People are eating with their feet dipped in knee-deep water where different varieties of fish are swimming and often biting the feet. Children are also enjoying their time with fish.
It is a restaurant, an innovative one, named Mauban Restaurant situated at the Bakchara junction of Bypass Road in Satkhira city.
Since the restaurant was opened for customers on July 30, it has received much response from the locals within a few days, with an average daily sale of Tk35,000-40,000. Hundreds of customers visit it every day.
Regarding the idea of the restaurant, Mauban Restaurant owner Delwar Hossain said he watched a video on YouTube of a similar type of restaurant. He hopes everyone will like the restaurant.
Bonnie Amin, the manager of the restaurant, said although it is open from 10am to 10pm, people from different walks of life arrive mainly after 3pm. "There will be more customers when more people know about it."
There are 10 workers in the restaurant.
"All kinds of food, including Chinese, Bengali and fast food, are available here. Customers prefer seafood, Rupchanda fish and Chinese food," Amin said.
He further said the novelty of the food here is the recipes of various fish, including Rupchanda, lobster, hilsa, vetki, etc. The restaurant is being operated following the hygiene rules for Covid-19.
The water of the fish tank is changed every morning. The fish stay in a small space inside the restaurant when water is changed.
There are separate places for sitting and eating. Car parking is also available.
There are 15 species of fish, including catfish, comet fish, goldfish, and blue-fighter.
Alif Hossain of Munjitpur area of Satkhira city who visited the restaurant said the environment is beautiful. "While eating, the fish coming and biting our legs is a different feeling. The restaurant has a novelty."
Tariqul Islam, a resident of Sultanpur area of the city, went to visit the restaurant after hearing about it from friends. He said he liked the restaurant as it is different from others, and food prices are also affordable.
Tamanna Afrin Ruhi, a child who visited the restaurant with her family, said she played with fish.
"I love the place. They have fish and food. I will go again," she said.
When asked if there is a health risk in having food and playing in the water, Dr Asim Kumar Sarkar of Satkhira Sadar Hospital said although there is no health risk for adults, children can be affected.
"Children enjoy playing with fish. However, if the playing time is too long, in many cases they are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases. In this case, we have to take care of the children," he added.