Continuing on my Kerala food journey in thrissur and Cochin where I had to travel for work, the wife and me decided to test Mallu cuisine in Chennai. And what better way than to compare the two, when I just landed back home. So we headed to Kumarakom on Valluvar kottam high road and settled in pretty late.

The waiter came for our order and made it clear that kitchen was closing soon and we had to place order at this point for our whole meal including desserts. We obliged and ordered two plain appams, two egg appams and a gravy. "Saru, each person naalu appam kalichka koodum. Rendu seri illa" he said. So we increased the plain appams to six and ordered a puttu to go with it. "puttuku kadala curry best gom- bination" he declared and ordered it on our behalf. We just smiled to ourselves, got one karimeen polichadhu and waited for our order.

The meal was pleasant. The appams were perfect, the egg appams were very nice, the karimeen polichadhu with its banana lead wrapping and the gravies, chicken stew and kadala curry were all just complimentary to each other. Well, he exaggerated with the number of appams we could eat, but well, when the wife does not finish it, chennai foodie has to step into the glutton role and needless to say, filled the role to perfection. Ada payasam was the fitting dessert for the sumptuous meal.

People have said that Kumarakom has lost its charm, but I am dining here after a very long time and I enjoyed the meal. Service was pleasant, and the ambiance was ok. The whole meal cost us Rs. 576 which is a steal. The karimeen polichadhu was Rs. 200 so the basic stuff is very reasonably priced. Do stay away from fried rice and the likes, stick to their specialty and I believe you will be safe.

Food 8.5/10
Service 7/10
Ambiance 7/10
Price 9/10

I went to the outlet near the Spring hotel on Valluvar kottam high road, take the left soon after The Park hotel.