It’s Thali Meals; It’s Fish Thali

This time it was not a planned visit to a seafood speciality place, we went there for lunch as it was near to the place where we had to go yesterday in Kochi, Kerala.

And we stumbled upon a novel food plan. This place must interest a thali food lover, particularly the South Indian thali.

For the uninitiated, thali is a wholesome meal served with several small portions of side dishes for the main item rice. And the best of the thalis are usually vegetarian.

We were served the food in the exact style of a thali meal with several small portions of side dishes, pickles and the must have pappadam.

Instead of the usual vegetarian items, the thali had five side dishes of seafood. There was a mackerel fry, fish curry, seafood avial (meen peera style) with fish and calamari rings, dried and powdered prawns, and kallummel kaya (Kerala mussels dish).

Of course there were vegetables and even kappa (tapioca) with ‘uppum mulakum’.

Many of the diners in the packed restaurant were ordering special dishes where they select the fish from the fresh fish display and get their favourite preparation done in the kitchen, like in the oriental style.

We didn’t go for any such specialities as we were in a hurry. But enjoyed the meal thoroughly. A highly recommended place.

Of course there was payasam (kheer) for desert.

And then the price is ₹ 150 for the meal (just over $2).

It’s Thali Meals; It’s Fish Thali

“Vella Kanthari” (White Chilli). The Talk of the Town.

It’s a small place. But people are flocking to this talk of the town seafood restaurant.

We went to this exclusive place on the container road in Kochi, Kerala, and were lucky to find seats without much waiting.

It’s a riot with seafood. You have them all, prepared in the traditional Kerala style. Sunu ordered crab meat and ‘Ayala Pollichath’ and I went for shrimp fry and natholi peera as special orders.

Served on fresh banana leaf, the steaming rice has thalkali koott, sambar, moru, aviyal , mathanga kari, naranga achar and other accompaniments all very tasty and authentic Kerala styled. There was even a payasam for desert.

And most surprising is the price. Just ₹630 ($9) for this feast for us two! ‘Are you sure you counted all’ I had to ask. The lady manager gave a beautiful smile.

I must mention the service. All managed by lovely ladies with charming smile and brimming with confidence. It’s worth going back for this alone.

Had a wonderful meal at an unbelievably low price. My consultant instinct will get me back there with a pricing proposal. Have the right price and at the right number to manage the crowd.

“Vella Kanthari” (White Chilli). The Talk of the Town.