After Varanasi ,we switched it up and headed down south to Kerala. Kerala is very different from the north, much less hectic, more tropical, and with completely different food… Kerala is the most educated state in India, with a 93% literacy rate, and has the most diverse religious makeup, with only 50% Hindus.
Colonized by both the Portuguese and the Dutch, the old Fort area of the Cochin still has many buildings with colonial architecture and houses some of the oldest Catholic churches in India.
After walking around the old town, we decided to stop for a bite and checked out our options… A curry place and Oceans were the two that people kept recommending… and as we walked up to Oceans (we liked the idea of some seafood!), it was already pretty packed and had a “no reservations” sign on the door… probably a good sign.
And we ordered a feast. I must say, it took quite a while to get to us, Andre ordered a coffee and that took about 25 minutes… and the rest, about an hour… but the food was worth the wait.
First in line with the okra fry, okra cooked with crispy shallots… we gobbled this down in a few minutes and ordered another batch right away – it was probably just the taste of the fried shallots that got to us, but cooked that way, the okra wasn’t slimy (a bit issue cooking okra) and had a nice crunch to it as well… this is a dish I’d like to be able to make at home!
On the side, I got the king prawns in a green mango curry, which the waiter recommended (the curry, not the prawns… they list the prawns then about ten different ways that they’ll serve them to you, so it was difficult to decide…) and the curry was fine… to be honest, nothing especially exciting, it tasted like some sort of tomato-y gravy that the prawns had been cooked in. But the prawns themselves were delicious, if only I had chosen the right sauce…
Andre’s dish was a bit better, he picked the tuna in a traditional coconut cream and pepper sauce with tamarind… I am not a huge fan of tuna, so found the fish itself just okay, but the sauce was like crack… I’d steal spoonfuls of it to have on my rice, it had such a nice flavor.
So thoughts about one of the most highly recommended restaurants in Fort Cochin? Definitely go, it’s worth the vast seafood menu (and frankly, the veggie dishes stand up by themselves!) of different flavors… along with the number of local and Goan dishes, you can even pick from Portuguese or Italian dishes as well!