9 insanely popular street-side eateries in Malleshwaram

Malleshwaram, a charming locality with tree-lined lanes and stand-alone houses, is one of the older parts of Bangalore. No wonder then that it also boasts of some of the oldest eateries that seem to have been around for ages. However, age has only added to the charm of these street-side joints which serve food that people queue up from. From the softest, melt-in-your-mouth idlis to khara bhath that one could have everyday, egg masala from an 18-year old street cart to crunchy gobi munchurian cooked up by Kumar … Malleshwaram is a treasure trove of small, legendary eateries. With help from a super street foodie, Shiva Hatti, who started the popular facebook group, Best of Bangalore, we’ve picked 9 of the most popular ones for you to tick off.

1. Sri Raghavendra Stores

This 38-year-old tiny joint outside the Malleshwaram Railway Station serves only 4 items – khara bhath, idly vada, kesari bhath and shavige bhath, apart from tea and coffee. But the crowds at any time of the day are testimony to the taste and popularity of this must-visit outlet.

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2. Hot Hot Chinese

Kumar had a stint with Kalyani Channel as a cook before he started dishing out delicious, hot, vegetarian, Chinese food from an auto converted into a makeshift street-side joint. Everyone across Malleshwaram mentions this when asked about their favourite street food destinations in this locality.

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3. Egg Rice Gowdu

18-years ago, Egg rice Gowdu, as he likes to call himself, took over this stall serving egg masala, egg rice and egg noodles. Today, it is frequented by students, office-goers and residents during meal times and in the evenings.

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4. Veena Stores

Another legendary tiffin joint, this one also serves Bisi bele bhath, sweet pongal, khara pongal, apart from the regular idli vada, khara bhath, shavige bhath and kesari bhath. There is no place to stand when crowds line up for their food in the evenings.

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5. Shri Sagar(CTR)

Ask anyone and they’ll point you to CTR for its Benne Masala Dosa, dripping with butter and crisply fried Mangalore bhajjis served with coconut chutney.

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6. Sri Sairam’s Chats

A students’ favourite hang-out for its mind-boggling range of innovative chaats which are as unique as their names. Ting tong masala, Disco Masala, Student’s Special are among the more popular ones. Usually crowded in the evenings, the joint also serves drinks such as Pepsi Masala and Juices.

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7. Iyengar’s  Bakaery, Vyalikal

Right at the start of Malleshwaram, at Bhashyam Circle is this Iyengar’s Bakery that started in 1963. It is a thriving outlet which serves what could definitely compete for Bangalore’s best masala buns, apart from delicious veg and paneer puffs, baked nippats, breads and a whole host of other freshly made namkeens.

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8. Raju’s Kachori Stall

A 15-year-old stall that has been keeping its customers happy with his crisp kachoris, samosas and papad. Not among the neatest of carts but worth a mention for its popularity.

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9. Iyer’s Mess

56 years old, Iyer Mess is a lengendary joint that hasn’t changed much since its start. It serves simple banana leaf meals for lunch and dinner. Rasam, served with every meal is especially sought. Sundays are special with Payasam and Majjige Hulli included in the menu.

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