Upper Hutt City 04 527 9546
- Tues – Sun
- 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm
- Children's Menu
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Travancore Hutt is an authentic Kerala-South Indian Restaurant
13 Reviews for Travancore Hutt
The mixed platter for 2 as entree provided an initial taste of the flavour profile and the wait staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients.
We both ordered our mains to “medium” heat. The fish mappas was mild-medium and the lamb masala was medium-hot. The waiter later explained that these are the natural heat profiles of the ingredients. Despite variations here, the food was absolutely delicious.
The option to BYO helped keep the cost to a very reasonable rate.
Definitely good value for money, fresh and clean decor, delicious food and friendly staff.
Since my wife is not from India but does cook great Indian and world cuisine I wanted to introduce her to Kerala ‘ stew’, appams and malabar parrottas!
We started with a mango lassi (more North Indian) and the platter. The platter was superb containing mini vege dosa, fish/ chicken and vege bites battered with spices and fried very different from the norm!
Then we ordered beef stew with appams/ iddiyapam and parrottas. To spice it up we ordered the “nadan chemneen mulagitathu”. Yes we were warned by the friendly boy who served us that it will be very chilli hot and it was just that …which my wife found delicious too!
We were real full so decided to do a takeaway in the form of fish byriani ( promised with an egg) as this restaurant had dished out real tasty authentic food!
I must say it was a great experience. It’s a very neat place which can host a good group of ppl. They do serve wine beer, spirits and other soft drinks. Could do with a better air conditioner on a hot day like today! The owner did have a friendly chat and stressed that he would like to turn people away from the”butter chicken” culture and train people to appreciate good authentic foods from India!
The biggest disappointment was what i anticipated when leaving! I did see the cook with an unbroken egg in her hand which quickly disappeared and I was given my take away packet. I reached home and instinct made me look for the boiled egg in the byriani and discovered what I didn’t want to… the egg wasn’t anywhere to be found. I just wonder how they didn’t think I’d notice… after all I had coughed up almost 3 figures in $$! Obviously after such a lovely experience this left a bad taste in my mouth!
I do wish to thank Sebastian for his prompt apology and much appreciate his eMorefforts in taking trouble to sort out my concerns. Also for graciously clarifying what he was trying to tell me about his sincere effort in promoting authentic Kerala food. Please note that I did enjoy the fish briyani at home which had a unique flavor! I am very impressed overall by the food and would highly recommend his place to my friends in Upper Hutt and to anyone who is willing to try out authentic Indian food… something which is rare in Wellington. It’s worth the distance!
If you live in the Hutt Valley, or are willing to make the journey out from other parts of the city, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Tip: If you’re vegetarian, experiment with the Vege 65 and one or two bread items. While Vege 65 isn’t “South Indian”, it is a classic Indian dish that’s famous around the country. Definitely try the paper roast, but also save some space for the authentic Kerala specials like Appam and Idiyappam.
The food is authentic and superb. If your experience of Indian food has been limited to Rogan Josh (yuck) and Butter Chicken (double yuck), you are in for a treat. The curries are yummy, and the “breads” are different from the North Indian breads. You must try both the paratha (spelled parotta in the South), and the rice/lentil flour based aapam.
Six hours after the meal, and I can still barely move.
Everything we ordered was delicious and really quite different to other Indian food that we had eaten before.
Be careful if you order the “hot” version of a meal, my son who likes hot food was struggling:)
All in all, food was excellent, could have done with more waiters, the two guys working that night were run off their feet.
Definitely plan on going back again
Dr Alex Thomas