Ever since man set off on his gastronomic quest to discover magical flavours and combinations that pampered his taste buds, there is one enduringly popular combination that has intrigued many- fish and chips. Many savour this quintessentially British combination and continue to wonder which enlightened fellow might have first got the idea to marry fish to chips. The question remains unanswered.
This unlikely delicious combination is an all-time hit and has pampered the tastebuds of foodies across the globe. Few can resist the crispness of the batter and the tenderness of moist white fish served with a generous portion of hot, crunchy chips.
Craving to bite onto one of these? Well, then hop into Cheenavala Restaurant, at Hotel Yuvarani Residency, which is all set to lure in fish lovers with the ongoing ‘Fish N Chips Food Festival’.
“As Malayalees are a fish loving lot, we thought of having the Fish N Chips fest for the first time,” says Suresh Gopinathan, executive chef.
Everyone has their own likes of savouring the delight, so, at the ongoing fest, a plate of hot and tasty fish n’ chips will be accompanied with tartar sauce. “It is like a take-away street food which is equivalent to a full meal,” he adds.
“Unlike fish n’ chips served in other restaurants, we serve it in authentic style where the fish will not be golden yellow in colour but white. It consists of battered fish (commonly Atlantic Cod) and deep fried chips. The dish is prepared by dipping the fish in a flour batter with seasoning of salt, pepper, beer and lemon juice,” explains the chef. This not-to-be-missed dish just melts in your mouth.
Another favourite pick from the fest menu which is crafted to satisfy any fish lover is the continental delight ‘Frito Misto De Mar’ in which crumb fried flower prawns, squid rings and crumb fried fish are served with crumb fried mushroom and accompanied with a serving of tartar sauce and potato wedges.
The chef also recommends to gorge onto the ‘Masala Fried Prawns’ which is a spicy preparation in traditional Kerala style. Other hot picks include the ‘Crumb Fried Pearl-Spot’ ‘Fried Goan Fish’ with oriental salad and ‘Whole Squid Garlic Fried’ which goes well with tomato sauce. “Fried Goan fish is done in traditional Goan spices and is medium spicy. The fish marinated in ground spices which includes mustard, cumin seed and onion is shallow fried in a pan. Garlic fried squid is another aromatic flavoured soft fried squid preparation in Chinese style,” explains Suresh.
As for starters, one can go for ‘Veloori Rawa Fried’ in which fresh veloori is marinated with spicy Indian masala rolled in rawa and deep fried. Other lip-smacking delicacies that one can try out are ‘Fish Croquetes’, ‘Soft Squid Rings with Cocktail sauce’, and ‘Yuvarani Special Seafood burger’ to name a few.
The items in the menu can be ordered as a take- away too between 7 pm and 11 pm.