Cuisine would be the easiest way to get to know the NE Culture i suppose.
There are quite a few North Eastern cuisine based restaurants in Delhi and Bangalore. Noodles and momos are NOT north eastern cuisine :P. You could make it a point to visit some of these restaurants.
eg: Naga restaurant in Delhi http://www.zomato.com/ncr/restaurants/south-delhi/green-park/nagalands-kitchen-4096.
Zingron (naga restaurant, Blore) http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/restaurants/south/koramangala/zingron-restaurant-51763/menu
NE Cuisine can be pungent , spicy, usually non-veg (pork and beef are consumed in large quantities) so for some it is an acquired taste. And no dog meat is not a staple food in the North East. It isn't hard to find but it has a reputation as a "manly" food and very very few women will actually eat dog meat.
Movies? the only decent movies from the North East come from either Manipur or Assam and I am sorry to say I too am unfamiliar with their movies! (I am from Mizoram, another state in the NE).
Travelling is easier to do , the NE is well linked by air, road and rail. Visit Meghalaya and Assam if you want to do the more comfortable, easier to access touristy thing. Visit Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram,Nagaland,Manipur if you want to do that "off the beaten track" type of tourism.
Various NE based student organisations in the big metros regularly have cultural programs . If you're really interested in attending some of them I could get yuo in touch with someone who could get you more information about these events. If you're in Bangalore you can send me a message.
To add to r/mark_twang - Bernices is wonderful for cakes and cupcakes, Le Petit is wonderful for whole loaves of legit bread and pastries like croissant, and I'd also throw in Tagliare if they're in the mood for dry pastas/canned tomatos and also have great sandwiches http://www.zomato.com/missoula-mt/tagliare-delicatessen-missoula/menu
Indian and a proud Chennaite here. A few things:
We're very friendly people and I wish you have a great time in one of the greatest city in the world.
Here are a few vegetarian spots you might want to try out:
CTR (Malleswaram) - some of the best dosa (savoury pancake) in the city. Ask for the benne masala dosa (stuffed buttered dosa) for sure!
Veena Stores (Malleswaram) - a tiny little store that does great idlis, vadas, chutney and pongal (rice+lentils).
Rajdhani - authentic Rajasthani thalis (meals with several components like lentils, veggies, sweets, rice, breads and more).
Southindies - modern South Indian fare in an upscale setting.
Try Andhra thalis too - lots of places do a good job, including chains like Nagarjuna and Nandhini, but you should try standalone places like Bheema's (Church Street) and Annapurna (Shivananda Circle, near Race Course Road). Your boyfriend can try the chicken/mutton dishes here too.
Street food - head to Food Street in VV Puram for a variety of great snacks.
These are the ones that I can think of just now, will add more if I can remember them later. You can also look up Zomato's Bangalore section with keywords that you're interested in (vegetarian/snacks/breakfast/cafe/etc) - it's a great restaurant guide.
I'd be happy to meet up, but unfortunately am moving out of town shortly. Enjoy Bangalore when you're here!
what are you talking about?
saravana bhavan @ chennai central(about 2 months ago):
pongal - 40/-
coffee - 20/-
masala dosa - 50/-
The same are priced even cheaper once you further inwards into Tamil Nadu.
Their pricing model is based on what people in that area on afford.
> Many have stopped going there..
Must be just you and your family. This is baseless.
EDIT: http://www.zomato.com/ncr/saravana-bhavan-connaught-place-delhi/menu - as per that masala dosa is 85/-. Can't seem to find price of coffee in there.
EDIT: http://www.zomato.com/chennai/hotel-saravana-bhavan-mylapore/menu - closer to chennai central(since zomato doesnt seem to list central). Mdosa - 60/-, special pure filter coffee - 28/-.
Whoa! 20 North looks great!
Book My Show: All ticket bookings, thugh they don't cover the PVR range of cinemas.
Zomato: Restaurant reviews, menus, you name it.
Yebhi: Have shopped from here, loved the stuff I got. A great collection of stuff at great prices!
Shopping: Mantri Square Mall that is close to where you are staying.
Food: Visit http://www.zomato.com If you tell me specifics then I can try to fill in the details. Have the local breakfast of Idli Vada Dosa Khara Bath etc
Date Night Spots: If you are in mood of spending money checkout restaurants in UB City Mall.
Hidden Gems: See a play at Ranga Shankara
If you are planning on doing the Bannerghatta National park Safari, try to get in the first bus. Animals are fresh after their sleep generally relaxed and views are better. Of course dont go during weekend.
Install Ola and Uber apps. BMTCs AC Volvo bus service is great. Avoid autos.
Galouti Kebab wo bhi Alkauser ka...
Never tasted anything better..
Find a local darshini and make it YOUR place. Grab a coffee on the way to work. Get idlis on Saturday morning. Dosas for an evening snack. Get to know the people there - the servers, the other regulars.
Two of my favourite places for local food:
MTR doesn't count as a darshini, but no real Bangalorean hasn't been there.
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Order zayekaydaar pulao from wah-ji-wah shop.
I forgot the next step.
Fui a este em Lisboa uma vez. Não gostei por aí além de comida tailandesa mas o sítio em si é porreiro e acolhedor apesar de meio pequeno e a malta com quem eu estava disse que gostou da comida. Costumo gostar de comida étnica mas não sei porquê tailandesa e nepalesa não me entraram no goto das vezes que experimentei.
We can definitely meet early around 6ish & hang around as the evening progresses. People going to work can also join around this time.
Copa is 1 place I suggest. 1st round of beer or whatever you drink on me.
Haldiram's do exactly that. The one upstairs in Sarojini Naga market, New Delhi is worth a visit if you haven't been already. Kind of like a really good McDonalds McCafe with different food stations and chefs along the counter. Indian food served in a modern western fast food way.
Choley Bhatura - spicy chickpeas with a deep-fried puffed up pancake
Dal makhani. Rajma.
Here is the menu: http://www.zomato.com/ncr/haldirams-mg-road-gurgaon/menu
there are two good restaurants. near martin moniz. they are sometimes referred to as illegal since they are set up in a sort of a large flat, location. the food is of homemade style. Palacio Hong Kong on Pascoal de Melo is also good.
Premio is good. I kinda know one of the owners, but I've eaten there, the food seems fine to me.
Of course, there's always Alba on Polaris, Makati. Man, their food is great! I just order the tapas. You can have a tapas party there.
So, as of now these are the suggested places:
And all of these are in Park Street. But we need more than just 2-3 participants and please feel free to post more suggestions.
edit: Thanks y'all for confirming your participation. Current headcount is 6(excluding moi). Since most of you have opted for Oly, it's the tentative venue for the meetup.
Now please decide on the time. Is 6 pm ok?
There is this cheap place : WYT RestroPub on MG Road just opposite to metro station.
Zomato link Called them not picking up their phone.
Can someone confirm if Styx is still closed? I see it open on google maps.
Edit: Called up The Guzzlers Inn they said they have space for 20 people in their top floor.
Galauti Kebab! I was hoping to find it in this thread. Have you tried it at Gulati? Bit pricey, but absolutely worth it. How much is it for at Alkauser?
Try Tunday Kababi in Koramangala for Lucknowi Biriyani. Here is the link to it - http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/tunday-kababi-koramangala.
A variation of the Lucknowi is Calcutta Biriyani. If you'd like to try it try Lazeez or Arsalan. These too are in Koramangala.
You must already be in Hyd by now. Dont worry so much about such things in life. Take life as it comes. It is good to ask for information, but people always have different things to tell you, so you would only get more confused. So take a chill pill, I'm sure you will have a good time here. You always have the internet Zomato! Doondoo!
Might I suggest Route 04? It is better for conversations than Blues, and has happy hours till 10PM (vs 8PM for Blues).
There is a quirky but elegant restaurant named, I kid you not, State of Grace, on Collins Street, seems to be an appropriate venue for this hypothetical birthday party.
The criteria is more for people who have the right to work here. Relocation can probably be managed for the right people, but you'd have to be Lebanese or have legal residence already.
We are hiring in a couple of dozen countries though. If you head to http://www.zomato.com/careers you can check out the other vacancies.
I used to order this 3x a week when I lived nearby. Fair warning: did spot someone taking a dead rat out of the kitchen. However, it's delicious and no one I know has ever gotten sick. Everyone who works there is amazing as well.
cafe mangi, juhu. around the same area there is sheesha and copa
Aurus but its closed now
a lot around pali hill
why not try ambassador in town
and update us for future use :D
check romantic places in mumbai here http://www.zomato.com/mumbai/romantic-restaurants?ref=srpcoll
Places to see depends on what sort of places does your friend enjoy. Art, architecture, temples and other religious places of worship, pubs etc
Places to eat near CST.
Ah food is so good here. Eat everything. If it's served hot it's probably safe to eat. That's been my rule of thumb and it's worked out...fairly well so far. I've been eating at a street stand near my PG that makes really good omelets with no problem, though I wouldn't recommend that on your first day. Stay away from meat unless you're at a clean looking place, or it's being cooked on the spot. India is doing some really good stuff with Italian cuisine so definitely check that out.
Where abouts is IISc? I tried to google it but it kept redirecting me to Delhi.
Just a few that I've found:
Savoury on Mosque Road in Frazer Town is a good place to start for Arabian and Indian food. Get a shawarma, it will change your life. They start serving them after 3:30.
Mangrove in Kalyan Nagar is awesome if you're missing American food. It's a bit out of the way but absolutely worth going to.
Toit in Indiranagar has really good food and they brew some pretty awesome beers. Always a good crowd there on the weekends.
And of course MG Road is always a good place to hang out and find food.
Accommodation is a tricky thing here. PGs (paying guests) are generally the ones with rules. You'll want to lean towards apartments. The place i used to live was in Frazer Town and it was no rules. If you're looking in the area PM me. I live in a PG in Banaswadi (gents only). There are rules in the contract but they're not enforced at all (except that girls can't stay the night). The landlord is 23 and usually joins us for drinks. Its super clean and well maintained.
My Bar @ Paharganj is about the same price wise.
I'll introduce it as an option on the next vote since everyone is suggesting stuff right now, its only natural that we'll have another one.
When you travel to Mumbai, you have to try the pulao at Brittania & Co. This was the best meal I had during my entire one month trip in India, and as it's Parsi cuisine it's fairly unique. To top it off, the owner (who is in his 90s) takes everyone's orders and has crazy conversations about the royal family and even politics in whatever country your from. He got so excited with us that he brought out a letter he received from Buckingham Palace!
Koramangala had a very good eatery called little home (which still exists) - and had good kerala food when I tried some years back
Not sure of current state though :(
worth asking any of your friends from there
I have lived in Hyderabad. If you have time, try Biryani at Shah Ghouse (http://www.zomato.com/hyderabad/shah-ghouse-cafe-restaurant-tolichowki) . Kebabs at Siddique Kabab Centre. Kebabs in Shah Ghouse are also good.
Both these places are on either side of the road.
Elements in jaymahal http://bangalore.burrp.com/listing/elements-eatery_jayamahal-road_bangalore_restaurants/137173772 i think a tbone steak is about 400rupees
grillhouse in ulsoor i think steak is about 500 http://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-grill-house-ulsoor
Priced on the higher side (overpriced for the place), food portions are small, menu's on Zomato. It has a cover (entry fee, so not exactly cover) charge on Saturdays, used to be 500, not sure how much it is now.
Seems there is fairly robust interest in getting together, so how about this Sunday, say around 4. As for the venue, maybe someone more familiar with the city than me can suggest a place? Last time, we'd met at Tertulia but we can opt for something some centrally located this time around.....