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Review: This wouldn't be for everybody. You need to have some patience for its rough edges, which include a slight shabbiness of decor and less than slick service. But it also has a charm to it, an authentic feel to some surprisingly good food. We were the first to arrive on a snowy lunchtime and, having removed our body warmers, soon put them back on again because the restaurant was distinctly chilly, despite the efforts of a portable heater. Our waiter, however, couldn't have been more charming. We joked that we were surprised he didn't have the cricket on (India were playing England in one-dayer) and he dashed off to set up a laptop with a live TV stream from Kochi on the bar for us. He was very good at explaining what was what on the menu and at determining exactly what our tastes were before making recommendations. Our starters consisted of home made samosas and a chat, both of which were excellent - the only problem being that they came about 10 minutes apart, which turned out not to be a problem as we shared them. The main courses, which were served with roti as well as rice, arrived before the drinks, but both beverages and food were very tasty and, though proportions were not huge, we were too full to try their sweets. The waiter was so friendly and enthusiastic for the food, which was good with a rustic, authentic Indian feel to it, that we found it easy to forgive the rough edges.