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.
Solar Café: Friendly and artsy
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.
Fort House Restaurant: FRresh Dining by the water
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
CHINESE FISHING NETS: DONT MISS THE FRESH SEA FOOD
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.
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"You Buy We Cook"
At the Chinese Fishing Nets in Kochi (cochin as it was known earlier) you will find these little shacks that have "You Buy We Cook" on them. As the name suggests you buy the fish from the fishermen and give it to these shacks who cook delicious food on the spot.
Excellent foog an one must try it :-)
Favorite Dish: All the dishes are great!!! i espcially loved the Prawns!
The Old Courtyard: Great Fish
It is good here but you really can't go wrong with the fish anywhere in Kochi. It is said to be the best in India. Its very fresh as they serve it the same day it is caught.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish on banana leaves.
Tandoor / Chillies: Try Andhra Meals / Chicken Pepper Fry
Tandoor/Chillies twin restuarant on Layam Road is quite exciting. Try Chillies first. Andra Meal served on plantain leaf is mouth watering. The HOT CURRIES are exotic. Try the Chicken Pepper Fry here. It's different.
P.S. It's quite spicy!
Favorite Dish: Chicken Pepper Fry
Rice served on Plantain leaf
Paneer Butter Masala (TANDOOR)
Bharat: Where the locals go
I wasn't so keen on the hotel Bharat, but I returned there several times for their authentic South Indian vegetarian restaurant.
They make excellent thalis and South Indian dishes, and have a banana-leaf Kerala special (by which I mean that the meal is served on a banana leaf rathar than a plate)at lunchtime every day. The place is full of local families enjoying a meal out, especially on Sundays. Just don't go if you have a low tolerance of noisy children. But you'd be missing a pretty good (and cheap) meal...
Favorite Dish: Kerala banana-leaf special (lunch) Kerala thali (dinner)
Food Stalls opposite Albuquerque Fish Landing Site: lOCAL FARE
Across from Aspinwalls and along the road from the ferry to the Ft Cochin there are a few food stalls.. One is moslem and the other Hindu ( non veg and veg ).. In fact these establishments which were shunned by tourists in the past are becoming popular with them. The food is clean , is fast food and is familiar.. dosai, idli and vegetable curry etc
Favorite Dish: I was staying at Ballard Bungalow,a Heritage house. about 250 years old and befitting the patrons, they had toast, eggs, tea for breakfast One of the workers would run out and get me a dosai or idlis with chutney and the Indian style tea for me each morning. I am grateful
Once again I recommend Ballard Bungalows for your stay
Chariot Beach Indian Chinese Restaurant: At the tourist end of town in Princess Street
Situated at the begining of Princess street away from the Chinese Fishing nets..considered the tourist end of town, there is Chariot Beach Rest. with its eclectic menu of chinese and indian dishes. It is obviously catering for tourists and thus the quality is not the best. I realize that tourists need a little help with the menu so like english menus and the food less firy. The day I had lunch there all diners were foreigners.. doesnt auger well for good food
Favorite Dish: Mixed Fried Rice
Lime Soda ( they bring you lemon juice and sparklng water and you mix it )
facing the park on one side. The house on its left side once belonged to a prominent jewish business man in town mr Koder and now is being converted in to a hotel
Hotel Saravana Bhavan: Party Orders Undertaken.. that deadly?
It is on your way from Cochin to Munnar. a good place to stop for Breakfast. the name of the town is Peruvamboor and I cant find it on VT. It is a vegetarian restaurant, with modicum of ambience and reasonable service
Party orders undertaken.. is the sign on the front of the hotel.. I find the indian use of english language delightful, something other english speakers in their analytic advance in the world had forgotten
Favorite Dish: Uthappam was tasty
Sea Star Restaurant: Give this a miss
Right in front of the Cerai Beach. Purpose built for the foreigner with a menu reflecting that. Hot and Humid, no power on the day we were there, other places had generators, but good view of the beach.
Favorite Dish: Limited menu reflecting foreign tourists taste for snacks
Sri Krishna Cafe: Possibly the best vegetarian restaurant in Cochin
It took us some time to find this place, especially walking through the deserted streets of jew town at night.. but near where the gujeratis are, bright lights beckon you to Krishna cafe with an owner welcoming you with a broad smile
Favorite Dish: There is A/C and non A/C section and the prices are slightly different. I recommend the a/c section, quieter and good service.
Dosai, Poori, Parotha and Masala.
We had Stuffed Parotta and Vegetable Masala Dosai
Af Fresco dining by the waters edge: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Fish freshly caught is set out for you and you could buy it and then right next door they will cook it for you.. sit by the water, on the sand or inside the shack and slowly eat it.. best time of course is in the evening..
Favorite Dish: freshly caught sea fish usually from the chinese fishing nets just by the water
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