South Indian in Kottayam

This lovely, spotlessly kept 1st-floor dining room with slatted blinds is a swankier version of Kerala's typical set-meals restaurants. The South Indian food here is great, including Malabar fish curry, thalis, masala dosa and lightly spiced pachakkari mopped up with fluffy appam (rice pancakes).

Upstairs is equally popular Meenachil, turning out tasty Chinese and Indian cooking in a warm family setting.