Kochin Kitchen is a new South Indian restaurant opened since the beginning of January in the ByWard Market in Ottawa. The lunch buffet is an opportunity to sample a variety of dishes that are typically served during dinner time. Vegetarians are more than welcome as there are ample of choices to satisfy their cravings. On the weekend, the buffet includes a free order of masala dosa - a thinly crisp pancake stuffed with potatoes spiced with onions, ginger, turmeric. It is served with a dollop of coconut chutney. Next to the buffet counter, there is a friendly gentleman standing in front of a clay pot preparing appam - a light and airy coconut crêpe. The texture and airiness is similar to the New Brunswick ploye which is made of buckwheat flour.
There are other accompaniments that will complement your meal - basmati rice, papadum (thin crispy round crackers), parotta (coin-shaped layered flatbread) and vada (savoury doughnuts).
The buffet consists of a selection of 7 mains, daal soup, a variety of condiments & chutneys. Every main provides a sensation of going back for more spoonfuls when the flavours and spices are well-balanced, without one spice dominating the whole dish. This what makes Indian food so addictive.
As for the desserts, located at the end of the buffet trays, comes with two choices. The Gulab Jamun is a traditional Indian dessert made of a deep-fried sponge milk balls soaked in a rose water-cardamon syrup. The payasam is the Indian version of rice pudding. It can be made of lentils, rice or semiya.
|Condiments and Chutneys|
|Parotta, Vada, Thoran, Mushroom Curry, Pea Curry, Egg Mappas, Mango Chutney and Appam|
|Butter Chicken, Pepper Lamb and Salmon Curry|
|Gulab Jamun and Rice Payasam|
271 Dalhousie St.