The finest catch

Vinaya Patil
Thursday, 8 February 2018

Barbeque Nation’s ongoing Jewels of the Sea Festival promises diners a wide variety of fish preparations from across the country, as also a number of vegetarian delicacies

Seafood is usually a favourite among most non-vegetarians, especially in this part of the country. The more than 7,000-km long coastline is not for nothing. The coastal population, as also people residing in the interiors — thanks to the country’s wide river network — enjoy eating fish prepared in various kinds of styles depending on the distinct geographies.

Barbeque Nation, the casual dining restaurant chain, has made it easier for people to enjoy the different preparations of seafood by hosting the Jewels of the Sea Festival. The seafood festival that will continue till February 18, brings to your table the finest spread of seafood to relish. From scrumptious starters to toothsome desserts, guests can enjoy the best seafood dining experience at all their Pune outlets — Deccan, Pimpri Chinchwad, Wakad, Kalyani Nagar and Amanora Mall.

Seafood lovers can dig into the red spicy Angara Prawns — marinated prawns cooked with different aromatic spices. Patrons can try out the seafood special delicacy Fried Calamari with creamy gherkin sauce. There is something special for crab lovers too — smoky-flavoured Tandoori Crabs which are part of the starters. Since seafood is incomplete without fish, crispy fried Mandeli fish and Green Chermoula fish should not be missed. 

Vegetarians can indulge in juicy Pahadi Mushrooms — button mushrooms soaked in spices and cooked to perfection. From the menu of other vegetable starters, the Anjeeri Paneer — chunks of creamy paneer which create a blend of sweet and hot flavour — is a must try.

Chef Kushal Singh, who is at the helm of affairs for this festival, says that the team has curated a menu with 12 new varieties of seafood starters. “There’s Calamari, crab starters, Pomfret — both black and white, and much more. The preparations are from all over the country — West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, etc. We even have Maharashtra’s local Teesrya Masala, apart from Octopus, Squid and Basa preparations,” he says, adding that all the masalas for the fish curries have been prepared at the restaurant.  

“We had begun planning it since December, so all the chefs were trained for a month,” he informs, as he says that the fish is freshly delivered from Mumbai everyday and a team of around 15-20 people works on them. He says that all the masalas have been curated through research and are thus as authentic as possible.

The live counters have an interesting spread to choose from — seafood, dessert, exotic vegetables and salads. Among the vegetables, are Tofu, Water Chestnuts, Paneer and Soya Chaps sautéed in the sauce of your choice like Peanut Hoisin Sauce, Five Spice Mango Sauce, Mustard Sauce and Szechuan Sauce. The counter for non-vegetarian lovers too will have a wide spread to choose from like Indian Salmon, Squid, Tuna and Pomfret, cooked in the sauce of their choice.

Jewels of the Sea is not only about sumptuous food, the ambience and the décor of the outlets too is in sync with the festival and has a role to play in creating the perfect enticing atmosphere for diners. To resonate with the theme of the festival, the décor sports seafood cut out danglers, the frontiers dressed up as sailors, the waiters attending to guests in floral printed attire and the live counter chefs sporting the traditional outfit of Koli fishermen from Maharashtra.

Sameer Bhasin, chief executive officer of Barbeque Nation Hospitality, says, “Food Festivals allow us the opportunity to go overboard on the spread and a seafood festival by Barbeque Nation certainly cannot be given a miss. Pune is now home to a very diverse populace that takes great delight and enthusiasm in food and we are more than pleased to satiate their taste buds with our special flavours and seafood enchantments this season.”

The festival is on at Barbeque Nation Pune outlets — Deccan, Pimpri Chinchwad, Wakad, Kalyani Nagar and Amanora Mall — till February 18, Monday-Saturday, 7.30 pm-12 midnight, and Sunday, 12 noon-3 pm and 7.30 pm-12 midnight

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