1. Golden Dragon
Golden Dragon has two outlets that I know of in Cochin. One is in Ravipuram and the other is in Kakkanad in Vazhakkala (not too far from my new office). I’ve only been to the latter once but their food, which seems to have a few different items than the one in Ravipuram, is amazing and hence hard to forget. I remember we had spicy sea food soup, emerald fried rice, Hong Kong chicken and a sweet & sour fish dish. Since then I have been to the one in Ravipuram a few times with my friend or with my cousin Sujith and the food is amazing. The one in Ravipuram serves drinks and so it is a big plus for us. Awesome spring rolls, giant portions of dragon prawns or Szechuan prawns. The chicken & pork dishes are great too but I tend to go with the sea food in this place.
2. The Attic
It’s not a great looking place. The ambience & decor sucks! I’m not kidding – they should do an overhaul of the place. But what they lack in decorations & style of the restaurant, they sure to make up for it in the food. Cause the Attic is one of only 2 or 3 places in Cochin that serve steaks & sizzlers! Yes the all elusive steakhouse that some of us craved for decades. I remember having sizzlers ins places like the Chariot hotel near Convent junction and once at the Hotel International but it had been years after that when I found the Attic. I’ve had the fish steak with chips and the amazingly proportioned mixed grill platter. The latter was something that I could not finish. Enjoyed the food tremendously but sheesh guys make some changes to the place. It is also small, only about 6 or 7 tables. I’m craving for one right now.
3. Hotel International
I’ve been there twice in two weeks and have only had the buffet but what an assortment of food! Granted that the time I went in on a Saturday they had a broader variety and the food tasted better (they must treat the weekend crowd differently) than the time I went in on a weekday but still it was amazing. Starting for soup, to naan or special porottas, chicken, fish, beef, pork & mutton dishes (I never have mutton as I dislike it) to noodles, fried rice and normal Indian style boiled rice. Variety of veggie stuff for those who don’t like meat. Traditional rice curries too. And the desert table is stacked with goodies that you can’t taste them all as you will be full by the time you get through half of it. And they serve beer & other alcoholic drinks too. What more could you need?