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There are plenty of restaurants along the promenade of Lighthouse Beach. I chose the Malabar cafe for its location and selection of meals. It has a wide choice of local and international dishes. Catering for both non meat and meat eaters.
Due to alcohol restrictions my lager was served in a coffee mug and the bottle hidden under the table. The meal was of good quality and the service was very good too.
Written Oct 2, 2010
Address: On the promenade at Lighthouse Beach
With memorabilia scattered around and rock music, this shack stands out from the many others dotting the beach. The restaurant was started by two brothers who are huge fans of the Beatles.
The food, undeniably, is tasty. However, i got the feeling that you can pretty much get the same fare at lesser price in the shacks near by.
That being said, i think this places really comes to life in season. Unfortunately, i couldn't experience that as i visited there during the off-peak season.
Peak season would be November to February.
Favorite Dish: Their sea food, of course!
Written Sep 19, 2010
It's one of the best places where U can have a taste of good sea food.A multi cuisine restaurant on the shore of the serene sea as the very name indicates.I felt the service excellent.It was a wonderful experience to have the gorgeous varieties of sea food that they offer all together it was AWESOME..........
Favorite Dish: Sea food Basket:
It's a combination of all kinds of seafoods cooked in the sauces that we need.This will be a better dinner item for two persons.
Updated Sep 15, 2008
Address: Hawah beach
Hotel Neelakanta has a good restaurant right outside the lobby entrance that serves traditional southern Indian cuisine. The service was a bit slow, but then we had a group of 14 people, so that may have been a factor. Dining is available inside or outside.
Written Aug 10, 2007
Address: Lighthouse Beach
Garzia may seem like a strange name for a restaurant in India, but it serves very good seafood and traditional southern Indian food. The guy who runs (and presumably also owns) the place is a real character. He kept us laughing all evening with his goofy antics.
Written Aug 10, 2007
This is a quiet little Vegetarian restaurant with a super menu and very reasonably priced. It has a small balcony area with some seatings (which get very full and often are reserved). The food is tasty and portions large.
Favorite Dish: chole-bhature... you have to try this!
Updated Jul 19, 2007
Address: very near the Leela Kempinski hotel in Kovalam.
This restaurant is on the Sea front on the Eve's Beach. The restaurant is on a terrace on the pool side. The best part is the view and the breeze. Overall the food was fairly good. The sea food especially prawns curry was excellent. We spent about 3 1/2 hr here. The orders were late and we had to wait for one hour after each order. The overall experience was still good...
Written May 1, 2007
We chose Leela Kempinski's Terrace Restaurant for our anniversary dinner. We were welcomed by a very friendly staff at the hotel, the ambience was beautiful. The swimming pool ...and the sea ..everything was mesmerising. We could hear the sound of the waves and the music which was being played live. The buffet was excellent, the choice of food was good. We had a stomachful. Our kid ( 5 months aold then ) took our test, but the staff was cordial and helpful enough to help us with her.The final icing was the anniversary cake given to us as a complimentary gift.
A nice choice for our anniversary....
Updated Mar 11, 2007
Address: Leela Kempinski, Kovalam
There are many similar eateries to this on the beachfront in Kovalam, but I quite enjoyed eating here.
I had some excellent meals, especially the tiger prawn dishes, the prawns were huge!
Open for breakfast thro til night time, for drinks/ snacks/ meals- as little or as much as you can eat!
A nice relaxed atmosphere, traditional music playing in the background (cd's for sale). The waiters are all friendly and polite.
Sitting at your table facing the sea, feet in the sand, Kingfisher beer wrapped in newspaper, chatting to your neighbours,planning your next days (in) activities-BLISS!
You can see your food being cooked, as the chefs work very hard, at the rear of the restaurant.
A good spot for people watching, as holidaymakers, locals and vendors all pass by,( though in the daytime, if you're a new arrival you can be a sitting target for the hawkers. Tip- sunglasses, hat pulled over your eyes, and a good book can sometimes help deter the less determined salesmen!)
A good spot for watching the fishermen hauling in their catch too!
Can get busy mid - late evenings. Pre book or get there early!
Favorite Dish: Tiger prawns..huge!!
Sizzling plates a speciality!
Display of freshly caught fish near entrance, plus inside 'pool' with live fish. just chose what you fancy, and ask the price.
ginger tea was good too...
I ate here most nights and some days and was never disappointed..
Updated Apr 13, 2006
Address: Coconut Grove, Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam
Whilst at the hotel Uday Samundra we ate many times on site because it was nice to in the entertainment provided whilst eating. The cost a little dearer than places away from the tourist area, about 20 GB Pounds for four of us including drinks. It is probably fair to say that cuisene was adapted slightly for tourist tastes but was well presented. Other times we ate was on a houseboat on the backwaters and it was authentic traditional food. It was also interesting to note price differences away from Kovalam, for instance when we ate a Verkalum beach which is also a tourist area but not so intense, the cost with drinks for five (we include our taxi driver) was just 650 Rupees which is about 8 GB Pounds.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast at the hotel wre superb, presented buffet style. A choice of Sambar a spicty lentil stew made from Toor Dal with vegetables, chick pease, rice, Upma a spicy semilina dish (not to be confused with the semilna pudding in the UK) plus vegetable dishes and various flatbreads. Evening meals consisted of various spicy seafood dishes and the giant prawns and lobster are superb, other dishes of lamb and chicken many cooked in cocanut and coconut milk. Northern Indian dishes were also available and of couse the choice of vegetable dishes are tremendous.
Whilst out we ate a tremendouse meal on the houseboat consisting of fish steaks fried in ginger garlic, turmeric and chilli, Avyial a mixed vegetable dish in pureed coconut plus a cabbage dish again with coconut.
The best way to eat is a Thali which means a tray, this can be metal or a simple plaintain leaf with a variety of vegetable and lentil dishes, of course with rice, breads and freshly made chutneys.
Updated Dec 13, 2005
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