The Southern state of Kerala attracts people from different parts of the world, not only due to its rich traditions but also its delectable cuisine. The typical Kerala cuisine is characterized by its exuberant use of rare spices and herbs, that creates recipes unforgettable to your taste buds.
If the aroma of the of the exotic spices tickles your taste buds, we have tried to put together, 7 of the best restaurants in Kerala in 2020 where you can explore the authentic tastes of Kerala.
On a culinary trail in Kerala…
The Keralite dishes are preferably spicy with judicious use of the local traditional herbs such as Curry leaves, chillies, tamarind, mustard seeds and asafoetida.
Among the top traditional dishes are Puttu & Kadala Curry, Appam, Malabar Chicken Biryani & Avial.
It is customary to serve food on banana leaves as it is not only due to auspicious reasons, but also due to the fact that they are easily disposable and do not cause environmental damage – something, that can be adopted in the rest of the world to address plastic waste.
Even the most popular restaurants in Kerala also serve food to their customers on banana leaves.
Sadhya is a traditional vegetarian dish served on a banana leaf. The Sadhya recipe includes local ingredients such as Kootan, Sambar, Mango pickle, Yogurt, Olan, Parippu etc.
Being the most popular travel destination in India, Kerala is not only famous for its traditional delicacies but also for a plethora of other culinary trails that have opened up in the state in the past few years.
1. The Rice Boat
This is our first choice in the list of best restaurants in Kerala. The Rice Boat restaurant is known for its delectable sea food. and comes under the list of top seafood restaurants in Kerala.
The Rice Boat derives its name essentially from the traditional cruise liner boats that float over the Kerala backwaters. The front area is usually an open and uncovered deck, while the middle and rear areas are covered with woven palm designed into dining, seating and living areas.
The Rice Boat Restaurant is designed in the form of this traditional backwater boat, giving its customers an ultimate backwater experience.
It is located at Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin. Blending seamlessly into the traditional backdrop of the Taj Hotels, the restaurant overlooks the serendipity of the Malabar coastline and is an ideal retreat to elate your senses.
This restaurant also allows the customers to visit the kitchen and asks chef to prepare the food as per his/her preference.
Famous For: Appams, Lobsters, Red Snapper Kerala Fish Curry,
Timing: 12:30-3:00 pm, 7:30-11pm
Average Cost: Rs.3500/- for two persons.
2. Paragon Restaurant
Second in the list of best restaurants in Kerala is the Paragon Restaurant; one of the finest and oldest restaurants in Kerala. The history of Paragon Restaurant dates back to the year 1939.
With its humble beginnings, it started off serving the authentic Malabar cuisines initially and specializes in Moplah and Thiyya cuisines of the Malabar region. Over the years though, the restaurant evolved into serving various others such as Thai, Continental, Traditional Arabic and Chinese.
The restaurant has also won prestigious awards in the culinary category such as Times Now Foodie and ranked among the best restaurants in Dubai by Time Out Awards and Ahlan Masala Awards.
It is conveniently located at Kannur Rd, near CH Over bridge, Kozhikode, Kerala 673001.
Getting a table here might not be easier as there is a long queue of customers waiting for their reservation. This restaurant attracts foodies especially for its Chicken Biryani, grilled chicken and Fish curry recipes.
Chicken Biryani topped the favorite menu item for most of the people who have ever been there. This restaurant provides good quality with the right quantity at the best price. It got an average rating of 4.4/5 from more than 22,000 people.
Famous for: Chicken Biryani
Timing: 6am-11:45 pm
Average Cost: Rs.550/- for two persons.
3. Oberoi Vrinda
The Oberoi Vrinda, Luxury Kerala Cruise takes you on a serendipitous journey of lake Vembanad, and lets you connect with the Alleppy backwaters from close quarters.
Relax, slow down and let it go, as the boat gently rolls over the backwaters and sweeps past the villages and palm groves on the either side.
comes to Keralities mind whenever they think of having lunch or dinner in calming backwater area.
Having spacious indoor pool, Five Star Rated Oberoi Hotel has every amenity one looks for in a luxury restaurant like Airport Shuttle, Fitness hub, Spa and Bar. The Oberoi Hotel is located on the Willingdon Island, Kochin. The staff working at Oberoi Vinda always try their best to give tourist the impeccable service.
Famous For: Kerala Backwater and Relaxing View
Timing: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Average Cost: Rs.1,02,000 for 2 Nights
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4. Dhe Puttu
Dhe Puttu restaurant serves several varieties of Puttu recipes. For all those who do not know what Puttu is, it is essentially a breakfast recipe popular in several South Indian states, mostly in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, few parts of Karnataka and also in Sri Lanka.
Puttu, meaning portioned in Malayalam is made of grounded rice steam cooked into a cylindrical shape and layered with dry coconut on the outside , and sweet or savoury filling inside. It is served hot with curries, dal, chicken, mutton or fish.
Dhe Puttu serves more than 30 different varieties of Putu recipes that can be enjoyed with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies on the side.
This restaurant is located on the 1st Floor Dhe, Service Road, near Manikandan Skoda Showroom, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024. The time restaurant take in serving the food to their customers during their peak hours is maximum 15 minutes.
Famous For: Dhe Puttu Special Varieties with Veg / Chicken/ Mutton Curry, Faluda, Beef Curry, Cinnamon Tea
Timing: 12:00 am – 12:00 pm
Average Cost: Rs.600/- for two persons.
5. The Asian Kitchen by Tokyo Bay
For a change, we take a slight detour from the traditional Keralite cuisines and bump on to the Asian cuisine instead. Why? When the taste of entire South East Asia converges under one roof. there is very little a foodie can do than getting his feet dragged to the place.
The Asian Kitchen serves culinary wings from the farthest corners of South East Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam Chinese Mainland.
Located close to the Fort Kochi, within the Cochin Club premises, the tranquil and peaceful ambiance of the Asian Kitchen is a perfect place for a gastronomic escape.
Famous For: Indonesian Standing Red Snapper, Sushi, Mocktails, Pork Ribs, Salad, Tom Yum Soup and Dimsum Platter
Timing: 12:30pm-3:30pm, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Average Cost: Rs.1,100 for two persons.
6. Trilogi Restaurant
Trilogi Restaurant is a part of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kochi, a conglomerate of the Integrated Hotels Group which is an International Chain Of Luxury Hotels worldwide.
The Concept of Trilogi arises from the erstwhile reunification of the three princely states – Travancore, Kochi and Malabar, which formed the present day Kerala. Trilogi essentially combines the tastes of these three princely states under one roof.
In addition to that, being the Spice Coast Of India, Kerala has been influenced by several other external cultures – Greeks, Arabs, Romans, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British which have left a distinct imprint on the flavours of the region.
Trilogi Restaurant is the restaurant renowned for its soup and Prawn delicacies. This is one restaurant where you can walk in if you are ready to go out of the way to try out traditional Kerala recipes and want to combine it with a fine-dining experience.
Chef Rejimon working there cooks an amazing food. This restaurant is located at 1st Floor, Crowne Plaza, Kundanoor Junction, Maradu, Kerala.
Famous For: Fish Curry & Roasted Coconut Chicken
Average Cost: Rs.1,600 for two persons.
7. Ginger House Restaurant
The Ginger House Restaurant is a museum hotel cum restaurant located at Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala. Filled with plenty of antiques, It is only 3 minutes away from Mattancherry palace.
Decorated inside with elegant colonial styled furnishings, the museum is home to a huge collection of vintage and antique furniture including the seating and dining areas, walls, and ceiling.
The furniture is designed in their inhouse Heritage Arts showroom which is integral to the restaurant area and while you enjoy your meal, you can explore the antiques and even pick up some already put up for sale to carry a souvenir home.
The only disadvantage that people face here is that this restaurant does not provide any parking space to its customer.
Famous For: Prawns, Fish Moly, Ginger Lime Soda, Ginger Tea and Ginger Ice Cream
Average Cost: Rs.800 for two persons
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