Catching up the flavours of the city with a seasoning of traditional flavours is a month-old multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Laguna’ located at Doraiswamy Iyer Road, off MG Road. With the on running theme ‘back to nature with authentic Kerala delicacies’, the restaurant which opened in the The Dunes Cochin hotel offers foodies a sumptuous buffet lunch and one can tantalise their tastebuds with grandma recipes like ‘Malanadan kozhi curry’, ‘Chakka kuru manga curry’, ‘Koorka mezhukupuratti’, to name a few. “Kerala cuisine is a perennial favourite among foodies. So we thought of bringing in the local flavours of the state in our menu,” says Honey Joseph, executive chef.
“Basically, our food culture is famous for the extensive use of coconut oil, milk and pastes,” the chef adds.
The buffet lunch can be started off with a hot bowl of ‘Murangiyakka thakkali soup’ (drumstick tomato soup) for the vegans or a filling chicken soup for the non-vegetarians. “With summer season approaching, we have reduced the use of spices as they tend to heat up our body. As the jackfruit season is on, and as they are rich in carbohydrates, various dishes made from jackfruit have been included keeping in mind the health-conscious Malayalee,” explains Joseph.
For the non-veg lovers, the vast buffet platter offers the delicious ‘Malanadan kozhi curry’, spicy ‘Travancore fish curry’ and ‘Fish vattichathu’ with tapioca to name a few. “’Malanadan kozhi curry’ is a preparation from cuisines of the hilly regions. The thick gravy is a combination of tuber crops like potato, yam (chena) and colocasia (chembu) cooked with chicken in coconut milk,” says the chef. ‘Malanadan kozhi curry’ goes well with rice, puttu or Appams.
Other non-veg delectables include seafood and beef specialties.
The buffet will be a treat for foodies in love with traditional vegetarian curries. Some of the must have items from the menu are ‘Chakka podithooval’, ‘Kaya mezhukupuratti’, ‘Koorkka mezhukupuratti’, ‘Vaazhapoo thoran’ and ‘Chakkakuru thoran’, just to name a few.
Moving on to the dessert table, one can gorge into the delicious ‘pumpkin halwa’ prepared in pure ghee which just melts away in your mouth. ‘Pazham nurukku’ made from ripe plantain, jaggery, ghee, rice powder and a tinge of cardamom will pull any sweet lover for a second serving. One can also pacify the sweet tooth with glassfuls of ‘palada’.
The lunch buffet with three non-veg, five veg and four dessert items, along with soups and varieties of salads are priced at `349. The timing is from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Dinner is served from 7 pm to 11 pm.