I have always had a soft spot for Seafood though I am a hard core meat lover. Very few restaurant want to take up the mantle of solely focussing on seafood as it can be bit of a risky proposition especially with the sentiments of people in our country. Bangalore does have some excellent choices for seafood lovers though there none that I know of which offer seafood as their main draw.
A major disadvantage for us Bangaloreans in the location of our city with no immediate seacoast visible hence making it difficult for fresh catch to be made available. In that way, Chennai is blessed with abundance of seafood available and I was lucky enough to try a restaurant showcasing fresh catch to be made when chosen by the customer. For a long while, I wished I could visit Chennai just for another visit to this restaurant and it seems those wishes were just answered in the form of FISH FACTORY, a restaurant recently opened within the premises of Citrus Hotels on Cunningham Road.
There was no doubt that a visit was in the immediate future and my hubby and I finally decided to have a quiet and relaxed dinner on a weekday. Citrus Hotels though located in the middle of Cunningham road,known to a busy area holds its own with a impressive presence. Fish Factory has its own entrance and one would be quite taken up with the beautiful wall planters decor which runs through most of the dining area. Every table is laid precisely with appropriate cutlery fit for a fine dine experience.
One end of the restaurant is dedicated to showcasing the fresh catch of the day from Lobsters, Tiger Prawns, Scallops, Crabs to various kinds of fish. One of their Chef’s is also available to explain about the various choices which can sometimes beguile you at first glance.
Our evening began with a hors d’oeuvres of Salmon and Mussels. The Salmon was perfect to begin the meal and the mussels on bread was indeed appetizing. The pleasure of dining in such restaurants is the privacy provided to the guests to relax without any unnecessary intrusions giving time not only to savour every course but also with one another. Our attendant brought us the next course which was a different take on Prawns tossed with soya sauce tossed giving it a delightfully crunchy taste. The Lobster soup shot was a bit strong for my taste though it was literally just a gulp.
During the course of our meal, we heard strains of music coming from restaurant and realized there was a musician in the house playing some delightful oldies as well as latest chartbusters though of the pleasant pleasing to the ears kind of music. We had taken a walk to the area showcasing their fresh and decided on King Prawns and Lobster as one of the courses. I was pleasantly surprised to see a medium sized cart fitted with separate grilling and a cooking section at our table and the two selected seafood courses being prepared right at our table.
I love Lobster though never tried putting my cooking skills to the task of trying a Lobster dish. It was a wonderful experience watching the Chef in action and the final product was a delight to the eyes as well as senses.
As happy as I was with the Lobster, I was looking forward to one of my favourite seafood – King Prawns tossed in butter garlic which once again was cooked right beside our table.
Though we really did not think we could eat another morsel of food, we did not realize time pass by thanks to the wonderful music in the background and catching up on our week between sips of their cocktails.
For the Main Course, we decided to try the fish with my husband going for the Black Pomfret and I deciding on King Fish. The dish served to my husband was called Samak Harrah and since I wanted a bit of spice in my dish I got the Pan Seared King Fish in Peri Peri Sauce and Butter vegetables.
Dessert was more or less a lost cause thanks to the extremely heavy and filling main course but the sight of the dessert perked us up a bit enough to take a spoonful of each. My hubby loved the crepes which was served specially for him.
A very fishy evening indeed but in the most delightful and entertaining fashion would be the words which come to mind about our first visit to Fish Factory.
If you love Seafood and have an eye for experimenting then head here coz the Chef would get it done just as you like it!