At Fort Kochi in Kerala, the God's own country, you can find many westerner friendly restaurants, that have the luck to be in a position with a good visibility. They are always full, so it is easy to imagine that they are the best choice to try local or international food. Our advise is to avoid them. Often they are like business-food factories. The food is expensive and cooked without passion, the workers don't recive much money and the next day the owner spends all morning counting how much he earned.
Just going out from the main stream it is possible to find unexpected surprises. Like the Rose Garden Restaurant. We saw it and looked inside many times while passing by, atracted by the colours and relaxed atmosphere that spreads out. Located in Jacob Road, just close to the bus station and Santacruz Basilica, is owned by two brothers, Bineesh and Siyad who together with Ali run this small restaurant since 2013. Walls are pleasantly painted and decorated by a local famous artist Nasair.
We decide to sit inside, but then we discover a more hidden room with two small tables and carpets, comfortable enough to sit on the floor and chill out. The day in the restaurant begins at 10 am, starting with breakfast and continue with lunch and dinner until night. The choice is very wide.. Original indian, western and italian with fish, meat (even holy beef) and vegetarian choice. As well you can relax there, having a cup of coffee and using wi-fi.
Ali, always smiling and kind, brings us Fish Peera to try. As many Keralan dishes, the delicate taste is obtained thanks to the coconut that conects perfectly garlic, ginger and curry leaves with substantial and boneless kingfish, accompanied with garlic paratha, tipical south indian flat bread.
Then we can taste the Kaday, a mix of vegetbles and paneer (indian fresh cheese), prepared on the northern indian way, which simply melts in our mouth. Of course we can't avoid the rice as a side dish. Unfotunatly there was no more space in our stomachs to try one of the many desserts available in the menu.
The email of the restaurant is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number 09847216986.