Grilled shredded pork – pork belly with onions, some grilled veggies and French fries.
Burger King’s Grilled Chicken Tandoori Grill Burger with fries and 7Up.
The Hot Touch Burger at MarryBrown’s with Coke, French Fries and a spicy mayo.
Pizza Hut’s Chicken Italiano Feast – sharing a pizza with the cousin.
Nice big sandwich filled with roast beef at Kahawa Cafe.
Chiller Caramello Frappe at Kahawa Cafe – caramel and butterscotch shake with vanilla ice cream.
McDonald’s Warm Brownie with Hot Chocolate Fudge – excellent dessert!
Before I start, I should say that this is solely based on what I have experienced in my hometown of Cochin. Cafe Coffee Day is an Indian coffeehouse chain. They have outlets in all major cities and towns. They are the Starbucks or Tim Hortons of India. A few years ago CCD was the only coffee shop option we had in most cities and I frequented them on a weekly basis. Every Sunday or Saturday out since 2006 started at CCD with a nice thick frappe and maybe a muffin or a sandwich to go along with it.
Until a couple of years ago we had maybe one or two other options for a quick bite to eat like a sandwich or muffins, maybe a pasty or cake and some delicious cold or hot coffee. Now – there are lots of various options with the slew of independent outlets that have come up. Some have 2 or 3 outlets in the city/state as well and foodies are flocking to them. CCD has 6 outlets in Kochi, 2 of which I have been to. They have 1 in Lulu Mall and 1 near Center Mall and one on MG Road a couple of kilometers from Center Mall (the one that I have been going to the last 3 times). Once a retreat for me, a place where I could go with a book and relax for a couple of hours, have a sub and big frappe it is now the least favourite option.
The last couple of times I have been inside a CCD I found that their sub sandwich have not only increased in price but decreased in taste and quantity of what’s inside. Miserly little things and they have the audacity to serve way beyond mediocre sliders and call then international burger fest! American classic burger – two sliders with chicken cutlets (the Indian kind) and hardly anything else. The two cafes I have been to look old and badly in need of sprucing up. I haven’t been to any of the other outlets though I had seen the CCD in Lulu Mall and it being the newer on, looks more inviting. I will stick to my choices of other outlets most of the time but once in a while I guess I will visit a CCD for old time’s sake.
The Bad Boy Burger @ Cafe 17 – two beef patties, 2 cheese slices, lettuce, onion, tomato, a sauce and onion rings on the side and a Mocha Frappe.
Cafe Coffee Day’s Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie – very sweet and too cheesecake like for my taste. It was ok but made me feel a little sickly towards the end of it. Would be good on a hot afternoon.
Cheese Steak Sandwich @ Cocoa Tree (Panampilly Nagar) with iced coffee.
Dominos Pepperoni n Cheese Pizza Large – my favourite pizza topping is pepperoni and I had a large one ordered and which I split between lunch and dinner.
I was looking for some popcorn while at the grocery store chain Big Bazaar. Found these. Kinda distasteful for a brand name, don’t you think?
Galitos is a grilled chicken and other meats restaurant kinda like Nandos. They have one outlet in Lulu Mall, Kochi. The Mild spicy chicken is delicious and juicy. But that daiquiri is outta this world!
The Fried Chicken Burger at Bloomsbury with two fried chicken pieces, lettuce, onions and mayo with cheese. Potato wedges on the side and a coffee, chocolate, vanilla & banana shake! Awesome!
The Chicken Italiano Chicken sausages, chicken pepperoni, black olives, peppers & mushrooms with cheese.
The Belgian Chocolate Shake from Pizza Hut. Thick chocolate shake with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
Top five slices of pizza in Cochin
- 360 Degree Pizzeria
- Pizza Hut
- SFC Plus
- Woods Manor’s Pizzeria
These are my personal top 5. I have a couple of newer places that I have yet to try and once I do I am sure this list will change. But these are the ones that I go to satisfy my pizza cravings.