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    From open lawns and minced meat balls to special pet days, these restaurants are coming up with new ways to keep your friends happy

    As your pets are an integral part of the family and social life, they are being pampered with exotic salon experiences, special social meets and even well-interviewed sitters to mind them when the family is out. We take it up a notch by offering you the city’s best options for a ‘complete’ family chow time with this line up of restaurants that will entertain and support your four-legged dinner companion with spacious outdoor areas, special delicacies, and dedicated events.

    Grilled love
    In the mood for some grilled steak or some chocolate treats, but don’t want to leave behind your pet? Head to Sandy’s Chocolate Laboratory at Alwarpet that has a spacious lawn where your pets are allowed to dine with you. Dogs, cats or rabbits—there’s always room for the extended family. A meal for two is priced at about Rs1,200. Open from 8 am to 11 pm. Details: 42303853

    Chakra of happiness
    While you dig in to chilly cheese chicken tikka at Crimson Chakra, your pooch can merrily chomp on the chef’s special— minced chicken platter. Point to note—the gracious staff will cheerfully deal with poop and puddle accidents at the al fresco dining area. A meal for two is priced approx. at Rs1,200. At Adyar, open from 12 pm to 3 pm and from 7 pm to 10.30 pm. On weekends, the restaurant is open till 10.45 pm. Details: 43586116

    Malaysian, anyone?
    The New Town ECR, known for its ambience and its sizzling Malaysian street food and fusion cuisine, is also a pet destination. The open-air seating in the garden area makes it the perfect spot for you to have some quality time with your pet. A meal for two is priced approx. at Rs1,000. Open from noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm. Details: 9176066866

    Bon appetit
    Complete your weekend at Pondy with a stop at Cafe des Arts. This quaint French café on Suffren Street has a beautiful garden area where the pets and their counterparts can stretch their legs. While you are there, don’t miss their authentic French waffles and pancakes. A meal for two­ is priced approx. at Rs1,200. Open from 8.30 am to 7 pm.  Details: 9994481914

    Dog’s day out
    The Farm, the restaurant-cum-bed and breakfast on OMR, popular for its delicious wood-fried pizzas, has vast expanses of open area for pets. Keep your pet on a leash and he can join you at your table, but picking up after your pet is on you. Irrespective of their size or species—right from the well-behaved pooch to the shy tortoise— this restaurant has seen all kinds. You can also take your pets for an overnighter here. The rooms are priced at Rs3,600 plus tax. A meal for two­—priced approx. at RS1,200. Located at OMR. Open from 11.30 am to 6 pm, and on weekends from 7.30 am to 6 pm. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Details: 24500655

    It’s  breakfast time
    Enjoy your Sunday morning at Under the Mango Tree, with the restaurant’s ‘Breakfast with Pets’ concept that is organised on every first Sunday of the month. Continental breakfast includes bacon, sausages and spinach in cream sauce, and is priced at Rs300. The doggie platter is for Rs150 (steamed chicken dim sums, ragi balls, minced meat balls and biscuits). Located at Richmond Town, Bangalore. While the Breakfast with Pets is from 9 am to 11.45 am, the restaurant is open from 11 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm.  Details: 09686601021

    Highway on a platter
    While on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway, stop by Cafe Rasta, a resto bar located on three acres of lush greenery with both indoor and outdoor seating. Perfect for a stopover with your pet, this café has to its credit a successful social meet in 2012, where over 100 pet owners and 50 pets caught up to have a fun day with lots of food and drinks on the table. A meal for two—priced approx. at Rs400. Open from 9 am to 4 am. The café is closed on Mondays. Details: 09900072782

    Mamma mia
    Popular for their pizzas and pastas, Bella Caio was one of the city’s first restaurants to play host to pets. This al fresco Italian restaurant, located at Kottivakkam near the beach, promises an enjoyable evening for the family. A meal for two—priced approx. at Rs1,100. From 6 pm to 11.30 pm on weekdays; on weekends from 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 6.30pm to 11.30 pm. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.Details: 09900072782

    —Gayatri Nair

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