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 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.
Address and telephone number: Opp. MLA Hostels, Palayam, University of Kerala Senate House Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 245 30
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.
Address and telephone number: Near Police Training College, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 305 5567
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
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.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11.30 am – 10.30 pm
Watch out for: biryani cooked in bamboo shoots
Address and telephone number: Buraq’s Laadhiidh, Sunny Meads Ln, University of Kerala Senate House Campus, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, +91 471 232 7242
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
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
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.
Address and telephone number: Bakery Junction | Near Russian Culture, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 401 2255
The Main Course
Conveniently located inside the Narmada Shopping Complex, The Main Course specializes in tandoori and kebab dishes, all reasonably priced. A pleasant, quiet ambiance nicely complements the extensive menu. Make sure to sample the variety of North Indian and Chinese dishes, especially the kebabs.
Address and telephone number: Narmada Shopping Complex | Near Income Tax Office, Kowdiar, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 471 605 6665
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.
Address and telephone number: Golf Link Road, Kaudiar, Thiruvananthapuram, India, + 91 944 6852 962