There was a time, not long before, when Whitefield was primarily an agricultural land. During the late 1880s, the area was mostly inhabited by Eurasians and Anglo-Indians. Today, this micro-market is the go-to destination for travellers and settlers alike, who visit Bengaluru. The transformation has been stunning. While on one side, tall skyscrapers adorn the skyline of Whitefield, on the other, it has also established itself as a self-sustaining cultural hub. And similar to almost all Indian cities, food is a big part of Whitefield’s culture. People, from all parts of the country and abroad, visit Whitefield. Naturally, the food scene is pretty lively.
In our previous posts, we have covered top cafes, fun activities, and popular restaurants in Whitefield. Here, we are going to extend the culinary trip a bit, and explore the restaurants offering some delicious Arab dishes. It is in our mind to provide you with a complete Whitefield food guide, where we will talk about the various cuisines available in this locality. Arab food is slowly becoming popular in Bengaluru, and Whitefield has its options. Until recently, only Arab students and Indians living in the Middle-East would be the primary customers. However, we Indians have curious taste buds, and we love to try anything new!
The diversity in cuisine in the city is reflective of the economic and social diversity of Bengaluru. Speaking of Arabian cuisine, Shawarma and Falafel are gathering popularity. The former is a Levantine meat preparation. Turkey, chicken, lamb, mutton, or mixed meats are placed on a spit and grilled for as long as a day. It can be served as a sandwich, wrap, or on the plate. Popular toppings include pickled turnips, amba, hummus, and tahini. Falafel, on the other hand, has its origins in Egypt, and is a traditional Middle-Eastern food. Falafel is a deep-fried patty, doughnut or ball, made from fava beans, ground chickpeas, or both.
Falafel is commonly served with pita or wrapped in a taboon. The balls are drizzled with tahini-based sauces, hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and salads. Shawarma and Falafel are the most-popular Arab recipes in India. In fact, they are loved the world over. But these are not the end of Arab cuisine. Other insanely popular dishes include Kefta, Khubz, Labneh, Tahini, Tagine, Mansaf, Kunafeh, and Halva. Thus, without much ado, let us find out the restaurants in Whitefield that are serving Arab delicacies. You must already be hungry! Alert: The Arab food scene is still developing here. Hence, expectations should be kept in check!
Address: 147/1, Varthur Kodi, Opposite Columbia Asia Hospital, Ozean Road, Whitefield Main Road
Strictly using Halal-cut meat, Orbis promises an exclusive dining experience with mouth-watering dishes and sound customer service. Here you will have your options, from Arabian Wrap meals, Bahraini & Emarath sandwiches to mouth-watering Arabian rolls. You get Arabian veg starters, non-veg starters, soups, Arabian sizzlers, and different types of Arabian rice.
Address: FC-17, Food Court, Second floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Krishnarajapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560048
Slightly overpriced and probably going a bit slow on customer service, Marhaba, located in the food court of Phoenix Marketcity, has an impressive menu. Choose from their Arabian specials, rolls, sizzlers, kebab & grill platters, Arabian platters, and Marhaba combos. Their Sides & Dips include Hummus, Pita Bread, French Fries, and Garlic Dip. You may also give their Shawai Chicken Biriyani a shot.
Orbis Market Kitchen
Address: 62, Ground Floor, Forum Neighbourhood Mall, Whitefield Main Road
This food joint is situated inside the Loyal World Market. The average cost for two people is approximately INR 600. Aside from serving Arabian delights, Orbis has also kept Oriental and Indian dishes in their menu. The prices are pretty reasonable, though the Arabian dishes are limited. Apart from the general Shawarma Roll, Shawarma Plates and Kubbus, you may also try their Al Faham, BBQ Chicken, Pepper BBQ, or Grilled Chicken.
Address: First Floor, Building 836, Rajpalya, Mahadevpura, Near Bharat Petrol Pump, Maruthi Nagar, Basavanna Nagar, Krishnarajapura, Whitefield
This is a strictly home delivery only food joint. No seating is available. While the restaurant mainly has North Indian, South Indian, Italian, Continental, Mediterranean, and Lebanese dishes, you must try their Athena Platter that consists of Tabbouleh, 2 half Pita pockets with falafel & paneer, hummus, pickled veggies, and four mini Pita breads. You can also try their Albi: Falafel Wrap, Tinos, Habibi Chicken Wrap, Paros, and Tabbouleh salad.
Address: Near Andhrabank, Nallurhalli Circle, Whitefield, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560066
Imperia dishes out Chinese, North Indian, and Arabian delicacies. Here, the Grilled Chicken and Shawarma Rolls are your best bet.
Urban Grills Restaurant
Address: Near MVJ Collage, Chansandra Main Road, Whitefield
Apart from their Shawarma Rolls and Special Shawarma, you may also try their Alfaham Chicken, Barbeque Chicken, and Grilled Chicken. The restaurant also offers various Keftas, not all of them Arabian though.
The Yellow Stop
Address: Gamma Building Cafeteria, Sigma Softech Park, Whitefield
It’s a small store offering Arabian, Chinese, and North Indian delights. Again, their BBQ Chicken and Shawarmas are the most-ordered.
Arabian Fame Grills
Address: Food Court 2, Concourse Tech Park Mall, ITPL, Whitefield
This one’s also a food court counter, serving Barbeque, Shawarma & Biriyanis. The average cost for two persons is INR 600 approximately.