Cochin Travel Guide

Food

Cuisine

For the past 600 years, Kochi has catered to many visitors from around the world including Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, Russians and Japanese. This has made the city a melting pot of various cultures, and this diversity is evident in the cuisine.

Being a coastal city, plenty of fresh seafood is the local speciality. With the backwaters, freshwater fish is also popular here. Prawns, squids and shrimps are easily available and cooked in many styles. The most famous of Kochi's specialty dishes is Meen Molagitta Curry (smoked freshwater fish with chilly and coconut milk). The English popularized smoked fish with steamed bread and mashed potatoes. One of Kochi's traditional vegetarian specialties is Kurukku Kalan (a thick yogurt curry with toasted banana and hot rice). Packed Kurukku Kalan as well as Palada (a sweet dessert with rice flakes and milk) are sold in many supermarkets and food stalls, especially during festive times.

At Fort Kochi beach you can buy fresh fish and have it cooked at the nearby food stalls. Fishmongers will sell you a kilo of tiger prawns for around 300 and a kilo of squid for around 250. Food stalls will charge you 40-50 per person to cook your fish (grilled, curry, whatever) and provide you with a serve of chips and salad. Conditions are reasonably hygienic.

Fried fish, Fish molly (a coconut milk sauce based curry almost like stew), Alleppey fish curry (traditional curry with tomato sauce and fish tamarind) and Fish Peera (chunks of fish toasted with grated coconuts with fish tamarind sauce), Varatharacha Kozhi curry (semi-fried chicken toasted with coconut and chilly) are the favorites, usually taken with rice or steamed tapioca (cassava). Also worth trying are the traditional rice based breakfast snacks, puttu and kadala, appam and stew.

Restaurants

Budget

Kochi has a variety of cheap restaurants all over the city. A full meal should cost less than 50.

Thattukadas are streetside food hawkers, where you can get hot, fresh-cooked delicious food, costing a maximum of 50 for a good filling meal. Most offer set meal combinations served from portable cooking trolleys with a few benches or chairs nearby. The most famous delicacies are stuffed or plain thattu dosas (thick dosas almost like pizza bread), hot Kerala porottas (flat bread of milled wheat), Kerala roast beef with chappatti and kanzhi (rice porridge). The main concern is the lack of hygiene and constant reuse of oil for frying.

Kochi has some home-grown fast food chains: KR Hot Chicken, 61 Pai Dosas, Luciya's Food Court, Potpurri, The Oven, Krispy Chicken, Arabian Treat, Papa Milano's and Breadworld Broasted Chicken have a presence in most parts of town. Foreign franchises such as KFC, Chicking, Noodle Kings, US Pizzas, Marrybrown, Pizza Hut and Domino's also have a presence here.

Indian
Arya NivasChitoor RdA chain of vegetarian restaurants run by Tamilians, famous for typical south Indian foods.
Bimbis FoodcourtJos Junction, MG RdFamous among backpackers and budget tourists, it has a wide range of veg options from North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Chinese food courts.
Hotel ThaliVery good Kerala style cuisine.
Hotel UnnikrishnanPallimukkuFamous for Kerala style fish fries and set meals.
Indraprastha Gujarati Food CourtMG RdFamous for its unlimited North Indian thalis and various sweets. A full plate thali with five dishes, Roti and rice costs {{Indian Rupee 50.
Krishna Kripa Seafood RestaurantFort KochiGood Kerala-style food, low prices and a great location.
Mughal RestaurantSouth Railway Station RdHas a good range of north Indian foods and a good juice bar.
Sree Krishna CafeGujarathi St, MattencherryGujarati restaurant famous for its stuffed parathas and vegetarian curries.
Kayees or Kaikka's Biriyanithere are two restaurant,one at Mattencherry & opps.darbar ground south ekmHours: open from early morning briyani avail from noon only and most of the time finish by 2pmPrice: below hundred for chicken briyanikayees is very famous for the briyani dont leave kochi,without tasting the kayees mutton biriyani,very trusted name in this field for many decades,hygienic at reasonable pricing too.
Mid-range

Most of the restaurants in Kochi are mid-range and there are lots of them.

Splurge

Most of the upscale restaurants are located inside hotels with 3 stars or more.


source: Wikivoyage

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