What is it about the sea? The fact that it changes, and the light
changes, and the ships change. The feel of being entwined with the
ocean? That when we go back to it - whether it is to sail or to watch
it - we are going back from whence we came.
The menu at the all-day restaurant, 51, is based on the coast’s
position as a trade magnet throughout history. For thousands of
years, starting with Egyptians, ships have docked here in search of
spices. With the spice and the silk routes intermingling, Eastern
Mediterranean influences entered local cuisines. This blend - what
we fondly call Malabar Soul Food – brings together Indian and
Mediterranean ingredients and food ways, slow cooked for our
guests to enjoy.
Malabar Soul Food - embodies the spices of the land blended with
the memories of distant homelands, taking people back to the time
when people who loved it cooked for themselves in a way that was
meaningful and satisfying.
FARM TO TABLE PHILOSOPHY
Xandari has been offering farm-to-table menus since the opening
of its first property two decades ago. Set on some of the most
fertile agricultural land in Costa Rica, it is not surprising that from
the beginning we decided to offer a menu enriched by all-natural
vegetables, greens, fruits, herbs and spices grown on property. Our
commitment, and the productivity of our efforts, have only grown
during these two decades.
In recent years in India we have replicated these practices and
expanded according to the conditions there. Xandari Harbour has
a backwaters farm property dedicated to supplying fruit and
vegetable produce, and animal livestock for dairy products and all
natural meats. Efforts are being made now to restore the several
acres of aquaculture that were part of an earlier history of this
farm property. Additionally, our relationship with the fishing
community who park along the waterfront of our harbour-side
provide a sea-to-table extension of these commitments.
Morning Yoga and Mediation is always best practiced at the beach.
Water symbolizes serenity, tranquillity, and acceptance. Watching
the flow of water is said to have a relaxing effect on the mind. So, if
you are looking for some fitness routine, help yourself to some
yoga. Or, Dive into our infinity pool in the center of the property,
which seems to float on the edge of Kochi harbour, it offers the
perfect place to refresh after a day in the town.
Souvenir shopping- Check. VIAKERALA SHOP: From elephant paddy
paper products to notebooks, toys and hand-crocheted jewelry,
there’s something for everyone at our signature shop. The
products are sustainably sourced, keeping in mind the women’s
self-help groups and welfare centres they benfit. Design aesthetics
are also thoughtfully addressed in Viakerala’s quirky line, which
reflects the spirit of the land.
We came up with 'Sunshine and Rickshaw' for our guests who like
to take their sweet time and hang around the yellow monster (Xani
she is named ) parked in the courtyard and the rest of her crew
who do rounds in the bustling streets of Fort Kochi. Don't let Zani’s
artwork deceive you. They say nothing can ride the Indian roads
like an Auto Rickshaw!
You can also indulge in simple luxuries of life such as to listen to
fishermen folk tales, watch them catch fish using the Chinese
fishing nets, hop aboard a sunset cruise and watch the cultural
shows that are showcased at our resort.
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