I didn’t feel like cooking dinner last night so we (my wife, son and I) went to Kohinoor of Kerala, in Southampton. On Tripadvisor it’s “Ranked #1 of 573 restaurants in Southampton”. We’ve eaten there before and wouldn’t go back if we didn’t enjoy their food but to rank it #1 is stretching things a bit in my opinion. Then again, Southampton is a bit of a gastronomic desert, you have to go outside the City to eat really well. If we hadn’t fancied something spicy it would have been back to the Noodle Fusion Bar which I’ve reported on before.
What is different about Kohinoor of Kerala is that the food doesn’t rely on the usual Indian restaurants’ mainstays of Balties, Vindaloos, Jalfrezies, Kormas etc. but specialises in South Indian food. You can view the menu here. I had the Pineapple Pacchadi for a main course – pineapple cooked with coconut, green chilli, garlic, cumin seeds, yoghurt and seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. As you’ll see the prices are very reasonable.