Those of you who have read my blogs would know that though I am not a great cook, I am a foodie at heart. I love good, wholesome, vegetarian food and I am always game to try out new places. So when my friend wanted to visit the recently opened Rameshwaram Café after coming across some reels on Instagram, I was game to go along.
Being one of the only 2 Bangalore girls in our group, I took it upon myself to look up the locations and the closest one to us was still 15 km away! Nevertheless, I decided to combine this outing with a visit to a temple in Malleshwaram that was long due. The Rameshwaram Café’s Rajajinagar outlet is close to this location (relatively) and we reached the place around 8pm as per plan, after the temple visit and doing some vegetable shopping in the Malleshwaram market.
Here is my honest review of the place and food as a true-blue Bengaluru Hudugi.
Rameshwaram Café is what we call a darshini kind of place. In the South, darshinis are eateries where typically south Indian thindi or quick food is available and works on the self-service concept. I and my 2 friends Purvi and Vidya, visited the café on a Wednesday, at around 8pm. Though the place is fairly large, it was CROWDED. There were easily 150 people. Since darshinis don’t have a table-chair seating concept, even the bench seating was limited and many were standing across the restaurant, which made navigation to order, pay, collect your food, and find a seat a bit challenging. Bangalore has been unusually hot this summer. So even at night, with the number of people around, it was hot with only fans for air circulation inside the eatery.
TIP – don’t go there after shopping because it is not convenient to juggle the bags, seating space, and food, especially if you are exhausted.
The place is at the intersection of 2 main roads, both very busy and no dedicated parking is available. If you are on a 2-wheeler, you may find parking in the adjacent lanes. Finding parking for a car will not be very easy.
We wanted to try the Podi Idly, as this is what Purvi had seen on Insta Reels. I had also checked for reviews from a few friends who had visited (I was not going to travel 15 km if the food was not good) and was told to try the Dosa & Pongal. We also ordered Upma, Kesari Bhat, and Poori. All items were piping hot and had a generous amount of ghee, which made them tasty. All the savory dishes were served with yummy coconut and tomato chutneys. Both the Podi Idly and Pongal lived up to the hype and were indeed very delicious. In fact, we ordered a second round of the Podi Idly. The rest of the items, while good were not WOW! This is my take as someone who has eaten at multiple darshinis across Bangalore over the 45 years of my life. However, my friends loved everything. Of course, we polished off the food with filter coffee and that was excellent as well!
Since it was dinner time and our tummies were happy, we wanted to get some items packed to take back home. However, sadly there was no parcel service available that day. All 3 of us went and cross-checked this separately and we were told multiple reasons for the unavailability from no containers (but we could see them stacked on the counters in plain sight) to the ‘parcel guy’ on leave etc. These excuses sounded flimsy and I feel they could have accommodated as not many were taking parcels. If it was at an extra charge or wait time, the same could have been mentioned.
Overall, the outing was good, as most outings are when the company is good. The food was good too, with some items exceeding expectations. What the restaurant can look to improve are seating areas, consistency in service including parcel, and choosing a location with convenient parking or valet service. We took a cab that day so we didn’t actually face a parking problem but I know it to be an issue as I know the locality well. But the flip side of it was that the travel cost us 3 times of what we spent on the food!
Based on these factors, I would rate my trip to the Rameshwaram Café, Rajajinagar as 4 / 5.