Kettuvalam Restaurant has opened it’s new outlet at Kaloor off late and though this wasn’t exactly the restaurant I had in mind, while driving past it, we decided to give it a try !
This restaurant is located in a prime location, slightly away from the buzz of Kochi City, almost equidistant from the either sides of the Edapally – Kochi stretch.
The Food Featuring dishes from Kerala and apparently better known for it’s seafood specialities, we went for the Prawns dry fry in the starters and were quite happy with the traditional preparation and the spice. In the main course though, the Meen (Fish) Mappas and Nadan (Kerala Style) Chicken Curry were quite a bit of a let down and didn’t taste anything like the traditional recipe. The Kadai Vegetable went a tad overboard with spices and wasn’t much of a delight either. Seafood – 7.5/10 Overall – 6.5/10
The Ambience Really, this is one thing that stands out in the restaurant. The outside of the restaurant is built up in the form of a traditional Kettuvallam (Houseboat) and the inside decor has wall paintings of fishing boats; walls are lined with coir/bamboo mats and the overall feel befits the theme of the restaurant. 8.5/10
Other makes/breaks Given the area of the restaurant this is primarily meant to accommodate smaller groups of people and the parking space is much limited (3-4 cars in front).
The restaurant is one of few in Kochi serving authentic Kerala cuisine and for that matter is a must try for anyone looking for a Nadan treat.