The Kumarakom Lake Resort has a few food and drink outlets for you to indulge in during your stay there.
The Thattukada, an open garden tea stall is a place where guests are treated to an afternoon tea, Kerala style with snacks and pulled “meter” long milk tea or filter coffee every afternoon from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Thattukada is a typical Indian street tea stall and at Kumarakom Lake Resort, it has been given a new dimension.
The tea stall is clean, and the waiters neatly dressed in uniform provided an impeccable service. It was very hot and bothersome to sit out in the lawn overlooking the lake even though there were shady trees and a nice breeze. It was simply heavenly when refreshed with a good tea and delectable snacks like Onion fritters, Pazham Pori (fried Nendra banana slices), masala vadais etc.
The snacks are different every day so that people who stay there for many days would not get bored. You can watch the “tea master” there in action and he further obliged me by demonstrating how he pulled the tea. The stall has jars of cookies and traditional Kerala snacks for the guests to munch on.
Old Cinema posters and bunches of bananas hanging by coir ropes give a nice finish of antiquity to the Thattukada. The resort also offers complimentary one hour sunset cruises which many of the guests take after their snacks and tea at the Thattukada.
Ettukettu means a mansion with two courtyards (eight pillars or sides). Ettu means eight in Malayalam. So, the Ettukettu Resaturant is named such because it has two central courtyards.
The princely 100-seater restaurant bespeaks of the grandeur of yesteryear Kerala’s regal architecture and was commissioned by the King Marthanda Varma as a gift to his favoured martial arts tutor, Edamana Kellamthat Gurukkal.
The Ettukettu had been dismantled from its original location and reassembled by skilled craftsmen to create the restaurant specializing in multi-cuisine buffet restaurant. It serves continental, Chinese, Mughali, North Indian and traditional Kerala dishes. Wide buffet spreads of various cuisines are also set for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurants in Kumarakom Lake Resort is headed by Chef Deepak Sundaram.
The Buffet breakfast is excellent. There is a live station serving variety of dosa or paratha for breakfast. The food here, caters to almost anyone. Since the room package includes the meals, the restaurant can be a bit crowded at meal times. Besides the elaborate breakfast the popular Kerala dishes like Syrian Duck Roast, Duck Curry, Karimeen Pollichathu, Karimeen Mappas, Appam and more dishes are served with Chinese, Mughlai, North Indian and Continental options.
THE VEMBANAD SEAFOOD BAR
The Vembanad Seafood Bar is set on a deck over the lake by the banks of the backwaters. It is the perfect place for one to enjoy a glorious sunset and enjoy seafood dishes. The menu prepared by Chef Deepak Sundaram includes anything and everything in seafood. There is a well stocked bar. At night the whole place look romantic with candlelights, soft music. Some of the best things I ate here were the divine Karimeen Pollichattu with appams and masala grilled scampi. As expected the service is prompt and meticulous.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
North Post, Vayitharamattom, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563, India
Tel: +91 481 252 490