Comfort Food : 5 Kick-Ass Pan-Asian Restaurants in Bangalore

Imagine those days when you just don’t want to put your mind to work. No way do you wish to think about what to eat. You need, want, deserve food but of course without taking too much of stress. This state is called – seeking comfort through food. It’s a topic for another day that this state comes wayyyy too often in my life. Anyhow! There are just 2 comfort food options for me on any given day – 1. Biryani 2. Pan-Asian cuisine

Oooh I am @the__giggler ! I am so hoity toity! Calling it pan-asian cuisine and all ‘eh. There was a time when I used to call it plain simple Chinese food. Anything remotely pan-asian was Chinese for me. Yup! Me. Here. I. yes yes, Faaine! judge the stereotypical me. o_O But now I know and I want you to know too.

Here are my top 5 PAN-ASIAN restaurant picks in Bangalore, trusted blindly. There is a surprise hidden gem at the end. My +1  for you B-)

1. The Fatty Bao, Indiranagar

Since the time this place came to Indiranagar, I have taken almost everyone along with me here and shamelessly ordered the same food over and over again! And whatte ambience this place has, so Bangalore ❤

Open terrace with subtle light, low music, enough space, #AwesomeSauce food and friendly bartenders. You might not even want to move away from the bar stools.

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Our food order at The Fatty Bao needs no menu! Mutton Bao, pork belly, fried calamari and pork ramen soup makes us go bum-chica-bao-wow!

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Little piglets on my plate! Baozi – pork filled bao , part of the special menu at Fatty Bao for Chinese New Year must be the cutest looking thing I have ever eaten.

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Guess my girls night-outs always turn out to be classier  at Fatty Bao 😜

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You shiny crispy soft fatty yummy slightly sweet meaty glazing tempting piece of Pork Belly! You make my head spin right round o_O

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These garlic and prawns momos with just so thin outer layer are so good with the 3 sauces at Fatty Bao! 😳 one more place for THE momos added to THE list 👍🏻

 

 

2. Singkong, UB City

Friday lunches made better. One of those rare places where Veg dishes and desserts compete with pork for my appetite…

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Need to stop eating out with these vegetarian friends of mine… They are polluting my palette with good veg food that too paneer based o_O yes I liked this Pandan leaf wrapped spiced cottage cheese starter @singkong_restaurant so much that we ordered for one more (don’t disown me pliss)

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Ohh you dear round dumplings… If only I could taste you in every form and stuffing… One day! 😎

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Non veg dumplings basket 😁 a little bit of this and a little bit of that made me a bit more fat 🤘🏼 Fish, chicken and shrimp dumplings basket

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Apni oriental chuski! Crispy layer covering shrimps on a sugarcane stick dipped in yummy sweet and sour sauce- Oriental shrimp nest at @singkong_blr , UB City 🤓

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Curry laksa with chicken and prawns … this creamy coconut milk based soup with boiled eggs, prawns, noodles and shredded chicken is so good that you would want to start and end your meal with it…

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You there! Yes you tiny piece of lemon cream! Come back and don’t ruin my look! Look at me when I am talking to you! Damn now everyone will want to taste you first 😦 😛 said no cake ever… Tres leches , home made style soaked cake is so light and creamy yummy with that perfectly sweet liquid to soak it in that I lost my mind for a while there 😀

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First time I tried Banoffee Pie =D I like it… Bananaaa!

 

3. Nasi And Mee Asian Canteen, Koramangala (Malaysian)

This place got launched in Bangalore and suddenly everyone around me was talking about it left- right and centre! Like why?! Why haven’t I eaten at that place? Why didn’t you guys call me?! You don’t like me! Faaine! Go!

After all this and much more cribbing to my friends, they took me there 😀 and we gave out our appreciation to this place in resounding burps 😛

Did you know Nasi means Rice and Mee stands for noodles in Malay?

 

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Dumpling! Momo! You sound as cute and soft as you taste 😁 especially when you have that light thin covering… Even veg dumplings seem to be good. One more favourite Pan Asian restaurant is here 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 @nasiandmee 

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Ordering this stir fried fish in honey chilli mustard sauce turned out to be the best decision by us hungry bunch! Ohh the mustard 😍 along with the staple pad Thai noodles @nasiandmee Nasi And Mee, Koramangala, Bangalore 

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This place is talk of the pan Asian cuisine town right now and sure as hell it deserves the word! Massaman curry (Thai Muslim style curry with potato and chicken in a mildly spicy coconut sauce) , Thai red curry (veg) and sambal fried rice (Southeast Asian )…

 

4. Hae Kum Gang, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar (Korean)

Hungry and craving for some warm Asian food after watching a spine chilling movie like Everest we struck gold at this awesome sauce Korean place – Hae Kum Gang. Just above Plan B, this quaint little place is tucked away from the crowds.

The owners are such heart melting humble fellows who opened their kitchen seeing our hungry puppy faces. I can so get used to this!

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Just the 5 side dishes are so cool along with the slightly spicy veg and non veg Chulpan and sticky rice. And of course the largest pan on the table of Mushroom Jeongoi ( glass noodles, amazing mushrooms and other veggies in a non spicy broth). Kid you not, they didn’t stop there. Watermelon pieces dipped in just about right sweet and tangy syrup to make us feel fresh after this royal feast.

 

5. Taste of Tibet, Dubai Plaza, Brigade Road (Tibetan)

They remind me of the North campus area in Delhi 🙂 Simple, yummy tibetan pork, chicken, lamb dishes with red chilli chutney always accompanied by coke *bliss*

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Chicken momos, chicken Shaptra and tingmo (steamed bun) with that red hot chilli sauce at this small joint on #BrigadeRoad reminded me of the good old DU days and that short sweet trip to Ladakh where my dear friend’s late father had cooked the same tingmo for us on a cold winter night 🙂

 

Now comes the special +1 for y’all B-) Wait for it….

 

+1 . LanThai Restaurant , 5th avenue mall, Brigade Road 

You might need some serious google maps help to spot this place and then believe your eyes that this is the exact location.

But go ahead and just order the full fish with eyes intact 😛 or the sea food soup with quite literally the sea-food in a soup bowl :O

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One of the worst pics of mine but those tentacles deserved to be shown! P.S. This is quite an old pic 😐 @the__giggler

Tell me more about such Pan-Asian cuisine places for the next comfort seeking day around the corner … Ciao!

 

Always Hungry….

The Giggler

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Pub Food – Don’t you dare ignore it!

If you share the same Jazbaa as me for both drinking and eating and are on a persistent hunt to find these bars/pubs to pitch your tent, then you are well acquainted with the plight of getting good recommendations.

Fret no more human! The world is not flat. Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun o_O Feeling dizzy? Wait for the big one… There are places in your city to gorge and gulp at the same time!

Others might not believe you right now but change my name to ‘Munna Jajbaati’ if you don’t start believing in the existence of good pubfood post this!

Spread the word because…
You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. 
1. Toto’s Garage – Pali Hill, Mumbai

I am just too partial to this cozy little place 🙂 but do try out their veg footlong with that awesome chilli sauce or meatballs in mushroom sauce or even the chicken in wire-mesh. And yes as usual, say hi to Pandey ji the man behind the bar 😀

Veg Footlong @ Toto's Garage, Mumbai

Veg Footlong @ Toto’s Garage, Mumbai

2. Social Offline – Church Street, Bangalore / Colaba, Mumbai & others

I can hog like hell at this place! You will have to gag me to stop ordering food here…

The warm tempting shine of bacon fat and melted cheese of OTT (Over The Top) hot dog does things to you! Ohh it’s so sinfully indecent that I can’t stop looking at it…

Over The Top (OTT) - Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Over The Top (OTT) – Fried bacon wrapped sausage topped with melted cheese and minced meat @ Social Offline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Ofline

Fully loaded chicken nachos with a thick blanket of cheese @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Andhra mutton biryani made a bit parsi style @ Social Offline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast - Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @socialoffline

Hardys Bhai Istyle Breakfast – Steaming hot keema bhaji layered with fried egg served with bun maska, masala chai with khari biscuit and Parle G @ Social offline

Nina aunty's mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

Nina aunty’s mutton dhansak with brown rice @ Social offline

3. Fatty Bao – Indiranagar, Bangalore

Love the ambiance, cocktails and that succulent voluptuous pork belly. Hubba Hubba Hubba!

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly  and Chao -  soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

Pork/ Lamb Patty Bao with khimchi salad., Pork Belly and Chao – soupy noodles with semi boiled egg, bacon, pork belly, garlic, corn and scallops @ Fatty Bao, Bangalore

4. Doff Pub – Indiranagar, Bangalore

A typical sports bar with a small cozy semi open section for the rainy Bangalore days.

Warning: Don’t look at it directly.
Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

Cheese stuffed bacon in barbecue sauce @ Doff Pub, Bangalore

5. Irish House – Colaba, Mumbai

Oddly big place from Mumbai standards with nice tap draft beer and popular rock music playing in the background. I liked my beer keg on the table (keep it where I can see it!)

Grande fries - whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

Grande fries – whole full plate of crispy french fries topped with baked pinto beans, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, peppers, guacamole , sour cream and chicken/ beef @ The Irish House , Mumbai

6. Hard Rock Cafe – Bangalore/ Mumbai and many more places

We were the first customers for the first day of breakfast menu option at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore.

A hearty spread of fresh fruits, all American breakfast platter and pancakes/waffles, still needs a bit of improvement.

But what to do darling? I shall stick to my view of the world

Early mornings are pretty damn beautiful but I am in love with late nights. It’s my choice to be loyal to them.

All american breakfast - Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

All American Breakfast – Choice of 2 eggs, chicken/ pork sausages, hash browns, baked beans, toast, fruit platter and pancakes/ waffles with choice of beverage @ Hard Rock Cafe

7. Biere Street – Whitefield, Bangalore

You must have heard or read about this place if you were looking for a nice romantic Microbrewery in Bangalore. (Aww that combination of romance and freshly brewed beer ♥)

This non-veg platter just makes things better 😀

Non-Veg Platter - Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

Non-Veg Platter – Crispy chicken wings in barbecue sauce, batter fried jumbo prawns, prawn popcorns and bacon wrapped sausages with 3 types of sauce @ Biere Street, Bangalore

8. Britto’s – Goa

I know I know. You are jumping on this one but for a change, concentrate on food as well the next time you go there…

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto's , Goa

Goan Brown bread (poye) and goan pork sausages @ Britto’s , Goa

9. Mother Clucker’s – Indiranagar, Bangalore

I might not have a picture but it is so deeply engraved in my mind, Beef chilli cheese fries at this place hit the right spot baby!

10. Pecos – Bangalore

Old school to the core in the true sense. Try out the pork chilly here, they have it in two different sauces – super hot with green chillies or the subtle one in white sauce.

Now, you dare not ignore Pubfood anymore because it is not the food you deserve, it is the food you need.