Food streets are dime a dozen in Bengaluru, dishing out dosa, idli and vada pav, but for the more discerning the city now has its own fine-dining versions.
The junction of 100 Feet Road-12th Main in Indiranagar and Lavelle Road-Vittal Mallya Road have emerged as prominent premium eat streets, dotted by high-end restaurants and bars that offer a gourmet experience.
The Black Rabbit, Fatty Bao, The Humming Tree and Loft are among the fancy names on the 100 Feet Road junction. Lavelle Road spells class with names like Smoke House Deli, Bootlegger, Sunny’s, The Glass House, and many more in UB City .
“The F&B (food and beverage) high-street culture is unique to Bengaluru,” said Siddharth Poojari, owner of The Glass House. “Indiranagar and Lavelle Road were originally residential neighbourhoods but eventually a few residents sold their bungalows that were then converted into restaurants and bars, catering mainly to techies, expatriates and well-travelled locals. “Others followed suit,” he said.
Agrees Jonathan Hilbert, partner at The Black Rabbit in Indiranagar. “Bengaluru’s young cosmopolitan crowd is looking for concepts. Indiranagar is home to about 200 F&B outlets. On 100 Feet Road alone, there are about 30 major players. With fierce competition, we push the envelope constantly.”
Whitefield will be the next premium F&B micro-market, he said.
Amit Roy of food consulting firm ThinkTanc expanded the list to also include Koramangala’s Jyoti Nivas College Road, Church Street and St Marks Road.
Koramangala has Kobe Sizzlers, Tim Tai and Om Made Cafe. Church Street has Blue Frog, Starbucks, Smally’s Resto Cafe and The Lost Caravan. And St Marks Road has Hard Rock Cafe and iconic eateries like Koshy’s and Ice & Spice. All comparable with global premium food streets such as Singapore’s Clarke Quay, Bangkok’s Siam Square, Cockle Bay Wharf in Sydney and Chapel Street in Melbourne, he said.
More of Bengaluru’s cosmopolitan crowd, though, is likely flocking to Indiranagar and Lavelle Road. “You get to experiment with world cuisines at the best of restaurants on one street,” said Sandalwood actor Sharmiela Mandre said. “Residents of Lavelle Road are the luckiest. They don’t need to travel and can walk around to access the BEST of
F & B.
Source : ET,