Take the narrow lane by the side of the Tourist Info Office and at the end of the lane, close to the banana fields, you can spot the guest house.
Chetan Ice Cream & Fruit Juice Centre: A real surprise!
This is a great place located on the main bazaar. Like the title suggests it serves ice creams and fruit juices as well as lassi's and milk shakes. Ice creams cost Rs30 for 2 scoops, Rs40 for 4 etc, ice cream cones cost Rs15 for 1 scoop, Rs25 for 2 scoops etc. They also do some ice cream sundaes and fruit salad ice creams. Great place and most unexpected given that you're in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Someone knows how to keep us tourists happy!
The Mango Tree: River view, relaxed atmosphere, good food
One of the best-known tourist spots in Hampi, "Mango Tree" rightfully deserves its good reputation. We reached the restaurant after a pleasant walk through a banana plantation overlooking the Tungabhadra river. The restaurant is beautifully situated on terraces with the river below and mango trees above. The crowd is a mixture of foreign tourists and Indians. Food is strictly vegetarian, with a wide selection of tasty dishes. The service is friendly and efficient.
After a half day of walking around temples and monuments in the sun, we found in "Mango Tree" good dining and a perfect relaxation.
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row of eating joints outside the virupaksha temple: try out the variety
there are rows of restraurants,eating joints and small stalls selling snacks alongside the road leading to the Virupaksha temple.Just go ahead and try these.some of them even claim to be catering Mexican,italian and other cuisines,while it might not be authentic,they are not bad.
Mango Tree Restaurant, Hampi: Go for the Ambience, not the Food!
Hampi is not exactly a place for foodies. Mango Tree restaurant is an interesting restaurant with a splendid ambience, located on the banks of Tungabhadra river. As the name suggests, you'll literally be dining under a huge mango tree. For added interest, there is a swing to keep you entertained while you wait. Mango Tree is your basic multi-cuisine restaurant serving south indian thali's (Rs. 45) and all sorts of Continental dishes. We stuck with the basics and had some paneer preparations and thalis. Food was clean but average. Service was good. It's all vegetarian and don't expect any alcholic drinks either.
Finding it is a challenge, so seek local help. It is a bit far from the Hampi main bazar so catching an auto-rickshaw might be a smart thing to do. One has to walk through banana plantations to reach this eclectic eatery. By the way... you'll be asked to remove your shoes before entering the restaurant. And the toilets were quite clean (and western) ;-)
Favorite Dish: No gourmet paradise this, but the setting certainly makes it a nice outing. Easily beats the other noisy restaurants in Hampi bazaar hands down. A safe choice: Special Thali.
Geetha: Geetha's Grumpy Grannies
If, like me, you tire quickly of the rude waiting and the western atmosphere of The Mango Tree, head back to Hampi bazaar. When wandering down the street towards the bull monolith, you'll find Geetha's restaurant on your left (not to be mistaken with Geetha's Riverside restaurant mentioned in the Lonely Planet, which was quite poor). Geetha's is the place recommended by all the locals for its clean kitchen and authentic cooking. Here, the woman of the house cooks for her customers what she would for her guests, straight from her own home. Consequently the food is clean, cheap and authentic. The waiting is done by her husband. Don't let his grumpy demeanor and bad English scare you off: the man has bothing but good intentions.
Favorite Dish: South Indian Thaly. A wonderful assortment of grilled vegetables in a mildly spicy sauce with the required extra curd, pickles etc. for a price that wouldn't get you a starter at the Mango Tree.
The Mango Tree: For some a limited choice
Well, you can pick from vegetarian, vegetarian or vegetarian. Hampi being a holy city is meat and alcohol free, not a problem to most people, in fact the dossa, dahl fry and thali is really good. But if you feel as though your going thro' "de-tox", give them 24hrs notice, and meat and beer in the fridge can be provided, although at a rather inflated price, and the beer may be served from a teapot to diguise that fact, and somewhat taints the flavour, but when needs must,haha!!
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