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Fish is fine

The seafood fest at the Oriental Cuisines restaurants offers a treat for fish lovers


THE FISHERMEN are back at sea, yet people are hesitant to visit the fish market and cook seafood for dinner. Most fish-lovers have not got over their fears about fish being infected post-tsunami.

Oriental Cuisines is trying to allay these fears through a seafood promo, "There is nothing fishy about it". According to Regi Mathew, CEO of Oriental Cuisines, actually there has been no drop in the demand for seafood. "The non-availability of fish in the local markets post-tsunami did slightly affect our restaurants. So we started buying fish from Mumbai. But now we have started to shop locally again. And believe me, the fish is absolutely safe."

Actress Khusboo, a special guest at the festival said, "On hearing stories of fish feeding on human flesh, my mother-in-law warned us against eating seafood. Fortunately all these were rumours. It's hard to keep a seafood-lover away from fish for long. My two-year-old daughter cannot do without seafood."

"Apart from being delicious, seafood is healthy," said culinary expert Chandri Bhatt, also a special invitee at the fest. Ten days after the tsunami, she was in Thailand eating fish. "The Thai royalty even held an elaborate buffet to reassure people that seafood was safe," she said. After the tsunami, for two days, Oriental Cuisines joined hands with other organisations to provide meals to 2000 people from various kuppams in the city, besides sending a team of cooks to other affected areas in the State. "The seafood promo is our way of welcoming the fishermen back," said Regi. Order a seafood dish at any of the 10 restaurants of the Oriental Cuisines and you will get another dish free. The festival is on till February 13 at Zara, Wang's Kitchen (Adyar, Anna Nagar and Egmore), Don Pepe, Benjarong, Copper Chimney, China Town, The Noodle House and La Madeline. For details call 28114941.

MEERA MOHANTY

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