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Pocket-friendly prices

Though a mixture of Western, Chinese and Indian cuisine, the spread is simple, yet delicious at Fisherman's Fare, on Spur Tank Road, Chetpet.


THE VERY thought of stirring out during the monsoon can make one resentful. So I was not exactly in a favourable frame of mind when we landed up in Fisherman's Fare (ph: 8212071/7146766) on Spur Tank Road, Chetpet, next to the Vitan store.

It was past 9 p.m., yet the place was buzzing with activity. There were many who had decided to come out during that brief respite that night.

A simple shack like extension with tables and chairs makes up the ambience. The menu is simple — a few Western dishes, some Chinese and a sprinkling of Indian cuisine.


What caught my attention were the figures on the right hand side of the menu. They looked unbelievable reasonable. Calamari and fish anarkali, touted as the day's special, were our test samples. Both turned out to be delightful. Given the market price of seer fish, five chunks for Rs. 90 seemed justifiable. The fried squid served with garlic butter for Rs.50 said the same story. The dinner was a hotchpotch of different cuisines. But the prawn fried rice (Rs.45) went rather well with crab masala (Rs.80). Fisherman's Fare has some wonderful deals like tandoor combo and western combo for just Rs.100. The tandoor combo that we ordered had three fish tikkas, three murg malai tikkas, a cashew nut based gravy, salad and a choice of garlic roti or pudina paratha.

Affordable prices, that is the secret of Fisherman's Fare. When one is not staring at the steep prices on the menu, it is easy to overlook many things.

What we have on hand is a value for money. It may not take you to the peak, but certainly gives you a decent view from the hillock. I don't mind that at all. Do you?

MARIEN MATHEW

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