Coconut Lagoon has come a long way since its 2004 beginnings, when it was a plain-speaking south India curry house, beloved of its community but not well known beyond. Today, chef Joe Thottungal’s restaurant is packed fans from many places, largely because of the kitchen’s unwavering dedication to the cooking methods and authentic ingredients of Kerala cuisine and the warmth of the front-of-house staff, led by Joe’s brother Majoe. After a major renovation of the restaurant, inside and out, Coconut Lagoon reopened in the spring of 2017 in time for its 13th birthday party, — bigger, bolder, and thoroughly spruced up.
The menu remains overwhelmingly south Indian in focus, the signature dishes of Kerala — Travancore fish curry, lamb Chettinad, Kovalam lobster — taking pride of place, but these now share the page with small, innovative tasting plates. The few dishes that reflect northern India (butter chicken and dal Makhani, say) have been given southern aromas. The wine and beer lists, which include local craft and Asian imports, have expanded as well, selected for their ability to match the spices in these plates. 853 St. Laurent Blvd., coconutlagoon.ca