I haven't been to this restaurant, but this was the place my brother wanted to take us first. Since it was shut, we ended up in Grand Pavilion. Hence, this is my brother's review.
He says that they serve even better food than Grand Pavilion. Their flavours are better. And they serve it at nearly half the price compared to Grand.
Favorite Dish: I would recommend the same things i tried at Grand. Karimeen Polichadhu, appam, idiappam, fish molee and shrimps.
It is a great place to have a cuppa after walking around Fort Kochi and Jew Town. Must try their home-made cakes.
For those who like real coffee and have gotten tired of the sweet instant coffees that people usually serve up here, this place sells good coffee. My friends and i went in for the plunger. :-)
Also love this place because they don't sell water in plastic bottles. They sell water in sterilized glass bottles. I think they might be willing to refill your bottles. Not sure.
They also have an art gallery.
A buffet dinner..
excellent curries from kerala and a smattering of north indian food but the food is Kerala Spice.. and you would be surprised to know that the chef is from Nepal.. he told me that most of the chefs in this part of the world are from Nepal.. I remember seeing Nepali people cooking at the Fort Cochin area as well.
Suresh took me and Sunil to Lunch. A sumptous lunch, cost us less than 8 usd for three... great value..
Good food and friendly service at reasonable price. Don't be scared by location or building, is really very good food, trust an Italian. Must try. Good French and Indian dishes.
Favorite Dish: Anything is good quality
The fish market offers a variety of fish and shell fish/ seafood etc. This is where the locals come to shop, and is a good place to stock up if you're self catering.
Local fishermen sell the fish here that has been caught recently, either by boat, or in the cantilevered nets.
A 'different dining experience' is to chose the fish you'd like to eat, wait for it to be weighed, agree on a price, then carry your purchase to the nearby grills, where your fish will be cooked and served.
I'm not sure if this is just grilled, or if your fish could be made into a hot, spicy dish.
I'm afraid that I didn't get the chance to do this, but hopefully one day I'll get the chance to return to Cochin, and try this out
Favorite Dish: All the fish looked very fresh, so it would have been hard to decide.
This place is very popular with western tourists and was very full when I ate here with a Swiss couple I met up with in Ooty. You can watch one of the chef's cooking naan's, prawns and fish on skewers in a large circular metal oven on wheels outside near your table. Food was pretty good plus they also sell "special tea", otherwise known as beer which comes served in teapots in order to keep local plod happy!
Kochi is home to some wonderful seafood restaurants. If you walk along the waterfront near the Chinese fishing nets, you'll see lots of stalls displaying their daily catch and they'll cook it for you, there and then! On offer are large and tiger prawns, shrimps, scampi and various types of fish that I don't know the name of. I had some large prawns at one place along with some salad and rice plus a drink for Rs320. Great stuff!
Came here for breakfast in the mornings and this place is very nice with teapots suspended from the ceiling. As the name suggests it's a great place to have a tea or cafe with a huge range on offer plus some great cakes like Death by Chocolate. The tables are made of tea chests, their stencilled writings proudly proclaiming: Produce of India. Tea accessories like strainers, tea balls, tea cosies, milk jugs and sugar pots; the entire tea paraphernalia is on display.
People who had invited me to cochin had put a car and a driver at my disposal, so i decided to take advantage of it, by asking the driver to take me to the best place for Appam nearby . he drove to MG road in Ernakulam and there it was appam with the gravy.. very tasty indeed
Favorite Dish: Appam of course
I had a few meals at this restaurant. They serve South Indian food, and I had some very good food here. During my last visit (Oct 2008) they had a staff problem and service was poor, as was some of the food (ice cold rice).
You will see people drinkning "tea" from teapots and mugs - tat is actually how they serve there ice cold beer!
Favorite Dish: Keralan Food
There are so many places to eat in Cochin that once in a while you walk in to a place and the simplicity turns out to be a danger. If they go a little heavy on the ghee or the oil, pitta ayurvedic types will suffer from dyspepsia...
Favorite Dish: Masala Dosai as in the picture and soon after that a tablet of Nexium, a proton pump inhibitor for dyspepsia..
Dinner at Fort House Restaurant
We had celebrated the new year 2007 here, a nice dinner and some fireworks. I had not been back since then, even though I was here twice in 2007.
After being so disappointed by Talk of the Town, after the lovely massage we had decided to eat at the Fort House Restaurant. Since its humble beginnings in 1997 when there were just a few cottages and I had stayed in one of them in 1999, now there are two storied accommodations but the restaurant at the edge of the water remains the same, unchanged, including the seating and the chairs and the tables. I fondly thought of one of my earliest visits to cochin in 1995 when I stayed at the nearby Seagull hotel at that time one of the few places to stay, in a run down room which cost 8 usd at that time! Also remember there was a strike and no autorikshaws were available and we had to catch a lift in a Police Car to the old airport in Willingdon Island.
Prawn curry Kerala style 120
Okra curry 80
Coconut rice 50
Kerala parotta 20
Lime soda 20
Lime ginger soda 25
There were two couples from Italy sitting next to us, who ate French fries with rice! Certainly the travelling Europeans are tired of the Indian food?
One Indian couple were also dining.
Favorite Dish: Okra Curry
LUNCH IN THE TIME OF THE BRITISH RAJ
This vegetarian restaurant has not changed its location nor its menu for the past sixty years or so and the man serving and manning the cash counter had been there for 45 of those..
For the first time today, I saw some Europeans eating there. the lunchtime menu of “meals” rice with curd, various vegetable curries and sambar was somewhat bland. But who can complain when the meal which was filling and a cup of the sweet Indian tea was served for 1 euro?
RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Lunch on 15th August 2008
Delicious. Extremely good service. Good ambience.
In summary, Good Indian food, in an un affected Indian atmosphere with typical kerala hospitality.
Backpackers and the tourists visiting Cochin has really degraded the local cuisine in that most of the restaurants in Fort Cochin cater to the tourists and the quality of the food has gone down. But Krishna Cafe does not have to do anything like that, they serve the original fare from South India..
each of my lunch or dinner at any of the restaurants serving the tourist trade in Fort Cochin cost me between 125 to 200 inr but the dinner at krishna cafe is less than 35 inr, four to five times cheaper. I also happen to like their food
Favorite Dish: Paper Dosay Masala