The only best seafood place in Chennai. The marina. It’s more of a fish market, you can choose the fresh fish that you want from the counter, any amount of portion you like, have it cooked the way you want it.
A getaway to Malabar coast is a festival that is going on till the 10th of December.
The seafood was fresh as just out of the sea. The Malabar preparation was as if made in Kerala. The chef is from paragon, Calicut. What else could one ask for!
The special Malabar festival menu was small and beautiful. So one is not too confused on what to choose. And what did we eat?
Started with the welcome drink the Nannari Sherbet with basil seeds. Smoky flavored juice which is such a refresher!
The seafood soup had small chunks of seafood in a thick coconut milk broth. The flavor was a mix of fish and coconut milk!
The starters that we choose were :
Pan fried Squid. The squid rings , pearl onions and green chillies were sauteed in aromatic coconut oil. Cooked to perfection this was a good start for our lunch!
Kanthari Tawa fry. Mahi Mahi fish fillet marinated in delicate kanthari chilli masala. Spicy and subtly flavored dish that enhances the taste of the fish and the chilli!
Nethali fry, huge fresh nethali crispy fried with curry leaves. The freshness of the fish lingered on our table!
We ordered two starters from outside the festival menu and is my all time favourite:
The crispy fried honey and garlic calamari, this dish has not explanation, it’s simply the best!!
King fish in butter and garlic sauce. Perfectly sauteed.
Our main course was the yummiest
The prawn moilee was served with hot appams. The huge succulent prawns were laced in the delicate coconut milk gravy with minimum spices.
The chatti curry took me back to the shores of Kerala, the fish, the masala and the flavor of the earthen pot cannot be penned. Your palate is the only thing that will justify the taste. The fish curry with the Kerala red rice was a marriage made in heaven.
No Kerala food is complete with a payasam.
The Ada pradhaman was a perfect end to this super meal.
Pineapple pudding was a bonus, that completed the fishy Saturday lunch.
For the best and freshest seafood in Chennai, please visit The Marina at nungambakkam, Chennai.