With the umpteen number of thoughtful festivals that’s been at this star property, Park Hyatt Chennai has come up with a ‘Kasimedu Special’ Seafood Festival this week, a festival to celebrate the fresh catch from the city’s stunning coastline. The vibrancy is all over this week from the 19th of July to the 26th of July, 2017 at the Dining Room for dinner. The theme of the buffet obviously revolves around various seafood specialities all showcased in classic International and Indian dishes.
As you walk towards the restaurant, the festival becomes evident, thanks to the waft of “sea breeze” that guides you in. Vegetarians may find this a little difficult to go by, but it is an experience as a whole. As you go to the open area by the pond, the magnificent display of fresh catches of the day lights up any seafood lover’s face! Mighty fishes, magnificent prawns and crabs were a few that caught our eye. The Live Grill on the side with various marinades are then used to prepare this fresh seafood. Another special seafood live display was the ‘Seafood Steamboat’, a bowl of fresh seafood in a broth of more strong seafood flavour. Attention to detail was impressive just as always. Tables were set to represent the waves and sailors knots and the different types of shells on display were so pretty!
After going around the place and getting into the vibe of the festival, Chef Balaji and Chef Rathina clearly explained how Kasimedu produce was being showcased with their culinary expertise across many cuisines from around the world. They began our dinner with the Seafood Steamboat Soup, an Asian inspired broth with shrimp paste, calamari and prawns. Wasn’t a great fan of the soup, it was really thin and concentrated on the seafood flavour. The other soup of the day was the Zuppa De Pesce Alla Romana. A tomato soup with strong notes of seafood was delicious yet subtle. From there we went on to the Salad Table.
Nicoise Salad and their Hummus with Crackers were absolute winners of the night. The Nicoise Salad was creamy with such a French subtlety that went for at least a couple of rounds of this. The potatoes and eggs on it were spot on too. The Hummus was super smooth and rich and with the crispy bread it was yum!
For starters and the live counter we had too many to choose from – Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Fried Basa (Indian), Grilled Fish, Grilled Prawns and Spicy Deep Fried Ladyfish (Indian). The Ladyfish was the best from these, spicy, perfectly fried and easy to handle. The Grilled Fish and Prawns were too bland for us and the flavour of the plump seafood didn’t seem to be really coming through. The fish also had too many bones in it for us to have it with ease. The Crab Cakes with the sauce was delicious with its crunch and everything but the crab flavour was too mild to even notice! The appetisers were customisable and that was the best part in the live counter.
Main Course from the buffet was absolutely brilliant! In light of the Festival, the buffet had a few seafood dishes – Goan Prawn Curry, Seafood Thermidor and Kari Meen Polichathu. All of these were lip smackingly delicious. The Prawn Curry was just the best. Creamy, restrained with so much of flavour, it was an amazing accompaniment to both rice and the breads. The Kerala style wrapped fish was slathered with the masala and that was again, really delicious, succulent and soft.
We also tried the Paneer Tikka Masala, Potato and Corn Gratin and the uber spicy Thai Curry from their regular buffet which was our other favourites from the night. Being a seafood dinner, it was quite light and that also added well to the relaxed evening that was.
The dessert spread at the Dining Room has always been the best, always something new and unique that comes up. The Lemon Delight, Black Forest Cake and Cake Pops were the usual yummies that so so loved. This evening, the warm Chocolate Pudding brought in all the more joy to the dessert plate. Rich, sinful and gooey with every mouthful it was the perfect end to the meal.
The festival celebrates seafood throughout this week and the items on the menu are served on a rotational basis. Other delicious dishes from around the world to expect in this festival include Singaporean Chilli Prawns, Italian Fritto Misto, Balinese Sambal Tapa [salad], Cured Sea Bass, Tom Yam, Seafood Chowder, Indonesian Ikan Pepes, Papillote and Spanish Seafood Pilaf and from India the lovely Prawn Recheado from Goa, Chemeen Manga Charu from Alleppey, Macher Jhol, Malai Chingri curry, Meen Mapas , Jhala Ghassi, Maccher Paturi, Kane Tawa Fry, Gongura Yera and Yera Thokku. Priced at INR 1600++, this festival is on for dinner (7-11PM) until the 26th of July, 2017. For reservations and further details contact the Dining Room at 044-49919965 or 044-71771234.