Barely a 300m stretch flanked by crumbling buildings, Bangalore’s ‘Eat Street’ starts stirring only after the sun sets. It begins with shutters being rolled up, massive pots being carted out of storage and pushcarts rolling into their designated spots – till slowly the perfect street food ambience takes shape. By 7pm, VV Puram’s most famous street becomes a bustling mass of people hollering for their chaat orders, making a beeline for deliciously sinful snacks, sweets and more. The crowd swells after 8pm and there is not a moment’s rest for the shop owners right till 11.30pm.
Start at one end of the road, pecking at some traditional delights like milk-dipped chirotti and holige (Karnataka snacks) and move on to the more common idlis, vadas and dosas. The street, once known for traditional food only, now also has much-loved snacks from the rest of India including Chinese snacks, urbanized corn concoctions and Rajasthani food. While you might want to dig into seconds, remember to leave room for the elaborate ‘all vegetarian’ spread.
With so many inviting snacks sizzling in front of you, don’t miss the essentials at Thindi Beedi. The Congress bun at VB Bakery has etched an important place in the minds of Bangalore’s foodies for years. It’s a spicy bun, slathered in butter with a filling of crispy snacks inside. Also worth sampling is paddu, kolbade, akki roti, ragi roti and thatte idly at Idli Mane or the Bisi Bisi Masala Dosa. You will also find the bonda stall teeming with people. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, try the butter gulkand fruit salad with ice cream. If not for the food, the local vibe of Thindi Beedi (or Khao Galli) is something that will grip non-foodies as well. Watch the street explode into activity and get drawn into the gastro-happy atmosphere.
With a penchant for travelling ‘ungoogled’, Supriya has willingly got lost a number of times in the most obscure places of India for the last 8 years. She lives on a healthy diet of anecdotes and tea with auto drivers, co-passengers and locals! Supriya currently runs a Bangalore based travel-photography outfit called Photography Onthemove and writes regular features for India and International travel publications. More on www.supriyasehgal.com.