The 10 Best Restaurants In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Photo of Nandini
9 February 2017

Thiruvananthapuram, better known as Trivandrum, is a district of Kerala, India. Here foodies can find a wide variety of restaurant choices from typical South Indian cuisine to kebab open kitchens, elegant luxurious dining and quirky fusion restaurants. Visitors to the city have the opportunity to indulge the senses in a diversity of dining styles. Here are the ten best restaurants in Thiruvananthapuram.

Lotus Flower, Trivandrum | © Easa Shamih/Flickr

Villa Maya

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, $$$
Villa Maya is located in a restored 18th-century Dutch Manor. It evokes a classic, elegant ambiance offering comfortable lounge and sitting areas that enhance the fine dining experience. The menu features an array of local and international dishes from the countries that used to have a trade connection with Kerala, namely Morroco and Italy. The wide range of culinary delights prepared by excellent chefs reveal sophisticated textures and rich flavors. The restaurant also holds regular special events including dance and music performances.

Zam Zam

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, $$$
The coastline of Trivandrum
The coastline of Trivandrum | © Dominic Scaglioni/Flickr
Zam Zam is a lively place popular among the residents of Trivandrum. The menu features a wide array of Italian, North-Indian, and Chinese dishes, but the place is best known for its Lebanese and Arabian cuisine that bursts forth with a rainbow of flavors and delicious tastes. Zam Zam’s number standout dish is the chicken shawayaa, crispy grilled chicken known for its rich flavor. The restaurant also serves a great variety of desserts that are especially popular with children.

Curry Chatty

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Curry Chatty has a special ambiance that will be remembered by all those who visit the place. With its soft lighting and peaceful music, the restaurant offers an intimate setting perfect for a romantic dinner. The menu features an eclectic mixture of Chinese, North-Indian and seafood dishes that can be a nice alternative to South-Indian cuisine, predominant in Kerala.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn provides an elegant and comfortable environment for a fine dining experience. Located in the Hilton hotel, its dining area is warmly decorated and features rich oak accents with chandeliers and sconces. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus will meet the expectations of the most demanding customers. The Mughal dishes doused in a creamy texture is so soft that it simply melts in the mouth. They have a wide variety of salads and desserts.
Address and telephone number: Punnen Road, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, + 91 471 660 0000

Buraq’s Laadhiidh

Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
Fish Curry
Fish Curry | © Prasad Pillai/Flickr
Asian fusion restaurant

Buraq’s Laadhiidh provides yet another alternative for dining in Trivandrum. Comfortable seating, elegant décor and pleasant music complement an eclectic menu that features seafood dishes and traditional North and South Indian cuisine prepared with innovative twists. Among the restaurant’s signature dishes is biryani, a traditional rice dish here cooked in organic bamboo shoots that enhance its healthy properties and add an additional layer of flavors to the meal. Another specialty is the grilled fish cooked to perfection over wood burning, a dish which transforms fish into a delicacy.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11.30 am – 10.30 pm

Watch out for: biryani cooked in bamboo shoots

Jasmine Bay

Jasmine Bay is a 24-hour cafe-restaurant located in the exclusive Vivanta Hotel by Taj. It is one of the most scenic restaurants in the city. Set up on the beach, it opens up to magnificent views of the Arabian Sea. The lunch and dinner buffet as well as the a la carte menu provide a variety of meals ranging from Italian pastas and Indian curries to delicious salads and desserts.
‪Address and telephone number: Jasmine Bay, Vivanta Hotel & Resorts by Taj, GV Raja Vattapara Road | Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 661 3000

Taj Resort in Kovalam, Trivandrum | © bjoern/Flickr

Arya Nivas

Arya Nivas is the best vegetarian restaurant in Trivandrum. Located near the railway station, it is a perfect venue to pop into after a morning tour of the temples. Their good quality food prepared with the highest standards has an amazing taste with distinct South Indian influences. Their desserts served after a sumptuous meal are a great way to end your dining experience in the restaurant.
Address and telephone number: Aristo Junction, Manorama Road | Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 233 0789

Mothers Veg Plaza

Bakery, Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
Bananas of Kerala
Bananas of Kerala | © Joe Zachs/Flickr
Mothers Veg Plaza is the best place to get authentic Keralan vegetarian food. Located in the Narmada Shopping Complex, the restaurant is famous for its veg sadya, which is a traditional vegetarian dish served on banana leaf. A variety of different delicacies are arranged on the leaf. The food is tasty and caters to every budget.

Nirvana Lounge

Restaurant, Indian, Fusion, $$$
Boats, Kerala
Boats, Kerala | © Fabrice Florin/Flickr
Originally a home and now transformed into a fusion restaurant, Nirvana Lounge is a quirky place that attracts customers in search of a dining experience off the beatin’ path. The place specializes in Nepalese dishes, such as the steamed chicken momos that are praised for their original flavors and don’t leave without trying the peanut chili chutney. They also host art events and music performances which attract visitors interested in Trivandrum’s alternative music scene.

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