Casa Bianca: Truly Italian
Just 50 m from the Vazhutacaud Junction is this small restaurant Casa Bianca. This restaurant is a house converted into a cosy little place to eat. I would say this is one of the best places in the town to dine. The menu is mouth watering ..lots of Pizza's, Lasagne... etc The ambience is simple but cosy...the flowers, lights etc adds a touch of elegance too....
Overall one of the best joints...
The Swiss Cafe and Bakehouse!: Swiss Bakery- Something unexpected in Kerala!
My visit to Trivandrum was as a tour. We were deposited at this restaurant for lunch, after a morning spent sightseeing
I remember was, there was a strong smell of cinnamon as we drove up to the driveway to the entrance.
This was quite a smart place- we were shown upstairs, into our private dining place, where our guide quickly abandoned us!
5 people left to 'make friends'- 2 couples and me! So it was a bit restrained!
After a while, waiters arrived, and a buffet table was set out- soon the table was heaving with food!
Apparently this is a 3 storey Heritage building. It's the place for more affluent locals to come for a trendy coffee or hot chocolate.
It's in Vellayambalam.
Favorite Dish: Buffet style, so plenty to chose from!
Soup for starter, then a fusion of Swiss/ Indian dishes!!
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Kerala House: Kerala food
Want to taste what Keralites eat in a decent place? Kerala House has a lunch meal for you. A few items of vegetable dishes (and chicken/fish if you wish) with few selections of liquid curry and rice.
Kerala House also has a roof top restaurant open in the evenings. But remember, Kerala meals are only served at lunch time.
authentic southindian veg fare they also serve northindian and mixed pizza with indian style spicy toppings. dinner time the restaurant is crowded It is located near bypass which is under construction. limited space for parking.
Favorite Dish: pooris
north indian food
MOJO: a fusion of western and eastern food
This is an extremely busy place which closes late. You may have to wait a bit to get a seat.
The food is worth it. It is quite a hit among children.My nephews have been going there and ordering the same thing over and over! one nephews favourite lasagna, anothers fried ice cream . My mother ordered a special sizzler had to be shared ..lots of food.
One disadvantage is the limited parking space. If you go late you can park on the road side but then you may have to book in advance for a seat.
Favorite Dish: Lasgna
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situated on a busy road next to The Taj vazhuthacaud , this place can be missed easily. It doesn't look like a busy place, inside is crampy and crowded but it serves delicious fried rice and non veg dishes.If you have time to spend go there because there is an inordinate delay in getting served.Three storied but I don't remember using a lift .
Favorite Dish: fried rice
Ariya Nivas: Good and clean South Indian Food
Aryan Nivas serves a good South Indian dishes as well as some North Indian dishes in an AC clean hotel located near the Trivandrum train station. Here the service is good and you need not have to worry about cleanliness.
Favorite Dish: Of course dosa: there are different kinds of dosa. Try puri as well, which comes steaming hot and large!
Kerala Mutton Soup: Kerala Mutton Soup
Mutton stock 500 ml
Mashed potato 75 g
Shallots (sliced) 10
Ginger (chopped) 10 g
Curry leaves (chopped) 10 leaves
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 pinch
Garam masala 0.5 tsp
Minced Mutton 50 g
Coconut oil 15 ml
Ghee 15 ml
Favorite Dish: Preparation
In a saucepan, heat coconut oil and half the ghee.
Warm the shallots, ginger, garlic and curry leaves till golden brown.
put the masalas, cook for one minute.
Add the minced mutton and pour the stock.
Mix in the mashed potato, check for seasonings. Serve in soup bowls, with two or three drops of ghee in each bowl.
Meen Peera a tasy Fish dish: Meen Peera
How to make
Small variety of fish-1/2 kg,
Green Chillies-30 g
Small red onions / shallots-10 g
Turmeric 1/4 tbsp
Ginger 1/2 inch
Cocum 15-20 g
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Coconut oil -15 ml
Final show down
Clean fish. Keep them whole if they are too small. If not cut them into half.
Grate coconut finely. Grind together turmeric, a few onions and garlic and mix with coconut.
Chop green chillies and ginger; add sliced onions.
Favorite Dish: In a pan, first put in the curry leaves and half cocum broken into pieces.Mix coconut mixture, fish, remaining cocum and chopped and sliced ingredients. Set into the pan.
Add water to three fourth level of fish mixture.
Add salt. Bring to boil. Quickly reduce heat and simmer till fish is cooked & pour fresh coconut oil over.
Daavat Restaurant: On the rooftop of Hotel Regency
The Daavat Restaurant was on the rooftop of my hotel - the Hotel Regency (which is about 500m from the train station), and did some very good food with quick service. On the menu are Indian, Chinese, continental and South Indian dishes with soups costing Rs30-40, Chinese beef dishes Rs40-50, chicken dishes Rs65-75, sizzlers, chicken stroganoff, coq-au-vin, spaghetti Bolognese and chicken-a-la-king. Beer costs Rs65.
Hotel Blue Nest: Good choice
The Hotel Blue Nest was just down the road from where I was staying, and close to the train station. I came here for breakfast which cost Rs60 for fruit or juice, cereals, 2 eggs, toast, and tea/coffee. Main dishes from their 20-page menu include lots of curry dishes such as egg (Rs25-30), seafood (Rs75), chicken (Rs65), mutton (Rs75), beef (Rs40), veg (Rs30-50) plus many Keralan specialities such as coconut fry. They also do Chinese dishes such as beef (Rs45), mutton (Rs75), chicken (Rs65) and prawns (Rs75).
Seaface, KOvalam: Succulent Lobster Curry
the open-air restaurant by the poolside overlooks the sea. catch a seat by the edge so that you are closer to the sea.
the seafood is great (usually...). talk to the waiters to see what is good that day. try their lobster and prawn preparations... their thai food is suspect.
Favorite Dish: a loster curry (forget the name)
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Non-veg Restuarant Chain: Azad Hotel
To have the authentic Kerala non-veg, you should visit one of the Azad restaurants. They serve beef, chicken, lamb etc in spicy Kerala style along with rice or traditional bread like chapathi or parotta.
Favorite Dish: Appam (made from fermented rice flour) and egg curry, porotta and chili beef.
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Zam Zam palayam: strictly for nonvegetarians
Extremely congested,smoky ,crowded eatery in the heart of the city,Palayam.Always crowded. heavenly aroma for non veg lovers . veggies can be put off by the smell of burned and fried mutton and assorted nonveg.Their pathiri and non veg curries are a hit. Very popular hangout for youngesters with their parked bikes.Must be authentic malabar food guaging from the number of burkha clad muslim families thronging the place.
I was surprised to find their icecreams yummy and in quantities far more than what is supplied by usual eateries of this standard.
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In India you can easily find street vendors of many diverse and delicious fruits. They are cheap and very tasty.
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