1/268-269, Parade Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
Malabar JunctionBuild by a Dutch businessman back in the mid-1700’s, the Malabar House sheltered centuries of bankers, tea and spice traders, and wealthy merchants before being turning into a heritage hotel in 1996. In addition to guest rooms, an art collection, and Ayurvedic spa treatments, the Relais & Chateaux-member hotel features this noted fine dining restaurant specializing in market fresh fare, with a focus on seafood. The East-meets-West menu changes seasonally, but might include Tandoori chicken risotto, tiger prawns in mango moiley (a local coconut-milk based sauce), and tagliatelle with grilled lobster, prawns, and caramelized squid. Save room for chocolate samosas, and pair it all with something from the well-rounded wine list—or start the night in the Wine Room, a dedicated lounge serving tapas and wines, including a selection of Indian vintages.