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Seafood, as you like it


THE AVENUE Center Hotel is celebrating this holiday season with a `Sea-food Festival'. The festival is set at the Hot Plate Restaurant, with a display of a variety of seafood ranging from the exotic lobster and tiger prawn, to the most sought after karimeen and pomfret, where the procedure to pick and choose the fish of one's liking remains the highlight of the meal.

They can be curried to the likes of the customer.

Catering to an assortment of taste palates, the festival offers an array of recipes ranging from Chinese, Continental, North and South Indian, where each of the various fish on the menu could be a grill, a tandoor or a masala,

the chef's special lobster thermidour, a delicious and creamy preparation of the fish in a white wine sauce topped with cottage cheese and baked, served with a sufficient helping of rice and buttered vegetables.

The tangy and spicy masala crab that carries with it a typical south Indian flavour is bound to satisfy, while the squid ularthiyathu and coconut fry add a twist to the general local cuisine. Adding to the menu are also fish `n' chips, chilly sear fish and Malabar chemeen, each one bearing a mark of its own.

But the highlight of the festival remains the sea-food platter consisting of one pomfret, 4 fish tikka, 4 masala fried fish, mint chutney, 2 nans and salads, a perfect meal for a family of four at an affordable price of Rs.250. Front office Manager Robert Raj explains this is an economical option, "where instead of opting for the buffet (priced at Rs.125), it feeds four for a nominal amount."

There is an array of sauces served as accompaniments to the dishes. From mint and a soya based

sauce for the tandoor to an Indian chilly sauce of a different calibre that accompanies a plate of sizzling hot fish fry.

The festival is on till May 23. Prices range from Rs.80-Rs.150.

TANYA ABRAHAM

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