On our last night at home, we went to Essence, Park Plaza for dinner. The restaurant menu on Zomato looked good and had something for everyone- North Indian, Southeast Asian, continental etc.
I was looking forward to a quiet place, but the restaurant turned out to be quite noisy. We reached around 8:30 and had to wait for a bit. There was a buffet spread but all of us wanted à-la-carte, so we placed an order for honey chilli vegetables, asian spinach and corn rolls, couple of mocktails, beers and wine.
To my surprise, they only had one variety each of beer, whiskey and wine. Moreover our server kept pushing us to take the only beer available(even though we didn’t want it), since there was some offer on it!
1 MG Mall has some excellent dining options, Cafe Felix being a recent addition. The word “Felix” roughly translates to happy or lucky according to google and the cafe does look like its name, happy and bright.
I had added this cafe to my to-visit list after reading some great reviews in Bangalore Times. I went here this Saturday and was instantly charmed by the bright interiors and glass walls. The place looked perfect for a lazy lunch with its comfortable seating and rain pattering against glass walls.
The menu is not very big, but filled with delicious dishes. I ordered for a portion of fish & chips and asked my server if they had any cold coffees (there were none on the menu). He graciously agreed to get an iced caffe latte for me according to my specifications.
The recent alcohol ban seems to be really hard on some lounges, but Koramangala Social seems to be completely oblivious to it. I went to this outlet of Social on Saturday afternoon with a friend, and was quite surprised to see the place completely packed.
I was amazed at how beautiful and green the place looked. While Whitefield Social has more of a garage decor, this one kind of resembles a large greenhouse. There are beautiful plants all around and a big bar counter(now a mocktail/smoothie counter) in the middle.
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.
There is an Italian saying “Dolce far Niente”, which means “the sweetness of doing nothing”. And that’s what I was doing last week at parents’ current home in Paradip, Odisha 🙂 I have been cheating on my blog also, but actually I have been gorging on some yummy bong food(most of it being fish :D)
Dear father had received an enormous 5 kg barramundi (bhetki in Bengali) and saved it for me 😀 And yes, before you raise your eyebrows, people do gift fish in these parts of India 🙂
Surprisingly, even after spending so many years in bangalore and being a bong, I had never visited a bengali restaurant for an actual meal. I always used to feel that no restaurant can beat home made(read mom made) bengali food.
However over the weekend, after my husband(not a bong) showed particular interest in trying out typical bengali food, we visited this place for takeaway.