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