Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Surf, Sand and Seafood

The Grand Hyatt in Goa is a new 5-star entrant in this vacation city. Located within the capital city on a quiet bay with its own private beach, this hotel is a great option for those who wish to have access to the many dining spots within the city even as they reside in a luxury resort.

We loved strolling the clean and quiet beach, which would be strewn in the mornings with capiz shells, unique to this stretch of sand. We would head back to the resort for breakfast.  The hotel has an elaborate buffet with live counters to satisfy most taste-buds.  Our room was fantastic too and had an outdoor verandah with a whirlpool where we could relax in the late evenings when the night fell.

What was different this time was our access to restaurants in the city.  We rarely ate a meal within our hotel. We would drive down to a different restaurant in town every day for lunch and dinner.  Panjim has a lot of delightful places for foodies and exploring them was a highlight of this trip.

 The best food experience during this trip clearly goes to Mum's Kitchen.  A popular place with both locals and tourists alike, this upscale eatery specializes in authentic local cuisine.  The interiors are a delightful meld of wood and hand-painted tiles. Local kitchen ware and pots adorn the walls.  The Fish Fofos, mildly spiced fish roundels crumbed and deep fried looked more interested than they tasted.  However, the Mussels Rava Fry was a delight to taste.  The best dish of the day was the amazing Goan sausage pulao, distinctly spicy and fragrant the way only the best Goan dish can be.

Another great place we ate at was Black Sheep Bistro. This modern Goan restaurant specializes in a Goan-influened global menu designed from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and very popular with well-heeled locals and visitors.

Clearly for the best dining options in town, being near Panjim helps!

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