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On a culinary cruise



Aquamarine Deck has even lured stars such as Lucky Ali with its delicious fare.

TO A discerning seafood aficionado, a drive to Aquamarine Deck is as good as the walk to his dining table. The seafood restaurant at Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort on Doddaballapur Road is unique, spreading good non-vegetarian fare with a nutraceutical accent. Each dish is cooked maintaining the tradition that goes with it. The deck overlooks the aquamarine swimming pool, hence the name. The walls are in the same hue and the cool breeze adds to the sailing feel, save the rocking boat and ocean spray.

Bisque and chowder seem to be the most popular in the soup course here. Mixed seafood salad (Rs. 110) — mussels, fish, and prawns tossed with a subtle hint of pepper and olive oil — is an excellent treat. There is tuna salad (Rs. 110) for the less adventurous. Prawns and avocado cocktail (Rs. 150) is sumptuous. Smoked squid (Rs. 110), with Mexican sauce, is the pride of the house among the starters. " Olive oil and herbs enhance the flavour. There's no need for heavy spices," says Executive Sous-Chef, Ramesh, about their continental fare.

A showcase kitchen reveals what exactly is cooking. Décor is simple, though one of its kind. A neatly-arranged collection of seashells is directly in the line of sight at the entrance, and napkin rings have assorted shellfish signets on them. "We are not looking for hype," says General Manager Francis Matthews. "Value for money is what the guests want and a place where they can relax."

On the main course, njandu masala (Rs. 190) — crab in the shell tossed in a fiery gravy, served with steamed rice — is a must have for the South Indian palate. Jumbo prawn meridian (Rs. 500) presents grilled jumbo prawns with chantilly sauce. Cray fish chemise grilled (Rs. 600), béarnaise sauce in accompaniment, is an exquisite preparation from the crustacean kingdom. Tandoori jumbo prawns (Rs. 500) and tandoori pomfret (Rs. 190) are nothing short of tributes to the Indian cuisine. Prawn balchao (Rs. 325), the spicy Goan speciality with steamed rice, and pomfret varuval (Rs. 190), fried in Chettinad style, tease your taste buds. Meen moilee (Rs. 160), the omnipresent fish curry from Kerala, and Goan fish curry (Rs. 160), both served with steamed rice, take you sailing back to the west coast. Ramesh adds: "Portions are standard and it's all available throughout the year. Only then will a customer come back for more."

There is a dessert for each day, as well as a variety of ice cream to satiate a sweet tooth at the end of the meal.

Aquamarine Deck is open on Fridays for dinner only. Saturdays and Sundays, it is lunch from 12.30 to 3 p.m. and dinner from 7.30 to 11 p.m. Accommodation permits 40 at a time, so prior booking is advisable. Call 8468892 for details.

DOMINIC D'CRUZ

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