Bangalore’s most famous food street VV Puram is located right in the center of the city at Sajjan Rao Circle, close to Lal Bagh. This food street in Bangalore, or thindi beedi (eat street) as it is known in Kannada, has regular patrons and first-timers crowding it every evening starting 7 PM, when it comes to life. The entire street features vegetarian food, with eateries serving everything from south-Indian favourites to Mumbai street food, north-Indian chat and event Rajasthani fare.
Here is a detailed guide to this popular food street in Bangalore, including things to keep in mind and a thorough list of eateries and dishes to try. Print this practical guide, grab your friends and go visit.
Six things to plan before heading to VV Puram.
Things to keep in mind:
- Try to sample maximum number of dishes: How? Go with as many friends as you can rope in. The bigger the group, the more food you can sample. Aim to sample the top items at each joint. No point eating one or two items and heading back, we say!
- It comes alive around 7 PM: While some of the shops start serving from 5:30-6:00 PM onwards, all of them are ready only by 7:00 PM.
- Weekends are very crowded: So get there a little early by 7 PM.
- Limited Seating Available: The experience is to stand and eat on the street, watching the cooks put your dish together live. So do wear comfortable footwear. However, very recently Sri Vasavi Mane Tindi has introduced a special section where patrons can sit and place orders.
- Parking secrets: Try one of the roads leading into Sajjan Rao Circle if you can’t find parking around the circle itself.
- Go green: Dispose off plates in a dustbin. Most shops will have them placed at prominent locations.
- Water: We suggest carrying your own bottle of water so that you don’t have to buy one while there.
- No waste please: Try and avoid wasting food.
Now for a quick overview of the food before we get into the specifics of what each of the joints serve. There are about 15 different eateries serving different types of food (listed below outlet by outlet). We would classify the food varieties into the following categories in decreasing order of specialty – from must-have to do-try to also-available.
(Not to say that food listed in the last category is not good – it’s just not what this food street is known for. Also, some of those in the last category are relatively new additions to this otherwise old eat street, and purists that we are, we would like to call them out.)
- Regular South-Indian Tiffin – Dosas & Uttapams (made with generous amounts of pure ghee), Idli, Vadas, Lemon Rice, Curd Rice, Vermicelli Upma
- Chinese – Chowmein, Fried Rice
- Mumbai Street Food – Pav Bhaji, Dabeli
Top eateries on this food street
1. Shri Vasavi Chatnis (Must-have)
This is the first shop to your left as you enter from Sajjan Rao Circle – just after BR Bakery. Oftentimes credited with being the first shop on this eat street in Bangalore, it started as a shop for snacks and condiments. Today it also serves the typical food that this thindi beedi is famous for. Serving unique South-Indian fare that’s difficult to come by elsewhere, this is a do-not-miss in caps. Their jalebis are also great.
- Akki Roti (rice rotis) – In winters, they add avarekai to akki rotis. Served with a curry (different everyday) which is as good as the roti.
- Ragi Roti (a type of dosa made with ragi)
- Paddus / Paniyarams (these are available at various shops down the road also)
- Mini masala idlis
- Hot Jalebis
- You could also try their Chinese – Gobi / Paneer / Mushroom Munchurian, Noodles and Fried Rice
2. Arya Vysya Refreshment (Must-have)
The second shop to your left just after Shri Vasavi Chatnis is Arya Vysya Refreshment. An establishment which is 75 years old, it has a lot of interesting food on offer. Perhaps the most well known and unique dish it serves is called Curd Kodu Bele. This deep-fried fritter, is made of a batter consisting of rice flour, curd and seasonings. It is best had piping hot, off the girdle.
- Curd Kodu Bele (rice flour and curd mixed together with seasonings to make a soft dough which is shaped into rings and deep fried)
- Idlis (soft, fluffy ones served with a deadly red chutney)
- Hot Jalebis
3. The Chaat Shop (Also-available)
A Punjabi Chaat shop for those who believe street food is incomplete without Pani Puri, Aalo Tikki and Papdi Chaat.
- Bread Pakora (Dry Potato curry is stuffed between two slices of bread, which are then coated with besan (gram flour) sauce and deep fried
- Pani Puri
- Papdi Chaat
4. Shri Vasavi Mane Tindi (Must-have)
In the last few years, Sri Vasavi Mane Tindi has taken center-stage at VV Puram food street. From a small extension of the Sri Vasavi Chatnis, it is today a large eatery, spanning one-third the street and serving a wide variety of dishes, right from the special south-Indian fare such as akki rotis, paddus and ragi rotis to the typical tiffin items such as dosas, idlis, lemon rice and shavige bath to even north-Indian and Chinese food. (It also has mumbai pav bhaji but we recommend Dev Sagar across the road for that).
6. Idli Mane (right side, next to Dev Sagar) (Must-have)
This is the another Idli Mane outlet, right across the street to Idli Mane (Purple Board) and has the regular south-Indian fare. But what we recommend here is the holige – flour paranthas stuffed with a sweet filling made of either dal or coconut, served hot.
- Hollige – Pesaruttu
7. Shivanna Gulkun Center (Must-have)
Right at the end of this eat street is a small provision store-like store known for an innovation called Gulkan ice-cream, which falls in the must-have list on this street. Gulkan is a sweet made from dried rose petals. The Gulkan ice-cream has a generous serving of gulkan, tpped with dried fruits such as raisins and figs, a freshly cut banana, a big dollop of benne (butter) and a scoop of ice-cream. Totally must-try, this is a specialty that is available in very few places in Bangalore.
- Gulkun Ice-cream
8. Bhajji Shop (Must-have)
Bhajji is kannada for fritters. On the same side as Vasavi Mane Tindi, this shop serves a wide range of bhajjis. Some of the bhajjis are cut neatly, sprinkled with chopped onion, coriander leaves, grated carrots and a tangy masala before being served.
- Mirchi (Chilli) Bhajji, Potato Bhajji / Bonda, Raw Banana Bhajji, Maddur / Dal Vada
9. Dev Sagar (Mumbai street food) (Do-try)
This is a popular stop on this food street. It serves Mumbai street food – Pao Bhaji, Vada Pao, Tawa Pulao and Dabeli. Among the few eateries in Bangalore serving Dabeli, it attracts quite a few people with its authentic tasting food. It is also known for its north-Indian sweets such as Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun etc.
- Pav Bhaji – Served hot, this is a good eat if the south-Indian fare does not excite or you need a break from it.
- Vada Pao – The usual aloo bonda stuffed into a pav (bread)
- Tawa Pulao – Another Mumbai favourite, this is a rice preparations with vegetables, masala and butter.
- Dabeli – A sweet version of vada pav with something like the bhaji from pav bhaji stuffed into the pav along with peanuts and sev.
- Sweets – Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halwa, Jalebi – The jalebis seemed to be pre-prepared. Hot ones are definitely yummier. You can get them at Shri Vasavi Chatnis, Arya Vysya Refreshment and Sri Vasavi Mane Tindi.
10. Sree Ganesha Fruit Juice Centre (Good for a drink)
When you need a drink, head here for one of the Bangalore’s famous fresh fruit juices.
- Seasonal fruit juice – grape, watermelon, musk melon, orange, musambi etc.
11. Chinese Corner (Do-try)
From being one of the other cuisines available on this popular food street, Chinese Corner is today a popular stop for the regulars who like to intersperse the south-Indian delights with some spicy Chinese dishes.
- Chowmein, Fried Rice, Munchurian (Gobi / Paneer / Mushroom)
12. Sandwich Hut (Do Try)
Serves sandwiches and some south-Indian eats.
- Paddus – Mini masala idlis
- Curd Kodubale (rice flour and curd mixed together with seasoning to make a soft dough which is shaped into rings and deep fried). This is the second outlet on the street that serves these. Do try them.
- Holige – Dal and Coconut
- Grill Sandwiches – Veg., Cheese, Paneer, Capsicum and all combinations of these.
13. Mumbai Badam Milk and Lassi Center (Do-try)
A 20 year old shop that sells refreshing milk based drinks and rabri.
Rose Milk, Badaam Milk, Rabri Custard (with and without fruits).
Some new outlets have opened in VV Puram like Rajasthani Parotha Point, Om Sri Vinyaka-Chat Express, Ramu Tiffin Centre, Sri Raghavendra Devangere Dosa and many more, but yet we need our foodies to discover them. Here is a sneak peek to these eateries for the time being.