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See for yourself what it’s like to eat at Bangalore’s most bizarre jail-themed restaurant.

HSR Layout now has the first "jail-themed restaurant" in all of Karnataka.


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Central Jail Restaurant, which opened in Jayanagar in 2016, relocated to the Hosur Sarjapura Road (HSR) Layout in 2018. The unusual restaurant is decorated to look like a prison cell, complete with thick iron bars and low lighting, yet it serves ambitious food that could never be found in a real prison.

The Bangalore restaurant delivers on its promise of an immersive dinner, with everything from vegetarian gravies and noodle dishes to unique delights like “Partner in Crime,” “Red Alert,” and “DSP Special,” cleverly classified under the “Jail Menu” categories. The foodies of Bangalore seem to have greeted the eatery with open arms, according to online reviews.

The Central Jail tomato soup was delicious; I tried it. The container and packaging were top-notch, and the service was lightning-fast. One diner raved, “Great spot to grab some quick bites or fast food.” The wait staff, dressed like guards at a maximum-security jail, use flimsy metal utensils to offer customers a broad variety of international dishes.

People can take pictures while visiting the restaurant with jail accessories, including handcuffs and pillbox hats. Customers have the option of eating in the dreary cells behind bars or at the tables set up outside for those who feel uncomfortable eating in such a confined space.

Another satisfied diner gave the restaurant a tour and gushed over its atmosphere in a video review posted to Central Jail Restaurant’s official Instagram account. “Ambience is appropriately themed, and you would most certainly get jail vibes upon entering,” stated the post’s description. The entire restaurant is decorated to resemble a jail, and the wait staff will wear prison uniforms while serving diners. With such acclaim, it’s clear that Central Jail Restaurant is an intriguing attempt to draw inspiration for an original dining experience from the everyday tragedies of crime and violence.

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