Cooked in coconut milk or blended with spices, a Malayali relishes his beef dishes. For him, a trip to the market to purchase beef is part of a ritual; a way of life. It is just normal for him to say that the best tasting beef he has ever eaten is the one made at home. But, trust me, despite his love for home-made beef, he loves eating out. We give you a list of five good restaurants in Kottayam to indulge.
The restaurants at Arcadia Hotel
If you are around Kottayam by noon, head out to Arcadia Hotel. Forget the beef curries and beef fries, try the brining beef, lemon beef, hot pepper beef, hariyali beef and the Cantonese beef while you are here. The spices are just right and the taste lingers. Even though they dish out chicken and fish, beef has a steadfast following.
Where: Near the KSRTC Bus Stand
Thali offers a pretty decent afternoon meals spread. You can spice it up with their 'Beef Ularthiyathu' which is marinated beef cut up into bite sized pieces and cooked with coconut scrapings. It is pure sin on a platter. The beef fry gives a stiff competition. You can also have it with chappatis or Kerala porotta.
Where: Opposite Malayala Manorama, KK Road
Wheels offers you amazing Chinese dishes. But, for someone who loves beef, a visit here is a must. The must-try dish is the 'Beef Thenga Kothu Ittathu'. Of course, coconut in various forms is what makes this dish special.
A bit on the spicy side, but the beef fry and beef curry at Manipuzha Vaishali has many takers. Team it up with meals if you are around about noon or with Kerala porottas. It will be an amazing experience.
Where: On the road to Thiruvananthapuram, near Kodimatha.
Bestotel has a proud history and they try to live up to expectations. And the dishes here have a traditional stamp on them. If you are on a quest for that perfect beef fry, this is the place to be.
Where: Near Central Junction
There are a couple of wayside shops that offer juicy succulent bites of beef. But that, is another gastronomic journey.