Restaurants in Kollam to taste Kerala fare and even tex-mex

Crab Roast
This seafood preparation goes well with rice, bread or rotis. The crabs must be fresh and cleaned well.

Kollam, known for its pristine beaches, Ashtamudi backwaters, coir products and cashews, is one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala. Excluding the live catch cooked and served onboard your houseboat, Kollam doesn't have a celebrated local cuisine like neighbouring Kottayam, Alappuzha or Ernakulam. If you are charting a visit to Kollam, then here's a handy list of restaurants and their top offerings you could opt for.

All Spice Restaurant

Located at Musaliar Building at Chinnakada, Kollam, the restaurant dishes out Chinese, Indian, Asian and Arabic cuisine with vegetarian and halal options. You may a hard time making up your mind on the order as the options range from pizzas and Spanish BBQ to Kashmiri murg and naans! You may top the meal off with ice-cream soft serves which are available in multiple flavours too.

Fayalwan Hotel

In Kollam and craving for Biryani? Rush to Fayalwan Hotel at Chinnakada, Main Road, Kollam. Almost five-decades-old, the eatery is also popular for appam and its variety of mutton dishes like mutton biryani, mutton stew, mutton roast and more. It will become your go-to spot for enjoying spicy Kerala flavour like it has for many generations of Kollam. The average cost of a meal for two here is Rs. 400 only.

Sree Suprabhatham

Tapioca soup

Tired of hogging on the range of delicious meat dishes in Kerala? Head to Sree Suprabhatham for a light vegetarian breakfast. Located at Mini Capithans Junction, the place serves ordinary but well-prepared dishes like masala dosa, ghee roast, puri masala and more. Go a little light on your pockets and do not let the plain setting of the place fool you into thinking that its just another vegetarian eatery. These people know their basics!

The Riverside

Ghee Roast Dosa – a pancake from South India
Where would you go for the best dosas in Kottayam?. Photo: Istock

Located at the five-star Raviz Ashthmudi resort, at Thevally, this restaurant is as exciting for the eyes as for the palate. Over-looking the scenic Ashthmudi lake, this eat-out is perfect for a wholesome family meal and also romantic night-outs. The star-dish of the place is Karimeen Pollichathu (Karimeen prepared in coconut milk) and will be served only on demand. The restaurant offers tantalising buffet packages on Sundays where one can enjoy the outdoor activities of the resort along with feasting on a wide-range menu for Rs. 1,249 (excluding taxes). The menu includes continental and oriental dishes along with local cuisine.


Karimeen Pollichathu

Probably the only eatery that offers choice of burgers and mocktails, Frankztreat is at the RP Mall. The restaurant serves Mexican and American food like tacos, nachos, tortillas, hot-dogs and more. They offer many pocket-friendly combos on almost all their items. So, go get your tex-mex on!

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