Indian - Rameshwaram is not really the place for European or Oriental cuisine, sticking to regional delicacies here is a safer bet. The food here is flavored with a host of spices and condiments, though coconut and tamarind are added to almost all vegetarian recipes. Not to mention, most dishes are rustled up using coconut oil or coconut milk. Coconut chutney, sambar (seasoned lentil broth), rasam (a hot broth made of tamarind juice and pepper) and mixed spices are served with every meal to enhance the taste. A typical Tamilian meal comprises steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. And if you are non-vegetarian, there is a great variety of Chettinad delicacies to choose from. Chettinad pepper chicken is an all-time favorite of the locals. You can even try out the Tamil
style of Mughlai cuisine, especially the biryanis and paya (a type of spiced broth generally eaten with paranthas or appam).
Typical South Indian breakfast is readily served and to perfection at most local restaurants. Popular breakfast options include idli (steamed rice cakes), dosa (a pancake made from a batter of rice) and lentils crisp fried on a pan, vada (deep fried doughnuts made from a batter of lentils), pongal (a mash of rice and lentils boiled together and seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts, pepper and cumin seed), yogurt and uppma (cooked semolina seasoned in oil with mustard, pepper, cumin seed and dry lentils). Any Tamil meal is incomplete without crisp papadam or appam!
The Ram Nivas restaurant serves Indian and Chinese cuisine; though the service is a tad slow, it is definitely worth the wait. It is close to the Ramanatha Swamy temple. The best part about eating out in Rameshwaram is the quick snacks fixed by the street vendors which could be anything from a wedge of juicy pineapple, tender pieces of coconut, fresh coconut nectar, to sliced cucumber sprinkled with salt, pepper and lime juice, or a platter of steaming idli with sambar and coconut chutney.
Take a stroll on the West Car Street, and make your pick from the array of restaurants the line it. Most of them serve an eclectic assortment of South Indian cuisine. The traditionally prepared thali is very popular here among foreign tourists. You can try out the TTDC Hotel Tamil Nadu which does a decent job of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes particularly from the South. The hotel also has a well-stocked bar. Hotel Guru is a popular place on East Car Street to enjoy a hearty South Indian meal. Their thalis are most definitely worth a note.