A food festival is returning to the Isle of Dogs due to popular demand.

Memsaheb on Thames is hosting the Sea Food Festival (from August 16) every evening until Saturday, September 3, on its terrace, offering diners their pick of fish, crustaceans and more.

Manager Abdul Azad has the task of getting up at 2am each morning to pay a visit to Billingsgate Market to shop for ingredients. Lobster, crabs, sea bream and sea bass will all be on the menu daily with a changing array of more exotic sea creatures available.

From 6pm to 10.30pm daily diners will be able to choose what they want from the display, tell chefs how they want it cooked and customise their dish with a choice of spices, sauces and side dishes.

The Memsaheb in Amsterdam Road was taken over by Kashfi Kamal last year

The annual event was cancelled last year after Kashfi Kamal took over the Amsterdam Road venue and discovered the previous owners were embroiled in a tax scandal.

Abdul said: “It was always a very popular event and people in the neighbourhood have been asking for us to bring it back.

“The owner couldn’t do it last year as she had no one to run it but now we are hoping it will be bigger and better than ever.”

The festival will run alongside its usual menu of Bangladeshi food and Abdul said: “It will be quite a challenge for the chefs but they are looking forward to it.

“I’m looking forward to going to the market each day. I love fish, my favourite is catfish.”

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