Fishing for seafood?
The seafood festival at Hotel Avenue Regent leaves you angling for more.
FISHY: Prawns, shrimps, squids, lobsters, Pearlspot and more.
ADDRESSING ALL seafood freaks out there. There is something really fishy going on in town that will leave your taste buds angling for more.
The Avenue Regent brings to us a sea food festival, Deep Blue Sea, where the sea world is on our platter! Well, the flavours of the world, so to speak. Here is sea fare from coasts as far and wide as that of the Pacific, the Mediterranean, China and of course our own backyard - the Malabar.
Under the creative conceptualisation of Food and Beverage Manager Anil G. Nair, ably supported and executed by executive chef K. C. Joseph and his team, the menu reads like a gourmet's directory .
The spread includes day's fresh catch. Prawns, crabs, lobsters, squids and Pearlspot, are on a proud display for diners to select from, grilled, roasted, baked, braised and cooked au gratin, to melt-in-the-mouth perfection.
To start with the aperitifs and cocktails marry well with the hors d'oeuvre platter of assorted kebabs of fish, prawns and squid. Their mild lingering tastes set the ball rolling and one expectantly looks forward to the next course - the soup. With the chef serving a different soup each day, the wholesome seafood chowder promises to whip up an appetite for what is to come.
`Shanghai Express', their milder Chinese menu has braised, lightly chilly flavoured karimeen, served with a sharp stir fried chilly crab, and accompanied by prawn-fried rice, which makes sumptuous fare. The other Chinese menu `Dragon Crush' is the Schezuan variety, intensely flavoured with pepper, chillies and ginger, for those who like their food mouth-wateringly hot.
From their Malabari menu , aptly named `Cheenawala' ( Malayalam for the Chinese nets ) , Njandu porichathu (crabs fried in masalas), are delightfully hot and fiery . But what is Malabari coastal cuisine without a few tears in your eyes ? Squids from the `Fisherman Brochette' menu are heavily peppered, their lovely aroma trailing its server by several yards and an absolute justification for loosening your purse strings.
The piece-de-resistance, however, are Jumbo prawns thermidor, from their `Pacific' menu, which befits a full page colour photo treatment for being such a treat - both visually and otherwise. It's smokey, mildly herb flavoured, napped with a cheesy sauce and served with lightly dressed broccoli and brussels sprouts .
A friendly ambience designed like a beach shack, strains of old classics by Lancey and Jason, the smiling faces of the serving staff, and not the least, the gourmet spread, make the festival absolutely worth a try. The festival is on till the November 7. Bon Appetit.
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