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The restaurant Hallimane, in Malleswaram area of Bangalore City mainly known for its authentic Karnataka cuisine.
I went there for the first time with the friends for dinner yesterday. I really liked the way they try to keep food & taste simple and authentic.
When I talk about South Indian food; first thing come to your head is Idli, Dhosa, wada, sambhar, coconut chutney.. Right..??
But here, we were served with an authentic 5 course meal on the plantain green leaves and that too we have to check it out.
The staff at Hallimane really go up the way to give you the whole feel of Karnataka. Their uniform dress, traditional decoration and rangoli flowers at entrance add extra flavour.
Bitter neem leaves and jaggery is offered at the time of entrance. Then my friend told me that this is traditional way of welcoming guests in Karnataka. There were some fruit juices served as refreshments. (thank god.. juices were not bitter..)
First, there is no specific seating arrangements; it is more like a marriage hall. You have to search for a seat irrespective of anyone else sitting next to you. Vey noisy, people and waiters moving around. But inspite of heavy rush entire place was very clean.
Second, there are no plates; you have to arrange for your own plantain green leaves.
Third, there was no menu card; 4 types of standard meal combo available.
We have to buy coupons at the counter (by standing in a long queue) and after finding seats for ourselves we were started getting served by a team of waiters.
Following are the dishes included in the meal: (I know I will miss out few things.)
- Few vegetable curries,
- range of pickles,
- 10 different types of rice served with rasam, sambhar, curd, daal and god knows what else…
- Range of chutneys in different colours..
Being a gujarati, I was waiting for pooris or bhakhris.. but it didn’t came.
(After seeing all this I ate nothing except Mysore pak which was served at last..)
But for those who love Karnataka food, for them this restaurant is like heaven. Though I am not a huge fan of South Indian food, but I must really appreciate their efforts to keep the tradition and taste of the region alive.
And as we left, it was different exit door where we are served with beetle leaves+bananas. I ate 4-5 small bananas in a row. Aap soch rahe honge yeh kya.? But I was really hungry because only Mysore pak is not enough to fill my stomach.
Overall a nice, a warm, and a unique experience. I don’t know about taste but the service and behaviour of staff was fantastic.
The patrons normally are families, friends and senior people. Parking facility available. Don’t go alone if you don’t know kannada language, otherwise you will see stars in a day. Accompany with kannada speaking friend.
So to wrap this piece here.. For me it was great experience. Looking forward to never go there again.. Hahaha..
Have a great Sunday tomorrow.