Kochi Journals

Kochi Restaurants: The Pick of the Lot

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A May 2013 trip to Kochi by phileasfogg

Kaira Photo, Kochi, India More Photos
Quote: During our four stays in Kochi, we ate out at a lot of restaurants—from seaside shacks to spiffy places in boutique hotels. While I wrote about some in my ‘Sleeping and Eating in Kochi’ journal, here are some more—our favourite ones.

Kaira

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Restaurant | "Good food at a steal"

Kaira Photo, Kochi, India
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Kaira has the distinction of being the only Kochi restaurant we ate in, which wasn't in the Fort Cochin area. This was a place that had been recommended to us by someone who knew about good eateries in Kochi, and while we never managed to find time to go to Kacheripady while we were tramping around Fort Cochin, we did make it a point to leave for the airport two hours earlier than we needed to on the last day - just so we could make a brief detour and have lunch at Kaira.We were enchanted by Kaira from the moment we entered the large gravelled yard in which the restaurant stands. There are trees all around, and bright yellow orchids flowered on a wooden post near the entrance. Inside, the long rect...Read More

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Kaira
49/3639, Chittoor Road, Kacheripady
Ernakulam
0484-4041666

Oceanos Restaurant

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Restaurant | "A charming mishmash of styles"

Oceanos Restaurant Photo, Kochi, India
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Left to ourselves (and keen to eat only Keralan cuisine at major meals), we’d probably have passed up Oceanos, because the look of this tiny restaurant suggests a place that hasn’t quite figured out whether it wants to focus on Portuguese food, or local coastal food, or South Asian, or what. But the receptionist at the hotel where we were staying, on being asked for a recommendation for a place where one could get good local Malabar cuisine, suggested Oceanos.Tucked away in a relatively quiet corner of Fort Cochin, far from the bustling area around the Chinese fishing nets, Oceanos is a small, neat little restaurant on Elphinstone Road. Stepping in from the road, we were immediately enchante...Read More

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Oceanos Restaurant
Elphinstone Road
Kochi, Kerala 682 001
+91 - 484 - 221

Malabar Junction at The Malabar House

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Hotel | "Kochi’s best restaurant? Believable"

Malabar Junction at The Malabar House Photo, Kochi, India
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We came across The Malabar Junction by accident; we’d been walking from our hotel down the road towards a café we’d noticed during our wanderings, and my husband happened to see the illuminated panel outside the Malabar House Fort Cochin hotel, advertising its restaurant, The Malabar Junction, which had won the award for Best Restaurant in Kochi. The panel mentioned that The Malabar Junction served both local Keralan food as well as Italian cuisine, so we went in.The Malabar Junction lies on the ground floor, in a half-open pavilion with deep orange-red arches, offset by white walls, white table linen, red amaryllis lilies on the tables, and comfortable cane chairs. A pot-bellied earthen statue of ...Read More

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Malabar Junction at The Malabar House
1 / 268, 1 / 269 Parade Rd
Kochi, Kerala 682 001
484-222-1199

The History at Brunton Boatyard

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Restaurant | "Great atmosphere, excellent food"

The History at Brunton Boatyard Photo, Kochi, India
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Overlooking Vembanadu Lake and the jetty from which ferries depart for nearby Willingdon Island, the Brunton Boatyard Hotel is one of Fort Kochi’s spiffiest. It was once actually a boatyard, but has since been renovated and converted into a stunning hotel, all polished wood and sloping roofs. The lobby is decorated with portraits of Kochi’s best-known residents, both long-term and short-term: Vasco da Gama, Álvares Cabral, Ezekiel Rahabi, and so on. On the ground floor is a bar called The Armoury; on the first floor, approached by a wide staircase of polished wood, is the restaurant called The History.Climbing the stairs to The History, we heard the sounds of instruments being tuned: the twi...Read More

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The History at Brunton Boatyard
Bishop's House - Fort Cochin
Kochi 682001
0484 301 1712

Menorah at Koder House

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Restaurant | "Very good Keralan food"

Menorah at Koder House Photo, Kochi, India
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Although Kochi now (sadly) has only twelve Jewish families—the rest have migrated, mostly to foreign countries—at one time, the Jews were a major presence in this town. Among the most prominent Jews of Kochi was a man named Sabatai ‘Satu’ Koder. A wealthy businessman (also philanthropist and political figure), Koder bought a piece of land in Fort Cochin which was occupied by a Portuguese mansion, and in its place, built his own house, a three-storeyed one which was structured and gabled in England and then shipped to Kochi to be assembled.Unfortunately for Kochi’s Jewish community, Koder’s House was not occupied by his sons, who chose to migrate. Fortunately for visitors like us, it has been conver...Read More

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Menorah at Koder House
Tower Road, Fort Cochin, Cochin, Kerala, 682001
Kochi, Kerala 682001
0484 221 8485