Review: Seafood Festival at South of Vindhyas, The Orchid Mumbai.

If the world is my oyster, then I will have it with some lime” we thought while looking at the fresh oysters on display at The Orchid, Mumbai. We had made a foodie quote :) But there were 30 varieties of fish like Pomfret, Surmai, Basa, Mackerel, Tuna, Shellfish, Mandeli (Golden Anchovies), Bombil (Bombay Duck) and crustaceans like King Prawns, Lobsters and Crabs waiting. Did we make quotes for all? Nah…we just sat down to relish them one by one.

We were at The Orchid Mumbai’s #seafoodfestival that had 30 handpicked varieties of fish on the display that patrons could choose to have it their way or choose delectable dishes from the a-la-carte seafood menu. Tempted? Wait till you see the pictures :)

We sat down and warmed up to the delectable flavors of Cheemeen (prawn) rasam- a tangy soup popular across south of India. From the display menu, we chose fresh oysters stir-fried with onions and tomatoes in select Indian spices with generous topping of curry leaves. The oysters were firm & slippery, just the way we like them!!! That done, next we moved to a few starters. Prawn Bharthad- succulent prawns tossed with fennel & pepper, a medium spicy delicacy from the Coorg region are a must try. Next, a platter of Meen Cutlet- deep fried fish cakes was placed in front of us. The cutlets were crisp with a hint of fish flavors; nothing too overpowering, we enjoyed them with minty green chutney. By now, we were eagerly waiting for the tasty king fish (popular across Maharashtra as Surmai) to show up and it did!!! Talela Surmai- deep-fried Kingfish in red-hot spices left our taste buds asking for more.

Cheemeen (prawn) rasam
oysters stir-fried
Prawn Bharthad
 Meen Cutlet
Talela Surmai

For the main course (yes, we did have more: D) we tried Malabar Meen curry-a tangy Pomfret curry from the Malabar region of Kerala, our absolute favorite; Raal Perattal- prawns simmered in pepper gravy, a Chettinad specialty; Chimbori rassa - fresh crab simmered in aromatic and flavorful gravy with hot appams (pancakes made with fermented rice)

On till February 1 the #seafoodfestival invites you to enjoy hand picked varieties of fish as starters and main course; as you like it. Live performances on popular Koli songs add to the dining pleasure. The preparation styles are from popular regions of South and Maharashtra. Indulge in the fiesta that says fish as you like it…..and we say why not?

The Orchid, Mumbai.
Nehru Road.
Adjacent to Domestic Airport.
Vile Parle (E)
Mumbai 400099 

Call # 022 2616 4040
What You Pay For a Meal for Two- as per a la carte choice


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