Mysore’s biggest carnival-Mysore Dasara- is around the corner, all set to welcome tourists and culture enthusiasts alike. The city never falls short of places to explore, and when the tour makes you hungry, drop by at any of the good restaurants for a meal. Here’s a list of some nice eating places around.
Vinayaka Mylari– This no-nonsense place is one of the best eateries in town to try South Indian classics of masala dosa, and fluffy and idlis. Locals eat them with coconut chutney and a coffee.
Cafe Aramane– In a character-filled heritage building, this typically busy South Indian eatery rolls out steaming breakfast platters for Mysuru’s office-goers, thalis for lunch, and welcomes them back in the evenings with aromatic filter coffee and a convoy of delicious snacks. There are speciality dosas each day of the week.
Depth ‘n’ Green– Wildly popular with local yogis, this buzzing healthy cafe offers a menu of satisfying Indian and Western dishes, including great salads, served up on tree trunk tables. Their green smoothies and lassis and other drink concoctions (beet and ginger lemonade) are also superb.
Parklane Hotel– Mysuru’s most social restaurant with outdoor tables, lit up moodily by countless lanterns, and there’s often live traditional music. The menu does delicious regional dishes from across India as well as Chinese and continental options and cold beers.
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Tiger Trail– This sophisticated hotel restaurant works up delectable Indian cuisine in a courtyard that twinkles with fairy lights at night. The North Indian dishes are particularly good; try a Lucknow chicken korma. The place also has a fine lunch buffet.
Anu’s Bamboo Hut– Rooftop shack cafe catering mainly to yoga students with healthy vegetarian lunch buffets (from 1pm) and evening smoothies. Chef-owner Anu is a great source of information and offers cooking classes.
Malgudi Café– Set around an inner courtyard within the Green Hotel, this cafe brews excellent coffees and Himalayan teas to be enjoyed with excellent homemade cakes (try the lemon drizzle) and sandwiches. Staff come from underprivileged backgrounds and are all women, and profits assist disadvantaged communities.
Old House– Classy Italian with delightful terrace for tasty salads, pasta and risotto and pizzas (baked in a wood-fired oven). They serve a full range of mocktails and coffees but no alcohol.
Take your pick and enjoy a delicious meal!