Fragrant Nature launches a 24 hour cafe at Fort Kochi
When Fragrant Nature opened their café last March, all eyes were on the decor. From English telephone booths to hobbit house inspired doors, this 25 seater served a visual treat that matched its fusion specific menu. But, Anne Sajeev, the owner of this boutique property, feels that it is time to step up and bridge a gap within the culinary history of this island. “While Fort Kochi boasts of a rich restaurant culture, we lag when it comes to 24*7 eateries. With East India Café, we’re hoping to rectify just that,” shares Anne, as I catch up with her at the rebranded deli over an energy booster made with pomegranate and beetroot.
Moving away from the Indo-Western delicacies such grilled poussin, a stellar item in their previous menu, East India Café will focus on continental recipes such as empanadas from now on.“The idea is to serve signature dishes that are inspired by classic items like bagels. A lunch menu featuring fried chicken waffles, for example,” says Assistant Corporate Chef Tibin Thomas, as he joins me with the dish. The IHM alumni’s flavoursome yet crunchy iteration comes loaded with caramelized onions, scallions, gherkins and a piquant maple chilli sauce. Having honed his skills at premium properties including Ritz Carlton (Florida), this 30-something’s spread is all about pleasant surprises which includes char chiu slider, a recipe highlighting tender pork belly, braised in red wine vinegar and apple slaw.
Prepared with locally sourced organic produce including free range eggs, this cosy eatery also hopes to promote mindful eating habits amongst Kochi’s gourmands. Aside from the regular menu featuring over 30 unique offerings, East India Cafe will have a daily special featuring around five specialities by the chef.“We’re hoping to introduce innovative concepts such as molecular gastronomy, that are usually not found in cafes,” explains Tibin. Next time you find yourself in the mood for a culinary adventure, we recommend heading over to this quaint café on Bazaar Road.
Meal for two from `600.