Enjoy the breeze and the new menu at LMN cafe
As every discerning gastronome understands a restaurant in a serene locale needs a menu that complements the vista. LMN Restaurant and Café at Thripunithura revamps their menu for this reason—to create a spread that matches the beautiful waterfront setting. “We cut down on the wider options to include more snacking options with a quirk, like our pakodas made from locally-sourced cheera (amaranthus),” says manager Ragesh Raghunath.
I find a cosy spot in their 42-cover al fresco space and sip on their syrupy pineapple-based Sunset mocktail. On a quick glance, it definitely seems easy to pick an evening snack from the menu, like their beetroot and lentil salad with partially cooked veggies served with a yoghurt-based dip.
Chef Justin A J brings in the starters just as I get done with the salad. “We try to bring in influences from various cuisines around the world so that the limited menu looks vibrant,” says the chef, placing a prawn tempura on the spread. The crunchy snack is enticing when paired with the sweet chilli sauce, which makes the perfect side. Looking for something spicy after the sweet dish I go for the grilled chicken tacos with Mexican salsa. Though the platter was appetising, the Mexican salsa was toned down and did not live up to my ‘spicy expectations’.
The chef’s seventeen years of service in properties including Willingdon Island-based Casino Hotel definitely shows in his choice of main course fare. The first to arrive is a (Continental-style) roast chicken, served alongside grilled broccoli and carrots. Marinated with thyme and rosemary, the well-cooked meat tastes herbal, but the couscous accompaniment is too dry on my palate.
“Other than RBC’s regular visitors we hope to drive in crowds from the city who want some respite from the bustle, along with good food,” Justin explains, serving a portion of penne. Thick with arrabbiata sauce—which is a tad too tangy as opposed to the usual spiciness—the dish is pleasing with a generous garnish of parmesan cheese. The cherry on top of the wholesome meal arrives in the form of a freshly baked not-too-sweet chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
Meal for two `800 onwards