Probably the largest Seafood eatery in whole Chennai, The Marina has gained quite a following over the years. There’s something for everyone at this popular seafood restaurant known for oriental-style cooking and fresh seafood. Driving long, just for a meal at this massive seafood restaurant might sound like a radical idea, but every foodie in city will assures it’s worth it. Step into The Marina and you will see the whole fresh catch seafood market in ground floor then you will understand how much emphasis they place on aesthetics. So, stop by this romantic hole-in-the-wall along College Road for a dose of quality seafood.
Food Served on Table :
American Crispy Corns – Sweet corn kernels are lightly coated in spicy batter and deep fried till golden then served in a deep fried cup made by cornflour. Unique and exciting American Crispy Corns are not-too-spicy but very addictive anytime snack.
Honey Garlic Calamari – Honey Garlic Calamari is fresh and tender calamari rings entirely coated with spicy flour mixture batter and deep fry till golden brown then tossed with the Honey Garlic sauce and serve hot. Crispy and perfectly seasoned Honey Garlic Calamari is delicious, juicy, light and tender with mild garlic aroma.
Seer Fish Tawa Fry – Fresh and moist Seer fish marinated with spices mixture on all sides with sprinkle over curry leaves to enhances the flavour and tawa (pan) fry till golden on each side. Lips-making Seer Fish Tawa Fry got uncomplicated flavors & intricate texture which makes it absolutely mouthwatering.
Grilled Pomfret – Pomfret fish marinated with yogurt, exotic spices and then grill in the oven till it become crispy and golden brown. This grilled pomfret prepared with a melange of spices is a fish lover’s delight – a perfect amalgamation of taste and aroma. The mouthwatering crisp, juicy and tangy Grilled Pomfret is everyone’s favorite.
Hariyali Fish Tikka – Hariyali Fish Tikka fresh and moist fish chunks are marinated with blend of flavourful herbs in thick yogurt, little lime juice and spices then grilled in charcoal tandoor till perfection. Spicy and delicious Hariyali Fish Tikka has a distinct mouthwatering flavour, served steaming hot with salad and mint yogurt dip to fill the tummy.
Lobster Thermidor – Lobster Thermidor is a mixture of fresh, soft and juicy lobster meat cooked in creamy white wine sauce and hint of mustard, stuffed into a lobster shell then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and baked until golden. Lobster Thermidor is as rich and luxurious as it sounds, tempting cheesy flavours and sumptuous crisp texture makes it a true gourmet treat.
Pepper Grilled Sole Fish – Fresh whole Sole fish lightly seasoned with crushed black pepper and brushed with plenty of butter then grilled to perfection. Tempting crisper texture of Sole fish skin optimizes flavor and juiciness, because of the skin and a thin layer of (healthy) fat insulate the meat while grilling on oven, this makes it a perfectly flaky grilled fish.
Singapore Chili Crab – Fresh catch mud crab simmer in a thick, sweet and savory chili and tomato sauce is rich, spicy, tangy and absolutely delicious. Savoury succulent crab is drenched in a thick spicy and sweet tomato sauce with piquant and flavourful chilli base makes a sweet yet zesty bouquet of flavors. The flavors truly bond together like magic in Singapore Chili Crab.
Lasooni Grilled Jumbo Prawns – Fresh and juicy grilled prawn tossed in a sweet, spicy, garlicky sauce which packs a serious flavour punch. Succulent crisp and spicy Lasooni Grilled Jumbo Prawns served with a spicy flavor-packed garlic chili oil, is true savoury bliss.
Tom Yum Steamed Hamour Fish – Soft and tender Hamour fish is enhanced with tom yam paste, some chopped bird-eyes chilli, onions, ginger and garlic – a perfect blend of tangy and savory flavors. A marvelous Thai steamed fish dish, and apart from being sour, spicy, garlicky, it has a light citrus and lemongrass fragrant that whet your appetite.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
For starters, get the Honey Garlic Calamari, put it your mouth, and wait for the party to begin; the flavours and textures are pretty damn amazing. To share, get the nicely done American Crispy Corns that sees a perfect balance between the sweet corn kernels and the spiciness from the spicy batter coating.
Also, enjoy the uber juicy Seer Fish Tawa Fry that’s done perfectly while sporting a crisp skin, and balanced with various spice marination — the perfect partner for a cocktail or two.
You may not want to share the Grilled Pomfret, a flaky, perfectly grilled whole pomfret with ridiculously crisp skin, and an unassuming spicy marination coating that brims with flavour. The Grilled Pomfret paints the perfect pairing with you drink, and might just be the best thing you’ll have that night.
Go for the Hariyali Fish Tikka – succulent pieces of fish char-grilled in mild, flavourful marination with hints of lime and herbs. The Hariyali Fish Tikka is a crowd pleaser as well, essentially a fish kebab – juicy, soft and packed with flavour.
Impress your date with their Lobster Thermidor that sees generous portions of lobster meat in a creamy white wine sauce that brings out the lobster’s sweetness and hint of mustard that balances the overpowering sweetness. Sinfully good smooth juicy bites of lobster with luscious, cheesy, slightly over-charred Parmesan cheese topping.
Juicy, crisp and melt-in-the-mouth Pepper Grilled whole Sole fish is marinated very lightly yet so flavourful you can do away with salts and dips. Their house-secret marinades are what really elevate the flavours of the Sole fish, and the dipping sauces that come with are really tasty too. The incredibly tender pepper grilled sole fish with a top layer of melt-in-your-mouth crisp will leave you helpless!
The bang-for-your-buck Singapore Chili Crab features a whole portion of perfectly cooked crab soaked in addictively, spicy sauce. The chilli crab hits the mark with super fresh crabs and a sauce that is well-balanced, albeit on the slightly spicy side. Their succulent Singapore Chili Crab bathed in a flavourful semi-thick slightly sweet and more spicy sauce.
Order their Lasooni Grilled Jumbo Prawns for well-grilled and deliciously sweet prawns that are seasoned with house-made spice. Lasooni Grilled Jumbo Prawns feature fresh, crisp and juicy golden-brown prawns tossed in a sweet, spicy, garlicky sauce — heavenly when dipped into the garlic chili oil.
Do yourself a favour and get the Tom Yum Steamed Hamour Fish. The fish is fresh and steamed to perfection, and the gravy – Sour, spicy and salty, this is one feisty fish. The Tom Yum Steamed Hamour Fish here is tangy yet subtly sweet, and will kick your butt with its spiciness.
If you need a drink to quell the spiciness, their mocktails will do the trick.
The Marina is a chic, upscale seafood restaurant with a modern twist. With its more relaxed vibe and quiet location in College Road, The Marina makes for a nice hideout to chill and have excellent seafood. The Marina prides itself on using freshly catch ingredients for all their dishes and aims to serve authentic fresh flavourful Seafood to their patrons. As the seating capacity is limited, you might want to go early on weekends, or on weekday nights when it’s less crowded.
The Marina, 39, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai
Timing : 12noon – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm; Average Cost : 1,600 for two people (approx.)
Reservation : 044 42035265 / +91 9884396213
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