Want to dine where Jawaharlal Nehru, Nikita Khrushchev, and even good old Queen Elizabeth II did? Set GPS to Koshy’s on St Marks Road. Many say that the food isn’t as good as before, and we’re inclined to agree on some counts. But, favourites will always be favourites, yeah? Like the Roast Chicken and Fish ‘n’ Chips. The former, soft inside and crisp outside arrive with lumpy (but delicious) mashed potatoes, chunky boiled veggies and gravy that maintains an amazing peppery standard all year, every year. The fish is deep-fried and the tartare sauce isn’t just mayonnaise. Throw in home-cut chips and you’ll feel like you’re in London.
Prawn Biryani is another winner here. Spicy and full of masalas, with massive prawns in them, you best dig in with your fingers. Then, Appam and Stew for that traditional Sunday lunch with the family, or perhaps you’re the Ghee Rice and Fish or Chicken Curry kinds. Either way, expect spicy, greasy but oh-so-wonderful home-style fare that finds its way into your heart and memory.
Breakfast is a legendary affair here. Try their omelettes, from mushroom and bacon stuffed to mutton and Spanish versions. Any time of the day, their strong but milky Koshy’s Special Coffee will give you that much-needed kick. For munchies, try the Chicken Liver on Toast and the Cream of Chicken Sandwich (and you thought it was only a soup). There’s also a smattering of Chinese, North Indian and baked dishes (Cheesy Au Gratin is good) for you to sample as well. Blindly opt for Caramel Custard with the perfectly burned sugar or the Peach Melba for dessert.