Feb 3, 2023

Paragon lunch

Today I had to visit Kochi (Cochin) on an official trip. After my work got over by mid day, I decided to take my juniors to the famous Paragon Restaurant at the Lulu mall. I have great memories of Paragon that I had visited many a times in Calicut about a decade ago with my regional boss Mr.RK. But I was not sure if the Cochin branch will meet the same Calicut standard.

Paragon was originally opened in 1939 at Calicut and has maintained a long legacy with its quality and taste! 

The afternoon rush was surprising. We had to nearly wait for 20 minutes to get a seat! We ordered a plate each of Mutton and Chicken Biriyanis. The biriyani here is unique... typical "calicut" style - that is mildly flavorful with lots of dry grapes.  For the sides we tried their Hamour fish fry and squid panfry. Both were fresh and tasty. We ended with their popular dessert - the elaneer payasam. It was an enjoyable meal. 

The waiting customers

With my team mates Vivek and Masthan

Hamour Fish fry

Mutton Biriyani

Squid pan fry

Elaneer payasam

We also came to know that Paragon has recently opened a branch in Bangalore and that too in a building (1 Sobha at St Marks road) I had concept designed when I was with Sobha Ltd. Need to check it out soon...


  1. It all looks so good!

  2. It looks delicious so your colleagues were very lucky.

  3. The food, esp the fish, looks yum!

  4. I'm glad it was still delicious and not disappointing. (Always frustrating to visit an old favorite and that happens.) It all looks delicious!

  5. What a nice place to take your colleagues to. The fish fry looks delicious.

  6. Thanks for the link, interesting. The food looks rather lovely.

  7. I hope the food lives up to its reputation; it's quite tempting!

  8. The food looks nice.
    I've never eaten mutton.

  9. Sounds like a great lunch break ~ good food ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. The food looks delicious. I hope the wait was worth it for you. I always wondered was mutton was. The fish fry looks good.