|Dominos Pizza, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune.|
The rules for picking a place to eat are pretty universal. Always pick one with the highest amount of local traffic. There may be little to no service because the “usuals’ know what they want, so just point to what seems to be most popular and order . If there are public servants eating there, Off/On duty Police, Municipal bus drivers/conductors, office clerks it is a good sign that the food is consistently safe to eat. On a recent visit to Bangalore I found a vegetarian restaurant next to my hotel . It mostly served the staff from the Bangalore Police Comissioners offices. Great tasting cheap South Indian food. Excellent filter coffee.
Hordes of College students are usually not a good sign. They fall sick, recover quickly and never seem to draw the connection between what they ate/drank at a street corner and their severe amoebic dysentery. “But it was tasty and cheap!”. :)