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Deep-sea experience


The new branch of the Minerva Coffee Shop and Blue Fox in Ameerpet is a boon to all who value good food in a pleasant ambience.

SECRETS OF THE SEA: The marine aquarium at Blue Fox is the first of its kind in the city.

IF YOU cannot afford a dining hall many million miles under the sea with a thick, fat, plate glass window for your own personal natural marine aquarium (a la Dr No - the James Bond villain had it before Shakaal), you could head to Blue Fox (3745622) bar and restaurant in Ameerpet.

"This is the first marine aquarium in the twin cities," B.K. Roy, manager says with justifiable pride. The aquarium takes pride of place in the centre of the restaurant. Costing a mere Rs 2.5 lakhs (when compared to underwater dining rooms that is) the aquarium boasts of multi-coloured fish from Singapore and a voracious sea anemone which Roy assures us can otherwise be seen "on National Geographic."

The Ameerpet branch of Blue Fox and Minerva Coffee shop ( Ph: 3220448) were opened last December. With a seating capacity of around 130, Minerva Coffee Shop is a great favourite with families. After gargantuan shopping sprees, sizzling hot paper dosas is just what the doctor ordered.

Minerva is strictly vegetarian and specialises in south Indian cuisine. "We do have some North Indian and Chinese items but we are known for our south Indian snacks. The biggest favourite after the paper dosa, according to manager P. Rodricks is "paneer butter masala. Seventy-five percent of the people order it." All who have a problem making decisions of course go for the north Indian or the south Indian thali.

"This is an important commercial area and with the reasonable price and our emphasis on quality and quantity, we invariably have a full house," Rodricks comments. Party animals and marine aquarium enthusiasts (of course) could climb a flight of stairs to Blue Fox for a multi-cuisine experience.

While Blue Fox serves non-vegetarian food, the kitchens for the two restaurants are separate and "not a spoon goes up or comes down," according to Rodricks. Incidentally, you could celebrate your wedding anniversary at Blue Fox and you get a cake on the house.

Popular items on the Blue Fox menu include Chinese Roast Chicken, Keba Chicken, which is a kind of drumstick with "more meat on it" and Bhutan Chicken which is flavoured with brandy. The Vegetarian Platter with assorted vegetables could be checked out as well as the spicy, crisp Shangai Rolls (a kind of spring roll).

So the next time you are shopping in the area, have a reason to celebrate or want to pay a visit to the denizens of the deep, do not call your travel agent, just head for Mythri Vihar in Ameerpet.

Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

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