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In a city which boasts of the longest urban beach in India, speciality seafood restaurants are conspicuously hard to come by. Inspired by our eponymous beach, The Marina makes a serious contention in the category. An endearing proposition from M Mahadevan, the eatery showcases a compelling attempt at responsible restaureurism – their seafood is sourced from ‘adopted’ villages along the Coromandel coast (Tuticorin, Kovalam), where fisher folks are encouraged to fish sustainably. Responsible sourcing aside, the Marina makes seafood dining an engaging experience – a centerpiece seafood counter is the hub of activity; you pick your catch and pay by weight. The chefs and many people of the staff are from Odisha. If you are fond of the Odia (even Bengali) style of cooking, you will have fair luck requesting the chef for something off-menu. The first floor is only set up when the lower section packs up; usually over the weekend. I like the look of Marina at night, with bright lights contrasting against muted walls for slick sophistication.
As most geography buffs know, Chennai is blessed with one of the longest urban beach in India. The superb coastal line makes some serious contribution towards the provision of delicious seafood produce. The bounty is then taken and prepared with mean skills of the local chefs. Tourists and locals both enjoy the seafood preparations at their best which has given the city an exceptional reputation. Even after such abundant bounty pure seafood restaurants are hard to come by where the gorgeous fare is simply celebrated. But with ‘Marina’ things takes a promising turn. The restaurant is one of those places where seafood is their forte and for that particular reason it’s so popular. Located at the college road in Nungambakkam, the restaurant is a tremendous favourite of the local families and foodies. Tourists adore this place and makes it a point of dining here when visiting.
Marina keeps a very safe and formal kind of ambience. In today’s trendy imaginative world you would find the restaurant a warm and timeless place. The ambience is friendly, inviting and proper. Décor consists of dark brown wooden furniture set off by soft grey walls. What otherwise could have been a drab room is uplifted by huge photograph of the ocean showing a small fishing boat drifted into a calm ocean. Somehow the picture manages to connect with their seafood speciality. Large picture windows pours the natural sunlight in and makes the room more airy. Marina is ideal for those who wants to dine properly on a lavish seafood feast. Take someone along who appreciates good food, maybe a fellow foodie or a business associate who wants to experience the local flavour.
Marina specializes in seafood and stores plenty of delicacies ranging from all over the coast line. Cuisine you will be able to enjoy here are North-Indian and Chinese cuisine. Dining at Marina is not exactly cheap so be prepared for that. Begin enjoying the extensive menu with some appetizers like, coral red sesame fried fish with papaya, steamed dimsum, exotic clear noodle soup, fried crispy calamari rings, chilly coriander fried fish, deep fried wonton, crispy corn in golden basket, butter garlic prawns and salt & pepper fried fish. Pick any seafood you want from their catch of the day and let them whip up a dish with your chosen sauce. Include some fried rice or noodles to make it a proper main course. As finale have, Spanish tresleche, dates pancake with ice cream and chocolate lava.