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Awana Seafood Festival

Stephanie Carrera heads to Chelsea to see what all the fuss is about

Written by . Published on July 12th 2011.

Awana Seafood Festival

CHELSEA'S Awana already has a reputation for high-end Malaysian cuisine, fused with a bit of creative flair. Now they’re hosting a two-week seafood festival, with an exclusive menu dreamt up by head chef, Virasamy Poliah.  Still dedicated to bringing the very best of Malaysian flavour to London, Awana’s special festival menu includes a selection of starters and mains infused with exotic tastes. Try grilled mussels in lime leaf, lemongrass and chilli; tempura tiger prawns with homemade guava mayonnaise; crab in dry curry; stir fry clams in ginger, garlic, and dark soy sauce; or mussels in a Malaysian style tom yam soup. These mouth-watering combinations will only be available through the end of the festival, Sunday July 17th, and then you’re left to your own devices to conjure them up in your kitchens, so better book a table ASAP.

Before your feast, meet at the bar to try some of Awana’s cocktails, ranging from fruity to sweet to aromatic, or choose from a selection of fine wines specially put together by manager William Wang, a sommelier and mixologist. Even better, come at lunch or on a Tuesday night, when selected cocktails are one-third off. If you can’t make it before the 17th, or you’re not a fan of seafood, Awana still has plenty to offer. A range of both carnivorous and veggie-friendly options, each with a delicate blend of spices to add an extra taste sensation, is available. Can’t decide? Try the Malaysian Journey, a set menu full of a little bit of everything, complete with wine pairings for each course. If you’re up for something a bit more casual, or some after-work drinks and grub, belly up to the satay bar, serving gourmet versions of some of Malaysia’s finest streetfood: skewers of meats and fresh vegetables accompanied by a spicy homemade peanut sauce. With its elegant setting and convenient location on Sloane Avenue, Awana is the perfect place to meet your date for a seafood treat after work.

Festivals runs until Sunday July 17th

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