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

Wok & Roll, Goa, Dishing Out Special Mango Menu!

Goa has a variety of more than 82 mangoes and the Goan mangoes are believed to be the best, there is simply no match!

In season time, it becomes obvious for people at large including restaurants to extensively use this king of fruits in the food they eat. Of course, eating the ripened sweet mango as it is, is the ultimate, but the use of mango as one of the key ingredients in cooking is also seen a lot in summers. From drinks to desserts, the mango mania literally takes over and making the most of the season, Wok & Roll, has an ongoing Mango Food Festival.

The moment I entered the place, I was in awe of it, expansive space, lush greens, overlooking the Nerul creek, the place looked ideal for chilling around for a lazy lunch. Somehow I evaluate the ambiance of the place basis how it looks during the day time and I have a soft corner for places that offer a great view and are spacious and green. Wok & Roll is all of it and more. The decor is simple and minimalistic, since its an Asian restaurant, you do get to see some typical elements in the decor, but nothing overpowers the spaciousness or the greenery of the place. Although Asheen Lobo, one of the partners has been one of the first few people I befriended in Goa when I came 2 years ago, I still never got a chance to visit any of his restaurants and how glad I am, that I finally did.



To begin with, I had the Mango and Star Anise Mojito, which was very refreshing and flavourful, and soon followed the Amuse Bouche and I have to say that it was the best Amuse Bouche ever. It was like a Thai Paan and one could make their own paan picking up ingredients like peanuts, fried onions, raw onions, green chilies, grated coconut, and a Thai sauce. It really turned out to be super delicious and I would not mind munching on it anytime.

This was followed by Vietnamese Prawn & Chicken Lemongrass Skewers served with a Mango Sauce. The skewers were perfectly done without overcooking the meats and the combined taste of prawns and chicken made it little different than the usual skewers. The tenderness of chicken was perfectly complimented with the slight raw taste of prawns. And that mango sauce is definitely a steal.

Thai Mango Som Yum was another lovely starter that I had. The typical raw papaya being replaced by sweet and raw mangoes made for a great choice. It was spicy, tangy and things nice.

For the mains we had, Burmese Prawn Mango Yellow Curry, Mango Fried Rice, and Mango Sticky Rice. Everything was up to the mark and super delicious. I in particular loved the mango fried rice the most.

For the desserts, we had glass noodles and mango and that too tasted amazing. A frozen watermelon mocktail is what I had along with it, and trust me the drink was both tempting and refreshing. The presentation of this particular drink was the best.

Apart from serving great food and drinks, Wok & Roll is environmentally conscious too. They use organic vegetables and most of the vegetables, spices, and fruits that they use come from their own expansive kitchen garden. They also utilize their food waste in converting it to biogas and this gas is exclusively used for boiling the herb teas.

Ask me if I am going back to this place soon, and its a big YES!!!

Ask me if I recommend my readers paying a visit, of course I DO 🙂

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Wok & Roll and I am sure you will love it too and yes make hay while the sun shines, so get hold of these mango special dishes before the mango season gets over. The time is ticking, tick tock, tick tock!!

Restaurant Details

Phone number

+91 9049022348

Cuisines

Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Asian, Rolls

Average Cost 

₹1,000 for two people (approx.) Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any. Cash and Credit Cards accepted.

Address 

Aguada – Siolim Road, Sinquerim, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, GoaWok & Roll address, Wok & Roll locationGet Directions 

See you again soon, and till then you can also read about my experience at The Basil Leaf or read more restaurant reviews and about other lifestyleevents and posts on my website

Bikes, Good Food, Great View and More At Enfield Garage Cafe!

In one word if I have to describe this place, it would be AWESOME! Enfield Bikes, Good Food, and A Great View, what more can you ask for, still if you want more, Enfield Garage Cafe organizes regular events to keep you amused. The Sunday Stories especially is a very popular weekly event that happens at Garage Cafe.

Overlooking the Baga creek, this cafe is a part of the Enfield showroom and this makes it even more interesting. They have indeed a huge space which looks very inviting to spend long hours chilling there. In fact, I could simply carry my laptop, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy scrumptious meal and drinks and keep looking with drooling eyes towards the numerous Enfield bikes parked there.

Well, the food here is straight up basic, something that probably everyone can enjoy. Nothing fancy, but super delicious! 
We tried the following:


Spinach and Mushroom Crepes– super-thin crepes with a creamy filling of spinach and mushrooms- I really liked it

Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza– this is definitely a must try, my sonny boy enjoyed it the most

Beef Stew– I thoroughly enjoyed dipping the bread on this flavourful stew with such tender pieces of beef. The meat was really very good. Simple recipe, great taste

Pan Seared Prawns– Have to be my favorite from the afternoon, subtle flavors but delicious

Pricing

I found the place moderately priced and given the fact the portion sizes are quite good, I think it is affordable. The average cost for two people would be Rs 1200/-.

Final Word

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at this beautiful cafe and loved everything about it. Do let me know about your experience if you have already visited or will visit now after reading my blog 🙂

Address 

House # 560, Villa Rodrigues, Arpora-Baga Creek Road, Arpora, Bardez, Goa

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.

Habanero- A Tex-Mex Culinary Experience

The moment someone says Mexican, I imagine cowboy hats, a raw appeal, some Guns and Roses type music and Nachos! So it was about time we explored this Tex-Mex Restaurant & Brewery in our very own Goa, and hence Habanero happened. Living up to its name, Habanero, which means North America, looked every bit Mexican. I especially loved the vibrancy of the place, the bold colors of lamps and those big Mexican hats adorning the tables. It has a picnic table kind bench seating, which gives it a very appealing look overall. You feel as if you have entered a happy zone and this seating enhances the experience. They usually have live performances quite often and there is a decent size stage where it happens. Unfortunately for us, it was only instrumental music, but anyway the place seemed lively enough. As we settled down, the first thing we did was to pick up those hats and of course, pose and get some pictures clicked 🙂

 

The lady manager at the Restaurant was a very warm person and came forward to both welcome us and then also suggest the must-haves. So going mainly by her choice we ordered:

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Starters

Macho Nachos, Chicken

Fully loaded with chicken, tomatoes, beans, jalapenos, olives, melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole, these were simply the best. Rated amongst their signature dishes, I would say it does full justice to it. I have eaten loaded nachos at a lot of places, but topping it with sour cream and guacamole was an add-on that I had just at this place.

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Sesame Shrimp Lime Tostada

Lightly grilled shrimps, cooked with a sesame lime sauce on a bed of lettuce leaves and salsa on a crispy tortilla, it made for an interesting dish. Totally worth indulging.

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Chipotle Chicken Skewers

I totally loved these, grilled chicken chunks in sweet and spicy chipotle sauce. The first bite may feel more on the sweeter side, but as you eat, you feel the chipotle spices doing the work. I quite enjoyed this sweet and spicy combination.

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Drinks

Bloody Mary

Pineapple Mojito

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Beer Sampler

There were 3 beers served as a part of the sampler, IPA, Lager and Mango Wheat, of all three I liked Lager the best. IPA was ok, but the Mango Wheat did not leave me with any mango flavor.

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Main Course

We were so full with the starters, that main course almost confused us. We glanced through the entire menu, shifting choices between Burgers, Tacos, Mexican Rice Bowl and Pork Ribs. All of them seemed appetizing enough to order, but we weren’t sure if we would be able to finish. Hence after a lot of deliberation, we settled for a Mexican Thali. Yes, even Mexican menu has a thali, though reading the word thali with Mexican food, didn’t quite gel well for me, but it made me all the more curious to see what was it all about and how was it served.

Well to be honest, when I saw the thali, I was disappointed. I understand that thali concept basically means getting to try a little bit of everything and we are normally used to seeing traditional thali’s in many cuisines, but with Mexican, all I expected was at least a different presentation. A typical steel thali with compartments didn’t do justice to this cuisine. I was quite put off with that, the food did not look appealing at all presented that way, neither did it look Mexican. It’s my heartfelt suggestion to the management, that even though the concept is great, it would be better it items are presented in some other manner, more like a combo than a thali. Taste wise the food was very Mexican and alright, but the presentation kind of ended the game for me, as far as the main course was concerned.

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Desserts

Fried Ice Cream

This was nicely done, but the outer covering does have a scope of improvement, it should be slightly thinner, the quoting was too thick.

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Tres Leches Cake

This definitely was a very soothing experience, both of the eyes and the mouth. It looked beautiful and tasted equally good. Again a small suggestion here would be to not sprinkle too much of cinnamon powder on the cake, as it takes away the subtle taste of buttercream cake dipped in milk.

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Overall the experience was not very great but wasn’t bad either, it was good, and I can surely give another chance to the place because I enjoyed the starters and my drinks.

 

Habanero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Artjuna- A Prefect Combination of Food & Lifestyle Place!

Normally, we don’t think of a lifestyle shop and food together, for most of us they are two different things and we have to go separately for eating and shopping, but If I tell you about Artjuna, it offers more than just food, its a perfect place to shop apparels, fashion accessories and even furniture, yes you read that right, Artjuna has all this and a lot more to offers its visitors.

Right from the entrance, the warm vibes engulf you, the place has such a colorful and vibrant feel to it that one can simply spend hours chilling there. I am sure once you step in, you make up your mind right then, that you don’t want to leave soon. It’s a place that holds your attention and keeps it intact until you leave and even after that. For me, Artjuna has been a wholesome experience. The Bohemian fashion apparel, accessories, and furniture is something that Moshes and his wife Anastasia, two passionate people who own the place, have collected over the years. Their love for art and classy things is evident in their collection. If you really take a closer look at the items on display, they give you a feel of a very personalized collection, it’s not that they have just picked up anything and everything to fill up the place, but its a very selective and tastefully placed collection.

An old Portuguese house that has been converted into this lifestyle shop and restaurant also houses a decent sized library for book lovers and also a place for yoga and recreation.

 

Coming to food, Artjuna takes great pride in not just saying but maintaining high-quality standards in all their food items. They strictly use fresh farm produce, seasonal vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, imported tahini and wild honey to prepare healthy meals. They serve Meditteranean, Israeli and Lebanese cuisines. This garden ambiance adds to the overall appeal of fresh serves and healthy food. Every juice that you order at Artjuna, is prepared right after you order, nothing is pre-prepared and kept and hence the freshness is always guaranteed.

I began my culinary experience by ordering a Watermelon Salad with Feta, as it has been one of my all-time favorite dishes and Artjuna totally lived up to my expectations. The best part was the Feta, it was perfectly balanced and not over salty as most of the places serve. To go along, I settled for the Energiser, a combination of beetroot, carrot, orange, ginger and some cinnamon which gave the kick to this fresh juice.

Followed this up with a Mazzet Plate, served with Pita Bread, this platter had a perfect selection of Meditteranean flavors, with a smooth tahini, greek kalamata olives, olive pate, feta cheese and mixed vegetable pickle. It makes for a really delightful dish and is surely a must try.

Baba Ganoush was another dish that I tried, flame roasted eggplants, creamed into a thick paste with tahini, and seasoned with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, this makes for a flavourful dip to enjoy with pita and I loved it. The creaminess was almost mouth melting.

A chocolate fondant cake with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate eclair is what made for the amazing desserts. The cake was so soft and fresh, that the quality of the products used was once again brought to notice.

The place has its own charm and I insist on a visit at least once, the second time you would not require any conviction from my end :). The food, the ambiance, the warm people, the lifestyle shop, the books and a couple of dogs and cats will give you more than you need to enjoy a day out. Trust me on this one, not that you shouldn’t trust me on others ;), but do give it a try, it will be worth your while.

As far as I am concerned, I enjoyed myself thoroughly and look forward to visit the place soon again. Let me know what you think about it, have you visited it yet, or is it on your list now?

Artjuna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Experience Ultimate Luxury and Great Food at Simply Sushi and L’Opera by PVR Director’s Cut!

To get your tryst with luxury and enjoy some awesome food, head straight to PVR Director’s Cut in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj and I am sure you will fall in love with it.

Though PVR Director’s Cut is a cinema hall and operates largely on membership, it has two stand-alone restaurants, that anyone can walk into.

Simply Sushi, is a state of the art Japanese Cuisine restaurant, spearheaded by internationally renowned Chef Yutaka Saito, who understands the nuanced Indian palate and has introduced innovative offerings on the menu, under the guidance of Chef Mayank Tiwari, Group Executive Chef of PVR, who is a celebrated chef in the culinary world of International cuisine.

I began my culinary experience by trying the Salmon Carpaccio and it was utterly delicious. I polished off the entire dish on my own. The taste was subtle and very very soothing on the tongue. The light tanginess added more depth to the overall flavors and I loved it.

The next I tried the Avocado Tartare, which will remain one of my most favorite dishes at Simply Sushi. It was delectable beyond words can justify. Such creamy texture, such rich flavors, loved it. Along with it I also tried the Tofu Spinach and this too was an awesome tasting dish.

Coming to Sushi, I tried the Spiced Tuna Rolls and Salmon Rolls and enjoyed them both, but preferred the Salmon Roll more over the other.

But let me tell you something, Simply Sushi is not just about food, it is about an overall experience. The charm of sitting over the counter and watching the chef prepare sushi right in front of your eyes, the luxury and class that the ambiance engulfs you into and who knows you might get lucky and bump into a celebrity or two as PVR director’s cut is all about the Creme Dela Creme of Delhi. And yes I did bump into Smriti Irani and her husband, while I was relishing my meal at Simply Sushi.

Simply Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
After Simply Sushi, it was time for desserts, and for that, I just hopped on to the other outlet of PVR Director’s Cut, L’Opera. Inspired by French designs, this patisserie looks very classy and rich. The pastel colors, the furniture design, remind of you of French Colonial Cafes. Also, this outlet at Vasant Kunj, leads in a fact that there are about 3 desserts that you get to eat only here and nowhere else. One such was the chocolate hazelnut with baileys, it was a truly mouth melting experinec with burst of flavours in my mouth. The chocolate, the hazelnut and of course baileys, its definitely a must try. They offer some savoury items as well and are in particular known for their wonderful sandwiches. All I can say is that both these places within PVR Director’s Cut are completely worth a visit and since they no not require membership, you must pay a visit.

 

 

 

 

Bo-Tai, Not Just Food, But An Experience!

Some places offer great food, while some offer experience, very rarely we come across places that offer food which not just food, but a wholesome experience. Coincidently, I have felt this at two places and its no surprise that both these places come from the same group. Masala Library by Jiggs Kalara was my first such experience where in I felt that its not just about food, but everything put together, and now my second experience came when I recently visited Bo-Tai. Conceptualised by Zorawar Kalra, this restaurant offers all the ingredients be ranked amongst the top. The ambience is perfect, very classy and refined, the hospitality is top notch, from the moment you enter, you are entire experience is personalised. The staff attends to you with utmost care, attention and knowledge of food and drinks.

 

The presentation of food is commendable and the most important thing, the taste is unmatched. Bo-Tai is a Thai speciality restaurant and it truly serves the best Thai food in the city.

Here are some of the highly recommended dishes

Scallop Carpaccio- A mouth melting experience, the scallops were just so delicious.

Crispy Caramelised Raw Mango Prawns- These are definitely a must try, super scrumptious prawns and that tangy taste of raw mango was just perfect.

Chicken Florets- True to their name, these blue coloured chicken dimsums in chilly oil were delectable.

Duck Sausages- The best dish I had, the sausages were simply mind blowing and the duck meat was so soft and juicy. The pumpkin dip and baked mashed potatoes as accompaniments enhance the taste greatly.

Lamb Satay- One of the finest satays that I had in recent times, you cannot afford to miss this dish, and the peanut dip too wasn’t the regular type and was really delicious.

Lamb Chops- Utterly delicious and succulent lamb chops, totally worth a try.

Masamman Curry- So when we talk of Thai curries, this curry usually sets the benchmark and I have to say that this was perfect. Served with Steamed Rice, they completed my meal.

Dessert- You have to try to believe how delicious it was.

Also for dessert you can try the Caramelised Banana Cocktail, it was just too good.

Me and my son had a great time enjoying this scrumptious food and overall experience at Bo-Tai. Highly recommended. Do share your feedback if you happen to visit.

 

Bo Tai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Feasting at Laila’s Cafe, Goa

A warm and cosy place overlooking vast green patches, a lady who cooks with lots of love and passion and the food that is simple yet amazing is what Laila’s Cafe all about.

Located at the Anjuna-Vagator road, Laila’s Cafe has been around since a few months now. Laila, who belongs to Hyderabad originally, had a dream to take its cuisine to different places and Goa became her new home. She wanted to introduce people to the authentic Hyderabadi cuisine and started curating special menus for home deliveries. Her home deliveries met with a great success and further encouraged her to open up a cafe. Her cafe serves Hyderabadi cuisine primarily and has a daily changing menu. She makes the weekends even more special by preparing some typical Hyderabadi delicacies. She balances a couple of Hyderabadi dishes with 2-3 North Indian dishes as well, in order to give variety and choices to the customer.

 

This weekend, we dropped by at her cafe as she hosted an EID special lunch. The menu comprised of:

Mutton Haleem- Haleem originated as an Arabic dish with meat and pounded wheat as the chief ingredients. It was introduced to Hyderabad by the Arab diaspora during the rule of the sixth Nizam and later became an integral part of Hyderabadi cuisine. Haleem is a stew composed of meat, lentils and pounded wheat made into a thick paste. It was served with fried onions and lemon to add that zingy flavour. I relished the same with a hot parantha.

Biryani- Biryani is popular across the country and every region has its own way of preparing it. That day we tried biryani which was primarily with Bangalorean flavours. Tasted very well.

Chole- A typical punjabi style of chole, which were savoured with paranthas.

Shahi Paneer- Another North Indian delicacy prepared to perfection.

Pulao- A simple pulao to go along with chole or shahi paneer.

Sheer Khurma- A traditional sweet prepared with vermicelli and milk, it was heavenly. I could have polished off 2 bowls of the same easily, but refrained myself from doing so. Its one indulgence, you will love.

Overall, I had a lot of fun and enjoyed my feast at Laila’s Cafe. Laila is also passionate about fashion collectibles and hence she showcases her collection along side at the cafe. So not only you can indulge in eating good food, but also indulge in some quick shopping. Do drop by and let me know how was your experience.

Here are my ratings:

Ambience 3.5/5

Food- 4/5

Service- 3.5/5

Value for Money- 4/5

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