The beauty of the harvest festival of Onam is that it goes beyond religious boundaries and is celebrated by everyone from the Malayali community. Across homes in Kerala and wherever the community is present, you will find the pookalam decorating entryways, pots of coconut laden food simmering away and a lot of good banter. For those of you who would love to be part of it all, yet don’t have a home where you have been invited to partake, these restaurants serving up the sadya is just what you are looking for.
A restaurant in The Paul hotel, Vembanad has always been top of my list when you want some classic Kerala food in a fine dining set up. This year too, Vembanad will serve up the Onamsadya and will be doing so both as a buffet as well as the Elasadya (plaintain leaf based meal). The restaurant has limited seating space, so you may want to make your reservations well in advance.
3rd and 5th September - Onam Buffet Rs. 1500 all inclusive per person
4th September - Onam Ela Sadya Rs. 1700 all inclusive per person
Options with alcohol also available.
Address: Vembanad, The Paul, #139/28, Opposite Embassy Golf Links, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur, Bengaluru
The celebration of Onam, with an elaborate meal served up buffet style, has crossed over a decade at Anju’s Café. Sit in the midst of Rangashankara, the one and only place for great plays in the city, Anju’s Café has been catering to hungry hordes for years now. One of the most awaited annual events is the Onam Sadya, which is on a limited first-booked-first-confirmed system. So if you are in South Bengaluru and want to be a part of this family-like meal, book your seats right away.
3rd September Batch 1 – 12 Noon to 1.30 PM
Batch 2 – 1.30 PM to 3 PM
Address: Anju’s Café, Rangashankara, No. 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase, Bengaluru
Price - Rs. 620 per person
Cubbon Pavilion - ITC Gardenia
The all-day dining at Cubbon Pavilion, the ITC Gardenia is a go-to place any time the craving for something good to eat hits and you want to do so in style. Traditionally, the café has always included special promotions within the ambit of their lunch and dinner buffets and this time too is no different. All the favourites from a classic Onam Sadya will be available on the cyclical menu. And so, here is your chance to get some of that deliciousness for yourself.
Address: Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, 1, Residency Road, Bengaluru
Price: 3rd September - Brunch only with added elements of Onam - (Rs. 2450++)
4th September – Lunch - Rs. 1550++ (Gourmet)
One of the older restaurants in the city serving up food from God’s Own Country, the sadya has been a tradition here for years now. The space can get completely booked up, so it would be best to try and make your reservations well in advance.
2nd, 3rd and 4th September - Lunch and Dinner
September 5th - Only Lunch
Price: Rs. 635 per person
Address: Ente Keralam, Old No. 12, New No. 1, Ulsoor Road, Near Sultan Jewellers, Ulsoor, Bengaluru
With Chef Naren at the helm of affairs you just can’t go wrong with this one. Karavalli has become an iconic family favourite restaurant over the years and when they decide to serve up the Onam Sadya you are sure that you are going to get yourself the real deal.
4th September – Lunch only
Price: Rs. 1700 all inclusive
Address: Karavalli, Ground Floor, The Gateway Hotel, #66, Residency Road, Bengaluru
If there is one thing that Malabar Bay is popular for, besides its wide range of Kerala delicacies, it is the wide range of traditional beverages it offers. From Nannari Sharbath to Chukk Kaapi and everything in between, this is a restaurant that has got it right. And this year, they serve up the Onam Sadya as well. They have some interesting discounts for those who may be booking in groups and well in advance, so that is something that you want to check out.
3rd and 4th September – Lunch only
Price: Rs. 475 AI
Address: Malabar Bay, 43, Krishna Nagar, SG Pallya Road, Near Christ College, BTM, Bengaluru
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Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.