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“Amazing vegetarian restaurant”
Review of Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Ranked #9 of 64 Restaurants in Kovalam
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing vegetarian restaurant”
Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

This place is simply a must visit place for food in kovalam.

Been in Kovalam for three weeks now, and have eaten a wide range from the menu - and I have loved all the food so far.

Great for both breakfast, lunch and dinner - or just a snack!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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78 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best Vegetarian Food in India!”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

OK so perhaps I exaggerate, but after almost 6 weeks travelling in India the Lonely Planet was a breath of fresh air. Its dishes were a cut above what we had tasted so far and used some imagination rather than just pumping out the same old Indian curries that a lot of the Kovalam restaurants appear to do.

Especially worthy of note are their stuffed peppers, ginger garlic paneer and either their bean or cabbage thoran. They will sometimes ask if you like your food spicy or not – if they don’t then don’t hesitate to ask.

They also do very good South Indian breakfasts. Their Masala Dosa is easily one of the best so far - I had several very good ones in restaurants in Udupi, the home of the dosa. But in a way these were better.

If busy you may have to wait a while for your food – it took 30 minutes once for our food to arrive!

Note: The tables are located next to a very nice fish pond – I have spent many an hour just watching the fish, and the snakes*, kingfishers and egrets fishing. But if eating in the evening make sure you are covered and/or protected against mosquitoes as the pond is home to many of them. It is unfair to blame the Lonely Planet for this problem as any restaurant away from the beach front will be very near to similar ponds many of which are nowhere near as clean. The Lonely Planet does burn mosquito coils.

Very highly recommended.

* Yup. Kovalam has snakes and probably the dangerous sort. So if walking in the narrow lanes behind the beach be aware, don’t panic, don’t touch, just let them slither off into the undergrowth.

  • Visited December 2013
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United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good food well priced.”
Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

We've used this place a few times good points are the food and prices. Unfortunately at busy times there can be a long wait until you are served. We waited 45mins to be served before slightly less. Toilets are disgraceful but that's India. No alcohol served that we know of.
Very comprehensive menu all staff are polite but rushed. Nice atmosphere. Hope this helps try the place make up your own mind!!

Visited January 2014
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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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“Amazing food, reasonable price”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you are vegetarian, this is just the place for you (since most of other restaurant specialize in non-veg food). Food is amazing, prices are reasonable. However, there is no sea view from hotel. Do not forget to buy their music CD (which costs INR 150).

Visited January 2014
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Cork, Ireland
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“Never fails to impress. Great and knowledgable staff.”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We have been visiting this restaurant for years but with a ten year gap since our last trip to India we hoped it was still the same standard. We visited several times with a group of 19 people most of whom are not vegetarian. Everyone loved the food and insisted on return visits. One of our party is allergic to chillies and this was accommodated with ease. It's the kind of place you can sit for hours sitting chatting and eating some of the best vegetarian food in India. They also have a great cookbook and polite, knowledgable and friendly staff. I can't recommend the lonely plant highly enough.

  • Visited January 2014
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