Okay, this may not be grand in the decor sense, but the Keralan and Indian food is delicious. And cheap. Which is why the place is always jam-packed with locals, and apparently has been since the '60s when The Grand really was. Seafood is superb, with the signature karimeen pollichathu a definite must-have. If you're not feeling that hungry, start with a plate of chemeen ularthiyathu (tiny prawns; ask that they not be too spicy), then follow with vegetable stew to be mopped up with the most delectable crisp-edged, soft-centered appams, and a plate of tender malai chicken, prepared in the tandoor, and served with mint sauce. All that food, and still the bill won't top Rs 700 ($17/£9) for two. A huge dining hall, filled to the brim with a loyal Indian clientele, and faultless food makes this 20-minute trip from Fort Kochi most definitely worth it. Make sure you book ahead.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010