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“Not your run-of-the-mill Indian restaurant!”
Review of Kochin Kitchen

Kochin Kitchen
Ranked #25 of 3,001 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This place is unusual in several respects, and I highly recommend this establishment to anyone who wants something different from "regular" Indian food. First, the atmosphere and appearance. The place is unassuming from the outside, but kind of cozy and nice on the inside. It looked like they might have beer on tap (that would have been really nice), but the hardware you see there when you walk in the door is non-functional, at least for now. We were met in a cheerful fashion, and there was no wait, even on that pleasant Saturday evening, unusual for such a highly rated restaurant, in a busy location. For appetizers, we tried the vada, and the onion pakora, both of which were excellent, not too oily, and perfectly cooked. For entree, I had the Elayil Pollichathu, made with Salmon by cooking it in a special sauce, wrapped in a banana leaf. It was exceptionally good. The menu is not too big, but there are a number of unique entrees which looked very tempting (next time). Since the food is generally from Southern India, specifically from the Kerala region, you'll see menu items here which you won't see in most other Indian restaurants, and I suspect that the special dishes from Kerala are probably all very tasty. Service was friendly and generally efficient, although the fish cooked in the banana leaf took some extra time to prepare (and this was mentioned to us beforehand). I'm sure I'll be back for more!

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1  Thank James W
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Group of 8 family members came here for a get together and feast. Everyone enjoyed the authentic flavors of the chicken, beef vindaloo which wasn’t too spicy and shrimp dishes. My sister just returned from 8 weeks in the Cochin region and said that the food was actually better here than in many of the places that she ate at while she was traveling there in India.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I don't quite understand why there are so many enthusiastic reviews. I like Indian cuisine a lot, have tried Indian restaurants in many cities and countries, and while the quality of the food wasn't bad, i would call it slightly below average: OK, but not particularly tasty, and i didn't notice that it was special in any way - except for being quite expensive, $17 for a simple vegetarian curry. Vegetarian choices were more restricted than i'm used to from Indian restaurants. The staff was friendly, but occasionally felt slightly inexperienced. For example, at a neighbouring table, a couple ordered two very similar dishes, but after the meal for the man arrived, there was a considerable delay of several minutes before the woman was also served her order. When my meal arrived, the waiter apologized that cooking the Kerala rice took so long, which didn't make much sense to me (then again, the time from order to serving was still tolerable). The worst part probably was that i found two small bits of crumpled aluminium foil at the bottom of my Mango Lassi, small enough to get sucked up through the drinking straw.

So, not the worst place i have ever seen, but the quality of the food and service does not appear to justify the prices.

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

The staff is very smiling and distinguished, yet simple and welcoming. The food was very good with reasonable prices.
The place is clean and chic inside, though it does not appear so from the outside.

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1  Thank CGTravelling
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

We enjoyed the Kodanadu Chicken and Paneer Peas Makkhanwala with 4 paratha. Service was friendly and efficient. Make sure to have some sugar-coated fennel seeds a/k/a Mukhwas after your meal as a digestive aid and mouth freshener.

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