When it comes to food in Mysore, know that you’re in for a treat. Mysore is a part of South Indian state of Karnataka and the region is known for some delicious cuisine that has made its mark all over the world. Everyone knows about masala dosa and idli vadai, but there are a number of other delicious dishes that you ought to try here too. Some of the best food in Mysore includes shavige bath, vangi bath, pongal and bisi bele bath. However, one of the most famous things to eat in Mysore includes the crumbly, buttery Mysore Pak, a sweet that will have you reach out for more every time.
Mysore cuisine is influenced by Udupi but it has managed to retain its own special characteristics. While there are the usual pizzas, burgers and sandwiches that you can expect to eat in most fast food restaurants here, just like any other city, the preferred restaurants in Mysore are the ones serving delicious vegetarian food. Here’s a look at what you can expect to eat at some of the best restaurants in Mysore.
Mylari is said to be one of the best restaurants in Mysore and with good reason. Even the locals know this and it’s one of the reasons why this restaurant is often crowded. People come here to relish the delicious Mysore breakfast and can’t seem to get enough of the bondas, vadais and light, fluffy idlis. But it is the dosas here that are the stuff of legend. Don’t miss out on this institution if you’re visiting Mysore. The taste and the pocket-friendly prices will instantly win your over.
This is yet another iconic restaurant in Mysore that you must definitely try during your visit here. Here, you can expect to eat spicy Andhra food on a banana leaf and this restaurant is especially known for its biryani. A non-vegetarian hotel, this one is also famous for its fish fry and mutton dishes. The ambience is simple and the food not extravagant. But the best part is that it’s all tasty and delicious.
If you are in the mood for a little indulgence, head to the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel where the Sapphire restaurant creates a beautiful ambience for a meal with your family. The 30 feet high ceiling features domed skylights and while you enjoy the view, don’t forget to ask for the Royal Mysore Silver Thali where you can expect to eat deliciously prepared food that is served on lavish brassware.
This is one of the most charming places to eat in Mysore. Tiger Trail is a part of the Royal Orchid Metropole and it can be found in a heritage building which used to belong to the royal family of Mysore. The cuisine here is a diverse mix of north and south Indian food with a smattering of Chinese too. Whether you eat inside the heritage restaurant or in their outdoor section amid the fresh air and greenery, you can expect to enjoy some tasty kababs and tandoori dishes here. Tiger Trail is located in the middle of the city and is yet very serene and calm. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet meal.
In the mood for some fine dining? Head over to Spring, a restaurant that is located in Radisson Blu Plaza, one of Mysore’s best hotels. The restaurant is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features dishes from North and South India as well as lip-smacking continental cuisine. The buffets here are quite splendid, often a reason why locals come here to enjoy some refined dining. They also have an excellent selection of fine wines and spirits for those who want to enjoy a ‘spirited’ meal.
Tired of South Indian food? Although that does seem unlikely, if that’s the case, head over to La Petite France, one of the cosiest restaurants in Mysore. Colourful décor adds to the charm of this café like space and you can settle down here to complete a quick bit of work, should you be carrying your laptop along, as the WiFi is free here. Enjoy sandwiches, soups, pancakes, light crepes and delicious waffles here. You won’t regret it!
One of the older and more traditional restaurants in Mysore is Mahesh Prasad. Most people have been made aware of its existence thanks to social media. This is one of the restaurants that is open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead of a dosa, do try the vangi bath or the khara bath here. Even the pongal is worth trying here.
For some authentic Mysore food, head to Anima Madhva Bhavan, which is a great place to eat for vegetarians and even vegans. This restaurant is renowned because it doesn’t use any commercial ingredients such as palm oil or baking soda. Visitors can taste the delicious dishes here that are not adulterated with any processing ingredient. The tables are low and there are cushions on which you can get comfortable. Food is served on plantain leaves and you can expect the waiters to keep refilling your plates until you can’t eat a single morsel. The menu is quite extensive, so be prepared and come with an empty stomach.