Monday, November 1, 2010

Devoured! Seafood! At Okra, Hotel Marriott.

“Hyderabad Marriott Hotel” is presenting “Seafood Market - A Seafood Festival” at the “Okra Culinary Theater” from 20th October to 3rd November 2010. I went there with my brother Dr. Lakshminarsu, my son Srikanth and his friend Rakesh, on Saturday, 30th October. We enjoyed a leisurely buffet dinner for well over two hours, consisting mostly of seafood delicacies. The concept of the festival is to choose the fishes from the display at the Fish Market and get them cooked whichever way you want, with any combination of herbs and spices or simply order them from the list of fish at your table. The varieties of seafood available for us were, King Fish (Sea Murrel), Sea Bass, Sole, Pomfret, Sardines, Red Snapper, River Salmon, River Murrel, Squids, Prawns and Shrimps. We tried all of these varieties, either Grilled, Pan fried, Beer battered, Steamed, Wine poached or Tandoori and with a variety of Rubs like Sea Salt and Lemon, Cajun, Grain Mustard, House Wine & Parsley, Lemon & Thyme, Basil & Butter and Garlic, Teriyaki, Peri-Peri, Southern Spices and Tandoori Masala. We also had “Sashimi” – raw seafood, and a seafood Soup.
Apart from the seafood variety, we also had before us, a buffet spread of over hundred items consisting of contemporary; Western, Oriental and Indian cuisine - Salads, hors d’oeuvres and Main course. The Dessert spread was also huge and extraordinary. We could create our own designer Ice Cream – Teppanyaki style. On the whole it was a very satisfactory dinner. And as the Hotel’s ad said, we got stuffed to our Gills!

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