You’d not expect a temple to be the first thing that comes to mind when you say delicious food. But think about it, we all love temple prasadam, not because of its holiness but because it is well made, without much oil or spices or any other heart-attack-inducing substances. ISKCON Bangalore serves a mouthwatering khichdi as prasadam, but all the devotion in the world or in my heart cannot have it substitute lunch. So mom and I dropped in at their fine dine restaurant, Higher Taste, for a more complete meal.
The restaurant serves sattvic food, meaning not only is the food vegetarian, it also is cooked without onions or garlic. You’d think that the food would be lacking in some flavors, but it was not. We ordered an Irisi Paruppu Satham (Rs 220), which the menu describes as a dish of lentils and rice, seasoned with native spices, and a preparation of ancient India (I spend a lot of time reading menu descriptions, and this one seemed like it was the work of English professors). It was a form of bisi bele bhaath, made with green moong dal, and was lovely. My only quibble: there was too little of it for two. But considering the amount we had eaten at the snack stalls outside, maybe it was just as well.
The USP of this place is supposed to be the Paan Icecream (Rs 120), and we couldn’t leave without ordering one, could we? Served in a paan leaf, it’s like a mouthful of cold meetha paan in your mouth, with chunks of supari and coconut (I think). Heavenly meal, in more ways than one.
P.S. Don’t miss the multicolored saunf kept at the exit. It’s a burst of flavors in the mouth.