I remember, as a child, playing at Shangumugham Beach for hours and later walking up to the sea-facing building that housed Indian Coffee House, famous for its signature masala dosa. Later, when I grew up, it was this same beach that was our favourite hangout place and the same Indian Coffee House that satiated our hunger as we sat on the bench, listening to the waves and chatting. Over the years, the beef omelette and cutlet replaced the masala dosa as my favourites. It is still the best omelette and cutlet that I’ve ever had and the mere thought of it makes my mouth water.
The beach and the Indian Coffee House stayed constant until I got married. Then, one fine day, Indian Coffee House shut down. I felt an inexplicable loss. The visits to the Shangumugham Beach were never going to be the same. How could it be when the coffee house was an integral part of my beach visit? There have been many beach visits after that, but none felt complete without the Indian Coffee House.
Years passed by and on my last visit to Trivandrum, a few friends were updating me about the new eat-outs in town and one place caught my interest. I was over the moon when they told me about the new restaurant that had come up in place of the good old Indian Coffee House at Shangumugham. Immediate plans were made to visit the place and soon we were on our way. Climbing up the stairs to the restaurant, I was struck by a wave of nostalgia.