1/498, Kalvatty Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Meal for two:?Rs 2,000
Brunton’s Boatyard, the iconic hotel on the waterfront at Fort Kochi, is made up of all the good things that the Raj left behind.
The chhota peg, for instance, the cloth punkahs hanging from the ceiling of the broad varnished wooden open corridor; the entrance circled with oil portraits of those men of fortune—the Jews, the Dutch, the Portuguese, the Scots and the native princes who coexisted with them.
As you walk up the stairs to the History Restaurant (as this part of the Boatyard is called) you actually feel you are in a timber-roofed ship sailing out to sea. The diners are made up of people who could be the exact replicas of those downstairs. Except, of course, they have brought their ancient wives with them and seem to be wearing modern clothes.
At the History Restaurant you don’t just experience the past, you have it served on a plate. The chhota peg consists of a shot glass of ginger wine....