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 India food here is great, including Malabar fish curry, thalis, masala dosas and lightly spiced pachakkari stew mopped up with fluffy appam.

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