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A Pleasant Lunch at East Indies Restaurant by Eight Bastion Hotel
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It’s really hard to leave a place when you are just starting to appreciate it. I really like Munnar. The place reminds me of Sagada, but instead of beautiful rice fields, you see a huge tea plantation. While I wanted to stay, I knew there was more to explore in this country.
Monkey at Valara Waterfalls
A Quick Stop at Valara Waterfalls
After a quick breakfast at the Tea County Resort, we started moving to our next destination. We passed a wide tea plantation, shortly stopping by the Valara Waterfalls. The viewpoint was located just next the highway, providing an awesome view for motorists.
Aside from the monkeys waiting for tourists to feed them, the Valara Waterfalls viewpoint also has several restaurants and refreshment stores where we bought some snacks for the long road trip. After 4 hours of travelling on land, we finally reached Kochi (or Cochin), the largest city in Kerala State.
Once we arrived in the Old Port of Kochi, we headed straight for the Eight Bastion Hotel (hotel info). This will be our official home for two nights. Its located in Napier Street and is ranked 7th out of 170 hotels in this historic city.
After we got our keys and settled into our individual rooms, we gathered for lunch at the East Indies Restaurant—Eight Bastion Hotel’s in-house restaurant.
A Delicious Feast at East Indies Restaurant
After all those buffets we’ve been gorging on for the past couple of days, our lunch was a bit different. The restaurant prepared a la carte dishes. I actually like a la carte meals compared to buffet spreads as I have a tendency of overstuffing my plate. (Haha!)
For appetizers, they served Stuffed Calamari with ground fish, fried onion, garlic, ginger, and shrimp. I thought it was a bit too spicy, but after all the other meals we’ve been having lately, our palate was already getting used to spicy food.
After the appetizers, they served a Shiitake Bisque. This is a delicious thick mushroom soup with cream on top. The chef prepared Herb Roasted Chicken with Portuguese stew for the main dish. It was the first chicken dish on this trip that is not heavy with spices.
Herb Roasted Chicken with Portuguese stew
For dessert, we enjoyed a Flourless Chocolate Mousse with a seasonal fruit compote and caramel sauce on the side. The chocolate mousse was the perfect dessert to clean our palate while satisfying our sweet cravings—it wasn’t too sweet at all!
Flourless Chocolate Mousse
More Good Food
Beef Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables
On our second day, we were treated once again to another delicious meal. This time, our starter was a sweet Honey Roasted Pumpkin soup. It was very nice. It was then followed by another beautifully plated dish. The main entrée was a tender and tasty Beef Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables on the side. As for dessert, we enjoyed a Citrus Semifreddo—a delightful complement to complete our lunch.
I was pleasantly surprised by the meals from this restaurant. It’s not that we’ve had enough for fish curry, but it was nice to enjoy familiar dishes for a change! To tell you frankly, I’m not addicted to curry but you will probably see me crawling through some of the famous Indian restaurants in Manila.
East Indies Restaurant by Eight Bastion
259 Napier Street
Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001,