This smart restaurant, is the sister to the Bombay Brasserie (q.v.) which is under the same ownership. It's named after a town near the Sub-Continent's southernmost tip, and the menu offered is based on updated versions of the coastal cuisine of Kerala - so there's plenty of choice for vegetarians. But you won't find any of your familiar local take-away dishes.
So starters such as 'Steamed Asparagus with Olive Oil, Mustard, Curry Leaves and fresh grated Coconut'; 'Kerala Seafood Broth'; 'Crab Cakes with Curry Leaves, Ginger and Green Chilis' and 'Southern Spiced Chicken' (minced chicken quenelles with herbs and spices) set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Red Mullet Rishad' (marinated red mullet, stuffed with tangy shrimps and fried); 'Crispy Fried Stuffed Squid'; 'Pistachio Lamb Curry' and 'Guinea Fowl Stew, with Onion, Green Chili, Cardamom and Coconut Milk'.
Desserts follow the familiar kulfi lines.
The standard of cooking is high, and the service friendly and professional. Lunch is a particular bargain.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30; Sun 12.30-15.30; set L £27 (2 courses), £31 (3 courses); mains about £20 to £41
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-23.00; set D £60 (4 courses); mains about £20 to £41
- Seats: 80
- Wine: a well-thought-out list kicks off at around the £30 mark, and generally has firm prices; but has good lager-type beers to back it up
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: St James Park Underground or Victoria Rail & Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned