Vegetarian Hotel in front of Aspinwall Building: Lunch in the time of the British Raj
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 Hotel Metropolitan: Lunch at Hotel Metropolitan
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.
Krishna Cafe: Once more at Krishna Cafe
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
Ballard Bungalow, Breakfast included: Breakfast at Ballards
You could ask for the regular toast and omelette or eggs done different ways. i usually ask for south indian breakfast of either idlies or dosay, and someone runs out to the nearest indian restaurant and brings me those and i have it with white milky tea and some fruit.
Dal Roti: Dal Roti and Mr Romesh Menon, its eclectic owner
While I was at the Dentist (Fatima Dental Specialty Clinic), the younger Dr John vouched for the food at Dal Roti, when I complained that the quality of Food in Fort cochin has gone down. Ask for Thava Biryani and you wont be disappointed, said he.
walking along the ageing mansions facing the padang/maidan/football ground, where once the ruling brits lived, one crosses into lilly street where you could see the entrance to the Bishops House.
The interior decoration of the place reflects the owner/chef with his eclectic taste, while it says that it serves Northern Indian Plains Fare, it is the interaction with his client that makes Mr Menon to adapt the dish to the client. He more or less designed the dish we requested for with the spices and the flavour.
he is an avid reader so we have a lovely conversation about Indian Literature in English and he explained why there has been a recent "boom" in indian literature.
as you enter there is a large wall hanging, dominating the room as well as a terracota of the bull, sacred in hindu mythology. it houses just a few tables and there is an alcove where one could sit and read, he invites you to do that..He also recommended Kashi Cafe for coffee..
Favorite Dish: Paneer Makhani, with red sauce with large chunks of Paneer in it, mellow in its taste as requested.
vegetable Biryani, savoury and plenty for lunch, as a single dish
ginger lime soda which quenches ones thirst
90+80+35+35 inr for a nice lunch and a chance to meet that rare breed of Indian, an intellectual, rather than ritualistic and nationalistic.. on this visit Mr Menon is the second intellectual we have met in Fort cochin, the other one being a gentle giant by the unlikely name of rockey..
I highly recommend this place
The Talk of the Town: The fare of Chef Bensal
After eating here at least on four different visits, imagine my great disappointment in August 2008 when i dined there on two consecutive nights to find the quality and quantity of the food gone immeasurably down. paneer was as hard as a rock, okra curry had a few okras floating in it, the ladies finger curry was next to inedible, the eggplant curry was stale and the shrimps were from another decade.
Chef Bensal had gotten married recently and has given over the task of cooking to someone else and it definitely shows. I am sorry to say this about the restaurant owned by this good friend of mine, but I cannot in all honesty recommend this restaurant. there are plenty of great value for money food available in Cochin such as Fort House Restaurant and Dhal Roti to give just two examples.
During our stay in Cochin in December 2006, we ate here a lot. Bensal the chef who is the brother of Densal the manager of Ballard Group of Hotels, is ever so obliging. It is situated in an old building very close to the Basilica ( in fact you can see it while dining), walking distance from the hotels and hostels. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is very popular with visitors, so if you go there too late in the morning or afternoon or evening, some of your favourite dishes may not be available ( such as Vegetable Thali for Lunch ).
Favorite Dish: as of August 2008, nothing..
photos were from a time when chef bensal was the cook and he attended to every guest every day and until he changes the cook and restarts cooking himself, please give this a miss.
Fort House Restaurant: Romantic location by the water
Recipes handed down by the mother or grandmother of the present owner of the Fort House Hotel, this outdoor dining area near the water is ideal for an intimate dinner. the weather is breezy, you can see the lights of the houses in vypeen island and also the lights along the fort cochin and mattancherry area.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed my dinner tonight at the Fort House Restaurant
ginger lime soda 25 inr lime soda 20 inr shrimpt curry kerala style, the shrimps were fresh and the curry was sweet and mild with tomato in it 150 inr, okra curry 75 inr coconut rice 50 inr kerala parotta 25 inr 345 inr for a nice meal for two
i also noticed that the prices have not increased in the past one year and half while all the other restaurants have increased their prices
I highly recommend this place for a quiet dinner, outdoors, away from the crowds of the Princess Street. and the restaurants there
Kashi Art Cafe: Not that good
Described in Lonely Planet as a "hip art cafe". I would rate this cafe as below average. The lunch menu consisted of 2 choices. There were some cakes available as well, but you won't get a substantial meal here. Service was rather poor.
Favorite Dish: No favourite
Palms Restaurant at Metropolitan: Taken to Lunch
When invited to go to Lunch, I suggested that we go to Palms restaurant. As I was leaving the very same afternoon for Bombay and Paris, a nice lunch was welcome. It is expensive by Keala standards, about 500 rupees for lunch but then again it is the best you can get. Because of the monsoon, they were throwing in a cocktail free with lunch. didnt get much buzz though, nice pineapple tasting cocktail and they said they had added gin
Favorite Dish: once again i tasted a variety of the foods, and this time the chef joined me in explaining the various dishes. Malayalees are extremely friendly and they are very happy that a visitor would make extra effort to come and eat at their place. this is my third time there
kerala fish curry
various vegetable condimetns
tapioca with fish curry
i had lunch there on 13th july. it is still the best. the general manager joined us when wew were having lunch and the attention was superb.
you could finish the dinner with payasam which is a local dessert
Arya Bhavan: Basic Tamil Food
This place fills up during lunch time, with "Meals Ready" sign advertising their complete meal which can be had on a banana leaf for 1 usd or less.
Hygiene in places like these are suspect but then again, if you are fussy about that you cant eat at most of the places in india and you would end up eating at makkos and pizza hut. good service. fast food really, but freshly made
Favorite Dish: Nye roast dosai
the lunch for two people came to 35 rupees which is under one dollar us
Palms Restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel: The Best Kerala Food I have tasted
Sudheesh Babu, the front desk manager guaranteed us that the food would be delicious and it turned out to be so. Twice on this visit I ate here, at lunch time, a buffet and this has to be the best Kerala food I have ever tasted. In fact, if I am ever in the neighbourhood I will drop by for the lunch buffet. it comes to with taxes 200 indian rupees per person, every bit worth it.
Favorite Dish: Kerala Fish Curry
Appams freshly prepared
Payasam to sweeten your palate afterwards
multiple vegetable curries
too many others to name
all in all a dining experience
Home of Mr Suresh, Tourist Land Operator: Kerala Cuisine at backwater trip
When you book a tour to the backwaters area, the lunch is included in the price, and i have seen bunch of tourists, sitting under the palm covered out door dining area, at the ancestral home of the owner in Vaikom, enjoying the dish
Favorite Dish: The food is traditional Kerala food with its brown rice, pappadam, various vegetable curries and condiments and also fish that you can get from the sea. Keralites prefer fish from the sea rather than river fish
Art Cafe: Great Cake!
This place was a great liittle find!
Attatched to an art gallery, the cafe area is small in an enclosed like patio area, very leafy with plenty of table and seating.
The cake of course!!!
The Banana cake was delicious and the Chocolate cake was soooooo yummy!
The coffee here is decent too.
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Hotel Fort Heritage: Above average food
At this hotel you can choose between an indoor or outdoor section. They have a very comprehensive menu, with many south indian dishes. It is the quality of the food that put this above many others in Cochin.
Favorite Dish: Nadan Kozhi Curry (Kerala Style)
Salt 'n pepper: Good atmos
Close to the fishing nets at Fort Kochin is this restaurant. You can sit outside and it is pretty cozy after sunset. they put some incence or something like that outside against the musquitos.
The food was good as well.
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