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Kati rolls have come a long way since they were first served in a hotel in Kolkata in the 1930s. From small kiosks to plush cafes, this snack has found many takers in Bangalore as well. While many throng the all-time favourite joints, new eateries have popped up to cater to evolving tastes. City Express lists 10 outlets that Bangaloreans swear by.

Published: 15th April 2014 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2014 12:38 PM   |  A+A-

Al Amanah Cafe, Kammanahalli:

Thronged by mostly office goers, Al Amanah Cafe in Kammanahalli has become quite popular since it opened three years back. A small joint that accommodates maximum 15 people, Al Amanah Cafe is not a good place to dine in. Take away is recommended. The menu is limited but the rolls are filling and juicy. Try the Chicken Kudu and Falafill- their signature dishes.

Khan Saheb, Indira Nagar:

This is one of the few places that has a strong menu for vegetarians as well. After observing the street food culture in other cities like Mumbai and Lucknow, Vivek Joseph opened Khan Saheb in Bangalore a year back. “We observed that food in Bangalore was below average. There were not many options as well. That is when the idea struck,” he says. Their rolls are served in a whole wheat wrap. Paneer Aloo Babycorn Tikka Roll, Aloo Mushroom Babycorn Tikka Roll, Paneer Burji Roll- vegetarians can be spoilt for choice here.

Chicken Beda Roti, stuffed with chicken and a layer of egg is the fastest going item on the menu.

Hotel Fanoos, Richmond Town:

Probably one of the oldest, Hotel Fanoos in Richmond Town has served Bangaloreans for almost 50 years. This is one joint, meat lovers swear by.

There is nothing fancy about this place and most regulars come back only for the love of food. The rolls and filling are quite cheap as compared to other joints offering a similar menu. Irani Sheekh Roll is a must try. Other popular items on the menu include Chilly Beef Roll, Beef Makhani Roll, Haryali Roll and Boti Jumbo Roll. Each roll is a meal in itself. The phrase ‘value for money’ was perhaps coined by Hotel Fanoos.

Roll Junction, Cunningham Road:

This kiosk in Sigma Mall, Cunningham Road can be explored if you are in the vicinity to catch a film. A small stall, Roll Junction serves wholesome rolls at very cheap prices. The most expensive item on their menu is the Double Chicken Roll priced at Rs 60. Vegetarians can try the  paneer and egg rolls. Most of the non-vegetarian rolls come with a layer of egg. The rolls are made fresh and are filled with spices and meat. So if you want a quick bite before a movie and don’t want to splurge, Roll Junction is where you can head.

Charminar, Frazer Town:

This small eatery on MM Road offers a wide range of kebabs and rolls at very low prices. They specialise in other dishes as well, the most famous being Tandoori Chicken. You can try the mutton or the Chicken Sheekh rolls, which are packed with flavours. The meat is soft and juicy and the spices are added in the right proportion. A heavy meal can be washed down with a cup of hot sulaimani chai.

Chakum Chukum, Indiranagar:

Chakum Chukum, the Kolkata roll outlet in Indiranagar, does fast business at all times of the day. The menu comprises of a variety of vegetarian and meat options that make for a filling snack. While the Palak Paneer rolls are a specialty in the vegetarian category, meat lovers swear by the Mutton Shammi roll. Malav roll, a house specialty made of a double serving of mutton shammi and mutton cubes, four eggs and a large parantha, is a popular meal-time order. The owners apparently named it after a ravenous customer who came to the outlet late one night and asked for a roll with everything they had.

Kebab Magic, Marathahalli:

Kebab Magic, with outlets in Marathahalli, Koramangala and Jayanagar, is known for its chicken kebabs and kati rolls. The chefs recommend the Shawarma Chicken Roll, a medley of chicken shreds, chopped onion, mayonnaise and spices wrapped in a pita bread.

The Chicken Tikka Roll is also fast-moving. The delicious Pulpy Grape Juice makes up for the eye-watering spicy dishes. Usually crowded in the evenings, the place has limited seating and take away is recommended.

Shawarma King, Frazer Town:

Run by a Syrian family, Shawarma King in Frazer Town offers authentic Arabian chicken, beef and Falafel rolls in small and jumbo varieties. People are seen thronging the restaurant that serves shawarma rolls with authentic Middle-Eastern flavours. The Minced Mutton Roll is also pretty popular at the outlet, while vegetarians can opt for the Great Falafel Roll. Apart from the Jumbo Shawarma, side dishes like Czar Salad are also popular. The restaurant also offers meat plates, burgers, soft drinks, sandwiches as well as combo meals.

Lazeez Restaurant, Commercial Street:

A hole-in-the-wall joint in Commercial Street, Lazeez Restaurant is known for its delicious Mughalai cuisine. The menu includes spicy kebabs, rolls, curries and biryani, while the rolls include the usual  paneer, aloo, chicken and mutton varieties. The double stuffing rolls make for a meal in themselves, while desserts like Zafrani Phirni and Shahi Tukda are worth a try. The restaurant will introduce a whole new range of special dishes in the month of June for Ramzan. Special biryanis, Mutton Raan, Dabba Gosht will feature in the new menu.

Siddiqui Kebab Center, St Johns Road:

Known for its juicy and delicious Grilled Chicken and kebab varieties, Siddiqui Kebab Center features on the list of best roll joints as well. Easy on the wallet, delicacies including Nizam Roll and Chicken Roll are favourites among the restaurant’s clientele. While the Arabian Barbeque Grilled Chicken and biryanis are popular items,  regulars  recommend the Butter Chicken, Roomali Roti,  Pepper Chicken and Andar Bahar (stuffed chicken). If you are particular about the ambience of the restaurant, we suggest you opt for take away.

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