Seekers of authentic South Indian vegetarian fare must usually make do with the many udupi joints that can be found. While these places serve great food, service leaves much to be desired and conversation must be at high decibels in order to be heard.
South Indies is a south Indian restaurant with class and style. Beautiful interiors of glass and wood give it a understated elegance. Soft south Indian classical music is piped through out. To enjoy Bangalore’s great weather, there are seating options outdoors on the ground floor as well as on the upper floor.
The upper floor has a small open kitchen where you can watch the chefs masterfully turn out great tasting appams. Seating is comfortable and spacious.
We have had both lunch and breakfast here and both are equally good. The lunch is usually a buffet. (We have never had the opportunity to have ala carte)
The buffet lunch always has a fair spread consisting of 2 dry vegetable curries, an excellent sambar and rasam. A mildly spiced vegetable curry in coconut milk is always present as well. A curry with ground coconut gravy with seasonal vegetables ends the set of curries on offer.
In addition to plain rice, there is a flavoured rice or a south Indian style biryani. Delicious keral style appams are served hot at the table as is the rasam which is served in a small glass. We also had the masala buttermilk which was delicious but a bit overpriced.
There is usually a selection of fresh cut fruit in addition to 2 south Indian sweets and an ice cream for dessert. The wheat payasam we had was superb.
The breakfast buffet is available between 7 and 10 in the morning. The spread is quite large and varied. We started with plain rice idlis and excellent sambar, moving on to rava idlis with assorted chutneys and a very delicious upma.
Served hot at the table were soft golden pooris with a potato bhaji (which was ok but could have been better). Also served at the table was golden brown crisp dosas, not too big and not too papery. Finally we tried the Medu Vadas, which were very good – crispy on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside.
There was an assortment of fresh cut fruit and two varieties of freshly squeezed fruit juices, as well as tea and coffee to those who requested it.
Service is prompt and courteous and very attentive. All the waiting staff use little handheld PDAs to take your order (a nice high-tech touch).
I noticed that some customers who had small children were provided with children’s books to keep the children occupied and out of trouble.
Valet parking is available, though they will park your car on the road since they have no parking lot. Reservations must be done before hand, as the place is usually packed.
Located on Indranagar’s 100 ft road opposite Domino's Pizza, it is easily locatable and the green of Indranagar adds to its appeal.
As can be expected, class, elegance and hot towels on arrival, do not come cheap. South Indies is not for those on a budget. Breakfast was 175 per head and lunch was around 250 perhead.