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Reet Cheema Mar 26 2014

How to eat like a local in Kochi?

Debangana Sen Mar 27 2014
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A land of chronicles, Kochi has had a very colourful history and has harboured numerous dwellers from different cultures across the globe including Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, Russians and Japanese. All this diversity is reflected not only in the local culture and customs but also in the food that come from the kitchens of Kochi. Here is my guide to the must eat local food in Kochi.

Seafood @ Menorah

Photo of a Seafood platter (by Elapied)

Since it is a coastal city, seafood is found in abundance here and is a local speciality. Also the placid backwaters are there to provide you with fresh water fishes. Menorah is well known for its Cordon Bleu cooking. It also is probably the one of the very few restaurants in India serving Jewish cuisine. Their seafood platter is a must try.

Where: Koder House, Tower Road, Fort Cochin

Kerala Fried Prawns @ Fort House restaurant

Photo of a Prawn dish (by roving!)

This restaurant hardly makes it to any list of popular Kochi’s restaurant, but locals swear by the seafood dishes served here. Unless you are visiting a 5 star restaurant, finding authentic coastal cuisine is very hard in Cochin. Fort House is a must visit for those who are on a budget, as the place doesn’t skimp out on quality and authenticity. The menu consists primarily of seafood. Specialty items like lobsters and chicken have to be ordered in advance. Both the Kerala fried prawns and the braised Seer fish are out of this world.

Where: Fort House Hotel, 2/6 A Calvathi Rd., Fort Cochin

Chuttuli Meen @ The History

Photo of a grilled fish (by ks poddar)

At The History, the menu reflects the numerous international influences from Kochi’s past. Age old traditional recipes have been passed to the restaurant by the local communities. There is live music every evening. Chuttulli Meen is a popular Jewish inspired dish that is basically grilled fish cooked in spices. This is a must eat local food in Kochi. Other dishes to try out is the Portuguese inspired Fisherman’s stew and the Railway Mutton curry from the British Raj era. Luch is not served.

Where: Brunton Boatyard Hotel, River Rd., Fort Cochin

Biryani @ Kayees

Photo of Biryani (by Sheetal)

The original Kayees is in Mattancherry and locals claim this is the best place in Kochi to indulge in a Biryani. Come early or be prepared to stand in a long queue. This place is usually too crowded, so a better option would be to get your food packed.

Where: Durbar Hall Road, Mattancherry

Malabar prawn curry @ Shala

Photo of Malabar Prawn Curry (by Sanshlistha m)

If local Keralan cuisine is what you are looking for, Shala would be your best bet. These serve authentic home-cooked Keralan dishes. The menu has only 5 items, but they do it well. Their Kingfish steak and vegetarian special is also too good to miss.

Where: 1/605, Peter Celli Street, Fort Kochi

Death by Chocolate @ Teapot Cafe

Photo of Death by Chocolate (by Justin Scott Campbell)

Let’s come to the desserts now. Another gem on the Peter Celli street is the charming Teapot cafe which is like being in a tea museum. The decor is very interesting with myriads of teapots and kettles from all over the world hanging from the walls and the place has very quain old english ambience. The cafe is best known for its sandwiches and freshly baked cakes of which the Death By chocolate is a roaring favourite.

Where: Peter Celli Street, Fort Kochi

Chocolate filled samosas in Mango sauce @ Malabar Junction

Photo of a Chocolate filled samosa (by Evan-Amos)

Malabar Junction, the in-house restaurant of Malabar House hotel, raises the bar on gourmet Kerala cuisine with its incredible seafood dishes and a historic ambience. Though the place does an excellent Mahi Mahi fillet and pastas, you should definitely try their Chocolate filled samosas topped with sweet mango sauce. This decadent dessert is their signature dish and for good reason!

Where: 1/268–1/269 Parade Road, Fort Cochin

So these were some of the must eat local foods in Kochi. You can also check out other places to eat in Kochi for more information.
Reading this reviews i went to specially have chocolate filled samosas today at malbar junction to my dismay the look nd taste ws absolutely diff. The pic here shows proper chocolate with a filling. Whereas the choclate filled samosa ws as per the name where baby samosas were filled with chocolate syrup. :(
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