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Bangalore offers a wide choice of cuisines, from the traditional to the exotic.

Generally speaking, 'home food' is preferred over restaurant food in India. Inviting someone to your home for a meal is considered more personal and warm, than dinning out. With this in mind, it's not surprising that most local cuisine restaurants are more 'fast food' style joints, such as the numerous dosa and idli spots lining most major streets. These are simple, quick, cheap, usually vegetarian fare and of local flavour. The Empire chain of restaurants (http://hotelempire.in/) is a family-style Indian restaurant, a notch up in comfort and menu variety and offers a more leisurely lunch or dinner option, popular with middle-class non-vegetarians.

In India in general, you will notice a clear distinction between 'veg' and 'non-veg' restaurants, since many vegetarians will not eat food prepared in a kitchen that also prepares non-veg items. Restaurants often clearly identify which audience they cater to on the front sideboard with a simple 'veg' …

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