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History Restaurant - Fort Cochin, Kerala, India | Restaurant Review

An Amazing Trip through India's History


Restaurant Category : Arabic, Indian, Portuguese

History Restaurant - Fort Cochin, Kerala, India: Just by the name of it, the History Restaurant is an interesting concept restaurant with an equally interesting menu. Located in the Brunton Boatyard Hotel in Fort Cochin, Kerala, this restaurant is minimally, yet as tastefully decorated as the luxury boutique hotel.

I was expecting for the décor to be a mix of designs from various cultures that have influenced Kerala throughout history, but it seems that they reserved the fun and eclecticism for the menu. The menu was a revelation, showcasing Indian, English, Syrian, Portuguese, Jewish, and Arab-inspired dishes that took you to Kerala’s past, one bite at a time.

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From where we were sitting, we had a magnificent view of the outside through a good-sized picture window. Seated on cushions on a corner was a trio of percussionists gently playing traditional beats that produced a relaxing ambiance.

To start, we had the Syrian Christian seafood soup, simmered in a coconut cream, as well as the Cabbage Drumstick Soup, an improved Jewish version of cabbage and drumstick.

For our main course, we shared the Fishermen Stew, a Portuguese favorite of mixed seafood cooked with kidney beans, herbs and fresh ground pepper; the Kariveppila Kozhy, chicken cooked in Kerala spices with coconut; and the Curryleaf and Byculla Club Curry, a dish from the British era which consists of cottage cheese dumplings stuffed with banana and served in a velvety green sauce.

Overall, the food was a fascinating experience mainly because of the wild concoctions and combinations that burst in my palate as I tried each dish. While the variety and the whole experience were very impressive, none of the dishes got to the level of spectacular.

Was it bombastic? I can’t say the food and the place were. I’ll have to rate it somewhere between bombastic and not. Still, I would go back to History Restaurant should I find myself in Fort Cochin, just for the interesting experience alone.

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