Here are our top picks of Ramdan Food in Bangalore to take your taste buds on a wild ride:
1. Mosque Road and MM Road, Frazer Town
Go to: Food street in and around Koramangala
3. ShivajinagarShivajinagar has been the go-to place for iftar for years. Primarily because it's a Muslim predominant area. But it could also be because they sell the best kebabs and seekhs in the city. The trump card, however, is the absolutely delicious camel meat. It'll give you the kicks. Just go have a try.
Go to: Russell Street in and around Shivajinagar
4. Albert Bakery, Frazer TownThis cute little bakery has a wildcard it pulls out only during the Ramadan season. It's their super-delicious, absolutely mouth-watering goat brain puffs. We dare you to guess what it is made from. Just remember to go there early. Stocks don't last, not even for more than half an hour usually.
5. Hotel Fanoos, Frazer TownIf you needed an excuse to go and try out the exquisite beef sheekh-kabab rolls from Fanoos, consider this your best one. These kebabs are simply the best in the city. It will get you wondering how anyone could make anything so perfectly. When the kebab melts in your mouth the first bite you take, everything else is a blur. We'll vouch for Fanoos with everything we have got!
6. Tilak NagarTilak Nagar is another place where you can pick up a few delicacies during Ramadan. They serve everything from chicken kebabs to Pista House ka haleem. This is again another place where you'll be spoilt for choice. And yes, Tilak Nagar has a wildcard too. Watch out for the roasted ox tongue. The flavours will leave your tongue confused and disoriented and of course, wanting more.
7. Rahmat NagarYet another location where the air is filled with the sweet smell of grilled meat. The stalls at Rahmat Nagar are famous for serving two things, samosas and kebabs. And like all the other stalls across the city, you'll again be really spoilt for choice. The kebabs are grilled to perfection, and the samosas are wrapped up in the neatest manner possible. The explosion of the various flavours is sure to leave you dazed.
8. Jhonson MarketJhonson Nagar is the go-to place any day of the year for succulent kebabs and juicy seekh rolls. During Ramadan however, your options extend literally to infinity and beyond. Jhonson Market redefines being spoilt for choice. To put things into perspective, you'll find yourself choosing between samosas, harira, haleem, sheekh kebabs, puffs, chauba puri, beef kebab, qubani ka meetha and paya soup among plenty others. They have a trump card too, the kichda, similar to haleem but somehow the meat isn't pasty. Talking about meat, beef kababs from Khazana Food Paradise are highly recommended.
9. Empire Restaurants Across BangaloreEmpire is the largest restaurant chain in the city with their presence almost everywhere. Their subsidiary Karama also has branches all over the city. These two restaurants, during the month of Ramadan, set up stalls at each and every restaurant in the city. And good god, the options are simply mindnumbing. They have at least 10 different varieties of Kababs on offer apart from all kinds of chicken dishes, Arabic and North-Indian. Then there's the infinite amount of snacks ranging from samosa to haleem to several varieties of coolers. Be sure to get there before 12 a.m, stocks don't last long.
10. Bilal Masjid, Bannerghatta RoadMarking its Islamic presence in Bengaluru is the newly constructed Masjid-e-Bilal in the affluent neighbourhood of Bannerghatta road. Consecrated in June 2015, this mosque is one of the largest in Bengaluru, housing around 6,500 namazis at a time. During the annual festival of Ramadan, the Bilal Masjid is surrounded by Iftar treats galore. From a variety of stalls selling samosas and Haleem, there’s a lot of Halal cuisines to try out around Bilal Majid.
11. Johnson MarketA non-vegetarian epicurean’s pure delight is Johnson market, offering all kinds of samosas, wraps, rolls and hot tea and beverages. The overwhelming choice of food her is sure to get your gastric juices flowing. Some places to drop into are Makkah cafe which sells coconut or fruit stuffed naans and piping hot samosas and chai. Fanoos is a roll-paradise,offering veal, chicken and seekh rolls. Madeena stores offer a panoply of sodas-all colours and flavours to choose from, a perfect accompaniment to your snack treats.
There you go, the best of Ramadan in Bangalore. Do let us know in the comments how you felt after trying out the excellent food at these locations. Eid Mubarak!