Top ChoiceIndian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Paragon Restaurant

Join the inevitably long queue out the door at this always-packed restaurant, founded in 1939. The overwhelming menu is famous for its legendary chicken biryani and fish dishes – such as pollichathu or molee...

Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


Hidden away in the sea-facing Beach Hotel, Salkaram serves excellent fish and chicken dishes, Malabari cuisine (such as fish coconut curry) and Keralan meals (₹170 to ₹190), plus snacks out on the front lawn.

South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Adam's Teashop

Distressed-wood shutters, vibrant paintwork and old-school radios create a retro-style scene at this wildly popular restaurant near the beach, where classic Malabari dishes are given a creative makeover. Biryanis...

South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


A local favourite for its Malabar dishes, biryanis and snacks, with a small terrace out the front, three-decades-old Zains is run by the entrepreneurial Zainabi Noor and is usually busy in the afternoons and...

International in Kannur

Sahib's Grill

Tables dot a wraparound verandah overlooking a shady garden with vibrant hand-painted murals at this warm, sociable and contemporary hang-out, 700m west of Kannur's bazaar. The well-executed menu is bistro-style...

Multicuisine in Wayanad Region

Wilton Restaurant

A stand-out roadside restaurant on the western outskirts of Sultanbatheri, where snappy service delivers an eclectic menu of North and South Indian, Arabian, Continental and Chinese specialities in the upstairs...

Indian in Kannur


Tucked into the entrance to Kannur's train station, MRA does delicious biryanis and tandoori platters as well as dosas and Keralan classics like molee (fish pieces in coconut sauce) or pachakkari veg stew....

Indian in Kannur

Hotel Odhen's

Kannur's must-try restaurant, in the market area, is usually packed at lunchtime. The speciality is Malabar cuisine, specifically the banana-leaf thalis with a dazzling range of spicy extras including...

Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


From the team behind Calicut's famous Paragon Restaurant, frills-free Salkara fuels hungry rail travellers with Malabari biryanis, steaming filter coffee, breakfasts of puttu (rice powder and coconut, steamed in...

Indian in Wayanad Region

Indian Coffee House

All your favourite biryanis, veg cutlets, fish curries and filter coffee, in a no-fuss split-level setting with veg and nonveg sections.