From Sea To The Table: Fresh Catch brings Bandra a taste of authentic North Kanara Delicacies

From Sea To The Table: Fresh Catch brings Bandra a taste of authentic North Kanara Delicacies
Fresh Catch has opened up in Bandra,
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Sibling-duo Ankita and Adith Fernandes are endeavouring to keep their father's legacy alive through Fresh Catch's newest outpost in Bandra

Mallika Bhagat
April 14 , 2022
02 Min Read

Fresh Catch. The name itself reminds one of the smell of seafood that wafts around coastal areas. It was also an iconic seafood restaurant in Mahim, which the late Francis Fernandes ran for 25 years. After his demise, his kids Adith and Ankita Fernandes have taken their father’s legacy forward, establishing Fresh Catch in Bandra’s Hill Road, with the same old-school hospitality welcoming patrons with open arms. 

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The 65-seater is a step into a time machine of the glorious years of the predecessor outpost that their father, Francis Fernandes, ran for 25 years. The menu offers home-style North Kanara delicacies made from fresh produce procured at the fishing docks the very same day. Walk into a time warp At the entrance, the mascot pelican stands with a fish in-between its beak, a metaphor that only the freshest catch is used in the kitchen. 

The interiors of Fresh Catch

Coral pink walls mark the journey from the old outpost to the new setting in a seamless flow. Old doors, menu boards and memorabilia don the space, along with hand-painted pictures of Karwar and Honavar scenes, frames celebrating past memories and accolades are highlighted under the earthy cane lamps. Beverage glasses are embossed with fish, plates represent the sea and the logo celebrates their parents’ initials woven into a hook and bait. A personal reminder of how Fresh Catch was born. The staff that has been with Fresh Catch since inception are dressed in their beach print shirts and welcome smiles to offer guests a fulfilling experience. 

Amchi Tumchi: Yours and Mine 

Ankita and Adith Fernandes

Fresh Catch deploys private trawlers to catch and segregate the best catch to maintain the experience of preparing the best seafood experience. Raw herbs and condiments are used to make curries and marination rubs from remote villages across the Konkan coast. Every pan-seared fish fry gets a special rub of the Fernandes family’s secret masalas: a fiery red Rechado Masala and fragrant green hara bhara masala. Fresh Catch is one of the few restaurants that serves kanne (ladyfish), which is a rare find in all of Mumbai.

Fresh Catch's delicacies

The new outpost is already dishing out its ever-popular deshelled version of crab meat drenched in a butter garlic sauce, as well as Chicken Vindaloo, Mutton Rossa Kadi and even a Bombay favourite Bombil Tawa Fry. Vegetarians have a feast waiting for them too. The Veg KingFish Fry is rava-fried brinjal slices in a spicy and tangy masala. Wallachi Amti Aamchi style is a green leafy vegetable in a coconut mild rossa kodi. Vindaloo and Xacuti replace meat with assorted vegetables. To wash this all down, the Sol Kadi is mandatory. Coconut is pressed in order to ensure a thick, milky density. To end the meal on a sweet note, the 16-layered Indo-Portuguese cake Bebinca is brought in every week from specialised makers in Goa

 


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