It comes as a surprise that Lalbaug, which is known for its large Maharashtrain population has never had a festival dedicated to fish. Seafood forms an important part of the average Maharashtrian’s daily staple diet. Keeping that in mind and cashing in on the demand, a newly refurbished eatery named Golden Chain has started its first Seafood festival in the area. Confirms proprietor Avinash Shetty, “Surprisingly, Lalbaug has never had a seafood festival so far. We just wanted the people of the area to savour our fish delicacies in a very different ambience from their homes. Also since the restaurant is newly opened, it simultaneously serves the purpose of introducing new guests to our place”
The delicacies on offer include promfrets, prawns, lobsters, Bombay duck, rawas etc. Adds Avinash, “We have a team of dedicated staff which goes to Sassoon Dock every morning to get the best catch. We also make sure that we serve clients only the current day’s catch. The older and unused stock is disposed off.”
According to Avinash, there are two more restaurants in the area which serve seafood, but only in Malwani style. Most of the delicacies on sale currently include, pomfret tandoori (Rs 160), prawns tandoori (Rs 170), surmai koliwada (Rs 160), prawns koliwada (Rs 170), ravas tava fry (Rs 160), surmai tawa masala (Rs 180), pomfret hariali (Rs 160) and more.
The restaurant also specializes in Mughlai, Chinese and Tandoor cuisines. Says Avinash, “Our dum biryani and kebabs are known in the area for their freshness because they are prepared within minutes according to a customer’s needs. Also, all the food items in our menu are served colourless.” The Seafood festival is on at the restaurant till November 20.