EIGHT BASTION, Fort Kochi [Cochin]
The Eighth Bastion’s face is open, contemporary, even post-modern. The architecture combines clean cubic lines with chic, retro touches such as the railings and roof tiles. Note the VOC-branded furniture scattered about, exact replicas of the chairs once found on Dutch Schooners.
Elegance with minimal fuss are the watchwords in the rooms as well. The main appointments? Just lots of comfort, sunlight and air. Of course, our Dutch soul is evident wherever you might look, as in the nautical paintings, enamelwork and Delft China.
Most of the rooms open on to airy patios or balconies. Just the spot to enjoy a morning tea, an afternoon nap or just to get a double-barelled lungful of the fine tropical sea breezes of the Malabar. The Bathrooms are luxe, modern spaces, but with a traditional warmth. Many are outfitted with floor tubs and rain shower systems.
The cuisine at Eighth Bastion is a contemporary take on some old favourites, hand-picked from the ring of Indian Ocean spots that were in the greater sphere of Dutch influence from the early 1600s. On the East Indies’ eclectic menu, Cheese Tarts jostle for space with robust Malasian Redangs. And the Sri Lankan Lamprise offsets its equally fishy, equally leaf-covered Gujarati-Parsi cousin, patra-ni- machch.
The common philosophy behind all this happy variety? A strict adherence to local ingredients. Every dish you sample at our East Indies restaurant has been carefully recrafted, to accommodate only what the local markets serve up. It’s a commitment to freshness. But a delicious one. All styled with nouvelle elements, touches of fusion, and a stout Dutch theme to hold it all together.
Fusion Cuisine with an Indo Dutch flavour
Round-the-clock Housekeeping Services
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42 km from Cochin International Airport
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