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Restaurants in Kochi, India

Kochi, more than any other city in Kerala or even the rest of South India, is a true melting pot of cultures. For hundreds of years, Kochiites have been assimilating the foods and cuisines from different parts of the world. There’s obviously the overwhelming presence of Kerala cuisine – meen (fish) curry and other seafoods, rice and liberal use of coconut milk in everything.

You’ll soon know what Meen Molagitta Curry tastes like. If you prefer Kochi’s vegetarian delights, you’ll be wiping off rice and a spicy curry with vegetable dishes like kaalan, pachadi and thoran. They’re veggies, but taste surprisingly delicious, especially when you have pickles and pappadam, uperi or chips to bite into now and then during a meal in your new Kochiite friend’s home. If you want to try street food on a budget at a ‘thattukada’ (street food cart or stall), you’ll end up packed to the gills with thattu dosas or porottas.

There’s also the Tamilian influence in breakfast foods like dosas and idlis and lunch curries like sambar and rasam. There are all kinds of North Indian restaurants, Gujarati restaurants and even Arabic restaurants. You can see the influence of Kochi’s large Muslim population in famous restaurants that offer mouth-watering biryani. Then there are the multi-cuisine restaurants and food courts that offer you a wider choice that includes Indian, Thai, Chinese and Continental fare.


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Top 10 Restaurant in Kochi, India

  • Sri Krishna Café – Nice place for masala dosas, utappas and other South Indian food with filter coffee. Order thali meals if you want a full South Indian meal. Located near Palace Road in Mattancherry.
  • Arya Nivas – A whole bunch of vegetarian restaurants offering Tamil dishes and meals. Located on SA Rd in Kadavanthra.
  • Kayees Rahmathullah Hotel – For the record, hotel in local lingo usually means a restaurant. Anyway, Kayees is the best place for biryani in Kochi. There are two outlets – one on Pullupalam Rd in Mattancherry and the other one on Durbar Hall Road at Jos Junction in Ernakulam South
  • Indian Coffee House – Also at Jos Junction, this is a great place for quick Kerala snacks like masala dosa and porottas. All washed down with filter coffee.
  • Tharavad – An upscale dining experience on Willingdon Island. This is a casino hotel’s restaurant catering mostly for visitors, so you can get just about anything you have heard about and want to eat.
  • Rice Boats – Another posh Willingdon Island dining experience at the Taj Malabar Hotel. This one will take all your Kerala fish curry and seafood orders. For the record, you can get better seafood and meen curries at the Fort Kochi beach stalls, but that’s not technically a restaurant.
  • Bimbis – A multi-cuisine food court opposite Marine Drive, close to Penta Menaka, where you can pick food based on your preference for the day – Chinese, Thai, Continental or just plain Indian food, along with all kinds of sweet desserts.
  • Chinese Garden – One of the historic Chinese restaurants in Kochi. Bear in mind that this won’t exactly be authentic Chinese – it’s more of a spiced up Indian version of Chinese dishes. Located on SA Road in Kadavanthara.
  • Fort House Hotel – Hotel in this case actually means a hotel where you can stay in Fort Kochi. Fort House also has a restaurant that is famous for its Kerala Christian cuisine
  • Dwarka – One of Kochi’s original vegetarian restaurants serving North Indian cuisine, this place is a classic on MG Road that never seems to change.

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Top 10 Foods and Dishes of Kochi, India

  • Meen Molagitta Curry – It’s made with smoked fish in a mouthwatering curry of chilies and coconut milk
  • Kaalan – It’s a magnificent side dish that combines bananas, yogurt, chillies and lots of the other stuff into a yummy curry that you can eat with rice and other staple foods.
  • Pachadi – usually prepared with cucumbers, coconut and yogurt.
  • Thoran – a dry but tasty mix of chopped cabbage or beans and carrots. It’s very simple to make, and you just can’t stop eating once you get a taste of it..
  • Thattu Dosa – A dosa is a popular South Indian breakfast food that’s now eaten all over India.
  • Porotta – This is Kerala’s version of the ‘chappati’ and usually served at restaurants and thattukadas (food carts) with a curry
  • Naadan Beef Curry – Kochi’s thattukadas will offer you a sensational Naadan beef burry that will make you want to lick your plate.