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You know there are some restaurants that become your go-to for no-nonsense good food? Well, Mandi has the potential of being just that for the neighbourhood of JP Nagar. A vegetarian restaurant that does Indian and Indo-Chinese, this place tends to run to full houses. For starters, you can go in for the 'Corn Tikki', the 'Gobi 65' or the 'Veg Seekh Kebab' and be assured of having a good start to your meal. For the mains, the 'Dum Aloo' packs quite a punch and the 'Highway Sabzi Masala' – with its bhuna masala-cashew paste base makes for a good meal. The vegetables in the Sabzi masala retain their crunch and that for me is always a brownie point scorer. The place is rather famous for their buffet spreads for lunch or dinner, seeing as how they are always packed to the gills for it. But do make sure to make a booking and go in a bit early. The food tends to be a bit neglected towards the closing of the buffet.
Bengaluru often let’s you get lost in the modern hoopla of today’s gastronomy. When you get overwhelmed by the exotic cuisines and contemporary progressive techniques showcased by the chefs, sometimes you feel like coming home to old-fashioned curries and straight forward kebabs. The city is crawling with eateries, specializing in perfecting North Indian dishes that you ought to take advantage of, next time you feel like cleansing your palate of all that international flavours. ‘Mandi’ is a good place to try. The restaurant is an excellent place to take your family and colleagues to for a generous lunch or dinner and show them the true meaning of hospitality. Mandi finds a corner on the 2nd floor of Pooja Plaza, 24th Main Road, JP Nagar, Bengaluru. The locality is address to some of the best restaurants in Bengaluru.
Mandi deals exclusively in North Indian food. It’s home to some of the best curries in Bengaluru and deserves your full attention. The food cooked here is purely vegetarian, with no meat in sight. For pocket-friendly prices, they serve lip-smacking North Indian food with a vast range to impress you further. Look into their buffet for a more lavish fare. No alcohol is available at Mandi, settle for a malaiwalee lassi or a mocktail. Kick start your meal by choosing few delicious appetizers. Phuljhadi kebab, makhmali paneer roll, veg manchow soup, tandoori gobhi sarsonwali, bharwan khumb and moti sheekh kebab will be an ideal pick. Amongst curries, kaju masala, paneer pasanda, benarasi aloo dum, Mulayam mawe ke kofte, masaledar chole, tak-a-tak tawa paneer, daal makhani, methi matar malai will be scrumptious.
Mop up the curries with the help of assorted flatbreads. Hari mirch ki roti will add an extra spice to your evening otherwise go for khameeri naan. Dessert section sees all your usual North Indian suspects like, kulfi, gulab jamun and rabdi. Buffet is moderately priced and allows you to enjoy a luxurious feast cooked by the chef for really affordable prices. Décor of Mandi may not earn accolades but it’s neat and decent looking. Formal dining tables are dotted around the room so diners can eat in comfort. Not much is done in terms of décor, rather everything is simple and smart. Lighting is bright and room is spacious. Overall, a perfectly nice value for money place to go to if you have limited budget.