Moonrakers Sea Food Restaurant – ECR, Mahabalipuram

Published: 01st October 2009
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Seafood is any sea animal or plant that is served as food and eaten by humans. Seafoods include seawater animals, such as fish and shellfish (including molluscs and crustaceans). By extension, in North America although not generally in the United Kingdom, the term seafood is also applied to similar animals from fresh water and all edible aquatic animals are collectively referred to as seafood.

Edible seaweeds are also seafood, and are widely eaten around the world, especially in Asia. See the category of sea vegetables. The harvesting of wild seafood is known as fishing and the cultivation and farming of seafood is known as aquaculture, mariculture, or in the case of fish, fish farming. Seafood is distinguished from meat, although it is still animal and is excluded in a vegetarian diet. Seafood is an important source of protein in many diets around the world, especially in coastal areas.

With that, I would like to introduce you to Moonrakers!! If you are a sea food freak, we know just the restaurant you should be heading for!

There are sea food lovers, who have a passion and almost an innate reverence for the fruit of the sea. Watch their eyes light up when you mention jumbo prawns, succulent scampi, grilled fish or crunchy calamari! If you qualify as one of these, we recommend you take a long scenic drive along ECR towards Mahabalipuram, and stop at the gates of Heaven: `Moonrakers`.

This restaurant isn't plush or posh, but the cuisine it offers is to die for! It may appear like a Goan shack at first, but as you step into the dimly lit interiors, the heady aroma of freshly cooked seafood and spices is enough to transport you. Ask for the fresh catch of the day, and if you are lucky, you may even get fresh shark meat!



Get set to take your pick from the choicest crab, lobsters, prawns, fish or calamari! They are happy to cook your choice of seafood, the way you like it. The dieters can opt for the grilled version, while others can pick from spicy curries, smothering masalas and even Chinese!



The crunchy batter fried calamari is an absolute must-try! The grilled prawns come laced with tempting butter and diced garlic. The tandoori pomfret come with the delicate smoky flavour, smothered in a tingling, spicy masala. The variety of fish curries includes those with a generous helping of coconut milk, tangy tamarind or pungent Chettinad masala.



Moonrakers is all about sea food. But they do have an odd chicken or meat dish on the menu. The die-hard vegetarians won't find much on offer. The accompaniments include steamed white rice, crisp, flaky parathas or soft naans. The place is packed with visiting tourists, expatriates from Chennai and local people. It may be wise to go early, for they invariably run out of the fresh catch due to the high demand.



The place is packed with visiting tourists, expatriates from Chennai and local people. It may be wise to go early, for they invariably run out of the fresh catch due to the high demand. After all, there is something `fishy` about Moonrakers!



Moonrakers

34 Othavadai Street

Next to Kamraj Ayurvedic

Mamallapuram

Chennai

Tel: 044-27442115

9444184060

Radhika Mohan has a critical style of approach towards places she visits and dines in. To read more articles of Radhika Mohan visit, www.FindNearYou.com.

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