The Cochin

4.8
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219 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
The First and Best Authentic Southern Indian restaurant in Hemel Hempstead UK.

The Cochin is operated by a team of staff from South India who is really passionate about cooking. You can feel the real flavors and unique blend of spices in each and every dish.

Multi -cuisine restaurant with authentic dishes from South India (Kerala) , Our menu items are prepared mild to medium spicy (chilli) but our chefs will make it as per customers choice if some one prefers madras spicy or vindaloo .

We use very less butter and cream and dairy related products and only in few dishes so vegan choices are
available from the menu itself


Gluten free bread is our speciality ,Masala Dosa (South Indian speciality bread and appam Rice pancakes and most of our starters are gluten free.



Our most recent award " Outstanding South Indian Restaurant of the year 2019"
What 219 People Are Saying
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NoMeatNoMeal
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Such a lovely place! I think ambience could be improved a bit, possibly with better lighting and maybe some decoration, but the food, service and atmosphere here was ace. I’ve recommended it to three friends already

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janicef
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and food is always excellent - Jason is always brill and even remembers what we order on a regular basis.

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Bean
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best (South) Indian restaurant for miles! Delicious authentic flavours and friendly efficient staff.
Dhosas are delicious , light , non greasy and huge. Vada and chilli paneer were great starters, and we had king fish special and aubergine curry for main. Both had lovely flavours.

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Clare
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent southern Indian cuisine. Very tasty and good value for money. Service was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in experience every time we come here. The food is second to none and the service always friendly, efficient and on time!

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Happy4some
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant specialising in Southern Indian cuisine, very different from your everyday Indian with great service and really good food

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alfredf
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have recommended this restaurant many times. It is unrivalled for quality Keralan food and brilliant value

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YvonneM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sadly not up to usual standard but maybe my choice of dish ..

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TibaR
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent & authentic South Indian food. Our family comes from Kerala and live to come her for home cooked fare

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traceuh
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. The only complaint would be the tables are very close to each other

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StephanieB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite Indian in the area. Always our first choice

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Rich
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. Very friendly staff - delicious indian food and good value. We had a fantastic sunday lunch here - completely relaxing.

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AndyL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service at a reasonable cost, what more can I say.

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HowardS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here as recommended by friends who are vegetarian. They are quite fussy about where they eat so we thought a recommendation from them was a good one. We were not mistaken.
The food is completely different to most Indian restaurants and we liked everything we ate (although the fish on the seafood platter is very hot!)
My daughter hates spicy food and we asked the manager what he recommended. Not only did he recommend a dish for her, but he brought her a sample to taste, which we thought was excellent customer service.
Most of the food is mild and delicious so my daughter was as happy as the rest of us.
Cannot rate this place highly enough!

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vipkreens
London
60 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service. Food arrived quickly. Could be spicier but it tasted amazing. Not ridiculously priced. Would recommend and return ! :)

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GarethJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and varied food, excellent service, great atmosphere

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alfredf
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been here many times - it is unsurpassed for Indian food with a difference - Kerala is best.

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MichaelB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going here for over 16 years. Great food. Great service.

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vipMinty
London
43 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been meaning to get to this restaurant for a while but never got around to it. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal of crab curry and dosa. Took ages to eat it and my husband needed patience. The starter was a plate of starchy snacks with dip which was lovely. I also got the opportunity to try a different type of beer, an IPA from Cobra which was really nice. I would definitely go back. I don’t even live far from here.

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Hellenmellon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, the south Indian cuisine has a different spice palate than the average curry house. It's beautiful flavours and if you are unsure the staff guide you to a choice that will favour you.
The food is freshly cooked and the ambiance of the restaurant is relaxed and friendly.
We would totally recommend this to everyone. The prices are dry reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Good prices and just AMAZING food :-) thanks so much for your hospitality.

MB
MichaelB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Being going here did more than 15 years !!

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LeeTee
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service.
Staff always welcoming and happy to recommend dishes.

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montymarley
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service as always. We live coming here!

WM
WandaM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant. Warm and friendly service. Varied menu. Excellent food. My first choice for a meal out. No negatives. 👏🏻😊

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SueB
Wales
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Family dinner for 6 adults. We all had the set meals. Delicious
Only problem is that two asked for no fish with the non- veg dinner and were served soup with fish in.
Additional chicken curry for them was provided
We had to ask a couple of times to get water
Overall this is a great restaurant that we have been to several times, just not quite perfect this tims

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vipHarriettJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best curry in Hemel Hempstead!

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RuthB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and fabulous food. Had a lovely evening out with friends. Nothing was too much bother for the waiting staff. Even helped parking the car !!!!!
Food was great will be back !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was superb

SG
SarahG
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great value- love South Indian cuisine especially Masala dosa - yum

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CarrieB
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always had a lovely evening at the very welcoming Cochin. Warm reception, very attentive and delicious food. We both had king prawn dishes...and they were generous portions. We got asked what spice/heat levels we liked and were served accordingly. Staff were helpful and friendly and gave us a couple of very appreciated extras as we were celebrating a birthday. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant x

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LI2015
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best South Indian cuisine you'll find for miles. Most accommodating to one of our group with special dietary requirements. The food is a refreshing change from the usual curries made for a British market. Instead you'll delight in genuine Indian food.

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LindaC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious and the staff were attentive and very happy to explain the menu and make recommendations. We were left alone to enjoy our meal and to chat endlessly. Ambiance was friendly and inviting.

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AlisonL
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved our evening at Cochin. Brought back so many memories of the food we enjoyed in Cochin in India. Delicious food and outstanding service. Would highly recommend and will certainly be going back.

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SarahC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and varied and plentiful. Plenty of choice for for vegans/vegetarians and gf diets. Service impeccable.

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CaroleS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really fantastic meal. Staff were excellent. Will be going back soon!

JC
JC99
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service
Their ethos is summed up by their uniforms
Which has the motto
'The client is a God' on its back
Really committed to you living that quote

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MillenaS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a wonderful time there!

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ValB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. They are so friendly and the food is amazing. We are vegans and they are so happy to help and surrort us in our choices. We celebrate our birthdays there and they make a cake and bring it out with a candle on it. Would always recommend it.

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Wibble51
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef prepared an excellent dish for one diner who is not good with coconut. The other dishes were very good, with a range of full flavours and spices. The Cochin continues to offer excellent value and a different menu to other Indian restaurants. Well done!

FAQs

The Cochin does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Cochin is rated 4.8 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.