Hallimane has been a landmark in the culinary map of Bangalore for well over 5 years. Located in a vintage part of Bangalore, the restaurant features a village ambience with its tiled roofs, natural brick walls, high ceilings and an abundance of plants; Hallimane has been proclaimed as one of the best ethnic and value for money restaurants in Bangalore by the media.
Hallimane is a destination for most Bangaloreans who prefer to savor the best of rural cuisine in a rural setting. The restaurant serves fresh, hygienic and delicious rural food, complemented by exemplary service.
N Sanjeev Rao, with an experience of more than 3 decades in the industry, Neelavara Sanjeeva Rao has been an inspiration behind hallimane and its popularity. Apart from being a restaurateur of repute, he has undertaken several social activities including promoting Yakshagana. He is the recipient of many awards including the kempegowda state award & the aryabhatta award.
Prabhakar, currently the President of Hotel Consumer Association is a visionary and the brain behind many successful hospitality businesses. He is credited with launching several successful restaurants like Dosa camp in Jayanagar, Upahara Darshini, Nammoora Hotel and the Cool Joint. Hallimane is another addition to his list of unique concepts.
India is a country of festivals and food is an important part of any celebratory occasion. Every festival has some special dish, which is prepared in most Indian homes.
During festivals, Hallimane is decked with traditional mango and plantain leaf- thorans, colorful rangolis and a changed menu to accommodate delicious festival food.
For instance during Ugadi, the restaurant staff dressed in traditional attire greet customers with panaka and bevu-bella, the mixture of neem leaves and jaggery which symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of sweet as well as bitter and that one should learn to take both in one’s stride.
Makar Sankranti the harvest festival, is marked by men, women and children wearing colorful new clothing; visiting near and dear ones; and exchanging pieces of sugarcane, a mixture of fried til, pieces of dry coconut, peanuts and fried gram.
On this auspicious day, people in Karnataka distribute Yellu and bella (Sesame seeds and Jaggery) and greet with the words " “Ellu bella thindu, Olle Maathu Aadu” (Eat sesame seeds and speak only good). The significance of this exchange is that sweetness should prevail in all the dealings.