Monday, February 28, 2011

Oyster Bay - Restaurant and Food Review

Oyster Bay, a brand new Seafood Restaurant conveniently located on the busy Jyothi Nivas College Road, cannot be missed. Oyster bay tags out to seafood lovers and to vegetarians "equally". A big THANK YOU to Dimna from the PRHUB for having arranged the afternoon lunch, and made it possible.

Amuse Bouche

Who were my fellow blogger's who joined in for the afternoon Madhuri from Cook Curry Nook, Geetha and her husband Prakash from Fragrant Kitchen and Shubhada from Shubhada 1,2,3's It was the first time for me  with respect to a blogger's meet, taste testing and reviewing a restaurant. Was it worth it? Of course it is when a group of women who just simply got fired away like long lost friends catching up over good food - Cooked specially by Chef Thomson.
Chef Thomsun
Since I was the first to reach I had the privilege of having a nice chat with Mr.Philip the Managing Director of Penver Products which is one of the top 5 exporters of Seafood from Kerala. He is re-known in the Seafood Industry, with over 20 years of experience. And now Philips has decided to utilize Penver’s core strengths of sourcing world class food processing expertise, by setting up Seafood restaurants in the fast casual format of which Oysterbay is his first christened. The idea is to delight the Indian palate within inlands to a variety of global seafood dishes, with an Indian twist to it. The restaurant done in colours of white and grey, with the ceilings overcast with bright blue canopies, comes with a European hint. The restaurant is spaced out into a lounge and dining area. which came a buzz with the islands of families seated enjoying a gala spread of the buffet. The buffet consists of a spread of 2 Seafood grill, 3 Non-vegetarian dishes, 4 Vegetarian dishes, a salad bar and a dessert station with 4 choices, of which rested a Chocolate Fountain, all for a price of Rs.255 per head excluding taxes. We stepped away from the usual buffet counter style lunch and opted to try out the chef's recommendations.
My refreshing Orange blossom along with an Amuse bouche appeared in front of me. We tried the first entrée of our meal proper with a soup, my eyes fixed onto the Lobster Cappuccino in the menu - which I found a delight with the lobster pleasantly done justice to with a soul warming balance of flavor. A bemusing appeal of a soup served in a coffee cup, not to forget the foam effect too. Then came the nibbles with Tahini Scented Grilled Lebanese Prawns, Oyster Otang Otang which is oyster cooked in spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled. And then came Spiced Pesto Tentacles - which is squid tentacles combined with a hot pesto sauce, all scored full marks.

Top L-R: Lobster Cappuccino,
Bottom L-R: Grilled Prawns, 
Oyster Otang Otang, Spiced Pesto Tentacles
Being a non-vegetarian has its advantages, because you get to try the vegetarian dishes too, of which I enjoyed the Cajun Aloo Tikki - An Indo Carribean delight topped with  a Cajun flavored raita. All the starters have a free accompaniment of choice of any one - harabhara kabab, potato wedges, french fries or steamed vegetables, mini pizza paratha which is a like a meal by itself. I was already quite full from the appetizing en trees. Yet I had to order the signature dish Jewels of the Sea, an association of grilled squid tubes, prawns, mussels, clams and cuttlefish served with crab claws and slow roast garlic in white wine. The portions were generous but to me required bit more moisture from the wine.

Jewels of the Sea

To round of the lunch on a sweet note, there came the dessert platter - A Missippi Mud pie, portions of Bebinca, Coconut MousseTiramisu, Blueberry Cheesecake, Litchie Bavarian, the Winner Walnut Chocolate Brownie with chocolate sauce, not to forget a glorious Chocolate fountain to indulge in further. What took to a couple of more bites are the Palada Payasam and the Coconut Mousse a definite must try for those wanting a delicate hint of coconut. And with almost two hours after we had started, our meal drew to a close. Though some of the dishes may sound intimidating, the service is handled by exceptional service with dignified enthusiasm.

My verdict: Go if want to try out seafood in its options, a MUST TRY of their soups and entree's, needs wee bit more work on some of their dishes...

Oysterbay  Ground Floor, Cygnus Chambers, Adjacent to Bhima Jewelers, Jyothi Nivas College Road, Koramnagla, Bangalore 560095. Tel: +91 80 4209 0000

Working Hours: Lunch: 12 noon to 3 PM, Happy Hours: 3 PM to 7 PM, Dinner: 7 PM to 11 PM

Basement Parking Available

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