Kerala Journals

Eating on Lighthouse Beach

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A November 2005 trip to Kerala by MichaelJM

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Quote: Eating out is always a special part of any holiday, and here are some of the restaurants that we experienced.

Sea Bee Restaurant

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Sea Bee Restaurant Photo, Kerala, India
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This was the first restaurant we dined in on Lighthouse Beach. It’s an upmarket beach shack with great views over the ocean. We arrived just after a power cut, not that lack of electricity made much difference, because the restaurant seemed to rely on candles, with the electric lamps giving out very little. I guess you’d call it subdued lighting!We’d been persuaded earlier in the day to give the See Bee a try, and when we returned, we were welcomed like royalty. We started off with a Kingfisher beer, and because these were unlicensed premises, the half bottle was placed surreptitiously under the table, strange because our glasses were in full view. Guess it creates an air of intrigue! Red ta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2005

Sea Bee Restaurant
Lighthouse Beach
Kerala, India

Velvet Dawn

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Velvet Dawn Photo, Kerala, India
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Like all restaurants on Lighthouse Beach, we had a terrific view of the waves crashing onto the beach against a border of lush green vegetation in front of the blackish sand. The small dots of light on the horizon confirmed the industriousness of the local fishermen who were out in force.This was a small restaurant with around 15 tables. As seems to be the norm, the wooden tables were draped with a couple of cloths and the plastic garden chairs covered with green and white towelling throws. It’s a strange presentation, but by the end of our stay in Kerala we’d got used to this idiosyncrasy.Kingfisher beer was sold openly in this non-licensed restaurant, and as we sipped our beer, wait...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2005

Velvet Dawn
Lighthouse Beach
Kerala, India

Cafe de la Mer

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The Café de la Mer is an extremely popular two-floored restaurant, and we decided early to reserve a table at the front of the upper floor for later in the evening. The view from up here was absolutely superb, and as this eatery is about bang in the middle of the bay, it offers a full panoramic view, only interrupted by the towering palm trees, one of which leans threateningly towards the outside staircase to the first floor. The sea is lively tonight, and we have a first-class view of the white surf blasting out from the darkness. There’s a cacophony of noise wafting to our vantage point: the pounding of the sea, the distant sounds of the solitary flute seller, the local carollers, barking dogs, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2005

Cafe de la Mer
Lighthouse Beach
Kerala, India

Fusion

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Fusion Photo, Kerala, India
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The Fusion Restaurant caters for all tastes and is perhaps the classiest eatery on Lighthouse Beach. It's situated above shops, and you'll need to book or get there early if you want one of the seats on the edge overlooking the sea. There is no menu at the foot of the external staircase, but an indication of its success is that there are no restaurant touts at the bottom trying to persuade you to eat there. The menu is extremely varied, and, as the name suggests, some of the dishes are a fusion between East and West. You can also eat pure Indian or European if that is your preference. From pizzas and ravioli to baked potatoes, roast chicken, curries, biryani, and seafood, all are available...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2005

Fusion
Lighthouse Beach
Kerala, India

Coconut Grove

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This is a large fronted beach shack restaurant, with the front row having a magnificent view onto the sea. A small crescent moon low down on the horizon gave an eerie reflection on the water as it rippled relentlessly onto the beach. This rest restaurant has around 20 well-spaced tables and there were plenty of people eating, usually a sign of quality. A well-placed slab of fish displays their fresh products and a willing headwaiter encouraged us, not too vigorously, to consider eating there. We don’t need too much persuading and found a table at the front of the restaurant overlooking the sea.The tables are not only well spaced, but they are larger than normal, giving plenty of room to spre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Coconut Grove
Lighthouse Beach
Kerala, India