Time travel is way easier from Mattancherry’s Calvetti Canal, all you need to do is to open the doors of East India Street Cafe. And hey presto! You are bang in the middle of London street in the colonial era having grub by the wayside!
One needs to be in the thick of Mattancherry to get a hang of what it must have been when sailors from across the seas landed here. The roads are narrow and there’s the unmistakable smell of spices in the air. A walk along these lanes will lead you to East India Street Cafe in Fort Kochi. You are accosted by a whole host of new experiences and tastes. There are seats resting by raw, un-cemented walls. There in a corner sits Britain’s iconic red telephone booth. The place is cozy and homely. Relax on the faux leather seating while going through the menu, the highlight of the place is its colonial serving.
Fried chicken waffles
Fry chicken with cheese and non-spicy waffles to the accompaniment of maple-chilly sauce. Add a plate of French-tapioca fries and voila, you have a fine meal-snack!
Chicken, cheese and veggies stuffed into rolls are rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Cordon Bleu is best had with vegetables and Brazilian mustard sauce. Fried potatoes are an excellent in-between bite.
Red snapper marinated and pan-grilled, goes best with beans and broccoli. Everything is served in red fancy plates.
Crispy Harricot Beans
It’s the common variety of beans, breadcrumbed and fried. It’s hard to believe that beans could taste so good. It’s not only colonial stuff that you get at East India Cafe, there are quite a few Indian dishes with an English blend that are served here. While the cultural cauldron is kept alive, the food is also being experimented with. The cafe only uses organic vegetables.
The walls of the cafe may have countless stories to tell. It was part of the East India Company’s Cochin warehouse and was used to store spices. There’s history here, and the romance of spices.
Timings: All day and night
For details: 94950-91000