Visited Bristow's Bistro at the Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel for dinner with an old time friend. First up had plans of settling for a restaurant on the waterfront where we could sip some beer with the monsoon drizzle a distinct possibility in the back drop. A few preliminary inquiries along the water front and we were informed that few of the restaurants were not serving liquor since their licenses had not been renewed. The Kerala Government needs to do something really quick, if they are serious of promoting tourism in this heritage town, where idyllic surroundings complement some good eating places.
We then headed for Bristow's Bistro at the Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel. The hotel is located in what originally was an Old Light House Bungalow belonging to the Kochi Port. For my wife it was sheer nostalgia, as it was in this very building that she had spent a few memorable childhood years. I have posted a photograph of how the building looked then. The hotel is ideally located a safe distance away from the regular hustle and bustle of city life. It offers a picturesque view overlooking the Arabian Sea. Since it was a week day and with the monsoons well and truly on, the restaurant was largely empty. But we weren't complaining since it facilitated for us some decent service. The quiet ambience was just right. A couple of beers and some starters helped us catch up with some conversation. For dinner we decided to settle for some Keralite preparation. The Alleppey fish curry was nice and tangy with the taste of cooked raw mango blending well with the spices. It combined well with a helping of steamed white rice. The Kerala (naadan) chicken curry also went along well with the Malabar parathas (could have been better).
Dinner for three with beer cost us Rs 2500/-, which we thought was reasonable given the nice experience we had.
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