It has been a busy busy busy week for Goan Flavour.
Yours truly has been to not one but 3 restaurants in the space of the last 10 days. 2 for leisure and 1 for work, but all three were fun.
Keep in mind that these were not your typical backpacker hangouts, but slightly higher end. Be sure to carry some cash with you, as credit cards may not be accepted at some place. They are perfect for working couples on break, newcomers wanting to try something adventurous and those looking for nice warm places with a distinct character.
In the order I visited them, they are Riva Resort, La Plage and Sublime.
Enjoy the reviews below:
1. Riva Resort and Spa
Hai? Where’s That ?- Located at Arambol, not on the beach, but on the road between Mandrem and Arambol. Its about a 45 min bike ride from Anjuna beach.
What’s there to eat and what’d you have, anyway? – The menu is quite comprehensive. It had been a while since I had some good ol’ North Indian Food. I was missing the kebabs of New Delhi. So I ordered Chicken Malai kebabs and Pudhina Paranthas. And keeping with the spirit of Goa, I ordered some Prawn’s Vindaloo as well. It was the first time I had ordered Vindaloo in Goa, and I was curious to see how it was going to be. I ordered an orange juice, no liquor that day.
So how was it? – The Kebabs were nicely done and good with the green mint chutney. Pudhina paranthas were the stuff of dreams, soft and delectable, with just the right amount of crispiness. The Prawns Vindaloo, came with a deep red gravy, was spicy-tangy and quite nice.
Bill came to around Rs. 1200 for 1 person. (I told u it was steep!)
Still, why should I go there? – There’s a small wooden platform which takes you from the restaurant across a small stream to the sandy beach. At night, all you can see is the shining yellow lamps on the middle of the wooden platform, and the hint of the beach beyond. Walk across and you feel like an explorer at the summit of the vast unknown; the light and the massive darkness beyond play on your mind, especially when you are alone. The restaurant itself has decent music playing. There were lot of foreigners there, mostly Russians, enjoying an evening out. 2 small Russian kids, a boy and a girl, kept running around, playing games.
Cool! Who can I take? – Go here for a relaxed evening with friends and family. It’s a nice place to take your parents.
2. La Plage the French Restaurant
Hai? Where’s That ? – At Ashwem beach, just before Arambol (if you are heading north from Anjuna). Around 30min by bike from Anjuna.
So what’s there to eat and what’d you have, anyway ? – The menu is focused on a range of interesting French dishes and they have a good selection of wines as well. I was with a group of architects, and decided to go for a Filet du Poisson avec Moutard. I’ve probably spelled this wrong, but it basically means Fish Filet with mustard sauce. I promise you the description on the menu is much better than the boring one here. We also ordered crispy potato wedges and some other starters which are not interesting enough to comment on. We had a few beers (Tuborb) and 2 white wines, a Sula and an Italian one.
So how was it? – The fish was nicely cooked and tasted very nice interspersed with the light mustard sauce. Trés Delicioux! The white wine nicely complemented the dishes.
Bill was around Rs. 6300 for around 7 people. So roughly Rs. 900 per person (We had wine, which was the major component, around Rs. 1200 each)
Still, why should I go there? – The tables and chairs are placed in the sand under a wooden canopy out in the open. So you can sit and enjoy a nice meal in the shade even during the hottest day. The decorations are nice, with paper lamps covered with actual shellfish. The place comes alive in the evening with many guests from all over the world, animatedly chatting away.
Cool! Who can I take? – Go with your girlfriend. Go with your friends. Relax, enjoy the food and wine and let the conversation flow, as the night passes.
Hai? Where’s That ? – At Morjim beach, just before Ashwem (if you are going towards Arambol). Around 20-25 min by bike from Anjuna.
So what’s there to eat and what’d you have, anyway ? – Sublime is famous for having fusion food. And we ordered everything backwards; dessert, then main course, then appetizer and then dessert (x2) again. We had an Apple Turnover (a kind of pie) with ice cream, then a Rock fish filet, a Nut encrusted Fish, a Spring Chicken, Thai Minced Chicken Salad, a hollow cake with butterscotch cream and then another Apple Turnover. The waiter kept laughing each time we called him for the menu; he couldn’t believe the amount we had.
So how was it? – I was with 2 college friends. We hogged like we hadn’t eaten since the dawn of civilization. Plus we were all laughing continuously for some reason. The food was delightful, and we couldn’t get enough of the Apple Turnover. We still haven’t had the chocolate dessert, which I am looking forward to trying next time.
Bill came to Rs. 2400 for 3 people. (But this was just because we were pigs. There is no excuse for the massacre we committed that night)
Still, why should I go there? – I met Chris, the chef and owner of the restaurant, at another of my favourite restaurants, Sakana read about it here) He is an Indian dude who works 6 months in Ibiza, Spain and 6 months in Goa (what a life!). He invited me over to this place, and when I heard it had fusion food, I knew I had to be there. He had a Spanish sushi chef helping him. Sublime is right next to the beach, and the seats are in the sand. It’s a cheery place and you can see Chris going around, greeting people taking orders, and seeing them off with such a passion, energy and infectious friendliness. You can see why people patronize the place and keep coming back.
Cool! Who can I take? – Great for a relaxed evening with friends and having food you’ll never have elsewhere. Enjoy.
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