It has been a few months in Kochi now and we have been trying out a few eating joints. A place is all about the food and the people is what I believe. The faster you find good food and good company, the better you will like the place.
The Gokul Ottupura at Panmapilly Nagar was one recommended for its vegetarian fare. The Gokul Ottupura, I am told has 3 more outlets in the city - at Jose junction, Kadavanthra and Kacheripady. The restaurant has a variety of dosas and naadan(local) Kerala dishes alongwith a spread of chaats(there is a separate chaat counter). The North Indian fare includes a variety of rotis, parathas and vegetable curries to go with it.
A craving to go out for a dosa the other night and Gokul Ottupura is what came up top on the recommendations. A nice small place located in Panampilly nagar, it is a popular joint that has a steady flow of people at all times. A covered outdoor seating with benches and tables which further extends inside to rows of tables and chairs, this place has enough seating to accommodate the many fans. There seems to be a regular clientele that loves coming in here for the dosas and other vegetarian dishes. The chaat counter too was busy throughout. You would also be able to find a parking space easily.
We started with trying from the chaat menu, the taste was good and is a place to go to when you have the chaat calling(the street food fans will understand this better I guess). A masala dosa, paper dosa, podi dosa, rawa dosa, all ordered as we sat down. The dosas were crispy and tasty. I also ordered an aloo paratha to take a bite into the North Indian menu, it was tasty, however, I would have liked a little more of the stuffing to have ranked among the good aloo parathas.
This however, is no fine dining restaurant, just a place with a reasonably good vegetarian fare at affordable prices. The service was quick, the staff courteous and the food good.
For more pictures, reviews and the menu..check out the zomato page on Gokul Ottupura