Eat To The Content Of Your Heart With BentoBox At Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

Bento is traditionally a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal, common to Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento box holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables.

Its extremely popular form of a lunch box and usually women spend a lot of time and energy making bento boxes for their spouses and children. It is also considered as a perfectly balanced meal because of the presence of all vital elements. From proteins to carbs, salad, starters, main course and a dessert, a bento box is a wholesome meal.

Taking the concept ahead, but with a twist, Wan Hao, the Pan Asian cuisine restaurant at Marriott Miramar, Panjim has started the Bento Box promotion from 18th July till month-end. The twist lies in the fact that the concept may be Japanese, but the bento box here comprises of Chinese and Thai dishes only and nothing Japanese about it in that sense.

It has about 4 pre-set menu combinations, 2 veg, and 2 non-veg, but you can mix and match your preferences from within those menus. All menus include a salad, 2 starters, 1 rice or noodle, 1 main course gravy, and 1 dessert. The best part about this bento box is unlimited refills, you can literally eat to the content of your heart. Although the portion size of each item is more than enough for a single person, if you wanna indulge, no one is stopping you. You also get a glass of soft beverage or a beer along with your bento box meal. Priced at Rs 999++ for veg and Rs 1099++ for non-veg, it’s definitely worth every penny you spend.

I tried the bento box which had fish in mustard sauce and chicken spring rolls for starters. The fish was delectable and the crispy chicken spring rolls were perfect. The kimchi salad was indeed my favorite and I did take a couple of refills for the same. The Kung Pao Chicken with Chicken Noodles made for my main course and I ended the meal with a Chocolate Mud Cake for dessert. It truly was a wholesome experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Don’t miss this feast, you will definitely like it, so go for it while the promotion is still on!

Restaurant Details

Phone Numbers

0832 2463333
00 841187868
Table booking recommended 

Cuisines

Chinese, Asian

Average Cost 

₹1,500 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any. Cash and Cards accepted

Address 

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa

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Lunch Scenes By The Sea At Toy Beach Club, Goa

Lunch Scenes by the sea are always so exciting for me and Toy Beach Club had been sitting on my list from the time it opened its doors and finally, I was able to make it there for a lunch date with my sonny boy. 

The place has expansive spaces and it’s huge. I mean look at the pictures and you will know what I am talking about. A huge bar, a very high ceiling, spacious seating across 3 sections, overlooking the Candolim Beach, Toy is beautiful in every way. It’s the kind of place where you would not want to be time-bound. You would want to sit there for long hours, take occasional walks along the beach, or dip in the sea and come back for another drink, gorge onto some food and then take a fresh breath of air and return for desserts, in a nutshell, its a place meant for spending some relaxed and chilled out time.

Not just beautiful, but the place serves excellent food 🥘 and drinks 🍸 too. 
I tried the following dishes and each one of them was delicious.

Peri-Peri Cottage Cheese- soft and tender chunks of cottage cheese skewers loaded with creamy peri-peri sauce, it’s definitely worth trying, though slightly spicy.

Peri Peri Cottage Cheese

Chicken Tikka- I have to say that in a long long time, this was the best chicken tikka that I had. Such succulent pieces of chicken, perfect marination and loved the presentation on top of a naan served with salad and pickled ring onions, it was just too good.

Chicken Tikka
Lunch Scenes With Sea View

Chilly Prawns- Just go for this dish if you wanna give your mouth a riot of flavors. Spicy, tangy, saucy and utterly delicious, I loved it. I am anyway a huge fan of Asian flavors so this made for my most favourite dish.

Chilly Prawns

For the main course while the boy settled for his staple Dal Makhani and Butter Naan, I relished the Grilled Fish in Lemon Sauce. The dal makhani was close to being perfect as it could, creamy and delicious and the fish was very flavorful in its own way with subtle spices and tanginess of the lemon sauce.

Boy Enjoying Dal Makhani With Butter Naan
Grilled Fish In Lemon Sauce

The Strawberry Cheesecake served as a perfect dessert to conclude the culinary delights.

Strawberry Cheesecake

I know that I can sit here for hours and spend some great time chilling with my family and friends while enjoying a scrumptious meal and witnessing a great view. If you haven’t visited Toy yet, you definitely must. It will be worth your while.

Restaurant Details

Phone number

+91 7022910403
Table reservation recommended 

Cuisines

Asian, Continental, European, Goan

Average Cost 

₹2,500 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any. Cash and Cards accepted

Address 

Candolim Beach Road, Candolim, Goa

Toy Beach Club Location

Celebrate World Tapas Day in the Spanish way!

For food enthusiasts out there, who like to experiment and enjoy different types of cuisines, World Tapas Day is just around the corner. A quick background on tapas; tapas are small bites of food – snacks or finger food which is accompanied by beer. In Spain, drinks are enjoyed in small glasses called “cañas” and this Cañas y Tapas culture is now becoming a favourite of Indians as well. 

Tapas as a concept is similar to the snacking habit of Indians. It can range from authentic Spanish – paella, croquettes, patatas bravas to Indian small bites such as pakoras, paneer tikkas, and other tandoori snacks.

To honor and recognize this diversity of Spanish gastronomy – World Tapas Day is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of June across the globe. This year, it is being celebrated on 20th June, 2019. 

Celebrate World Tapas Day by making your favorite tapas at home – there are so many different styles and choices. We suggest picking a few, inviting over some friends, and enjoying some tapas with chilled Mahou beer! 

I am starting with the amazing recipe of Butter Garlic Prawns Served With Beer Battered Onion Rings, a recipe that helped me win the Mahou Maestra Chef Season 2.

  1. Butter Garlic Prawns With Beer Battered Onion Rings

An extremely simple and delicious recipe, doesn’t take too long and is an all time favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg cleaned prawns, medium sized 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Small tartlets for serving
  • Mint leaves for garnishing
  • 2 big onions cut into rings
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 3/4th pint of Mahou Wheat Beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup

Directions:

  • Heat butter and oil in a pan on a medium flame and add chopped garlic. Saute them for about 5 minutes and let the garlic turn a little brown. Be careful to not burn the garlic.
  • Add prawns and keep tossing them, add mixed herbs and saute them for about 6 minutes, till the prawns are cooked. Do not overcook the prawns. Since this recipe uses butter, you won’t need to add salt, but in case you feel its less, just add a pinch of salt.
  • Serve the prawns in tartlets and garnish with mint leaves.
  • For the onions, combine flour, corn flour, herbs, and salt and make a batter using beer.
  • Coat the onion rings in batter and then coat them with breadcrumbs.
  • Let them rest for about half an hour in the freezer before you fry them.
  • Fry the frozen onion rings in oil at medium heat till they turn golden in color.
  • For the dip, combine mayonnaise and ketchup and enjoy with your onion rings and prawns.

2. Patata Bravas

A simple and easy to make the dish – Patata bravas is a common tapa native to Spain. Seasoned with salt – it is best served with smoky salsa brava sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. hot smoked Spanish paprika 
  • 1⁄4 tsp. sugar 
  • 5 canned whole peeled tomatoes, drained 
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 1⁄2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 
  • Olive oil, for frying 
  • 1 Kg. small waxy potatoes, quartered 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise 
  • Minced parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  • Pulse paprika, sugar, tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt, and white pepper in a small food processor until coarsely ground. Heat olive oil in a 2 -qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry tomato mixture, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes; set bravas sauce aside
  • Heat 2″ olive oil in a 6-qt. saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 220°. Add potatoes all at once to oil; cook until tender and pale golden, 35–40 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to paper towels to drain; chill 30 minutes. Remove oil from heat.  
  • Return pan of oil to heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Working in batches, fry potatoes until golden brown and crisp, 4 –5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to paper towels to drain; season with salt. Drizzle potatoes with the reserved bravas sauce and mayonnaise; garnish with parsley if you like.

3. Ham Croquettes 

Traditionally known as croquettes, they are small fried breadcrumbed rolls, usually containing ham, cheese, mashed potatoes, ground meat or veggies as the main ingredient. One of the most available tapas in Spain, it is best enjoyed with thick bechamel sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 liter of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 100 grams of breadcrumbs
  • Nutmeg
  • 150 grams of cooked ham or Serrano cut in tiny pieces
  • Salt

Directions:

  • Pour the oil in a pan and place it on the fire. When hot, remove from the heat and with a wooden spoon add the flour, stirring until it becomes a paste.
  • Place the pan on the stove and add the milk slowly, stirring the mixture until it is done and has a good consistency.
  • Add nutmeg, ham, and salt until the mixture thickens.
  • When the mixture has thickened, place it on a tray or bowl and let it cool down.
  • Beat 2 eggs in a bowl. 
  • When the croquette mixture is cold, cut into pieces and give a long oval shape.
  • Dip the croquettes in beaten egg, making sure they are covered completely. 
  • Now cover the croquettes in breadcrumbs. 
  • Fry the croquettes in olive oil (the oil should cover the whole croquettes). When they are golden, remove them from the fire and serve them.

4. Stuffed Bell Pepper bites with Beer Barbeque Braised Chicken Keema

Ingredients:

  • 2 bell peppers insides scraped and cut into wedge shaped pieces
  • Chicken mince 250g
  • Barbeque sauce 1cup
  • Mahou maestra wheat beer 100ml
  • Jaggery 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 Onion chopped fine
  • 5-6 garlic pods grated
  • Red Chilli powder/paprika 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper according to taste
  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • Grated cheddar cheese 1 cup

Directions:

  • Preheat airfryer to 200 degrees. In a bowl combine the beer, barbeque sauce,jaggery
  • In a wok take olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic
  • Add the chicken mince and cook for 5-10 min.
  • Add the liquid mixture to this and cook till thick and beer cooks out.
  • Add salt and pepper. 
  • Brush the bell peppers with olive oil, place grated cheese at bottom. 
  • Top with cooked braised chicken mince and jalapenos. 
  • Airfry for 10 min or so till peppers are just soft. 
  • Sprinkle some parmesan and chilli flakes on top before serving!

5. Tapas Salmon with Egg and Mayonnaise 

This type of tapas on long bread is another commonly found Tapas. Loaded with smoked salmon, a slice of hardboiled egg, a small dot of mayonnaise, and held together by the traditional toothpick.

Ingredients:

(10 portions)

  • 5-6 ounces of Smoked Salmon, thinly sliced
  • 10 slices of Hardboiled Egg
  • 2 Hardboiled Eggs, grated
  • A bit of Black Pepper
  • Little amount of Mayonnaise
  • 10 slices of Long Bread, as fresh and crispy as possible
  • Toothpicks
  • Lemon juice

Directions: 

  • Put all ingredients and plates etc. in the fridge for an hour or so to cool down before you start
  • Load a slice of bread with the salmon and slice of egg
  • Use a teaspoon to put a dot of grated egg white over the slice of hardboiled egg
  • If you like, a few droplets of lemon juice or lime juice over the salmon
  • If you like, a dash of ground black pepper over the egg
  • Next comes a nice little dot of mayonnaise for garnishing
  • Stick a toothpick through all ingredients to keep things together.

6. Crispy Beer-Battered Fish

Seasoning it with wheat beer adds subtle nuances of the hops and makes the batter even lighter. It is best made with Mahou Maestra heat, the recently launched wheat beer that adds the tangy taste to the fish. Fried until golden brown and crispy, beer battered fish is a classic dish you can’t go wrong with.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of Mahou Maestra Wheat beer
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups crushed unsalted top saltines (about 40)
  • 4 cod fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions:

  • In a shallow bowl, combine the cornstarch, baking powder, salt, Creole seasoning, paprika, cayenne, and 1/2 cup flour. 
  • Stir in milk and Mahou Maestra Wheat beer until smooth. 
  • Place crackers and remaining flour in separate shallow bowls. 
  • Coat fillets with flour, then dip in batter and coat with crackers.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry fish in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.

Wanna Have The Best Pizza In Goa, Davide’s Pizzeria Is Your Go To​ Place!

When it comes to having a Pizza at a restaurant, I am very particular, because I don’t end up enjoying them at most of the places. I don’t fancy the well known and popular pizza chains either, because for me sometimes the base is too thick, or the toppings are not up to the mark, and the biggest challenge is to find that perfect cheesy pizza. What’s a pizza without that quintessential cheese pull. But thank god for Davide’s Pizzeria, I won’t be able to complain anymore. Its hands down the best pizza place in town.

Nestled in a quaint and beautiful garden and an indoor bar, even in the hustle bustle of a tourist swarming place like Candolim, this place has its sense of calmness. As per Davide, it was one of the prerequisites. The place is very tastefully decorated with a minimalistic approach and has a perfectly inviting ambiance. Its a place where you can sit back, relax, enjoy a good meal and spend some quality time with family or friends. Play a game of Ludo, UNO, Chess or Scrabble which occupy a tiny space on each table and have been kept to add a fun quotient and also I feel its a great idea to put your mobiles away for some time and just focus on some intimate time, talking, playing and of course enjoying food with your loved ones. Also feel free to take your four-legged companions with you, since its a pet-friendly restaurant and both Davide and his partner Alciela are pet lovers.

Coming to food, trust me its as authentic as it can be. Given the fact that about 80-85% of the ingredients are imported from Italy, the quality of ingredients used is very high. They also depend on homegrown organic veggies and local produce and all the pizzas and bread are baked in house.

To begin with, I wanted to try the classic garlic bread (Crostino’ All Aglio) since that’s a favorite for both me and my son. On Davide’s recommendation, we also had the Focaccina Bianca, which was a crispy bread topped with some sauce, rosemary, garlic, and rock salt. I wish words could justify the taste and flavors we experienced while indulging in the buttery garlic bread and the crispy focaccina. Both of them were simply amazing. Gorging on these delicious bread, sipping a chilled coke over a game of Ludo with my sonny boy made for a perfect lunch time indulgence.

We were already full with these starters, but obviously, we came for a Pizza, and we had to have one. So we gave ourselves a break of a few minutes and were caught up in a beautiful chit chat with the warm couple hosts Davide and Alciela. Right from their caricatured logo, to the tasteful decor, to the style of cooking and personal attention, everything at this place reflects their personality. Both of them are so loving, passionate and friendly, that you cannot ignore the personalized charm that they bring to the place. Davide’s Pizzeria is definitely about the excellent food they serve, but it is also about the people behind it.

Oh yes, and now about the Pizza, all I can say is that I haven’t eaten a better Pizza than this in a long long time and I think I am already spoilt for my choice. I don’t think I will be easily able to like Pizza at any other place now. The dough’s freshness could be smelled, the crispiness was perfect and the main thing, cheese. Oh My God, the cheese pull was so so good that you have to try it to believe it. I had the Al Pollo Pizza which had tomato, mozzarella, chicken, garlic, chili flakes, and parsley.

I honestly had no place in my stomach and was all ready to leave, when Alciela mentioned the desserts and I could not refuse and I am so glad I didn’t because then I would have missed the best possible Tiramisu ever. A tiramisu so perfect has been almost impossible to find, a tiramisu without that overload of cream, a tiramisu which was super moist, cakey and had the perfect dash of coffee. But this Tiramisu, a recipe shared by Davide’s mother is as close to as Tiramisu is supposed to be. The banana cake was another exemplary dessert that should be given a try, but Tiramisu, dont miss it at any cost.

Well, to conclude, Davide’s Pizzeria is one my list of most recommended restaurants to visit in Goa and I highly recommend it.

Restaurant Details

Phone number

+91 9021936350

Cuisines

Italian, Pizza

Average Cost 

₹1,200 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any, Cash and Cards accepted

Address 

Ford Aguada Road, Sinqueri, Candolim, Goa

You can also read my latest review on the Sunday Brunch by Double Tree By Hilton Panaji or read more Restaurant Reviews

Sunday Brunch At Double Tre​​e By Hilton, Panaji Is A Perfect Balance Of Culinary Delights and Entertainment!

Often when we think of Sunday Brunch, it means a laid back food scene and when we imagine what a Sunday brunch at a five-star hotel means, we only think of a lavish buffet spread. But what if I tell you that Sunday Brunch at DoubleTree By Hilton, Panaji is not just an expansive multicuisine spread, but it offers much more than that. Organized at their all-day dining restaurant, Comida, this brunch should definitely be on your list. This brunch is more like an experience, a fun time with family and friends, a place to unwind and get rejuvenated and of course all this while you enjoy scrumptious meals and drinks.

Yes, DoubleTree by Hilton has taken utmost care to make their Sunday Brunch worth your while. Not only you get to enjoy the multicuisine food extravaganza that has dishes from across the globe, but also there is live music to make your afternoon melodious. With the brunch, you also get access to the beautiful infinity pool that overlooks the Mandovi river and a view that is breathtakingly beautiful. An exclusive kiddies zone is also accessible where kids can spend some time playing games and enjoying on their own.

Coming back to food, the buffet explores best and many different dishes from across cuisines. For example, within the Asian section, you get to savor tastes of Chinese, Thai and Malaysian, etc. and Indian section showcases food from different regions like Kashmiri, Punjabi, Hyderabadi, Rajasthani and many more. The selection of cheese and dips is something you can’t get over. From Buffalo Mozerella to Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, Emmental, Edam, you will be simply spoilt for choices. The homemade dips like guacamole, hummus, tzatziki were delicious. I had a plate full of cheese, these dips and some crackers as my main meal 🙂

But I have to accept that Indian, Continental and Asian sections were as interesting and some of the dishes that I highly recommend are:

  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
  • Laal Maas
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Paneer Hariyali Tikka
  • Tandoori Aaloo
  • Pork Chops
  • Basil Chilly Noodles

And for dessert lovers, this brunch will prove to be a heaven. There is so much to choose from. From season specials with mango to cakes, puddings and Indian sweets, the variety is huge and almost everything that I tried was fabulous. And the cocktails are mocktails were not just delicious but also very very pretty looking.

After lunch, I headed to the pool for some chilled out time and after a very relaxing swim, I reluctantly got ready to come back home. I was feeling so so good there that I actually didn’t want to come back.

I had a lot of fun at this wholesome Sunday Brunch with my sonny boy and I am sure you too will love it. The brunch starts at INR 1550 onwards and trust me its worth every penny that you spend.

Do I recommend this place, Yes I certainly do!! Its full fun, value for money and perfect to spend a Sunday with loved ones.


Restaurant Details

Phone Numbers

+91 9607975330
+91 9607975324
Table booking recommended 

Cuisines

North Indian, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean

Average Cost 

₹2,000 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any. Cash and Cards accepted

Address 

DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Panaji Kadamba Plateau, Panjim Old Goa Bypass Road, Velha, Panaji, Goa

Wholsome ​Fine Dining Experience At The Basil Leaf

Situated in the Golden Plateau Hotel, right on the Porvorim Highway, is the recently opened fine dine restaurant Basil Leaf. Honestly speaking when I attended the launch of the place, I couldn’t make much of it. There were a lot of guests back then and I had reached quite late, also I tried only Thai Chicken Curry and Rice during the launch which was good, but I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out when dining on a normal regular day. So when I headed to The Basil Leaf for a lunch with my family, I had no expectations at all, but at the onset, I have to say that I was taken by a complete surprise. The overall experience turned out to be so good that it has already become a favorite neighborhood restaurant for my entire family who looks forward to going back there soon.

Another thing that added a feather to the cap was the fact that as a blogger I wasn’t given any specially curated or pre-selected menu. I was free to choose my order, and this was because the restaurant management wanted me to try, experience and provide with feedback like a regular guest. This helped me understand two things about the place very well, first, it showed their confidence in their preparations and secondly, they were open to constructive feedback and suggestions to improve.

Coming to food, I ordered the following dishes

Pan Fried Chilly Fish– An absolute must have!

Chilly Fish
Chilly Fish

Chicken Pahadi Kebab– Very highly recommended, especially for those who are trying North Indian

Chicken Pahadi Kebab
Chicken Pahadi Kebab

Garlic Pepper Prawns– A very decent preparation yet again

Pepper Garlic Prawns
Pepper Garlic Prawns

Pan Fried Tamarind Fish– Something very different and unique, must be given a shot

Tamarind Fish
Tamarind Fish

Chilly Paneer– This was ok, nothing exceptional, but not bad either.

Chilly Paneer
Chilly Paneer

For the main course, we settled for Dal Makhani, which could have been better, Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, which was great, Chicken Noodles and Chicken in Oyster Sauce, both of which were really well prepared. We ended the meal on a sweet note with some Hot Gulab Jamuns.

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
Main Course
Main Course
Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun

P.S.- They have something called as Cafreal Biryani, which is chef’s own twist to create a fusion with Mughlai and Goan flavors, although I did not try it, but it sounded interesting and I will surely try it soon. Just keep in mind that if you are ordering in, you will have to call the restaurant and especially ask for this one, as it is not part of the regular menu.

To sum it up, I had a great experience enjoying my food at The Basil Leaf and you definitely should give it a try.

Address 

H 818/3, NH66 Behind Delfino’s, Near teen Building Bustop, Porvorim Bardez Goa

Phone Numbers

+91 9158083333
00 08322417733

Cuisines

North Indian, Goan, Continental, Chinese, Seafood

Average Cost 

₹700 for two people

Have You Been To Cuebebar Smokehouse Yet? If Not, You Must!

There is food, then there is food made with a lot of love, there are restaurants, and then there are dreams, this place Cuebebar Smokehouse Goa falls in the latter category because it isn’t just a restaurant but a dream that a young boy of 23 all has seen and pursued, it reflects his passion along with that of his friend. Arjun and his friend Bunty are the two boys behind this amazing place. Arjun who worked with Marriott in Texas before coming back to India is the main chef while his friend Bunty takes up the charge for the bar and shakes up some amazing cocktails.

It is one of Goa’s first smokehouse and grills and no place can satiate your cravings for great burgers, and sandwiches than this one. All meats are smoked for a minimum of 6-10 hours and thus the flavors are to swear by. In fact, they are so particular about smoking techniques, that they made their own smoker from an old tank.

Ambiance

The place has a very raw, rustic and garage like feel with some super awesome bikes adding the funk to the whole atmosphere. I loved the use of raw wood at certain places, especially the plank which has the bar menu printed on it caught my eyes. And you just cannot miss posing with the bikes, I am sure it is gonna be one of the most instagrammable restaurants of Goa, in the times to come.

Food


Coming to the food, because of their sheer love and hospitable nature, they served us some homemade chips and you can’t avoid binging on them. I teamed it up with an amazing cocktail called Ice Age, while I waited for my food to be served.

The smoked beetroot salad was simply amazing, healthy, nutritious and very very tasty. The goat cheese and the use of orange vinaigrette gave it an extra punch that I loved.

Orange Brined Chicken served on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes was typically my kind of food and I know I will be going back for it soon.

The Cuebebar style beef burger is a must have. Period. The smoked beef will melt in your mouth and the burst of flavors with caramelized onions is something you would definitely not want to miss.

The Cuebebar slider platter is also something you can’t miss. The pulled pork slider is something that makes my mouth water even when I write about it now. It’s definitely worth all the attention. The tender meat smoked perfectly and oh yes the onions, yum yum!

Service

The service was very quick and I did not have to wait too long to gorge on the scrumptious food.

Pricing

I found the prices very pocket-friendly given the fact they are almost like American portions and one portion is more than sufficient for an individual person. Average cost for 2 people would be Rs 500-600

Final Word

This place surely deserves to be on your list and apart from amazing food, they keep doing regular events to keep their clients entertained. So it’s my belief that you would love spending an evening enjoying great food and drinks at Cuebebar and it might become one of those places where you would go again and again. At least I can say I found a happy place which serves my kind of food 🙂

Address 

Behind SORO Village Pub, Assagaon – Badem road.

Important Information

Open only for dinners, 6 PM- 11:30 PM and closed on Tuesdays

To Experience Scrumptious Bohra Cuisine, Dig Into ‘Thaal’, Goa

The word Thaal is iconic with the Bohra Cuisine and hence full points to Rumama Roowala for naming her restaurant ‘Thaal’.

Little Bit Of History

Bohra Muslims, who are said to have migrated originally from Yemen to Gujarat, are firm believers in the maxim: “The family that eats together, stays together.” The entire Bohra family dines out of one platter called the thaal and it typically accommodates 4-8 people. Each dish is placed in the centre of the thaal and every member pulls his or her share. Bohras have a no-wastage policy. Not a single grain of rice is left on the plate when it is taken away.

To promote this thought and keep the tradition alive, Rumana came up with the idea of ‘Thaal’ as she too believes in community eating and bonding over food.

Location and Ambiance

Thaal which is located right opposite the Coco Beach on the Reis Magos Fort Road has both indoor and outdoor seating options. The indoor option with its low floor seating is where the traditional thaal is served. For savoring a thaal, you need to be in a group of minimum 3-4 people, otherwise, you could sit in the outside area and enjoy the smaller versions of thaal called thalis.

We chose a lazy Friday afternoon for our lunch at Thaal. Since we were just two people, me and my son, we opted for thaalis and sat down in the outer seating area that oversees the coco beach. It was a bright, beautiful and breezy afternoon, perfect to enjoy a great meal. The view was great too, I anyway am the happiest around the sea.

Food

Coming to food, we ordered two thalis for ourselves, one can choose between the starters, but the main course changes on a daily basis. But we were lucky and got to savor two different main course dishes as well. As per Bohra tradition, the meal usually begins by tasting salt which acts as a palette cleanser, it is then followed by a dessert, they consider it auspicious. So keeping with the tradition, I started by eating my dessert first, the Kalamra, which is basically sweetened curd and rice with lots of dry fruits in it. It was quite nice, after this I came to the Channa Batata, a salad with chickpeas and potatoes tossed in nice tangy tamarind chutney and the best part was some fried onions on the top, they enhanced the overall taste so much.

My starter included the Bohra Chicken Cutlets, these were simply amazing, crispy coating on the outside and almost melt in the mouth soft on the inside. Subtle flavors and a perfect texture, these definitely are worth trying.

My son’s thaali had Keema Pao as a starter and that too was excellently prepared. The Keema was delicious and the Paos soft and buttery, it made for a perfect combination.

For the main course, while I got to try Daal Gosht with Rice, my son had Gosht Biryani and both these dishes were mind-blowing. Especially the Daal Gosht is one dish that you definitely should not miss. The mutton pieces in both the dishes were extremely juicy and tender and that speaks for the quality of food. The biryani was Kacche Gosht Ki Biryani, which means that everything is cooked together and that’s one of the prime reason for getting out the best flavors. All meat is marinated overnight and slow cooked for about 4-5 hours and this explains its tenderness perfectly.

To finish my meal, Sheer Khurma, the dessert made with sweetened milk, dates, vermicelli, and loads of dry fruits was just perfect.

So I highly recommend it to both my Goan readers and friends and my readers from across the country and globe that when in Goa, this place should definitely be on your list.

The Flavors Of Bombay Come To Goa With Old Bombay Cafe

Even though Bombay doesn’t have any specific cuisine, different parts of Bombay are famous for different types of food. From the typical street food that includes Pav Bhaji, the very famous Bombay Sandwich to the food made popular by the old Parsi cafes in South Bombay, it has a lot of variety to offer. When in Bombay, you have to travel across the length and breadth of the city to savor these different delicacies, but when in Goa, you can taste all of this amazing food right from one beautiful cafe, bar and bistro.

Yes, that is the best part about Old Bombay Cafe, it brings out the best of Bombay flavors all under one roof, or rather 3 roofs :). The cafe cum bistro and bar is spread across 3 floors, with the top floor dedicated to the bar area.

Interiors

Interiors of this place are breathtakingly beautiful. It is one of the most Instagram worthy cafes of Goa. The colorful and vibrant ambiance is very craftily designed, the wall arts are just marvelous. You would actually want to stand at each nook and corner of this cafe and get yourself clicked, its actually that beautiful.

Food

I find myself struggling with the menu and deciding on what to order and what to leave when it comes to places like these. But obviously, I cannot eat it all in one day and have to leave a few things for my next visits, I tried and picked my favorites. Choosing favorites help me ensure the quality of the food because sometimes the simplest and the most popular dishes are the most difficult to get right. But, I was told by the cafe’s manager Mr. Sagar Puri that I ended up selecting all the signature dishes and these popular and simple dishes is what the cafe strives to serve with the most authentic flavors and yet with some twist.

Starters

Mutton Keema Pao Puff

Contrary to the regular Keema Pao, this was different but equally flavorful. This had lamb mince stuffed in ball-shaped bread and baked, yes baking did make a lot of difference. There was no dripping oil and I quite loved that bit.

Tandoori Paneer

I always enjoy a nicely done Paneer Tikka, and this too was perfectly done. The paneer was soft, well marinated and well roasted along with roasted bell peppers and onions, served with mint chutney.

Boti Chicken

This boti chicken is one of the most popular dishes in Bombay and I remember eating it at many different restaurants. The recipe isn’t very complicated, but the blend of spices and the way it is tenderly cooked, it has a punch of its own. Served on crispy roomali rotis with masala onions, this was really nice.

Grilled Prawns

This is one dish that I am going back to Old Bombay for, I simply loved the preparation. The prawns were delish. The spicy coating, the crunch of peanuts and the chilly chutney, ah, my mouth waters even at the mention of it and imagine my plight while writing this post just after midnight. Midnight cravings…. heard of the term?? I am experiencing it right now 🙁

Main Course

Butter Chicken

Now finding a good butter chicken in Goa has been a task for me ever since, but finally, I can now satiate my pangs for the same at Old Bombay Cafe. For me, butter chicken has always been a dish which I found at its best in Delhi and then in Bombay, but now Goa can boast of it too.

Dal Makhani

The butter chicken theory applies to Dal Makhani as well and I am so glad that I found a place where I can gorge on it. Felt like home. Coming from Delhi, and now living in Goa for close to two years, this literally was a craving I found no solace for until today. Also during my traveling years, I remember how much we sometimes miss these basic dishes, but now I can proudly say to all my North Indian friends and readers who love traveling to Goa but miss that typical food, guys this is the place for you!

Saag Meat

Another of my favourite dishes and again a very well prepared at that. The mutton was tender and well cooked, and the gravy was just perfectly done.

Final Word

After a long time, I found the flavors of both Delhi and Bombay at this one amazing place. For me, its gonna be my most frequented cafes in Goa, especially given the fact that now my entire family has shifted here from Delhi and Goa is home, we need to have a place which feels like home in terms of comfort food.

Please do visit this lovely cafe and let me know what dishes did you enjoy the most.

Details

Address 

5162, Baga Creek Road, Near Marinha Dourada Resort, Goa

Phone number

+91 7219597414
Table booking recommended

Cuisines

North Indian, Continental, Parsi

Average Cost 

₹1,600 for two people (approx.)

Opening hours

Today  12noon – 12:30AM

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These 6 New Places To Eat & Drink In Goa, Need All Your Attention

Goa is always buzzing of new places to explore, eat good food and enjoy drinks, but not all are actually that great. In the past couple of months, I have tried a whole lot of new places and some of them really deserve your attention. Also, I have tried to highlight different kinds of experiences and thus these places don’t overlap each other’s charm. Each of them is unique in its own right and you can visit them all for some amazing experience. Lets get started

Diva

Diva as they say is Goa’s freshest catch.

Chef Ritu Dalmia’s Italian restaurant, is elegant, warm and welcoming with a beautiful indoor and outdoor seating by the pool. The place spells class right from the moment you enter, the effort gone in designing the place to curating the menu and then delivering it right on your plate is evident all through. The restaurant uses authentic ingredients, often flown in directly from Italy and offers an extensive collection of wines.

It also has an outdoor pizzeria with a wood-fired oven. From handmade dough to handpicked herbs, every ingredient is chosen by the chef herself, making every dish special. The menu changes seasonally, as it does in Italy. For a truly authentic and unforgettable dining experience, one must experience Diva, it’s truly worth it! 

Top Recommended Dishes

Prawn Salad With Fennel Shavings and Citrus Fruit
Potato Roulade With Grilled Vegetables & Baked In Tomato Ragu and Parmesan
Ravioli Filled With Ricotta & Sun Dried Tomatoes With Butter Almond Sauce
Linguine With Prawns, Garlic & A Drizzle Of Chilli Oil
Tiramisu

Cuisine

Italian

Address

Andores Resort and Spa, Tivai Vaddo, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹2,000 for two people


Artisan Backerei

This tiny little bakery in Calangute should definitely be on your list and there are more than one reasons for you to do so. Well the bakery uses traditional and year old recipes of baking that have been long forgotten.. be it savouries or the sweet delights.. each recipe has a history behind it.. the ingredients used are the finest in quality and using only raw sugar or low gluten free wheat flour, pure Belgian chocolate, and fresh crafted cheese is something that one of the oldest pastry chefs of India Vijay Nagpal is extremely particular about.. I tried the BBQ Chicken Croissant which was delicious, the Classic Lorraine Quiche loaded with bacon, cheese and egg is something you shouldn’t miss, the Hummingbird Cake Slice will give you a riot of flavors and the Hungarian Esterhazy Torte will simply melt in your mouth. This is one place you would definitely want to visit again especially for the cakes and pastries. So go on and indulge!

Top Recommended Dishes

Classic Lorraine Quiche
Hungarian Esterhazy Torte

Cuisine

Bakery

Address

Shop 16, Kamat Holiday Homes, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹500 for two people


LIFE Beach Lounge

The launch of Life Beach Lounge and the first Sunday brunch that offered lovely drinks and a very appetizing Pan Asian meal gave my weekend the perfect end. This property overlooking the Morjim beach is so beautiful that one can spend hours sitting in, chilling and relaxing while also enjoying food and drinks. The view is breathtakingly beautiful and I mean who wouldn’t love such a beautiful Sunday, isn’t it?
Now coming to food, Life lets you enjoy a specially curated brunch menu that explores food and flavors from different parts of Asia. Salads, Soups, Sushi, Pizzas, Thai Curries, the menu has a lot to offer and is totally worth the money

Top Recommended Dishes

Glass Noodles Chicken Salad
Japanese Beef Salad
Gazpacho Soup
Margarita Pizza
Sushi
Red Thai Curry With Jasmine Rice
Panna Cotta

Cuisine

Japanese, Italian, Asian

Address

House 763/A, Gawde Wada Road, Morjim, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,000 for two people and Sunday Brunch starts from 1800/- onwards


The Coastal Spice By Ziva


The Coastal Spice at Ziva Suites is yet another hidden gem that I loved exploring, known for their home-style cooking offering great dishes from different coastal regions of Maharashtra, this place should definitely be on your list.. nestled in a quaint village side in Siolim, the peace, tranquility and, serenity that this place offers is unmatched. Surrounded by greens on all sides and enjoying a meal by the poolside is something that you will love. Coming back to the food.. they have a special emphasis on Goan and Malvani cuisines and particularly known for their fish thali but since I was alone and I wanted to try a few things, the very hospitable staff and Pooja Sawant who runs the place helped with smaller portions and customizations to make it more like a platter rather than full portions

Top Recommended Dishes

Prawn Papad Roll
Prawn Rava Fry
Rosemery Chicken Tikka
Malvani Chicken
Prawn Sukha

Cuisine

Goan, North Indian, Continental

Address

Ziva Suites, Wadi, Siolim-Chapora Road, Siolim, Vagator, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,100 for two people


Alibi and Pizzaronee

Two friends.. two different backgrounds but same passion..food.. one boasts of authentic North Indian cuisine to be his forte while the other is super proud about the Pizzas.. together they brought both these poles apart cuisines at a single place.ALIBI Goa is your go to restaurant for some lip-smacking Indian food. I personally loved the kebabs while Pizzaronee serves the best possible pizzas in Goa, there 20 inch super pizza is totally worth the indulgence if you are looking at sharing it with a set of friends and to top it they serve White Owl beers that simply complete your meals and compliment both the cuisines so just go for it!

Top Recommended Dishes

Murg Angara Kebab
Murg Pahadi Kebab
Chef’s Choice Pizza in 20 inches

Cuisine

North Indian and Italian

Address

1/281, Gauro Vaddo, Calangute Bardez, Opposite Tarkar Ice Factory Next To Literati Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,000 for two people


Owl Premium Night Club

If dancing the night away is your thing, then this place is definitely for you. The new kid on the block and situated in a prime location, Owl is a club you would not want to miss.

Goa is called the party capital of India and known for its lively and throbbing nightlife scene and beach parties that go all night long.

The Owl is a perfect spot to hit for a crazy night out with top-notch DJs who play music spanning across different genres, from funky and electro punk to trance, techno, EDM, Indian and pop that will persuade you to get your groove on. The vibe gets energetic and livelier with every passing hour and a wild party ensues. Although I visited the place during the launch and won’t pass judgment on the food, overall it’s one happening place that I guess everyone would love to explore.

Cuisine

Fast Food

Address

Owl Road, Shiroli Pulachi, Calangute, Goa

Average Cost

₹1,200 for two people


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