Kochi is home to numerous cafés; there’s one in just about every other street. But the challenge lies in finding one that leaves an impression for the food and the setting. Dive off the main street in Panampilly Nagar to 11th Cross Road to find a quaint little place called the East India Street Café.
Kochi is home to numerous cafés; there’s one in just about every other street. But the challenge lies in finding one that leaves an impression for the food and the setting. Dive off the main street in Panampilly Nagar to 11th Cross Road to find a quaint little place called the East India Street Café. Tucked away inside the posh neighbourhood, it looks like a street café in London.
East India Street Café leaves a satisfying imprint on the mind with a lip-smacking choice of dishes and a cheery ambience that calls for lounging with endless cups of coffee
With interiors that have been aesthetically put together and the welcoming aroma of freshly brewed coffee, it makes for one of those rare and perfect hideaways from the bustle of the city. The second such – the first being in Fort Kochi – vintage is the theme here, and the daylight streaming in to blend with the earthy hues around makes for a spectacular sight. When you do manage to get down to the business of dining, if you can tear your eyes off the ravishing interiors that is, you will find that the menu is as impressive. East India Street Café has on offer a fabulous array of cuisines from around the globe, be it Mexican, Spanish, English or fusion experiments. If a quick bite is all there’s time for, help yourself to a plate of Tapioca Pouches. The crunchy mashed tapioca pouch stuffed with gorgeous pulled meat is served with spicy dips – fusion that’s clearly a winner.
Now, if you are out for some early breakfast, the café opens at 7.30 am. Indulge in Eggstatic or Governor’s Omelette, Country Style Steak and Eggs or good old no-fail Wholegrain Pancakes with Syrup. There’s also the healthy option of Boost from the East – in-house granola, fresh yogurt, seasonal fruits and organic honey.
The menu boasts of some seriously delicious burgers. So try the BLT Burger. What makes it extra tasty is the fact that all the sauces and patties are prepared, again, in-house.
The café’s signature dish – Fried Chicken Waffle makes for a heavy yet satisfying meal in itself. For a filling appetite, there’s also the must-try Grilled Mignon, which comes with Beef Chateaubriand, parsley butter mash potatoes, vegetables and red wine demi-glace. The beef soaked in herb oil makes all the difference in the world.
A weekend visit means you could order the spectacular Chef John’s Paella, with Arborio rice, chicken and prawn sausages, spices and herbs clubbed with organic vegetables, but only if you are in luck because the paella is served on a first-come-first-serve basis. Also try the Mumbai Masala Sandwich, a popular street bite on the menu. Next up is dessert. Dig into a bowl of Adorned Tropical Surprise and try to figure out the main ingredient. You will not be disappointed.
“I am glad that people who visit are happy with the food and ambience – on a funny note I see that all our customers fall into one age group, they are all very young. Not that it matters,” said Anne Sajeev, Managing Director, Aroma Group of Companies. For a menu that is wholesome, the best part is that it is easy on your pocket too. There’s simply no reason to give this café a miss.