Where to Eat in Ernakulam: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 4, 2018 Chanda Heide

Ernakulam ( pronunciation (help·info)) refers to the eastern, mainland portion of the city of Kochi in central Kerala, India. The CBD is the most urban part of Kochi and has lent its name to the Ernakulam district. Ernakulam is called the commercial capital of the state of Kerala. The Kerala High Court, the Office of the Corporation of Kochi and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here. The Ernakulam Junction or South Station, Ernakulam Town or North Station and Ernakulam Terminus (now defunct) railway stations of the Indian Railways lies in Ernakulam. Initially, Ernakulam was the headquarters of the Ernakulam District but was later shifted to Kakkanad. Ernakulam was once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin. It is located 220 kilometres (137 mi) north-west of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has served as an incubator for many Malayali entrepreneurs and is a major financial and commercial hub of Kerala.
Things to do in Ernakulam

1. The Rice Boat

Willingdon Island | Taj Malabar, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +91 484 664 3000
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

The Rice Boat

Reviewed By Ritz1165 - New York City, New York

I really like this restaurant but the smell upon entering is very disturbing. Of course after some time you acclimate so you can focus in the very good food. Delicious curries, great banana steamed fish. Average fish soup. Fab coconut bread. Decent wine. Stick to local wine to avoid the huge tax.
Fun to watch the chefs through the plexi window.
Old world/outdated atmosphere. But, this is India.
Poured my own wine!
Ice creams over-sweet.

2. Mosaic

Crowne Plaza Kochi, XI/641A Kundanoor Junction, NH-47 Bypass, Maradu PO, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682304, India Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Buffet Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$181 +91 484 286 5000
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 393 reviews

Mosaic

Mosaic is an all day dining outlet offering the perfect ambiance for a quick breakfast, business lunch or an intimate evening meal.Our Buffet selection will delight diners with the authentic Kerala, Pan-Asian & International cuisines.An a la carte selection ranges from lighter meals to Grills. Guests can also dine outside near the pool in the Alfresco area of the restaurant.

Reviewed By annesophie001 - Dehradun, India

It is one of the best buffe selections in town! People just love it when I bring them there. It is great for breakfast and dinner.

3. Milano Ice Cream

M G Road | Pallimukku, Kochi (Cochin) 682016, India Takeout, Seating Late Night HK$16 +91 484 391 1137
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Milano Ice Cream

It is only when the natural flavors of an Italian Gelato melts in your mouth, that you realise what you had been missing for so long. Straight from the streets of Milano's,an Italian family brings to Cochin, Italian Gelato with all its pureness and taste. Visit Milano Ice Cream today, add a few smiles to your day.

Reviewed By rh24 - Ithaca, New York

When in Italy, I am a two gelati a day person -- only wish I had found this gelateria sooner in Cochin.
The mango and chikoo gelati flavours that I chose were unique and fabulous. The other people in our group went for more traditional flavours like chocolate, Nutella etc and pronounced them excellent.
My son was comparing them with a new-ish chain in NY city (that is excellent) and said Milano gets the consistency even better.I concur! (BTW, Milano sculpts the second scoop into petals just like the NY establishment does.)
The price of Rs.90 for two quality scoops is ridiculously cheap by international standards (two scoops range from Euro 2 to 3 in Italy).

4. Lulu International Mall Food Court

Lulu International Mall 3rd Floor Food Court | Edappally Junction,, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682031, India Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Indian, Pizza, Fast Food, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 95268 54748
Excellent
41%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 681 reviews

Lulu International Mall Food Court

Reviewed By Dhairyashil V - Pune, India

Visit to Lu Lu Mall, located near Edapally metro station in Kochi was an awesome experience for us. Said to be the largest shopping mall in India, it gets on an average 75,000+ visitors per day. The gigantic mall is extremely well stowed and professionally managed. There is hardly anything that you may not find here. It has food courts & restaurants offering multi cuisines and fine dining, reasonably priced groceries at the Hypermarket, family entertainment zones, fashion stores, jewellery, digital and electronic megastores, multiplexes, children's play area with an ice skating rink, bowling alley etc. We were told there is provision to park 3500 cars here. The mall has more than 200 commercial outlets. A walkway is under construction from Edapally metro station right into the mall.
During the period of our visit the mall was celebrating their 5th anniversary with big discounts, lucky draw and offers for the customers. With such huge number of daily footfalls the mall is extremely well maintained and managed. A must visit place when in Kochi.
An awesome place indeed!

5. Sree Krishna Inn

Warriam Road | Next to Chinmaya Vidya Peeth, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682016, India Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 484 236 6664
Excellent
32%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Sree Krishna Inn

Reviewed By bharatvaid6900 - Kochi (Cochin), India

Easily the best choice if your looking for north indian cuisine. Recently opened party hall n outdoor Seating are a good addition.

6. Cocoa Tree - MG Road Kochi

Panampilly Nagar | Opp Parthas Textiles, Jos Junction, Kochi (Cochin) 682016, India Takeout, Seating Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +91 484 411 9529
Excellent
46%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

Cocoa Tree - MG Road Kochi

Reviewed By Michael1052 - Armidale, Australia

Stopped in here for quick refreshment, and were astounded at the quality of their food. Really is first class. We had a Sandwich (on brown bread would you believe it!) and a pasta - both were delicious, especially the pasta. Their cold coffee was tastefully prepared with fine coffee, and the service was excellent. Such a pleasure to dine here.

7. Pai Dosa

Padma Mg Road, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682016, India Takeout, Seating, Parking Available Indian, Fast Food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 484 402 5535
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 275 reviews

Pai Dosa

Reviewed By Dhananjai P

The Pai Dosa is an authentic south Indian restaurant with so many varietys of dosas and curries. The chutneys are so tasty! Expect a crowd always!

8. Trilogi

Nh - 47 National Highway 47 Bypass Road | Crowne Plaza Kochi, Maradu, Kochi (Cochin) 682304, India Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$86 - HK$196 +91 484 286 5000
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Trilogi

TRILOGI is an authentic Kerala specialty restaurant open only for dinner from 7pm-11pm serving traditional specialties of Kochi,Travancore and Malabar. The dishes will entice and evoke memories which you will never forget and keep coming in for more. TRILOGI is located in the lobby floor of Crowne Plaza Kochi

Reviewed By Bhasker K

This restaurant has been consistent about the food and service they deliver since long. Seafood soup remains my favourite and their signature dessert. Thanks to chef rejimon for great food and febin for attentive service!! Will come back with my friends

9. Brindhavan Restaurant

Junction of PJ Antony Road and Civil Line Road. Palarivottam, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682025, India Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 484 234 2239
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Brindhavan Restaurant

Reviewed By Anupaaa - Ernakulam, India

Brindhavan has a choice of South Indian and North Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their puttu-kadala-pappadam is a must try...and their channa-battura is delightful! Brindhavan's lunch 'meals' and invigorating filter kaapi are absolute favourites too!
The place is clean and the staff, attentive. Ample car parking makes things easier. I'd say Brindhavan is easily the best vegetarian restaurant in Kochi!

10. Pai Brothers Fast Food

Krishnaswamy Road | M G Road, Alappat Jewellery, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682035, India Takeout, Seating Indian, Fast Food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 2365434
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Pai Brothers Fast Food

Reviewed By Prem N

Dosa is a favorite of not just south Indians but these days north Indians too. The Pai Brothers have given a new dimension to the traditional dosa by conjuring up more than 100 varieties. Eggs, cheese, butter, vegetables, different g4ams- they all have been added in various ways to the humble dosa to produce mouth watering delicacies. The costs are reasonable and after a sumptous meal at thier M.G Road or Edapally Toll (near Lulu) one can choose from thier array of soft drinks/coffee/tea to wash it down.
Enjoy your does but go there hungry so that you can do justice to the versions of dosas available.

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