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Time - 7:30AM to 9:30PM
Avg Cost for two - Rs.600
Cuisines - Kerala - Traditional
Serve - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Suitable for Family , Friends , Food Explorers
Karimpumkala Restaurant is famous all over Kerala for its traditional Kerala cuisine. Situated at Pallom on M.C. Road near Post Office Junction, this eatery is open from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm on all days of the week. Seafood items being its speciality, some of the main dishes to try from this restaurant are Karimeen Pollichathu, Konchu Roast,Chemmeen Roast, Neymeen Mappassu etc.
Karimpumkala Restaurant, established in 1958, was named after the property in which the restaurant was built. Ever since then, it has become one of the most famous names in the restaurant industry in the State for serving authentic Kerala cuisine.
Though lots of restaurants have mushroomed in many parts of Kottayam imitating the same name, the original restaurant is located at Pallom on M.C Road. It has no other branch. While coming from Changanassery to Kottayam, you can spot this hotel on the left just after Pallom Post Office Junction. Drawing in a number of travellers, there is a good parking area available in front of the restaurant with security personnel to assist you.
‘Karimeen Pollichathu’ is a dish much in demand from the seafood menu. It is not only prepared differently, but has a different taste too. The fish is deep fried in an oil-filled pan after marinating with masalas and wrapping in banana leaves. This renders the fish the taste of a fried fish item, a deviation from the usual ‘Pollicha’ fish with thick gravy. ‘Konchu Roast’ is another dish you must try from this restaurant. Single lobster is served covered in thick, oily gravy having a salty taste. Even though it might burn a hole on your pocket, the dish is worth the price.
‘Neymeen Mappas’ is a comparatively less spicy preparation made from Seer fish. The taste and yellow colour gravy of the dish is mainly due to the addition of coconut milk. ‘Mappas Curry’ prepared using various other varieties of fishes are also available. The curry is very popular with the afternoon meals served here. ‘Chemmeen Roast’ is made with prawns. It is similar to the ‘Konchu Roast’ in terms of its thick, oily gravy. The dominating taste of this dish is that of the oil and special masala which also adds a tinge of salty flavour to it.
This restaurant is maintained by a family and the main cook is the owner himself. He is assisted mainly by his wife and other family members. This homely touch in the food preparation can be said as the main reason for its wide acceptance among the patrons. Almost all non-vegetarian Kerala dishes are available here.
The three-storeyed restaurant building has an ordinary dining area in both ground and first floorswhile an air-conditioned dining space on top. Furnished with wooden chairs and tables, the hotel looks quite ordinary. Waiters are uniformed but lack that professional approach. But these minor drawbacks don’t hinder the flow of customers to the age-old Karimpumkala Restaurant.
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