The state of Kerala is every day observing new ventures. In a recent venture, 6 youngsters who lost their jobs due to the pandemic started their own food chain and now are among one of the best food servers. They all worked as chefs in various star hotels and restaurants but lost their jobs during the lockdown. They collaborated and established a restaurant named ‘Donal Duck’, at Thoppilkadavu in Kollam city with duck cuisines as their specialty.
Claimed to be the only one with duck dishes as the main attraction in the state and perhaps even in south India, the restaurant means survival for them. The eatery has been conceptualized as a profit-sharing venture with an investment of Rs 20 lakh, of which half is a bank loan while the rest has been borrowed. “We all sit at home idle for six to seven months. I had nothing to think much when the idea came,” says one of the chef. The 23-year-old Palakkad native was a chef at a five-star hotel in Kollam for two years. His specialization is south Indian dishes.
Duck biryani, duck roast, duck mappas, grilled duck, duck tandoor (as opposed to the popular chicken tandoori) are the main attractions. Donald Duck has chicken dishes too. Apart from ducks, the cooks focus on fish varieties for they believe that even in Kollam, there are hardly any that solely attract a food connoisseur to eat out from a particular restaurant. The availability of fish in Kollam is one the highest in the state where fish curry or fish fry is part of daily meals for the majority.