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Willingdon Island | Taj Malabar, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
91 484 664 3000
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Truly a delightful experience

Went to Rice Boat for breakfast and was delightfully surprised! Few restaurants have a truly unique buffet offering - particularly ones where there are a significant number of business travellers. Thankfully Rice Boat is an exception. There were subtle and in many cases unique changes to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
ArunKrishnaPillai
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Chennai (Madras), India
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  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Chennai (Madras), India
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Went to Rice Boat for breakfast and was delightfully surprised! Few restaurants have a truly unique buffet offering - particularly ones where there are a significant number of business travellers. Thankfully Rice Boat is an exception. There were subtle and in many cases unique changes to traditional recipes that made the meal special. For example: Pancakes and Honey had a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We went to the Rice Boat for lunch when we were visiting Kochi as part of an around-the-world cruise. On the advice of the waiter, I selected the sampler of local cuisine. Quite simply an excellent meal, three different types of fish done three different ways (tandoori, in banana leaves, in coconut milk). The restaurant also had no problem deaing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The rice boat serves some of the best sea food delicacies in cochin and top up with the very best of wine collection and an ambience that is incredible. To sum up, you need to experience it to feel it. Reservation is a must....

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Enjoyed the tasting menu but couldn't finish it as there was too much food. Wish we hadn't had so many sandwiches at high tea!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We had the dish that features three different preparation styles. Excellent! Very attentive service and a good wine list ( remember wine is very expensive all over India)

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Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

situated right on the banks of kochi channel the place is one of the prime restaurants in TAJ MALABAR shaped as the traditional boat, the place offers you a variety of southindian / sea food cuisines which are by far best in kerala the staff is polite and gives the personal touch to make your day for a lunch for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Its the best sea food i ever had.They good choice of seafood and the food is very tasty.Highly recommended .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The food was exciting and excellent. Atmosphere was good and the service excellent. Do book though as it fills up quickly....try the lobster bisque!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

There are several " Rice Boat" named restaurants but this is the Real thing! I must have dined there over 500 times is 25 year span of staying at the Taj Malabar at Cochin (forget its gizmo name "Vivanta"). originally it was a real Kettavallum ('rice boat') setup inside the hotel. Then some genius had brilliant idea of setting it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great food and helpful staff,my daughter is vegetarian and they went out of their way to accommodate her.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Willingdon Island | Taj Malabar, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Kochi (Cochin)
  • Phone Number: 91 484 664 3000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

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