HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Dal, bhat, tarkari, achaar and masu — aren’t you fed up eating this every day? Nepalis somehow crave for this at least once a day, but if you are craving for change in palate then try seafood. Yes, seafood. Don’t worry it is available. Just head towards one of Bluefin Fresh Mart’s outlet, either at Jhamshikhel, Bhainsepati or Baluwatar.
About the mart
The mart was established in 2012, managed and operated under Energy Business House International (EBHI) (P) Ltd. Its first outlet was at Jhamshikhel. There are four outlets of the Mart, three in Kathmandu and one in Pokhara. About the increasing outlets Sugam Acharya, CEO of EBHI informs, “Due to the energy problem it is not possible to open separate outlet. So we have come up with a solution of keeping our freezers at other stores and marts like Mama’s Mart, Valley Cold Store among others and now there are total eight places where you can get our seafood products.”
Acharya lived in Thailand for eight years and was influenced by his Thai wife to import seafood in Nepal. He shares, “When my wife came to Nepal she was shocked to see the food culture in Nepal and her father is a fish farmer. So because of her inspiration Bluefin Fresh Mart has come to life.”
About the name Acharya expresses, “Bluefin tuna is the most expensive sea fish where 200 kg costs $80 million and whenever Nepali people have a headache they get Brufen tablet, these names sound similar. It was catchy and easy to remember, that’s how we got our mart’s name.”
The seafood products in the mart are International Food Standard (IFS) certified and are imported from Thailand via air as per Acharya. Those who ask for discount can get five per cent discount on every purchase. Meanwhile, smart voucher is also available at the mart that avails 7.5 per cent discount. And there are several other discounts included in the smart voucher.
The outlet at Jhamshikhel covers an area of 500 sq ft where you can get 40 varieties of meat items that include seafood like red snapper, shrimp jumbo, Atlantic salmon fillet, Norwegian smoked salmon, calamari (squid ring), tuna saku, budshara, dolly, Japanese shab, et cetera along with pork chop, bacon and chicken. And if you fear fish bone then you can simply take fish fillet home and cook it as per your wish.
But meat at seafood store? “We could not refuse our customer’s demand that’s why we have pork and chicken items, which are export quality,” explains Acharya.
As you enter the mart, refrigerators are neatly lined at the corner and you can get ample space to walk around and choose your desired food items. The huge pictures of seafood on the walls tempt you to take home seafood. The refrigerators in the mart are maintained in -18 degree Celsius, a must to maintain its freshness. According to Acharya the frozen food items are free from bacteria and all the seafood in the mart have gone through Individual Quick Freeze (IQF) that keeps the item fresh for nine to 12 months depending upon the time of IQF and the mentioned temperature.
After the purchase, Acharya advises, “It is better if you don’t store the product and for better taste and quality it is good to consume the item on the same day of purchase.” Products like shrimp ball, fish ball, shrimp and calamari after thawing in room temperature just need hot oil to cook instantly.
You can purchase items ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 4,000.