If you are planning for a honeymoon in the Venice of the East or just passing by Alappuzha, be sure to check out the signature food – the Cheratta Puttu (steamed rice cake cooked in endocarp of coconut) and Tharavu roast (duck roast).
And if you are a foodie, your journey should begin at Brothers Restaurant, which boasts of over 40 years of legacy in dishing out the perfect Kerala cuisine. I was on a journey to explore the famous cuisines of Alappuzha, and the local people were unanimous in their verdict, if you are looking for the traditional Kerala cuisine – head for Brothers Restaurant.
A host of Government vehicles welcomed me to the Brothers. Amused to see so many high-profile politicians gathered at one place, I checked with the watchman if a cabinet get together was in progress, which could topple all my plans. It turned out that the place is a hot favourite among Kerala politicians and most of them religiously make a pit-stop while passing by.
The restaurant was a traditional Kerala home which was converted to a hotel. All tables were taken; so I waited patiently. The interiors of the restaurant made me feel like I walked into the home in a period movie. The restaurant’s links with the filmdom didn't end there. I walked up to the reception and leafed through the 'comments book' and was pleasantly surprised to see the names of many famous actors and well known personalities. Their comments made me drool.
I found a table and ordered their best — duck roast and Cheratta Puttu. My order looked appetising and smelled like heaven. It reminded me of my grandma's food – homely and really delicious. And also told me why it was crowded and so many people kept coming back.
After the sumptuous meal, I went in search of the owner of the restaurant. Venu, the main chef, who has been working in this hotel for the past 30 years, directed me to Balachandran. He told me that the hotel was started by his dad and uncle way back in 1974. Balachandran also told me that it was here, that the scripts for a lot of popular Malayalam movies were penned. “They love our homely food,” he added.
I thanked Balachandran and set out to my next destination, but the aroma and the taste of the food, which I had from Brothers, lingered on my palate.