We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“quite and serene dinner experience”

Bristow's Bistro at The Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel
Ranked #226 of 974 Restaurants in Kochi (Cochin)
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 1 August 2014

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.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2  Thank simonmats
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (69)
There are newer reviews for Bristow's Bistro at The Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

39 - 43 of 69 reviews

Reviewed 14 May 2014

Location is awesome, food was tasty, staffs are courteous.
A very good outdoor sitting to have dinner facing the sea with its cool breeze after a tiring day.
A must visit when you are in fort kochi for any reason.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Geenaat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Attractive hotel property on the water with a view that also had a restaurant. We had Indian cuisine and wine and beer was available. Overall, the meal was fine and the service was excellent. Dining is offered outdoors.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank kaylaartt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 January 2014

It is unfortunate for the restaurant that i am making this review now and not 2yrs back when i was blown away by its quality and standard. Having experienced that i probably came with lot more expectation this time and the fact that i was the one to strongly recommend this restaurant for my best friend's farewell dinner i feel disappointed. The restaurant served some really great steak the last time i was here, so obviously i ordered the same for everyone. But we all were equally disappointed. The mashed potato was terrible. The staff was very pleasing but probably a bit inexperienced, they mixed up the orders completely(would suggest carrying a small book to write down). We had ordered special for our kids and i believe a proficient and caring staff would serve them first, but here they waited (inspite of reminding) to serve until the steak was ready and for the kids only sandwich and french fries was ordered and i am sure it doesn't take the same amount of time as a well done steak. The fact that the food is not cheap makes it even for disappointing, price and standard should be directly proportional not opposite. Well those were the flaws, else the restaurant is ideally located and has a good ambiance. There was live Indian instrumental music which was great, though a bit more light at the table would have been nice. Like i said the main reason for my disappointment could be the fact that i had great food here before, maybe for a first timer this could be good!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Yadhiraj
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We walked by chance into the Old Lighthouse Bristow hotel and were delighted by its location, its view and its colonial-like architecture. Hence we decided to have dinner here this evening and we reserved one table.

I checked beforehand tripadvisor and read some not so positive remarks. One message was very strong: western food is not their strengh. But no wonder, this is the case in 99,99% of Indian restaurants offering western food in teir menus.

So we arrived at 8pm and went for Kerala specialities together with a bottle of Indian shiraz red wine. The service was very good. The food was delicious, as well the wine and the dessert. And you sit on a terrace facing Kochi beach and the sea.

All in all we had a great dinner, and the restaurant deserves our positive rating.

Thank hachon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Bristow's Bistro at The Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel also viewed

 
Kochi (Cochin), Kerala
Maradu, Kochi (Cochin)
 

Been to Bristow's Bistro at The Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing