Sitting in the well-lit, ship-themed interior of Rice N Fish, Kakkanad, I fancied myself not in the romantic Titanic, but in a boat house of Alleppey, where wood surrounds you. But, the ambiance did not give me the tranquility of a boat. In there, families occupied most seats and the children found space amusing as a playground, continuously running and chattering around.
The food, though, is emphatically seafood. They have crafted a menu as distinctive as the sea, primarily with familiar names. Biriyanis, bread, starters, and soups with good taste are available to fill your stomach. In the soup section, there are regular names such as tomato and mushrooms, along with few varieties of fish soups. The soups weren’t available at 2 pm, a normal expectant on Sundays. From the bread section, we have Garlic naans, Romali roti and Kerala’s own ‘Parotta’ among others. The wheat-made Parotta is a rare appearance in Kerala restaurants, but I could spot it at Rice N Fish.
I ordered a fish tikka with oodles of spices, a prawns biriyani and avoli, a popular fish in Kerala. The masalas and the smoked fish were layered on the nicely cooked biriyani rice. The onions are scattered on the top, retaining their crunch. Honestly, I drooled. I was awashed with the quantity and the softness of the rice. An alluring chewiness stayed throughout the time. I loved the level of spice, though some may feel it at a higher end.
The menu is priced moderately, though not less. It would take some time for the waiter to appear, but a Sunday permitted me that leisure. Food presentation is exquisite on decent crockery and bowls. To add a note, ask specifically for the hot water. Else, they will leave the packaged water on the table, which is charged separately in the bill.
- Location: Rice N Fish, Civil Line Rd, Padamughal, Kochi, Kerala 682030
- Open on all days between 10 am to 11 pm
- An approximate prize for two: Rs. 1000
Click here to see the menu – Rice N Fish Zomato.