Kochi is home to some wonderful seafood restaurants. If you walk along the waterfront near the Chinese fishing nets, you'll see lots of stalls displaying their daily catch and they'll cook it for you, there and then! On offer are large and tiger prawns, shrimps, scampi and various types of fish that I don't know the name of. I had some large prawns at one place along with some salad and rice plus a drink for Rs320. Great stuff!
Came here for breakfast in the mornings and this place is very nice with teapots suspended from the ceiling. As the name suggests it's a great place to have a tea or cafe with a huge range on offer plus some great cakes like Death by Chocolate. The tables are made of tea chests, their stencilled writings proudly proclaiming: Produce of India. Tea accessories like strainers, tea balls, tea cosies, milk jugs and sugar pots; the entire tea paraphernalia is on display.
Address: Peter Celli Street, Kochi
People who had invited me to cochin had put a car and a driver at my disposal, so i decided to take advantage of it, by asking the driver to take me to the best place for Appam nearby . he drove to MG road in Ernakulam and there it was appam with the gravy.. very tasty indeed
Favorite Dish: Appam of course
I had a few meals at this restaurant. They serve South Indian food, and I had some very good food here. During my last visit (Oct 2008) they had a staff problem and service was poor, as was some of the food (ice cold rice).
You will see people drinkning "tea" from teapots and mugs - tat is actually how they serve there ice cold beer!
Favorite Dish: Keralan Food
Directions: Just pass the auto-rikshaw stand
- Food and Dining
There are so many places to eat in Cochin that once in a while you walk in to a place and the simplicity turns out to be a danger. If they go a little heavy on the ghee or the oil, pitta ayurvedic types will suffer from dyspepsia...
Favorite Dish: Masala Dosai as in the picture and soon after that a tablet of Nexium, a proton pump inhibitor for dyspepsia..
Address: Hotel Airlines, MG Road opposite the Stadium
Directions: If you are staying at Hotel Airlines, they would send up Tea or breakfast for you . Room services are just a few rupees.
Dinner at Fort House Restaurant
We had celebrated the new year 2007 here, a nice dinner and some fireworks. I had not been back since then, even though I was here twice in 2007.
After being so disappointed by Talk of the Town, after the lovely massage we had decided to eat at the Fort House Restaurant. Since its humble beginnings in 1997 when there were just a few cottages and I had stayed in one of them in 1999, now there are two storied accommodations but the restaurant at the edge of the water remains the same, unchanged, including the seating and the chairs and the tables. I fondly thought of one of my earliest visits to cochin in 1995 when I stayed at the nearby Seagull hotel at that time one of the few places to stay, in a run down room which cost 8 usd at that time! Also remember there was a strike and no autorikshaws were available and we had to catch a lift in a Police Car to the old airport in Willingdon Island.
Prawn curry Kerala style 120
Okra curry 80
Coconut rice 50
Kerala parotta 20
Lime soda 20
Lime ginger soda 25
There were two couples from Italy sitting next to us, who ate French fries with rice! Certainly the travelling Europeans are tired of the Indian food?
One Indian couple were also dining.
Favorite Dish: Okra Curry
Address: Kalvathy road between vypeena and ernakulam ferry
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?
Directions: right in front of the albuquerque fish landing place, very popular at lunch time with the local peopleAdd to your Trip Planner
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.
Address: Hotel Metropolitan near Ernakulam Jcn Railway stn
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
Directions: It is in the Gujerati part of town, and it is short Auto rikshaw drive away
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
Address: lilly street in fort cochin
Directions: you are not going to run into this place and by the french people dining there, it is self promoting by its quality and ambience and gentleness of the owner/chefAdd to your Trip Planner
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.
Address: Near the Basilica, Fort Cochin
Directions: From Fort Cochin Customs Jetty you can walk towards the Bus Stand and then walk up to the Basilica and the building on your left would be the Talk of the Town
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
Address: Kalvathy road, near the ernakulam jetty
Directions: if you are coming from fort cochin walk along Kalvathy road and it is on your left and if you are coming from Ernakulum Jetty where the ferry leaves you, take a right and walk along the street
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
Address: Burgher St, Fort Cochin
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
Address: Metropolitan Hotel
Directions: Near the Ernakulum junction railway station