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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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.
Downstairs from the Draavidia Art Gallery is a friendly, artsy café, with tasty food, excellent fresh-squeezed juices, and an eclectic clientele. Most of the decorations come from the art on display upstairs. Specials seem to change according to the whim of the chief cook (who I believe is a European lady).
It’s located about half way between the Chinese Nets and Jew Town (maybe closer to the Chinese Nets) on the main east coast road, so it’s a good stop-over when walking between the two areas. Be sure to check out the gallery, and the evening music performances if you get a chance.
Thte tables are set on a patio built into the waters edge at the Hotel. There are not many tables, guarantee of privacy and idyllic romance. It is nice to watch the lights of Ernakulam in the distance and observe the boats passing like ghosts through the night.
Very good service. No alcohol is served. Fruit juices and soft drinks.
very reasonably priced for the setting and the quality of food
Favorite Dish: Egg Plant Curry in spices/ginger/garlic
dhal ( lentils)
ladys finger curry (okra) in cocnut cream/ginger/garlic
Coconut rice, grated coconut and spices
Appams, local rice pancake
Excellent Service and special mention should be made of Nimesh Karthikeyan, a baby faced waiter
the freshest of sea food,the concept is of small shacks cooking for u what uv bought from the fishing nets..u can sit on a beachside,see the locals operat the fishing nets,sip in a beer or two,hardrinks also(not legal but u can do it)..n just chill ..maybe if u r a bit too advenrous u can help in catching the catch which can be cooked for u...n its dirt cheap....a big lobster for less than ten dollars...tell the cook to go a bit light on the spices if ur stomach does not permit.
Favorite Dish: try the grilled prawns in garlic sauce,or the Local freshwater KARI mean(Black fish)...lobsters grilled r nice n so r the fresh crabs in coconut sauce....all this with fresh brown bread or the traditional rice plate.