Beautiful sunny beaches, food, beer and wind in my hair..that’s Goa for me 🙂
After finishing breakfast at home, we walked to the beach. The main road in Calangute is lined with loads of restobars and shops to eat and shop from.
After enjoying the lovely waves and turning a few shades darker :D, we got seated at one of the shacks for beers, fries and sandwiches. Frankly, I have lost track of the amount of beer I’ve had during this week 🙂 Veg sandwich was good, and chicken sandwich was super delicious. It was cheesy and loaded with tender chunks of perfectly cooked chicken.
We woke up a little late on Day 3, courtesy all the partying last night. For lunch we went to Fisherman’s Cove, on my BIL’s recommendation.
The restaurant is shaped like a huge hut with comfortable seating. It was not so crowded when we visited, and we got a big table of our choice.
We ordered for a round of beers, masala pomfret, chicken xacuti curry with rice, mackarel curry with rice, dal, palak paneer and some breads. Service was good and our food arrived soon.
Pomfret was coated in an abundance of spices, accompanied by fries and salad. It tasted good, though personally I’m more into the bong style of cooking fish 🙂
Chicken xacuti curry was average and the gravy lacked flavour, I had had better ones in Goa last time.
Mackarel curry was delicious and flavoursome. The fish was perfectly done and spiced.
Palak paneer here deserves a special mention. It was surprisingly good, and tasted just like what you get at typical North Indian places. It was mildly creamy and paneer was fresh & soft. Dal was good too.
We polished everything off and went to Mario Miranda’s gallery in Calangute for a while. This is a small gallery which sells Mario Miranda‘s paintings(not originals though), with a variety of other things with fun and quirky quotes, like postcards,t-shirts, bags, cups etc. Do visit if you are nearby.
We made a pit stop at Dudhsagar Spa Resort on the way to North Goa. It’s a big open place near Mollem check post, you can’t miss it.
Service was very slow but our pakoras turned out to be fresh and tasty. We finished our snacks and started for our first destination Calangute, which took around an hour and half to reach.
We had booked a lagoon villa in Calangute Casitas on Airbnb this time, since we were staying for a longer duration and didn’t want to eat out all the time. This was first experience with Airbnb, which unfortunately didn’t turn out to be all that nice due to various reasons.
Finally our long awaited Goa vacation is here! We stopped over in President Hotel at Hubli for the night, on the way to Calangute, Goa.
The hotel is decent, rooms are nice but service is painfully slow, be it room-service or dining. For dinner we went to their jungle themed restaurant called “Jungle”.
It had a low roof covered with false branches and leaves, to give you a feel of forest. It was not very crowded when we went, so we grabbed a table of our choice.
Their menu has loads of choices for both food and beverages. Mr. H had already declared that he wanted a gobhi manchurian, so we ordered that along with a round of drinks.
Confused between so many choices of cocktails, I suddenly realized that I was not in bangalore and should stick to the basics, but then curiosity got the better of me and ordered caprioska and a white lady for Mummy. Gentlemen ordered for rum and whiskey(that reminds me a song:P Listen to it here.)
Service was extremely slow and everything took ages to arrive. I had low hopes from both food and drinks, but I was surprised! Gobhi manchurian was very nice, crispy and not to hot, just the way I like. Both the cocktails were delicious, not too sweet and refreshing.
For main course we had yellow dal, mixed veg, malai kofta and breads. It took a while, but the food was pretty good. Dal was nice, almost like a home cooked one. Mixed veg and malai kofta were also good.