Hands down, without a doubt, my favorite restaurant in Trivandrum is Villa Maya. It's now a predictable ritual in our family: any time we're in town, we finish our visit with a stop here.
It's gorgeously situated in an old converted mansion that once housed the Travancore king's royal consorts. And it's easy to understand why. It feels like the sort of place one might go to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. It stands as an oasis in the middle of the city - shielded from the noise and pollution
We usually prefer to sit in the garden (even though the interior is beautiful too). There are private little cabanas surrounded by pools of cool water making it an ideal place to whittle away a few hours. I always feel like I'm on vacation here.
Even Noah loves it. He's old enough now that the ponds are fascinating to him. Especially when the fish swim up to see if he's got food to offer.
The food is great too! We gobbled down our steaks and appetizers before I had a chance to photograph them, but I resisted temptation long enough to snap a picture of our Chocolate Rum Loaf. Delicious! I'd say the only downside is that there is no alcohol served here. We're not big drinkers, but it would be nice to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while enjoying the athmosphere.