It is not everyday that the city of Tandoori chicken lovers gets to relish fish delicacies. So fish-lover me was actually quite happy to head to The Great Indian Fish Discovery — the latest promotion at Le Meridien's Eau de Monsoon.
There couldn't really be a better setting for the promotion though. The flowing water around you as you sit down calms you and makes the experience even more pleasant.
The variety of fish on offer is mindboggling. And all of these are fresh water fishes. While some of them are traditional recipes from various parts of India, some innovations (like Machhali Mussallam, check recipe) have been made by Davinder Kumar Vice President F&B. There are fish dishes from every part of India though the East (traditionally fish eating) is a little under represented with only the Bengali Macher jhol.
So you have the Goan fish curry and the Pomfret Xacuti; Amritsari macchi (surmai) and Haaq Gadh (singhara) represents north India while Mangalorean fish curry, Meen Moile (pomfret) and Machhali Ka Salan (red snapper) keep south India's flag flying high. All in all, there are 10 dishes which one can have with either rice or roti. I would recommend pairing the dishes with rice so as to enjoy the gravies.
The Machhali Mussallam is particularly interesting because it is made with trout which has a filling of sole. The Mangalorean fish curry is spicy and delicious and the Patrani macchi (sea bass) is well cooked too. I was a little disappointed with the Macher Jhol though since it was very plain and could have been bettered by using different spices. But do check out the festival.
At: Eau De Monsoon, Le Meridien, Windsor Place, Janpath
On Till: 18 November
Timings: Lunch & Dinner
Cost: Rs 1,295 + Taxes
Call: 23710101 November