37, 6th Block, 100ft Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 34
Meal for two: Rs 350
With arterial MG Road taken over by the Metro project, yuppie Koramangala has a hip new eatery around every corner, serving everything from gongura maamsam to sushi to oxtail soup. Dalma—its ‘East Indian’ tag is misleading, it focuses on Oriya food—is a bit of a misfit here, its sprawling interiors more reminiscent of a highway Udipi than a haute cuisine outlet. Basic chairs and four-seater tables, ill-trained waitstaff and jumbled-up menus further accentuate the amateurish air.
But let the food arrive, and you’ll be thinking unassuming, not uninspired. Dalma sticks to its core competency, stripped of all frills: the food is honest, down to earth and mostly very good. We avoid the thalis (veg, mutton, chicken, crab, fish, starting from Rs 72) and order rice (Rs 30), the eponymous dalma (Rs 30), saaga (greens and potatoes, Rs 40), dahi...