Another fabulous meal with my family, just love this place. The Xhosa’s are incredibly yummy. Had the new savoury doughnut starter, so tasty.
In April 2021, EmmaC5289 said:
I had the fish in banana leaf and it was fantastic and also the stuffed dosa which was great too, we have a normal Indian we go to but tonight fancied trying something different and had no idea these dishes from the Kerala region existed. They were honestly so good and so different!
In April 2021, Sahana Banduge said:
We are from South London, the Chilli Paneer and Masala Dosa tasted better than our local tooting south Indian restaurants. Food hygiene rating of 5 as well. Will definitely come here again when we visit Eastbourne beach again.
In April 2021, LorraineM184 said:
An A* restaurant with service to match. Had an enjoyable meal with friends. food was very tasty and high quality meat. Staff very attentive and helpful. Very highly recommended
In April 2021, Luna_Stewart4 said:
We chose Malayalam because it has different dishes to your usual Indian. We loved the flavours and the Beef Ularthiyathu was a favourite as was the Malayali Erachi Curry. Personally, I like a bit more heat so added some fresh chilli. We also ordered a chicken main, but felt it would have been better with thigh meat as the breast meat gets too dry, so wouldn't order again. Will try again.
In April 2021, princessprada712 said:
We were delighted that Malayalam had reopened, albeit outside. Whatever the weather we were going to be there on their first day opening for lunch.
Our group had a lovely range of food. Some of us had the Thali lunch that was very reasonably priced. Even with large appetites, we found the portions to be very big. Lovely fresh food nicely spiced. We’ve booked to go back next week!
In April 2021, J L said:
The takeaway service here was amazing. Food prepared on time and staff very friendly when picking up. The flavours from the food were amazing. I would highly recommend this place to friends. We cannot wait to go here for the first time, in person, when restrictions allow. The vegetarian feast was so filling (for two) and just delicious.
In April 2021, Laura Pusceddu said:
Best Indian food ever outside India! Staff is so kind and food is delicious.
In March 2021, Clint Eastbourne said:
Many of my friends are South Indian Tamil and Kerala cuisine is similar so I feel I know good South Indian food.
The marsala dosi was tasty and the lamb biryani was delicious in a nice banana leaf wrap.
The chilli paneer was disappointing as paneer should be coated in corn flour and fried until golden then added to the chilli paneer sauce. This improves the texture and taste of the paneer.
If it wasn't for the paneer I would have given 4 stars out of 5.
In March 2021, chriseadon said:
Admittedly the four of us had a takeaway, and I'm sure (judging by the amazing images posted on Facebook) a visit to the restaurant would have enhanced the experience, but we where all underwhelmed by our food.
We had been so looking forward to sampling their offering, but in reality, the dishes where bland and lacking the *pop* of fresh herbs, spices, etc. Instead the dishes seemed stew like, and lacking any garnish.This would be expected from a run of the mill takeaway, but not from a high-end restaurant which is considerably more expensive than average.
Although I have never been to Kerala, I have spent time in Goa, the neighbouring province, and have been to keralan restaurants and I'm sorry to say that this meal didn't compare favourably.Perhaps I'm being harsh having had only one meal, but all four of us felt the same.
In March 2021, Melissa Snelling said:
Absolutely delicious. Wonderful flavourful food, would highly recommend. Looking forward to being able to visit the restaurant after lockdown and stuff ourselves silly!
In February 2021, jadereed_8 said:
The staff are very efficient and welcoming. The level of service was fantastic and the food was very good! A different take on Indian food to what we were used to but we are looking forward to return again!
In February 2021, smith6528 said:
Excellent Indian food, pleasantly surprised to see real authentic cuisine in Eastbourne. The food is fresh and the spices are subtle. No overuse of oil. This is authentic Keralan cooking.
In January 2021, peterdZ5378JP said:
I chanced upon Malayalam on this site.
Having lived in Eastbourne for 22 years, I thought I knew the best Indian restaurants.It opened just a few months ago.
Due to Covid restrictions I ordered a delivery so cannot comment on the interior.I was guided through the menu by “Neha” and ordered a number of dishes.
All were superb.The food is fresh and the spices are subtle.
No overuse of oil. This is authentic Keralan cooking.
They even plan to serve breakfast “String Hoppers” once they reopen for seated customers.Malayalam has pushed “Raipur” off the top spot.
In January 2021, kanishka sharma said:
Authentic, homely and tasty Kerala cuisine from South India. We were lucky to experience their dine-in lunch time special Thali which is great value. Excellent service. Have taken away/had deliveries from them from the day they opened many times and have never been disappointed. Modestly priced considering the fabulous taste, portion size and quality. I have sampled the fare of many Indian restaurants in town and this is by far a cut above. If you are tired of the desiccated coconut, cream, sugar or excessive heat in every other dish that seems to pass for Indian fare and are looking for what proper fare from Kerala actually tastes like then this is definitely the place. Kudos!!
In December 2020, Lyn P said:
Never been to Kerala but the quality of the dishes at the Malayalam have made me add it to my must visit list. We had spicy prawn and chilli paneer for starters - both spicy and strongly flavoured. Then green chicken curry with a tasty paratha and fish in banana leaf - both terrific. The vermicelli dessert was sweet and creamy, and made a perfect end to the meal. Friendly, helpful staff. Really pleased to have discovered this original and authentic cuisine.
In December 2020, Cruiser729899 said:
Excellent Indian food, pleasantly surprised to see real authentic cuisine in Eastbourne. This is not your usual Korma establishment, this is far far better.
In December 2020, N1219IObenb said:
Service was beautiful, kitchen cooked a milder curry for our particular tastes and the food was incredible. Very impressed!
In December 2020, Philip K said:
No wonder the Malayalam is rated No.1 restaurant in Eastbourne. The food is beyond delicious, the service is impeccable. I had a seafood curry, my friend had lamb biryani; for a starter we shared Keralan prawns. All were excellent. Slightly (well, very) limited wine list - one each of red, white and rose - but no problems with the Chilean sauvignon we went for. Altogether outstanding.
In December 2020, ABrice said:
My hubby and I went to the Lalayalam last Friday evening and had a spectacular meal there. I had the Masala Dosa as a starter which was a delight and a surprise. Ken had the Clay Pot Style King Fish Curry and I had the Malayali Erachi Curry.
We can't recommend them highly enough and the staff were attentive and made us feel extremely welcome. We can't wait to visit you again
In December 2020, paulanthonyhoughton said:
MALAYALAM serves absolutely amazing food that is worth traveling from Brighton and Hastings and surrounding areas to. The food is absolutely sensational and the staff really welcoming and friendly. If you find yourself in Eastbourne this is a must. Go!! Can't wait for them to open one in London.
In December 2020, Old_Michael said:
Have been happily impressed by a visit to Malayalam restaurant for their introductory or taster lunch menu. Since the cuisine of Kerala has been a mystery to me, the offer of a taster menu - available in a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian version - was just perfect. All the dishes - three curries plus rice - were distinct in their ingredients and tastes. Several were quite spicey, although a potato and vegetable dish was less so. A chiken curry was the sole meat dish in our non-vegetarian option; it was well-spiced and combined well with the rice that accompanied each tray of dishes. There was also a dosa, a large, rice-based flat bread, which could be treated like a roti. Overall this was a very satisfying introduction to Keralan cuisine, and a bargain at just £7.95.
In December 2020, Joeejdbdjeksb said:
Me and my partner loved it! The food was incredible, it was the best indian food we've ever had and it was quite unique to the dishes in other indian restaurants, this made for a really exciting eating experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and we really enjoyed the environment too. Thank you for a great night, can't wait to come back.
In December 2020, E6627IZjm said:
Just had the most amazing meal at this restaurant. Fabulous real Indian food, delightful service, which I would thoroughly recommend.
In December 2020, Raymondspock said:
Good vegan food and nice staff help us to write down because we are all deaf. We are enjoying